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Review Count: 38
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 4

Minneopa Minnesota State Park, Mankato, Minnesota

Date of Stay: October, 2018 - $31.00
Overall Rating:

This park is beautiful especially since it is located in a fairly large city. Here is where it gets weird because the office and campground are not near each other, but on opposite sides of a highway. Not knowing this, we pulled in the campground area, drove around and around. Finally called the office only to find out it is located on the same side of the highway as the Falls (about a mile drive to the office). I told the ranger that I found the dump station, but no potable water. In A loop non-electric it's at site so and so. In the B loop electric at site B5 to fill up. Another camper couldn't have passed me while filling up and how annoying for site 5. Now, let's talk about the bathroom. It's old, a little musty and showers a little rusty. I've seen worse. The toilets are not flush toilets on the women's side, but vault toilets. We checked them out, but used facilities in camper due to rain. All day and night the big huge noisy fans on the roof are running to keep smell down. Again, annoying. It's fall, so I didn't smell much of anything. Yes, the bathrooms need to be replaced badley. We didn't hike because it has rained non-stop for 4 days. We will definitely come back if we can get one of the 6 electric sites. Also, once the campground host leaves, A32e is the best site in the park. This State Park has so much potential if there were more electric sites and a new bathroom. It's worth a weekend trip. We camped at Minneopa Minnesota State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
B8
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, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade, Mostly Shady
Interior Roads
Poor Conditions
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Go to the falls and bison areas. This campground is in a fairly large college town. You can find everything you need here. Potable water NOT at dump station. Fill up at spigot in campground B5. Bring 2 camp mats in case of rain. Wish we had know all this before we arrived. Have fun and keep camping.

Review Count: 38
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 4

Rice Lake State Park, Owatonna, Minnesota

Date of Stay: August, 2018 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

As the other reports have detailed, this is a very small park, with small sites and sharp turns. It's very damp and buggy due to little sunlight. Our site was almost a 90 degree turn due to stupid logs that were placed in the site across the narrow road. I will say the sites looked better than when we dove through 5 or so years ago. There are rocks in the sites, but they are so large that I twisted my foot twice and slid. Campground was full due to county fair in Owatonna. The bathroom (women's) was very dirty and old. Bugs everywhere in light fixtures. The shower (dirty) was lukewarm, had no water pressure and when toilet flushed it was a dribble. Hoping the shampoo would wash out. All of a sudden the water turned cold and wouldn't turn off. No dump station or water fill up. Potable water in campground loop and cars/campers have to wait until you fill up because road is too narrow to pass. This park is not convenient nor easy to get to from the Owatonna. As stated before, best for tents, pop-ups and small campers. There are much nicer State Parks in Minnesota. We will not return unless there are upgrades made to this park. We camped at Rice Lake State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
B2
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby, Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches, Obstacles
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Not Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Free county fair the 3rd weekend in August.

Review Count: 38
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 4

Temperance River State Park, Schroeder, Minnesota

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $31.00
Overall Rating:

Note - 2019 Bathrooms are a tear down, no flush toilets or showers. We're self contained, so not an issue and we finally scored a site on the lake in 2019. As usual, Temperance exceeded our expectations for hiking and camping (see previous posts). We have never experienced such bad mosquitoes as we did this past summer in July. This campground is so popular that we weren't able to complete our stay in our favorite site. Our next site, 21 was closer to the lake, which was wonderful. We camped at Temperance River State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
37
Site Surface
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, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Take an afternoon trip to Grand Marais. Go to the park near the little light house.

Review Count: 38
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 4

Lake Elmo Park Reserve, Lake Elmo, Minnesota

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

A follow up to my previous review. This is one of the nicest county parks we've stayed at. We were lucky enough to get site 25, which has an amazing view of the pond. A deer that ran right in front of us. We cooled off in the pool on Saturday. There was a Blood Moon on Friday night that was breathtaking. Reminder - no pets or alcohol permitted. There are 2 full hookup sites near the campground host, otherwise electric or non-electric only. We did not use the restrooms. We did not notice noise from the gun range as someone previously reported. The yellow loop is highly recommended with easy to back-in sites. The staff is extra nice. I couldn't read my license plate when checking in, so ranger got out her binoculars. Other county park stickers are accepted here. We camped at Lake Elmo Park Reserve in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
25
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
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

There is a mall, restaurants and a Walmart close by. Lake Elmo neighbors a large city called Woodbury, MN.

Review Count: 38
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 4

Treasure Island RV Park, Welch, Minnesota

Date of Stay: October, 2017 - $40.00
Overall Rating:

This must be a typical casino RV Park, to which we're not accustomed. Per previous reports it is an extremely large parking lot with huge rigs and in the fall they fill up an area with monster boats. Two women helped me back in because cars are parked crazy. We counted at least 10-12 train whistles blowing and going by all hours of the day and morning. The first site in each row is actually on pavement in the driveway, which seems weird. Others have gravel. Thankfully, I was assigned a back in site with a fire pit, not sure if pull thru sites have fire pits. A beast to back in We had a blast at the new waterpark and swim up bar. George Benson came to the pool. Check in Woman was a bit abrupt. Man who showed me to site was excellent as was the gentleman who brought my wood to the site. We would stay here for the fun, but I would not want to be here more than 2 nights. People stay here for entertainment, so it meets more than basic needs with full hook ups and excellent bathrooms. We camped at Treasure Island RV Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
A-3
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Not big enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Obstacles, Poor Conditions
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Not Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Red wing and waterpark

Review Count: 38
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 4

Tettegouche State Park, Silver Bay, Minnesota

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

See previous reviews on Tettegouche. Didn't think our stay could get any better until we found Black Beach. We were a little weirded out by the name, but once we arrived, we got it. Check out the website because this is as amazing as Palisade, so cool to walk on dark gray rocks sand. Can climb on cliffs/rocks. Still love Tettegouche, shovel point, high falls and two step. We couldn't get an electric site on the last night and spent quality time talking and laughing at the lodge while charging our cell phones. Priceless. Stayed here in a travel trailer. We camped at Tettegouche State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
32
Site Surface
Gravel
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
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Go to black beach, it new in 2017

Review Count: 38
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 4

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: 38
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 4

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: 38
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 4

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: 38
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 4

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: 38
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 4

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: 38
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 4

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: 38
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 4

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: 38
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 4

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: 38
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 4

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

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