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Cloquet/Duluth KOA, Cloquet, Minnesota

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

We found the staff to be organized and accommodating. This is the only park we've stayed at where there is trash pickup service at every campsite, and one of the few where firewood is delivered neatly stacked without a plastic wrapper or tie that has to be removed. We had a full-hookup site, and all utilities were functional, with the electric pedestal showing signs of recent updating. Access roads and pads are gravel and were well maintained. Space around pads is grassy with quite a few trees. There were a number of organized events though we didn't participate. There's laundry, a store, and a game room, though we didn't use them.

As other reviewers have noted, an active rail line abuts the property. We heard several trains during our stay but did not find the noise level objectionable. Our site was further away from the line than some others, and we were sleeping inside with the windows closed. Had we been in a tent, I believe the noise would have awakened us in the middle of the night.

Sites are more closely spaced than I would like. We camped at Cloquet/Duluth KOA in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
7
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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Frontenac State Park, Frontenac, Minnesota

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

Frontenac is one of the smaller state parks, built in the late 1950s. Go for the trail system, the views of Lake Pepin, the fall foliage, or recreation opportunities in surrounding cities. Sites are smaller and nearly all back-in, marginally suitable for large rigs. Restrooms and showers, though working, are badly in need of updating. Like other reviewers we had problems with the dryness of the firewood, which was exorbitantly priced at $6 for a small bundle. All sites are now reservable. The electric sites fill up on weekends. We camped at Frontenac State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
16e
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

Hobgoblin Music is nearby. There is a convenience store in Frontenac station (3 miles), and more to do in Red Wing and Lake City.

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Little American Falls County Park, Bigfork, Minnesota

Date of Stay: June, 2014
Overall Rating:      

This park in Koochiching County has five rustic, drive-in campsites. There are no utilities, services, or staff. Sites are available first-come, first-served, no reservations. Sites are gravel and include tent pads. Site lengths vary. We were able to fit our 55' rig in one of them. There is no charge to use the sites. The falls themselves are beautiful making this a good place to spend a quiet night. There are no other attractions or activities. We camped at Little American Falls County Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Lakehead Boat Basin, Duluth, Minnesota

Date of Stay: May, 2014 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

Lakehead Boat Basin is primarily a marina, and also offers RV sites. As such, it is a most unusual campground and difficult to rate. It is within a mile or two of Canal Park and other major tourist destinations in Duluth making it the most conveniently located campground in the area. All campsites are on the water. I could hit a volleyball into Lake Superior from here, and I'm bad at volleyball. Staff are accommodating and utilities are reliable. I have found the boaters who also overnight in the marina to be friendly and talkative. The immediate presence of deep water poses a safety hazard for young children. The facility is almost entirely paved with no green space. Water pressure is excessive so bring a regulator. Utility connections are in odd locations, generally at the rear of the back-in sites, with shared electrical pedestals between adjacent sites. Extra length hoses and cords may be required depending on which site you get and where within the site you want to park. Showers and bathrooms are in a trailer. The place has a careworn appearance. Part of that is the inherent wear and tear that comes with the snow and the freezing and thawing of the harbor, and part of it is just a need for updating. There is enough room for any size rig; however, access roads are tight so you'll have to know how to drive and back. We camped at Lakehead Boat Basin in a Travel Trailer.

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States Visited: 2
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Ogston RV Park, Saginaw, Minnesota

Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $32.00
Overall Rating:      

Excellent campground with large, level, graveled pads. All sites are full hookup. There are phone connections at each site, but it was unclear whether they worked (we didn't ask). Immaculate grounds maintenance. Many seasonal sites all with newer rigs and clean yards. Three minor drawbacks: 1) though they've planted trees they are still small and there is no shade, 2) there are only minimal activities for kids, 3) campground accepts cash and check only, no credit cards. We camped at Ogston RV Park in a Truck Camper.

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Lazy-D Campground & Trail Rides, Altura, Minnesota

Date of Stay: June, 2013 - $50.00
Overall Rating:      

We have stayed here several times over the years. Lazy D has a swimming pool, has campsites right on the Whitewater river, and has water available at each site. There is enormous variation between campsites at Lazy D so it's of vital importance that you understand what you're getting when making a reservation. Some sites have river frontage while most do not. Some are shallow. Some are on paved loops while others are on gravel. Due to the road layout the sites near the office are high traffic. Most sites are grass although a few had a gravel parking pad. Some sites, though large enough for big rigs, have tight turns on the access roads, while others have good accessibility. Some of the sites are set up with a shared water and electric pedestal serving two adjacent sites, which means that it's on the wrong side of the RV for one of the sites. If you're in one of these you'll need a longer electric cord and water hose than usual. There are a substantial number of seasonal sites, more than shown on the map. These sites are well maintained and occupied by rigs in good condition. Few of the sites are 50a, mostly just seasonal ones. We had a 30a site. Our loop lost power when the loop breaker tripped even though the loop was not fully occupied. Voltage dropped below 110 a couple of times. It appears to me that the campground, or at least parts of it, don't really have enough electricity by present-day standards. Management was friendly and organized. Most of the campground has tree cover. The campground has a history of flooding and there is some risk of flash floods. We stayed hitched up so that we could leave quickly if necessary. We camped at Lazy-D Campground & Trail Rides in a Travel Trailer.

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States Visited: 2
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Sakatah Lake State Park, Waterville, Minnesota

Date of Stay: June, 2013 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

I drove through all the loops to see what the campground is like but did not stay overnight because all sites were full. We did spend the day at a picnic site. Sakatah Lake state park has two main attractions: the state trail that passes through the park, and the upper and lower Sakatah lakes which adjoin the park. The campground area has full tree cover and mature understory vegetation screening the sites from each other. Sites are short and narrow with boulders and trees limiting turning space. Many if not most spaces cannot accommodate slide outs. The campground appears to have been laid out primarily with tent camping in mind. Most sites have a flat, level area for a tent adjacent to a parking area that is sloped. The site-by-site parking pad lengths on the park reservations web page appear to be accurate if not optimistic and include all usable space between the road and major obstructions like trees. Rigs exceeding these lengths just won't fit at all. Due to the heavy vegetation and standing water there are bugs. Despite its drawbacks, the campground is usually full on weekends during the camping season. We camped at Sakatah Lake State Park in a Truck Camper.

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States Visited: 2
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Bunker Hills Campground, Coon Rapids, Minnesota

Date of Stay: May, 2013 - $38.00
Overall Rating:      

We've stayed several times, and this is still among the nicer places to stay in the north metro area. Basic nightly rate is $26 for a 50amp site; however, there is a $7 reservation fee and a $5 fee per vehicle per day for a parking permit. Motorhomes with toads have to pay for two vehicles though travel trailers with tow vehicles do not. There is an annual permit available for $25. The RV sites are usually full on weekend nights. Sites vary considerably with some having full sun. A few non-electric sites are suitable for RVs while some are tent only. We camped at Bunker Hills Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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States Visited: 2
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Middle Amana Community Park, Amana, Iowa

Date of Stay: May, 2013 - $20.00
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This is a municipal park and campground that encourages parking in designated sites and throughout the grassy area that makes up the park. There are electrical pedestals scattered around the park. The ones that we looked at were 20 amp only. The park is shaded by mature oak trees, and there are two large group shelters, one with a stage for special events. There are several water hydrants around the park but no dump station. The park appears to be managed through some sort of joint arrangement with the nearby Amana Colonies RV Park & Event Center. There is self registration and no attendant or host on site, at least not while we were there. Sites are first-come, first-served. There are a number of special events throughout the year that reserve the entire park. Something to consider if you want a lower density campground with fewer amenities. During our stay the weather was unusually rainy and several vehicles were stuck in the ensuing mud. We camped at Middle Amana Community Park in a Travel Trailer.

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States Visited: 2
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St. Croix State Park, Hinckley, Minnesota

Date of Stay: June, 2012 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

Among the largest parks in the state, St. Croix State Park offers recreational access to rivers and lakes. There is also an extensive network of biking and hiking trails, and an equestrian facility. Most campground guests take advantage of river-based recreation of one form or another, since the campground is remote and there are closer alternatives for other purposes. There is a concession on site that offers canoe and kayak rentals starting at about $40. There are a number of campsites that are hike-in or canoe-in only, inaccessible to RVs. The RV campground layout is similar to other state parks, only larger. There are 9 campground loops, all equipped with back-in sites. About half the sites are electric, more than are shown on official maps. To the extent I am able to determine, all of the electric sites are 30A. Though the loops are separated into three campgrounds: Riverview, Paint Rock Springs, and Old Logging Trail. They are adjacent and are similarly equipped. Wi-Fi is provided. Speeds are slow but usable. Like other Minnesota state parks, there is no water at individual sites, a policy the DNR has adopted to discourage grey water dumping. The sites themselves are grassy, of medium size, and generally have shade from tree cover. There is not much screening vegetation between sites. The sites are more closely spaced than at most other Minnesota state parks. Vehicle permits are required, $5 per day or $25 per year, for each vehicle. This being a large, heavily used facility, DNR staff are present in force during peak times, and a number of interpretive programs are offered, especially on weekends. Though we did not have any problems with overzealous enforcement, our sense overall was that compliance was expected with the many DNR policies given lip service at other parks. Bears have been an ongoing problem at this park. There have also been ongoing problems with other opportunistic wildlife, raccoons, etc. Finally, this park was part of a demonstration project in the 1940s that resulted in the construction of some unusually luxurious cabins and group facilities, which remain in place. We camped at St. Croix State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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States Visited: 2
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Bunker Hills Campground, Coon Rapids, Minnesota

Date of Stay: June, 2012 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

This campground is part of a large regional park which primarily serves local residents. The park features an extensive trail system, an equestrian center, and a water park. There are 72 sites (the home page on their web site states a smaller number, which is incorrect). There is considerable individual variation among sites with many of the best ones being well shaded and screened from the road and adjacent sites. Others lack shade and screening. The sites are spread out so distance provides some privacy and quiet even when there is no intervening vegetation. The 30a sites are considerably smaller than the 50a sites, in most cases. The campground, and the park as a whole, is generally better maintained and more up to date than the Minnesota state parks. Also, they have water at each site, unlike the state park system's paternalistic policy of providing water only in a central location to discourage grey water dumping. There is no laundry on site, and no sewer hookups are available (aside from the dump station). The fee structure reflects the fact that the park charges for "vehicle permits" to collect revenue from the park's many local users. They offer daily and annual permits, which are also valid at a handful of other parks in the surrounding area. If your camping situation involves multiple vehicles, such as a toad or a second car, you'll need more than one permit. There is an additional admission charge (per person) for the water park, which is only open from 11:00-7:00. We found that this park has a particularly serious problem with poison ivy, which was growing along many of the trails and campsites. We camped at Bunker Hills Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Review Count: 27
States Visited: 2
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Country Camping Tent & RV Park, Isanti, Minnesota

Date of Stay: June, 2012 - $36.00
Overall Rating:      

This large, spacious private park is well maintained and well run. The park management also operates excursions via canoe or tube on the Rum River, which are available to campers as well as the general public. While the campground has full hookup sites available, they are all rented seasonally. Sites are large and are distributed around a large grassy area with a few smaller trees here and there, as well as some tree cover around the edges. Many of the sites have partial shade. The roads around the campground are gravel. Except for the riverfront sites, all sites have water and electric, many with 50A. The wiring is done to a high standard with the power company's transformers at several locations around the site. Because of the weather few people were running the A/C but can't imagine that there would have been problems even on a hot day. There is a playground, a horseshoe pit, a riverfront trail, and a swimming pool, all well maintained. The swimming pool is not large but was unusually well maintained for a campground pool with crystal clear water and clean tile. The seasonal sites had a mixture of park trailers, older rigs of doubtful mobility, and newer rigs. There were a few nice, newer class As among them. Overall the seasonal sites were well maintained and landscaped with some pride of ownership manifested in all but a few cases. There is coin laundry on site. During our visit, the riverfront sites were closed due to mud from recent flooding. These are non-electric sites with a fairly steep access road. They are right on the river and have tree cover. Ideal for a truck camper, anything bigger and you better know how to drive and exactly how much you can get away with. We are used to encountering mosquitoes but found that they were really bad here even by Minnesota standards. We camped at Country Camping Tent & RV Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 27
States Visited: 2
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Whitewater State Park, Elba, Minnesota

Date of Stay: June, 2012 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

Prior to our visit there had been heavy rains in prior weeks. Though mosquitoes and other biting insects are ordinarily not a problem here we found the gnats to be bad and the occasional mosquito to be found, no doubt because of an increase in standing water in the park and the surrounding area due to the rains. The swimming conditions were not as good as usual either with the water being laden with silt and algae instead of exhibiting its usual clarity. Despite our visit landing midweek we did encounter problems with crowding at the swimming beach brought on by a large 4H group descending upon the beach en masse. Due to the crowding and lax supervision we felt that the overall situation was not safe for our younger children, and left the swimming area until the group moved on to other activities. We did bring the problems to the attention of both the group counselors and the park management both of whom declined to intervene. The dump station has been recently rebuilt but unfortunately is graded so that the pavement slopes away from the sewer connection making it impossible to completely drain the holding tanks on most RVs without blocking up the wheels on the far side to provide some slope. Nonetheless, the campsites themselves are spacious and well screened, with good tree cover. The nonelectric sites are smaller and more closely spaced than the electric sites. Most Minnesota state parks have been suffering sporadic maintenance over the last few years due to budget constraints, and Whitewater is no exception. Some buildings and improvements were overdue for a fresh coat of paint, the picnic tables are being replaced a little too slowly, and there were some sloppy repairs here and there. We camped at Whitewater State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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States Visited: 2
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Camp Faribo Campground, Faribault, Minnesota

Date of Stay: June, 2012 - $38.00
Overall Rating:      

An older but well maintained commercial campground. Campsites are large enough for big rigs but have little intervening space or screening. Most sites have partial shade from tree cover. Approximately 20% of the sites appear to be rented seasonally. Coin laundry on site, machines worked OK with two out of nine marked "out of service." This campground is near the freeway. There is some freeway noise especially in the sites closest to the freeway. The tent sites are farthest from the freeway and the noise there is for the most part barely audible. I didn't find the noise to be a problem. As other reviewers have noted this campground has an unusually restrictive visitors policy which is strictly enforced. There is a $4 charge per person for visitors, who are they asked to sign in? Propane is available on a cylinder exchange basis only, with 20# and 30# cylinders available. We found the water pressure consistent and had no problems with the electric service despite a hot day with many air conditioners going. There is a Walmart and a Hy-Vee grocery within 1-2 miles. The campground is readily accessible from the freeway. We camped at Camp Faribo Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Review Count: 27
States Visited: 2
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Lebanon Hills Regional Park Campground, Apple Valley, Minnesota

Date of Stay: June, 2011 - $32.00
Overall Rating:      

This county-run campground may be the best place to stay when visiting the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. The layout is modern with wide sites and access lanes designed for big rigs. Three classes of sites are available: full hookups, electric only, and nonelectric. The full-hookups sites have 50 amp electric. While grassy with meticulously maintained turf and careful landscaping, there is little shade as the trees planted have not matured sufficiently to provide it. A handful of sites are pull through with the vast majority being back-in sites. Most are level with a few that slope. The electric-only sites are 30 amp and have a 25' length limit. They have much better shade and are in a more woodsy setting with more space between sites than the full-hookups area. There are shared water hydrants at a ratio of about one for every six sites. Many of these sites slope, and all the ones we saw were back-in. Most RVs are not permitted in the nonelectric sites. I can't remember the policy exactly but I believe they allow pop-up campers and pickup campers. The host was friendly and helpful. There's a store with a reasonable collection of RV supplies. There is laundry on site although hours are restricted. There is a 14 day maximum stay limit although some units appeared to have been there longer. The full-hookups part of the campground was nearly full with most of the units being larger class A's. The electric only and nonelectric sites were not busy. We camped at Lebanon Hills Regional Park Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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