Date of Stay: August, 2013
This is a city campground. The location along the Chippewa River is very scenic. There are two hiking trails. One trail is paved and wanders past a butterfly garden. The other trail is a dirt trail and follows the river. There is a golf course and a city swimming pool on the other side of the river. Both are within walking distance. The campground has a nice playground. The city website advertises an old schoolhouse which is open to the public. I'm not sure what hours it's open. We were there on a summer weekend and it never opened. There is also a mini golf course in the campground. The mini golf course was recently renovated, but it is obvious that no one does any daily maintenance. There was a lot of debris (rocks, sand, leaves) on the "greens" which made it difficult to play. On the plus side, the golf is free. There are host campers onsite. They were very friendly and helpful. The campsites were level and many had mature shade trees. The roads are paved. There is a train track across the street. At first, we were somewhat concerned by this. Fortunately, the next crossing is a ways down the road, so the whistle was not too loud. The biggest negative was the bathroom. There is only one shower house and it's located near the entrance. The tent sites are in the back of the campground. Tent campers have a long run to the bathroom. The shower house is strange. Instead of the traditional men's and women's sides, there are four or five individual rooms. Some are designated for men and some are for women. Some of the rooms have showers and some do not. The bathrooms were very old and in need of updating, but they were clean. We would camp here again.
Date of Stay: June, 2013
This park is only two years old, so everything is nice and new. There were many things for kids to do. They enjoyed the jumping pillow, playground and pool. The sites were a nice size. The owners were friendly. They do not charge you extra if you need to stay past checkout. The pool was sparkling clean. Everything was well-maintained. The park was clearly marked and the location was quiet. The only reason I did not give it a ten was the mud situation. Because this is a newer park, it appears they have struggled to get the grass to grow. Our site just had tufts of (mowed) weeds here and there. The immature trees did not bother us as most RVs have shade awnings. The lack of grass, however, creates a real problem when it rains. The jumping pillow was covered with mud as were our shoes, doormat and vehicle tires. We struggled to keep it out of the camper. We will return if they can get some decent grass to grow.
Date of Stay: August, 2012
If new, remodeled or trendy is important to you, this is not the campground for you. If cleanliness and friendliness are important, you've found the right place. Most of the buildings at this campground are older and in need of some cosmetic TLC such as painting, etc. However, there are many other positive things that outweigh the negative. The bathrooms are immaculate. They've even put dehumidifiers in the restrooms to help with the constant dampness characteristic of most shower facilities. The pool was nice and warm. The kids never complained of being cold. The playground is more modern and in better condition than most commercial campground playgrounds. The staff was extremely friendly and laid back. The campground itself was quiet. Activities such as Bingo and art were offered. The game room needed some paint on the outside, but the inside was clean and all the games worked properly. The location is good. It is removed, but not too far from a major highway and is a short distance from the Pipestone National Monument. The only real negative for us was the train whistle sounding in the night. It was pretty bad the first night, but we only heard it once the second night. The train track runs right through the middle of Pipestone, so pretty much anywhere you are in town, you're probably going to hear the whistle. We would stay here again.
Date of Stay: August, 2012
Everything in this park was clean and well-maintained. The grounds were clean and the bathrooms were clean and updated. There were three showers in the restroom instead of the usual two, so this helped alleviate congestion in the morning. There were also two sets of restrooms. The sites are mostly shady and level. The cement pads for the picnic table are a nice plus. We liked how the seasonal campers were clearly separated from the weekenders. Our request for a site near the pool and playground was honored. The fishing dock was a nice feature, but the fishing was very poor (no fault of the campground). The location was terrific. It is located on a major highway, but sits far away from the road and the major tourist attractions to allow for peace and quiet. It's a bit of an oasis in the midst of the hustle and bustle. Even though we have children of our own, it was truly a pleasure to be at a campground where children were banned from running around after 10PM. This was one of the quietest campgrounds we've visited. The only negatives would be that the pool was extremely cold, the dryers were old and didn't dry the clothes on the first cycle and the playground could use some updates. We would definitely stay here again.
Date of Stay: August, 2012
This is a city campground comprised of both seasonal and overnight campsites. The seasonal campsites appear to have different amenities, making it difficult to answer questions about sewer, water, space, etc. The overnight campsites have electricity only. We have a 35 ft. trailer and were given a site that we could not have gotten into except for the fact that the campsite behind us was empty when we arrived, allowing us to pull through. Had this site been occupied, we would have been up a creek with no way to back into our site due to space constraints. The office closes at 5:00, so we would have been unable to request a different site at the time. We felt that $35 a night for such a cramped site with electricity only was a bit steep. We could have camped at a state park for far less money, gotten a larger site and had the same amenities. The bathrooms were clean and appeared to be new. Fishing off the dock in the marina was terrific. The playground is mediocre. I've seen better playgrounds and I've seen worse. There is a city park with tennis courts and a swim beach nearby, but these would be a long walk for most people, so plan on driving. There is also a nice paved bike path adjacent to the campground.