Date of Stay: April, 2016
Mankato area RV parks are few, until we found Sawmill Campground. It is located immediately northwest of Mankato in North Mankato, just off of Hwy 14 at the Rockford Road exit and east a couple of miles on County Rd 41. The campground consists of mostly full hookup pull-through sites and a few back-in full hookup sites. The owner lives on site and is super friendly. He is also adding some back in water/electric sites. The sites are nicely spaced apart and are rock with grass surrounding. The area around the campground is all open farm ground, so no city traffic. It is in a rural setting across from the North Links Golf Course, so not a lot of traffic, but still close enough to town. Verizon signal is strong, local TV channels are strong and free WiFi. Rates are scaled for 30 amp or 50 amp and are totally reasonable. Give them a call when you are looking for a nice campground in the Mankato area.
Date of Stay: April, 2016
This is a diamond in the prairie. It is a newer RV park with a super clean main building that includes two modern individual rest room/showers. Each site is pull thru of white rock with full hookups. The park has easy access off of highway 56 and can fit any size RV. When we were here there was only one other RV. You pay with an envelope in a box and no doubt dirtbags have stayed without paying. You phone a number to get the code to the main building. This may be off the beaten path for most travelers, however it is worth going a few extra miles if you are looking for a good deal in a well maintained country facility. The only ding is that the hookups are uncommon, with the sewer connection toward the front, the electric box in the middle and the water in the rear. No problem for us since it is just as easy to dump as you leave your site. The only other problem has nothing with the owners and more to do with inconsiderate idiots. There is dog poop on many sites. Inconsiderate owners who don't respect how this park is cared for by the owners. We have a small dog and pick up after him. Can't understand why with the open fields surrounding this park why dog owners wouldn't walk 500 feet to tend to their dog. If you are looking for a well cared for, quiet and reasonably priced park you should consider this one.
Date of Stay: March, 2016
Reasonable RV spaces with very clean individual rest room/shower rooms. No problems with hookups and close to the crater. Would stay here again if in area.
Date of Stay: March, 2016
What a sweet deal. There is a billboard on the interstate that advertises $18. for FHU's and they honor that rate if you mention it or they also honor Good Sam. With that you also get a coupon for a free Starbucks specialty coffee for two ($3.69 value) and a free roll ($1.00 value) in the morning, so effectively knocking $9.38 off your night's stay. The park is nicely laid out and no problems with hookups. It is a short distance from the casino, but within walking distance. Sign up for player's club and get $2.00 off the breakfast or supper buffet. Clean facility with friendly staff and we wouldn't hesitate staying here again.
Date of Stay: February, 2016
This facility is only good for about a night or two. They charge for wifi and even the showers (that's just not right). Of the 3 showers in the men's room two were out of order. There are two sections with some differences. The lower section is non-pets, while the upper section is pets. The concept is good, however the lower section is clearly better with more manicured sites. Even still the entire place is cram packed with little or no room. Slide outs almost touch. There is mostly dirt and they go by with a water truck daily, which leads to standing mud holes. Hard to understand why they don't invest in rock. Dirt will get dragged inside your camper even with a outside rug. With so many RV's stuffed in one place it is noisy and crowded. The only advantage to staying here over a casino lot is the full hookups. Beyond that is it just too uncomfortable to stay again.
Date of Stay: December, 2015
What a shock. Based on the "recent rate" and other reviews we decided to stay here. We were charged $37. *with* the Good Sam discount. While this is a well cared for park, $37 is way out of line. We were put in a site that is offset with the neighbor and our slide was within 3 feet of the other RV. Wish we would have done more research of other parks in the area. Cash only - no credit cards, so they even make more money there.
Date of Stay: December, 2015
Large open rocked area (except when rain or thaw when it is muddy). Easy in and out sites. It is close to the highway and the railroad tracks. There will be truck traffic noise and very, very loud train noise and horns. We have stayed there twice because nothing else in the area and as another reviewer said, the showers are aging and worn. Also, we did notice that in both bathrooms both times we stayed here there was poop stuck to the toilets. Gross. The bathrooms are tidy, but the toilets and showers need attention. $32. is a bit much for a no frills park.
Date of Stay: December, 2015
Basic no frills, dirt sites. Older scruffy facility past its prime needing updating and maintenance. Okay for one night stay, but $36., even with Good Sam discount, over priced. Not much else to choose from, so if in the area we would probably stay here again just for the convenience.
Date of Stay: June, 2015
Our daily rate for a "premium" site of $33 was for a week stay, however that does not include the taxes of $38./week, which made the daily rate $38. There is nothing they can do about the high city taxes, however their rates are not reasonable. There is a Good Sam discount, however it only applies to the daily rate, which runs about $45 with taxes. Clearly the old adage "whatever the market will bear" applies here. Since this is unbelievably the only place with full hookups in Lincoln, they charge accordingly. At best, $25/night would be realistic for this place. Even though this has nice older trees, it is located close to the interstate and traffic noise may be a problem for some. They take advantage of every inch of space and when the place is full in the summer, it is cram packed. It has a very commercial feel, with close spaces. The sites are rock and even the premium sites are very basic. The staff is very friendly and the place is clean, but that doesn't make up for the high cost for what you get. Unfortunately, when you want or need to stay in Lincoln there is no other choice.
Date of Stay: March, 2015
This is the second time we have stayed here and while it is a wonderfully maintained facility we probably won't be back. It doesn't seem like the rules are enforced and if you are a retiree looking for a quiet, relaxing place this isn't it. Expect loud kids tearing around on scooters and bikes going through sites. Even though the reservation form asks the number of kids and ages in your RV, that's about the extent of it. Also, expect barking dogs tied up, even though the rules say that isn't allowed. We have a small dog, however always make sure he is attended. Also, expect sites with one, two or more dogs. On one occasion while walking our dog two dogs charged him. The owner basically said, "Oops." Also, expect the swimming pool rules to be lax. We read in the rules that "laps" were only from 8 - 9 AM daily (no sign in the pool though), however when 3 of us older folks were in the pool at 9:45 some young guy came in a took over the pool doing the most aggressive laps ever (no skill at all) causing the pool to be a torrent. We had to get out. We realize this isn't an "adult only" park, however in trying to be all things to all people it seems like this facility isn't suited for retirees. No offense to the management, because they have a beautiful facility. One would expect a more robust park in the summer with the resulting noise and hubbub, however in the winter months it seems like the retirees who would return year after year would be their priority.
Date of Stay: August, 2014
We had a flat tire outside of Aberdeen and were behind schedule. We stopped in Ipswich to check on a spare tire and found this campground. It is a no frills campground with full hookups (including 50 amp) on Highway 12 in town with only 3 or 4 spots. It is located across the street from the owner's body shop, so when the body shop is closed at the end of the day not sure how you would check in. It is basically on a vacant lot, but well maintained. Right across the highway is Ken's Market and fuel station. As mentioned, it is no frills, but at $20. a night it was a bargain and a relief to for us to happen upon it after a stressful day.
Date of Stay: July, 2014
This is a model of what an RV park should be like. The sites are paved and offset with plenty of room. The one thing missing that would make this a 10 is trees on the grass areas between sites, however since it is a new facility that may be in the plans. The rates need to be included on the website.
Date of Stay: March, 2014
Friendly staff, nice sized sites, and meticulously maintained. Our rate was monthly, plus electric. They are building a new rec center w/pool, which will make this an A class facility. The distance to restaurants and shopping was not a problem for us. The only ding is that we thought this was an adult only park. The majority of RV's are retirees; however on occasion, RV's with children were here. Kids being kids, they were loud and running around. I suppose that isn't a problem, since it is occasional or if you aren't in a spot next to them. However, when the new rec center is finished the last thing a retiree wants when they are using the rec center, especially the pool, is kids running around. We will definitely be back and are looking forward to the new rec center and hopefully the management will restrict it adults.
Date of Stay: December, 2013
Rate is monthly, plus $120 electric on top of that. We stayed here for a month. The positive: The sites are all pull through and reasonably sized. The streets are paved and the sites are pebble stones with a concrete patio. When someone leaves they smooth out the rock areas. The entire property is meticulously manicured and well cared for. The setting is quiet and the desert views are great. The negative: When we were booking on the phone I asked about several specific sites using the on line map and was told they were taken. One was next to the one we reserved. In the whole month we were here, no one was in that site, which means they could have assigned it to us. (Not sure why they told us it was taken.) The WiFi only worked in the clubhouse. The indoor swimming pool is kept covered, so you need to let them know in advance if you care to use it. The pool was at a nice temperature, however the room is not heated and was so cold that it made using the pool uncomfortable. In order to use the pool you have to go through the lobby and the only changing area is the restroom away from the pool. The pool area is dated and could use a cleaning. The clubhouse is also dated and needs updating or an interior decorator. It is bland, with the exception of a substantial military display of the owner, which seemed more appropriate in his home, rather than the clubhouse. His politics were clear. He even censored the channels on the cable TV he didn’t like, leaving only a small number of channels, which didn’t matter much since the cable TV was grainy most of time. We didn’t use the clubhouse because of his politics and because it wasn’t appealing or comfortable, thus can’t give a 10 rating. Aside from that, because the property was so well maintained we would return here again.
Date of Stay: July, 2013
Older facility that has seen better days and minimal maintenance. Sand/dirt roads. Only 6 FHU's with the rest mainly electric (30 amp only) and water. We made the mistake of staying on a Saturday. Noisy and dogs running loose. Probably on a weekday it wouldn't be as bad. Sites are close together and scrub grass. We were passing through and made our reservations based on the website, which isn't reality. The restrooms were old and crusty. For one night it was just okay, but we wouldn't want to stay any longer. It's like an old clunker car that needs fixing up.