Date of Stay: August, 2006
Despite having to answer that we stayed here in a tent trailer, we didn't, so ignore this. We were looking for a campground in the area and stopped by this campground without actually pulling in. The price is right for full-hookups (per their website) if you want a cheap spot to stay. If you look at their website, you'll notice one thing...no trees. However, remember this place is new. I did note they did have trees planted, but need about 10-15 yrs yet before they'll provide any shade. Also, from the road, we noted that we could not spot any picnic tables at the sites. The grounds are gravel road and gravel parking spots, but very grassy next to your camper. The camp is located a mere 1/2mile east of Hwy 71, and access is easy off the road and to/from the highway. Just my observation "from a distance" as a passerby.
Date of Stay: August, 2006
I was a bit concerned about this campground prior to arriving. The website listed no prices and showed no pictures of the campground. The lady staffing the store was VERY pleasant. The store is basic...a couple basic items on the few shelves. A television on display which showed weather radar was handy (for rain). A small arcade room with some video games and skeet ball. I did not check out the laundry room. The bathrooms/showers at the store were VERY clean, wonderful showers with a mat to step onto after your shower (always a PLUS). Shower water temp is pre-regulated but was always very warm to near hot. The adjacent pool looked very well kept up and nice. The other bathhouse on the grounds were nearly as nice as the main but without the shower mats. Much of the campgrounds are seasonals. Most of the available camping sites are generally sites 3-17 as well as the "front" of the campgrounds in sites 93-120 (which faces Hwy 71). Most of these sites (93-120) are pull-through with full hookups, and sites 105-112 or so have one shade tree on each site. Sites 3-10 have more shade (50/50). Sites 11-14 are shorter sites which work good for just popups and shorter trailors and, along with site 15, sit atop the short bluff above the lake which can be seen between the trees. There is also a dock just off the driveway of site 15 with seating at the end if you want to watch the stars at night or throw a line in. Site 15 is a bit lower in elevation as the grade drops slightly toward the edge of the short bluff to the lake, but no problem for our popup. Most of the sites are "average" but do have a bit more gravel/dirt than grass. The front sites toward the higway are a bit more grassier, and some also have large concrete patios. The trade off is a bit more highway noise and less shade. The view of the splatball course (tall black net fencing) between the camp and the highway is a bit of an eyesore, but we digressed a bit due to the interesting splatball competition happening while we where there on the weekend. Sites 121-133 are closest to the highway and have no shade...just wide open. I give this an 8 out of 10 due to the more-gravel-than-grass spots and proximity to highway noise and ugly splatball fence view, but I would certainly go there again, and plan to if I ever get back there. There is a Wal-Mart a mile to the north, and a nice Phillips-66 station (ice, beer, etc) and a movie theater a meer mile to the south. Arnolds Park is just a short drive to the south. Check out the little stores at the amusement park, especially the maritime museum in the yellow building facing the parking lot. Also check out the Emporium just up over the grassy area about a block away. Among several little stores in this old wooden building, there's a nice candy store inside.
Date of Stay: July, 2006
Located 10 miles south of Brainerd just off Hwy 371. Traffic noise is minimal to none. We love this place and have camped here each year for the past 5 years. Very nice store with supplies, arcade, and one of our favorites...tables and chairs in the store so you can sit around and chat with others camping while you enjoy your ice cream treat (available at store), or watch a little TV. Nice pool behind the store. Unlike many campgrounds, the owners are usually the ones in the store so you can get to know them. They have occasional help in the store, usually a few others who also have seasonals there, and we have gotten to know them. There restrooms and showers at the main building, and also at the bath house on the west side of the grounds. Always clean and hot water, and shower mats (nice touch!). The grounds are along the lake, and there is a fish cleaning building as well. All sites now have a nice concrete patio. There are several trees so there is always some shade available...I enjoyed sitting out and watching all the Blue Jays fly around of which there were several. I highly recommend Crow Wing Campground. Just be sure not to get site 60 which is off by itself (which isn't always bad) but is right next to the bankshot basketball court. All day long you will here "bonk bonk bonk" of basketballs. We stay on weekends so the price is a bit higher than during the weekdays.
Date of Stay: July, 2006
Very nice campground. You're greeted at the entrance to verify your "tag" on your mirror (if you're already registered) or directed to the office just ahead. On Friday night arrival, others were at the office to direct you to park. We were escorted to our site, and a part-time worker who happened to be camping across from us came over an introduced himself and helped me back in. Sites are all next to each other without much in between but there is still plenty of room. There were only a few sites open on a typical weekend but it was very comfortable with all the campers around and relatively quiet even with all the families and kids around us. The grounds are VERY nice. Lots of grass, and the trees provided about 50-50 shade/sun. Just right. The main store is very well kept up with a small supply store and clothing, as well as general grocery items you may need. You can get coffee and cappuccinos, get a cooked pizza if you wanted, and a slushy. There is a large hall for various activities behind the main office and an arcade room. Pool was nice and always busy. Bathrooms were very nice, showers were good with hot water. A shower mat would be nice to step onto when you get out of the shower. (A simple touch many camprgrounds overlook, but not a biggee.) The showers (including restrooms) are at the main store building, with scattered single restrooms at the ends of the camping rows so you didn't always have to walk up to the main store, and these were always clean. The campground is on the east edge of Waseca across the highway from Clear Lake. There are a few grocery stores on the north edge of town, just a 5 to 8 minute drive from the campground. We stayed on a weekend when prices are a little higher. Overall, very nice place, near the top of my list.
Date of Stay: May, 2006
We've stayed here a few times and this campground is also near the top of our list. In 2006 we stayed in early to mid-May when the campground was not fully open and the water park was still being prepared for the season. There were a few dozen campers the same weekend. Since they were not fully operational, the fee was only $20 a night on the weekend and only the main front bath house was open. Showers and restrooms were clean, some sites are spacious and some are closer (smaller). Plenty of trees for shade, the store is nice, and there is a big water park on the west side of the grounds which the kids will love. There is also a nice bath house next to the water park which was kept clean. We plan to go back at least once a year.
Date of Stay: September, 2005
Nice place. Very clean and organized store and restrooms, I was quite impressed. I was only at the grounds to sleep at night due to activities in town, but was a nice campground. The frontage road off the main exit was about a mile of gravel road, traffic noise from I-94 was somewhat noticable but not bad and I was camped near the front of the grounds right behind the store. I'd go back again if I'm in the area.
Date of Stay: September, 2004
Very nice campgrounds, several smaller trees but just about right. Nice store, clean and kept up with a small pool next to it. The managers/owner were friendly. We stayed here due to relatives living in area. We would certainly stay again. It's just off the main exit to Jackson MN off I-90 but traffic noise was minimal. Bathrooms and showers were clean. Nice place.
Date of Stay: August, 2004
We camped here for about 4 days. Most sites are nice with some shade depending on site. There is one main bath house. We saw many people driving their vehicles up to the restrooms, because they were in the further out sites. The bathrooms and showers were OK, often there were dirty floors from kid's (?) dirty feet getting tracked in. The store is small with a few booths to sit down, nothing fancy. I'd maybe go back again but won't be in a hurry. Campgrounds were a mile or so back in off the highway on a gravel road, too bad it wasn't blacktop.