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Review Count: 32
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 2

Gull Lake Recreation Area, Brainerd, Minnesota

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

This review is for weekend campers who do not need TV or WiFi. What an awesome, clean campground with extremely long sites. From previous reviews, some sites are tight to back in, no problem for me. There is a playground, fishhouses, docks, fishing from dam, swimming beach and places to walk. Please note that most of the retired patrons stay for the 14 day max, so it can be hard to get a spot on weekends. This is an awesome campground, camp host helped a kid in our group with a large mouth bass that he caught and didn't have a clue what to do next. At the end of the day the 13-year old said it was the best day of his life. I prefer this campground over several nearby State Parks. This is my second time here, was more relaxing than bring 6 boys and I will return. We camped at Gull Lake Recreation Area in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
30
Site Surface
Gravel, Sand, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes
Tips for other Campers:

I hope that those who live in their campers would try camping again, understand that there is only electric hookups here, turn off the tv, have a campfire every night and explore what the campground offers. Instead of rating affordable campgrounds lower for what they don't offer, find one that meets your needs. You have to pay for what you get. Let's go camping and have more fun! Teach a kid to fish.

Review Count: 32
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 2

Charles A. Lindbergh State Park, Little Falls, Minnesota

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

I did a drive thru of Crow Wing and Lindbergh parks to see if I would like to stay. I have a smaller travel trailer and I don't think my TT would fit in any of the sites. Again, this campground was designed for tents, teardrops and pop ups. The sites were somewhat spread out, low on grass and high on mud after rain storm. A bonus is the campground is small, so less noise. In the city of Little Falls, so supplies are near. I will likely pass on staying here as other parks are so great. Please check out this campground for yourself as I did an eyeball assessment, which isn't fair. I will continue to watch reviews. We camped at Charles A. Lindbergh State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Site Surface
Dirt, Grass
Site Type
Other
Site Space
Not big enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady, Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
No

Review Count: 32
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 2

Crow Wing State Park, Brainerd, Minnesota

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

I am basing this review strictly on a drive-thru or preview of the campground. Agreed that the sites are uneven, muddy after a rain, the electric sites are close together and somewhat small. Very shady, so I'm guessing after the rain, mosquitoes would be terrible. Easy access to the highway. My eyeball impression is that this park was designed for tents, teardrops and pop ups. There is a cool non-electric wagon wheel set up that would be fun if you were camping with a group of people. Ranger at check in was very nice. I'm not crossing off this campground from my list because there seems to be interesting things to do and explore. Maybe a day trip. I'm rating a 6 as I didn't see everything. Campground a is a 4. We camped at Crow Wing State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Other
Site Space
Not big enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby, Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Interior Roads
Tight Turns
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Every kind of store you need in the city of Brainerd. Please check out the campground if you are in the area. It might be better when it's dried out.

Review Count: 32
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 2

Lake Elmo Park Reserve, Lake Elmo, Minnesota

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

This campground is exceptionally clean and well kept. I love the no pet rule due to other campground's rules/no compliance rules by patrons. Clean, supervised, tons of kids friendly places to play. My 2-year old granddaughter was protected by other children's patrons in the park area and we felt so safe on equipment. Everything is within walking, biking or driving distance. A bonus was Ecuadorian neighbors played guitar and and sang during campfire hours which was totally amazing. Can't wait to come back here. Stayed in a travel trailer. We camped at Lake Elmo Park Reserve in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
53
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Within 5 minutes from Walmart and shopping of every thing you can imangine if you're camping.

Review Count: 32
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 2

Grand Casino Hinckley RV Resort, Hinckley, Minnesota

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

We really enjoyed our stay at the Grand Casino RV park. We went on a concert weekend, which was awesome, so the park was full. With that said, only about a quarter of the campground sites were insulated and open. There was plenty of room to play games or toss the football around. I could only get a reservation for one night and would have to move to another site. The reservations people were so nice and worked something out so I didn't have to move. Over and above because they called me with the news. Now, the staff at check-in is a different story. They were abrupt, rough around the edges, and not very professional. The very dated clubhouse was not very tidy and smelled. There is quite a bit of road noise, which one has to expect with a Casino that is open 24-hours and it's right off the freeway. Bathrooms were excellent and showers were warm. There has to be a better way for the shuttle to pick up people - text the driver with your site number maybe and when you're ready to leave the Casino too. The shuttle would sit idle for long periods of time and drive around without picking up anyone. If this lively campground isn't your cup of tea, there are several wonderful State Parks near Hinckley. We camped at Grand Casino Hinckley RV Resort in a Travel Trailer.

Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The Casino seems dated, but they were closing the buffet to remodel. Hopefully, the food improves too.

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Review Count: 32
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 2

Whitewater State Park, Elba, Minnesota

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $31.00
Overall Rating:      

Once again, the park naturalists exceeded our expectations with two wonderful presentations on snakes and Eagles. As noted in previous posts, there is no phone reception, but you can get WiFi in the office or parking lot. The park rangers recommend that people do not hike alone due to no phone service. The park is always full and people seem to camp with friends or in groups. Just be advised that there are a lot of unsupervised children running around while their parents are consuming adult beverages. We were fortunate enough to hear "on top of spaghetti" 200 times and then the kid woke up singing it all over again. We got a laugh out of that song. We thoroughly enjoyed the park, the presentations, lack of mosquitoes and the lively atmosphere. If you are looking for quiet, come here during the week. We thought the bathrooms were fine, didn't have dump station issues, but sites seem a bit short. Most importantly, this park is expanding across the road. There will be 30 or more electric campsites, not sure of non-electric. Trees are young, so shade will be limited. Check the website next year for more information. We camped at Whitewater State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
17E
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

There is a nice grocery store in St. Charles. The park staff will give you directions. Also, if you are from the Twin Cities, there is a short cut around Rochester, MN. The staff can help with the short cut too.

Review Count: 32
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 2

Nashwauk Campground, Nashwauk, Minnesota

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

We did not stay here, but the we were able to dump here for a donation. There is also fresh water. This is a nice, city campground just north of the tiny town of Nashwauk. It is first-come-first served, but there were only 4 travel trailers in the park. Had we not been able to stay at a friend's property, we definitely would have camped here for the weekend. It must be new because trees are small, so it's more of a parking lot with grass. Campgrounds are scarce in this area, so we thought we would report on it. The bathroom/shower facility is locked because it's a city park. You get the key from police station or city hall for $5.00. We thought $20.00 per night for electric and water was a great rate too. We camped at Nashwauk Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Close to Hibbing, MN

Review Count: 32
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 2

Jay Cooke State Park, Carlton, Minnesota

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $31.00
Overall Rating:      

We visited this park on Sunday through Thursday. It was completely full almost every night. Reservations are strongly recommended even for non-electric and hike-in sites. The park office is fairly new and staff is knowledgeable and helpful.

There were programs to attend at the River Inn interpretive center during the week. We enjoyed hiking along the river, at the Thomson Dam and Oldenburg Point overlook. There are wonderful biking paths too. The swinging bridge and massive rock formations are the main attraction at this park.

The bathrooms are in horrible condition due to age. The seats are loose and sliding around. Also, you can't get out of the stall without brushing up against the toilet because the door opening is too close. The bathrooms are cleaned often, but they still smelled. They have clearly seen better days. The showers were a little better, however hot water was scarce. We had very cool water until someone flushed and then we would get warm water.

Sites here seem to be better suited for pop-ups and tents. They are a bit short for those with big rigs. We camped in a 25 foot travel trailer and had to park our vehicle sideways. Phone service is spotty, but WiFi is available near the office. We were able to use WiFi in the parking lot and benches around the office. Bathrooms aside, this is a great park for camping and recreation. We camped at Jay Cooke State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
59
Site Surface
Gravel, Sand, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Not big enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

There is a Walmart in Cloquet about 15-20 minutes away.

Review Count: 32
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 2

Banning State Park, Sandstone, Minnesota

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

First, I would like to say do not believe the GPS directions from Minneapolis heading North to Banning. Look for the Brown State Park sign. We were directed into the city of Sandstone, which actually took us to the Federal Prison and south most part of the park. After being blocked by two security guards cars, we were questioned and directed to the next exit for Banning State Park. We're still laughing. The park is right off the highway, but it's a rather long and bumpy ride into the campground. The park somewhat small, but is very well maintained and the bathrooms were clean. We also stayed in site 13E, right next to the bathroom trail. There was a vault toilet across the road too. Just as we got there it started to rain, so we could not have a fire and did not experience any bugs. We stopped here halfway to Temperance River, so we did not get to check out the hiking or any activities. We will definitely return as the park was very nice. We camped at Banning State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
13
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
No Others In Sight
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches, Poor Conditions
Tow Vehicle Parking
No

Review Count: 32
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 2

Tettegouche State Park, Silver Bay, Minnesota

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

This is our favorite State Park. The new rest stop/visitor station is amazing. Much to see and do inside the visitor station and there is WiFi. The park is very well maintained and the bathrooms are very clean at the visitor station and campground. Due to the heavy rain, the river was running very strong and there was very little beach at the end of the Baptisim River. Hiking is great here, but there was a lot of mud due to the heavy rains. Hiking to Shovel Point is a must for an awesome view. Mt. Trudie, The Cascades, Two Step Falls and the High Falls are always favorite spots. Be sure to visit Palisade Head (3 minutes South) for a breath taking view of the lake. Drive up there, don't park below. Hike to the left of the parking lot for about 5 minutes to see spectacular rock formations. Make reservations early because this campground is full from June through mid-October. We stayed in site 4, which is very long. The fire pit and picnic table were behind our camper making it very private. There is no dump station here, so you will need to go to the town of Silver Bay, about 5 minutes South behind the service station to the left. We camped at Tettegouche State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
4
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
No Others In Sight, Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Nice restaurant in town, hardware store with camping supplies and grocery store is well stocked.

Review Count: 32
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 2

Temperance River State Park, Schroeder, Minnesota

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

This is one of our top 5 favorite State Parks. The park is very well maintained and the bathrooms are very clean. Due to the heavy rain, the river was unusually high and fierce. Hiking is always great here, but can get a little congested. Bike riding or walking on the Superior trail is highly recommended. Make reservations early because this campground is full from June through mid-October. We stayed in site 37 electric, which is the size of 2 campsites. The fire pit and picnic table are on the opposite side, but we didn't mind due to the amount of space in this site. The campground map does not list that site 19 is a pull-thru site and is large enough to accommodate a big rig. The sites on the lake look wonderful, although, we've never been lucky enough to get one.

(Update to the previous review: this is not the only electric State Park on the North Shore. Tettegouche (our favorite) and Cascade River also have electric sites.)

There is no dump station here, so you will need to go to the town of Silver Bay, about 20-25 minutes South or to North to Cascade River to dump. We camped at Temperance River State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Upper 37E
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes
Tips for other Campers:

There were bear sightings during our visit. Just be careful not to leave out food or trashcans.

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Review Count: 32
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 2

Highland Ridge COE, Spring Valley, Wisconsin

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

This campground is very nice with private, well-spaced sites. My site was so long, it was hard to keep the popup straight backing in. My Verizon service was very spotty. As previous post said - GPS tries to take you to the recreation area, not the campground, so follow freeway signs if you come in on Hwy 94. I hiked to an overlook and the swimming beach seemed to be quite active across the lake. Due to poor packing on my part, I did go to the town grocery store. The store was small, but had a good selection and wasn't outrageous. The campground is an easy drive from the Twin Cities. It's sort of a hidden gem that Minnesotan's don't know about. The only downside is that there isn't an office, they don't sell wood and the showers are $.25. I got really speedy the second day. The nice hosts will recommend where to buy wood up the road, but you need cash. Plan ahead for these two inconveniences. We camped at Highland Ridge COE in a Tent Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
10
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady

Review Count: 32
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 2

Jay Cooke State Park, Carlton, Minnesota

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

We had a wonderful time at Jay Cooke State Park. The weather couldn't have been better and the bugs were at a minimum. This year the park is celebrating it's 100-year anniversary, so fun things are planned throughout the year. The swinging bridge, rock formation, woods and hiking are always great at this park. I emailed the park directly because there is an issue with opening the pictures of the sites. I ended up with a completely sunny site next to the bathroom (#48 ). Also, the bathrooms are very old and outdated. They were kept clean, however, there is not a stall for a disabled person to fit in a wheelchair, only railings. We were close to the new office, so we ended up going across the road to use the new facilities. Much to my surprise, the new Park manager emailed me back promptly to let me know the bathrooms are at the top of their list for repair or upgrade. She also said they will look into making site 48 a non-reservable site because it's so small and open. Actually, the first 3 sites used to get a lot of road noise, but since hwy. 23 is closed 1.5 miles down the road they are just wonderful. We stayed in a popup. We camped at Jay Cooke State Park in a Tent Trailer.

Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
2
Site Surface
Gravel, Sand
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

We like to go into Duluth for lunch and shopping.

Review Count: 32
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 2

Afton State Park, Hastings, Minnesota

Date of Stay: September, 2014 - $60.00
Overall Rating:      

It’s surprising that this campground has not been previously reviewed. It’s a backpack-in campground with 2 Yurts and four, electric with heat camper cabins. The hiking along the St. Croix River was so beautiful in the fall. People at the beach were in swimsuits and dipped their toes in the river. Temperatures in 80’s in late September brought out crowds for day hikes and picnics. The prairie grass and leaves were very colorful. We couldn’t believe how much noise that dry, falling leaves sound when they hit the ground. There are plenty of hiking and biking opportunities at this campground. Flush toilets are available in the visitor center or vault toilets throughout the campground. Note that there are no showers or ice available for purchase. The closest city is Afton, however the address lists Hastings on the website. We stayed in a camping cabin and will return. We camped at Afton State Park in a Campground Cabin.

Review Count: 32
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 2

Baker Campground, Maple Plain, Minnesota

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $23.00
Overall Rating:      

I love Baker Park Campground, but after my last two stays, I have decided I that am better suited for camping here during the week. The park is very large, has everything to do including swimming, boating, biking, and hiking. With that said many people camp in clusters with friends and there are lots of children running around and biking. The campground is buzzing with activity until around 9 or 10 p.m. each night. If you are looking for peace and quiet, this is not the place for you. If this is your thing you will have tons of fun. The campground office is staffed with teenagers who know very little about the park and can't answer most questions about the campground. The park rangers are excellent about patrolling and enforcing the rules and they know more about the campground, so ask them questions. With all the rain, many campsites are muddy and smelly with standing water and muck. People were not happy and had to get creative on how they parked; no one was asked to move. We will be back during the week. It is conveniently located close to the Twin Cities. We camped at Baker Campground in a Tent Trailer.

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