We found the park had nice big well leveled spaces. Nice shade. The trains were a problem, loud and often. Only portable toilets in our area. Showers were new and clean but in a different area of the camp, however, you had to pay for each shower .50 - .75 each. Bar and restaurant was nice. We camped here in a Motorhome.
[ 6 / 10 ]
Un-remarkable. Mostly permanent residents. Just fine for an overnighter and not a vacation stop. We camped here in a Motorhome.
I guess there are no previous remarks because this place is so unremarkable. Sites are gravel on mud (with leaky taps) in a field behind a CW bar. Don't pay for the sewer connection unless your pipe is at the extreme aft end of your rig: with my mid-mounted pipe I had to use the dump station, which is slanted the wrong way. The new restrooms are huge, modern and spotless. Overall an OK place for a night. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The campground itself was very pretty and had trails that hooked up to local hiking trails where we geocached a couple times. It was poorly run, however. The office was closed when we arrived so the only assistance we had checking in was from the wife of the camp host that really had no idea what was going on. The site we were given was basically a giant mud puddle so we asked to move to one of the many empty sites available, which she begrudgingly allowed us to do. Because the campground was mostly empty Canada geese had overrun the place and therefore so did their droppings so we really didn't hang out outside much. My husband used the restrooms once and then forbid me from even entering the building because they were so gross - and coming from my unsqueamish hubby - that's saying a lot. Thankfully we were just passing through so we only stayed here one night. Probably wouldn't go back. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Stayed here for two nights in early August. Large park-like setting with dense woods around the perimeter. The pull thrus and 50 Amp power books early so we ended up with a back in 30 Amp with water which was on the perimeter closest to the St. Louis River. The sites are adequate but can be a challenge to level your larger rigs as many of the perimeter spaces are not very flat. The 30 Amp power was good and we had no problems with our appliances but didn't run any of the AC units as it was cool outside at night. The staff is very friendly and will do whatever they can to make your visit enjoyable. Just don't be alarmed when your GPS starts routing you through a residential neighborhood - the park is at the end of the road. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The park located near I35 is located on the ST Louis River. It has large mature trees with reasonable shade. Only a few sites have sewage, but most have water and electric. We use 30 amps, but I saw 50 amp rigs in the park. The park and grounds are maintained and clean. The sites are not large but reasonable; the pads are gravel and reasonably level. It’s a dog friendly park, with abundant area to walk your dogs, especially on the river. We connected to DTV from our site (34). Connection looks possible from most sites. Version cell signal was 3 bar (4G). The restrooms and showers are okay. They are reasonably clean, but could be better. One of the two sinks was stopped up. The laundry area is neglected and untidy; the equipment is old and rundown. The park is not exceptional, but not-ordinary either. I would certainly come back. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
It was busy at the campground with nearly every site filled. Still, it was very pleasant, reasonably quiet and comfortable. Many sites have "views" to the river, but none are on it. All individuals managing the campground that I interacted with were courteous and helpful. The campground needs additional restroom / shower facilities as they don't have nearly enough to support the place when its full. I hope the city will invest in upgrading the electric and water systems here. They are adequate, but older and should be updated before the minor problems other have reported become more serious. We camped here in a Motorhome.
LOVED it here. Quiet, right in town, but not noisy. Beautiful river view and walking paths. The staff was super nice and helpful. We did not have any water troubles as mentioned in other reviews. We had a full hookup pull through and they are a little tight, but overall, I would stay here no doubt. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Lucky to arrive early in the day, we were offered 3 sites to check before choosing. Our site was in dappled shade, not all sites have shade, as it appears some huge trees were lost in the last few years. Our site was level gravel. All the reviewers earlier mentioning a water hose as the source of water are not kidding. We also did not find the spigot for the clean cold water. All the grassy areas were closely mowed. The restroom building looked brand new, and was being painted, but I did not make it inside to check. The pull through sites were located close to each other. Our site on the St. Louis River - a waterfront site - was wide, and green. Our site, as all the others on the lakefront, was separated from the lake and views by a patch of trees and brush - then a walking and bicycling path. So the trees do stop every walker from your seeming to be in the campsites. We spent some time in the evening on one of the docks - watching a deer feed, a beaver swim, ducks landing, fox running, frogs leaping, dragonflies hovering, and a doe with 2 fawns swim across to the island. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Great campground! Lots of trees and shade with easy access to a bike/hike trail and close to Duluth by auto. The manager provided the best set of directions I have ever received over the phone and was very nice when we arrived. We will stay here again. Good antenna TV reception. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a very nice campground. New management has made a big difference. They even have Wi-Fi now, and new showers and toilets. Everything is clean and ready to use. Also, good communication and response to questions. Love the view and the scenery - lots of room for the kids to play. Location is great - right on the Western Waterfront Trail and the St. Louis River. We rented kayaks and had a blast! I'd recommend to all my friends. It's a great way to see Duluth. Check out the new web site -- it gives you lots more information about things to do and see. Love it! We camped here in a Motorhome.
I've heard new management is making the place nicer, but we've had issues in the past with gross bathrooms, having to share water with multiple sites, and extremely wet sites when camping in the rain. There are nice bike trails, both off-road and the Munger Trail nearby. They have an area to pull your boats up on shore, but you have to awkwardly walk through sites to get there. May stay again if we hear things continue to get better. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
The good: Check-in went smoothly, we'd made reservations online. Site (#43) was level with some shade. The bad: Water hookup was a hose laying back in the weeds, connected to a tap somewhere, never did find it! Voltage was low, 114 V., even tho the transformer was right in front of our site. Read the other reviews of this campground, they pretty much tell the story of bureaucratic mismanagement and neglect. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We had an awful experience here, arriving during a rainstorm. As it was in the evening, around 7pm, the campground was filled with RVs. There must have been some local event going on, but we were only overnighting. It was very difficult maneuvering around to our site, a pull-through, having to dodge units sticking out of their sites into the roadway. Most of the roadway was covered in water and our site was virtually in a pond. There appeared to be very little drainage or runoff control with water accumulating everywhere. It made connections a little dicey to say the least. I had to set-up wading in 6 inches of water dragging my hose, sewer tube, and power cord through standing water and having to leave them there. Looking at the units around me, it appeared that others were in the same situation as I. We will not stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This campground is owned by the city of Duluth, and managed by Munger Inn. I don't have much nice to say about this campground, and I will NEVER return. When you have the city or local government managing ANYTHING, you are bound to have the poorest service ANYWHERE. 1. Computer access in office area for campers to make reservations for tours or events. The computer is broken, and no sign it will ever be fixed. 2. Bathrooms are usually dirty, with stuff on the floor, and dirty sinks. The Coin-operated shower is COLD. 3. Handicapped shower hose broken, door handle missing on both sides of main entry door. There is poor ventilation, cobwebs and spiderwebs in corners and the concrete floor is dirty. 4. Electrical hookups are not marked well, so my neighbor flipped my circuit breaker by mistake, shutting off my a/c in my camper on 83 degree day. Fridge food spoiled and a hot camper upon return of all day activities. 5. Firewood is expensive and is terrible. It is hard to get lit, and the kindling they sell, didn't help. I don't care what DNR says: I am bringing my own pallet firewood everywhere I go. I'm tired of buying local firewood that is crappy. 6. Potholes that are unfilled year after year. 7. Fire ring is not cleaned out. Full of half burned wood, glass, garbage. THE POOR CONDITIONS IN THIS PARK DO NOT CHANGE YEAR TO YEAR. Office workers blame it on the city that nothing improves, and I guess I believe them. SAVE YOUR MONEY AND CAMP SOMEWHERE ELSE, even if it is more expensive. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Nice little park. We stayed in #3, a full hook-up, 50A, partially shaded, level, gravel site. No problems. Our 38 foot DP fit easily with room to spare. There is a gravel water front walk, a pier canoe launch, and the paved Munger trail. If the weather was better, we'd stay here a while. Lots of recreational opportunities. The park has a park-like feel. A bit muddy in wet weather, but otherwise okay. The Wifi worked great. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Go to mapquest, or some other satellite image website, to get an aerial of the campground as the map on the website is inaccurate as far as placement and proportion goes. Sites 51, 52, and 53 are very, very cramped together. Luckily we had nice neighbors or it could have been awkward while spending time outside. It's about what you'd expect from a city-owned campground. Lots of dandelions and "cabbage weed" which along with the grass was too long. Noticed quite a few huge, deep water puddles which hung around for days, including the one at the front of my site which I couldn't avoid when backing in and it got my truck all dirty. Electrical posts on wrong side on many of the sites. Luckily I had a heavy-duty extension cord so I could reach! Water hookups were nice. Overall, not much thought put into site placement. Bathrooms could have been cleaner. Showers were OK but not very big, nor private. If our stay was shorter I would have showered in our camper. Dump site was OK but on the wrong side. You actually have to drive back into the campground and make the loop to get to it, then head back out when you're done. But, everyone had that figured out so there were no problems when dumping. I usually don't go off what other people say about loud groups. One night it might be bad, and the next night the noisemakers might be gone. There was a mix of young, old, groups, singles, campers, tents, RVs and we didn't have a problem with noise at night and the campground was full. All in all, I would never come back here to "camp", or just hang out and relax. We used this campground only as a place to sleep while we went to Duluth for a wedding, and to visit Jay Cooke State Park and the North Shore. For that: it served it's purpose well, a nice stopover site. One thing to note: the owners of the Willard Manager Inn (right as you turn off of Hwy. 23) are hired by the city to take care of this campground. This is good to know for when the hosts are not around. They were friendly. The host is not real chatty so if you're into small talk don't expect a captive audience. He was all business but very accommodating. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
[ 5 / 10 ]
We stopped for 2 days to tour the Duluth area. This was a good short-stopover for us. We were assigned site 36 with electricity, but found it had no water, so we were offered site 34 with water & electricity which we took. Mistake! Could not level the motorhome and the water was merely a hose lying on the ground from an adjacent site. Also discovered that in heavy rains, this site floods. However, the park was otherwise okay. It was clean and sites were fairly large. Other sites appeared to be level and trees offered some shade. Roads in park were gravel and in fair shape. Would stay again for short period. Cell phone, air card and satellite reception were good. We camped here in a Motorhome.
I see this park has had some kind of negative ratings. I want to balance those out by reinforcing the positive ones I can now testify to - the beautiful location and park-like feel!! I never used the bathrooms/showers (didn't need to - we were in an RV and had full hook-ups for the first two nights), but they did look run-down all right. The office is also a bit like a cave -maybe they were trying to lower their electricity bill by leaving the lights off? So I can understand the lower ratings because of these things. However, this place is on the St. Louis River and has waterfront trail all along its edge, as well as being a block away from the Willard Munger trail. Even though much of the weather was cold, rainy, and windy during our stay, I loved walking our dogs on the trail and hanging out on the dock, looking at the beautiful scenery. Staying at the campground, I forgot all the city life surrounding us! And there were fireflies along the water's edge as well! What a treat!!! We camped here in a Motorhome.
Coin-operated showers (25 cents for 5 minutes). Very run-down. Bathrooms not clean "River view" obstructed by untrimmed trees. Wireless WiFi did not work. However, right at Willard Munger State Trail which nearly overcame the drawbacks. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We stayed at this campground in August 2007. It was an ok stay. The office personal was not very friendly at check in. Park could have used some work; bathrooms not good! Sites had some good size. Unfortunately every night skunks came to visit us at our site and others also. We had to hang out in the camper at 9:30PM with the kids sleeping. We will not stay at this campground again. Just lucky we had plenty planned for outside of the campground. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We enjoyed ourselves at this campground. Sites are quite tight and close together. Bathrooms and showers leave much to be desired we used the trailer for our 'needs'. The setting is wonderful, right on the river. Great hiking and biking trails can be accessed right from the grounds. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We enjoyed our time at this campground. I would describe this campground as adequate, but not posh. There are laundry facilities in the shower house, which is a nice benefit. There is wireless internet, but it doesn't reach very far away from the office building. You have to carry your computer to a spot near the office building - but then the reception is great. We camped in our 35 ft motorhome with two slides. Although we saw several coaches that were much bigger, my husband commented that he wouldn't want to maneuver one of them around the campground. He thought it looked a little tight in places. The staff was friendly. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Ok facilities and spots. Would not recommend sites 39-41 as they are quite crammed together and next to the various hosts site. Water is supplied to the site through a hose, but worked ok. Worked well for the nearby marathon, and for site seeing around town, but any more than 2 nights would get a tad boring. Nearby biking / walking trail is wonderful, so bring your bikes! We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
The campground is close enough to Duluth to commute from, but far enough away that you don't feel like you are in the city. This is not an RV resort, it is a campground, so you should know what to expect. We camped in a 36' 5th wheel. We had plenty of room although the campground was full. We arrived during the week, when the park wasn't full, so had no trouble pulling into our spot. Later when the park was full, it might have been more difficult. The there were two park hosts who rotated days. Park was clean, bathrooms were clean. We used the laundry facilities, which were nice. Local campers and out-of-towners were friendly. There was one rowdy bunch who shot off fireworks, they were immediately shut down. Not much gravel on the pads, spots were not level. But that is what a campground is like. We would stay here again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This place looks better on the website than it really is. It is a small, extremely crowded park with everyone crammed in right next to each other. There were lots of local people who had come in big groups to party, so it certainly wasn't peaceful or quiet. There was not a lot of maneuvering for a large motor home, partly because of the narrow roads and trees and partly because of the way the sites are laid out. It was okay for an overnight stay, but I wouldn't return here. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Indian Point CG, Duluth, MN. Stayed here for one night June 30, 2007. Nice CG in a somewhat unusual location in South Duluth. Easy to get to from I-35. Directions in Woodalls are right on the money. Clean, quiet, well run CG. The only thing I would caution is to be sure you emphatically specify the size of your rig when you make your reservation. Many of the sites are quite narrow and close together, although there are some nice big rig sites. We were put into a spot (Site #15) and I was assured that it was an easy fit for my 35ft 5er and my 25ft truck. NOT! I never would have made it in were it not for the fact that the sites across the road weren’t occupied and I was able to maneuver into and out of them. But overall a nice place with very friendly hosts. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
If you are requesting an electric site, make sure when booking that electric means at least 30 amps. We were under the assumption that it was, and when we arrived we found out that our site was only 15 amps. After complaining we were moved and everything was fine after that. A lot of tents at this campground. It really didn't get quiet until midnight. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Wooded, quiet. Lovely setting. Wish it were nearer the downtown Duluth area, but it's very close to the Munger Bike Trail. There is a playground nearby which looked like fun for little kids. We camped here in a Tent.
In city campground in Duluth's west side right on St Louis river. Close to Canal Park and all attractions. Sites are fairly level with good shade. TV reception pretty good. Now for the bad: Badly understaffed, poor city worker was at end of his rope by 3pm on Saturday of 4th of July weekend. Bathroom/Shower buildings were in terrible physical shape and generally unclean. All this from a city that extracts a 12% tax on even a Big Mac. Despite being "City" park did not see one cop in 3 nights. Expect to pay the 16% lodging tax on your patch of grass. Location is this place's saving grace. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We had previous reservations for a local campground on the mountain and ran into problems beyond our control. We were left with no choice but to look for new campgrounds. We found this campground manager at Indian Point Campground and although he was full, he jockeyed us into a site for our week stay. This campground is very pleasant and well kept. The manager was bar none, the most hospitable campground manager that I have encountered. He put forth a great deal of effort to ensure not only a high level of comfort but made it possible for us to stay in a wonderful campsite close to Duluth for a solid week. In my opinion, a campground can only be as good as its manager. If this guy managed a campground in a different location, I would rate it a 10. This location is a bit blue collar, but that is forgotten quickly once entering the park. I recommend this campground highly. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Camped in pop-up 4 nights in Aug 2005. Grounds are good with mostly grass to some gravel, some mowing was needed in areas but not bad. Large open area around small playground located near bathhouse. You can see most other campsites from anywhere. Large trees on grounds with partial to no shade depending on location. Laundry room was good. Bathrooms were OK. Mens room had 1 air dryer so no paper towels are used at all. Showers are OK, though the changing portion of the showers were small, hardly any room to change and only a hook to hang clothing on. No shelf or stool in the shower to set your clothes or shower bag on. Shower is on concrete and the small portion to change on is a small wooden step plank so at least you are off the floor, but can be dirty if someone previously was standing with dirty shoes. 2 showers in men's room, wife had to wait on weekend to use shower as it was busy. Wife said there was a puddle of urine in one of the stalls for a day. We later realized there is a mop in the laundry room which could have been used to clean up. Only one grounds attendant manages the grounds for the city. Overall, I would stay again, it wasn't home, but wasn't bad, and it was about the only campground this close in to Duluth that we were aware of. The area is generally quiet except for occasional sound of nearby train track and occasional sirens of emergency vehicles on nearby Grand Ave. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
This was a decent campground. It is on the water and has a small dock but does not have a swimming area. The showers and restrooms left a lot to be desired. Did have a problem with a loud group across from us and couldn't find any staff after 10 p.m. to quiet them down. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Pretty good setting if you want to do some fishing. Good piers and boat ramp. Very bad road into camp. Not close to any areas such as shopping or restaurants. Gravel areas to park in and some grassy dirt areas with small swimming area at lake. Park was sort of old style and good sites had fulltimers or seasonals in them. It was clean and the lake was pretty. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We like this campground because of the big sites and privacy. The campground is new, so they don't have showers/bathrooms yet. They do have a dump site, but no water hooked up there yet. Not sure about the pump service. We spoke with one seasonal guest who said he pumps himself out, as it never seems to get done when he asks. There isn't a playground, but lots of kids biking and playing with the big sites. The lake is across the highway from the campground, which is a little inconvenient, but there's a beautiful public beach there. Location is nice with Island Lake and Boulder Lake right nearby, as well as many other lakes within minutes. A short drive/bike from the campground, you'll find a couple of bars/restaurants, an ice cream shop, and a convenience store with gas and groceries. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We liked this park and wished we had more time to spend there. The campground is nothing more than a parking lot for RVs, but the sites have plenty of room for our RV and Jeep and we were able to put out our awnings with plenty of room to spare. The sites are paved and the utilities worked well. Water pressure is very high so put your regulator on your hose inlet. The Wi-Fi was fast most of the time. You have to drive through a tourist area and the streets were tight and busy but we didn't have any problems getting to the campground. It was great to watch the ships and the Aerial Bridge. We road our bikes to the shops and the tourist areas. The host was friendly and very helpful. We would stay her again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Tough to rate. It's right on the harbor and fun to watch ships and boats of all types coming and going. Easy walk to the Canal Park area with shops, restaurants, maritime museum, lakeside boardwalk, beaches,etc. And the lift bridge is quite fascinating to watch. The area takes on a whole new look a night so walk in after dark too. The park however is just a parking lot with hookups. Showers/restroom is a portable thing and not very clean. Cramped quarters and tricky access and parking. Your picnic table looks right at your neighbors sewer. Some TV on the antenna. Owner friendly with tips on what to see and how to get there. I would probably stay again only because of the location, but it's not the nicest park we've used. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Back for our yearly July 4th stay. Never gets old staying here. Contruction has finally started on the Hotel, can't wait to get real bathrooms/showers and laundry back. WiFi still needs to be upgraded. 3G MiFi works fine if you have it. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is basically a parking lot at the marina but location! location! location! Right on the water (behind the boats) and two blocks from the aerial bridge where the ore boats go in and out. Loved it. We didn't use their facilities but probably wouldn't be happy if we did since they are portable at this point. The only construction we saw was out on the main street about a block away. Will handle any size rig but I think it would be tough to get out of the water and electric only spots for a big rig. We would stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We were here a few years ago and had to settle for a W&E site. This year, with just a few days notice, we were able to get a FHU site on a Tuesday. From our previous visit, I didn't think that would be possible. There were even a few FHU maybe a half a dozen W&E sites available when we arrived. We ended up staying 3 days and the park was almost full by Thursday night. Recent reviews have mentioned the current situation here - hotel being built, the office, bathrooms (3 temps on a trailer available), and laundry are gone, etc. The location, the convenience to the sights and attractions of Duluth, etc. have also being mentioned. In general, almost everything in the previous reviews is correct. I just can't give the RV park a great rating because of all the great things around it. Even though we got a FHU site, the Electric is on the wrong side because of the one pedestal every other site situation. All sites are back-ins on asphalt with rear hook-ups. There is Wi-Fi that worked well but no cable TV. All sites appear to be satellite friendly and there are plenty of local stations via antenna. I like the park, enjoy Duluth, and hope the park does not disappear with the completion of the new hotel. We camped here in a Motorhome.
As others have noted, the location of this park is its best feature, provided you are using it as a "base camp" to explore Duluth. Unless you're really into the feel of tailgating, it may not be a comfortable park to hang out at by your RV all day. To the east, across the lift bridge, is Canal Park and downtown Duluth with restaurants, museums, shops, and a nice bike/running/walking path along the waterfront. To the west is Park Point (a nice 3+ mile bike ride from Lakehead), which also has nice trails and a beautiful sand beach. The bathrooms/showers, temporarily located in a trailer, were dirty and had a funky smell. The unit itself looked newer and considering the interior was constructed of fiberglass/plastics, it should have been easy to keep them cleaner than what they were. This was the main reason I couldn't give them a 9 or 10. I'm sure the facilities will be nicer once the hotel is completed, but I also wonder if they'll still allow campers then or if they'll need the extra parking for hotel guests. We didn't use their Wi-Fi, but it seemed like their signal was pretty weak where we were parked (just about the end of the lot). Didn't use the dump station either. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Back again for our yearly July 4th trip. Still not tired of coming here. The view makes pavement camping worth while. Chilling out on a reclining chair taking in the breeze and view is plenty enough to do. I wasn't aware of the hotel construction till shortly before I arrived. Not a bother as they haven't broke ground yet, but the temporary bathroom accommodations leave a lot to be desired in 90 degree plus weather. If they were all air conditioned my opinion of that would change a bit. So needless to say it was a stinky 5 days as none of us used the sweat box temporary showers. I enjoyed my stay though, and will be back again next year. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The Marina is getting prepared to build a 9 story hotel, so the permanent showers and restrooms are no longer operable. The temp facilities are portable toilets and showers. Even though you are parked on blacktop, you can't beat the location. There is a boat ramp available. Wi-Fi is $2.00 per night. We used T-Mobile tethered to laptop for internet, not blazing speed, but worked. We've parked (not camped) here before and WILL return. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed here for 2 nights on our way to Two Harbors. This is the parking lot for the Marina with water and electric. No trees and one patch of grass for our dog. We didn't see any bathrooms or showers. The sounds of the boats and the water are very soothing. There are lots of photo opportunities. A short walk to LOTS of activities and Canal Park. The area is locked secure at night. We would stay again. There is a dump station. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This "campground" is actually a parking lot at a marina, so no trees in sight. Had a level, black-top site with hookups well placed. Had a very strong WiFi signal; efficient and pleasant office staff. The campground offers no amenities but is well located, less than half a mile from the Canal Park shopping and restaurant district so you can walk across the aerial bridge and access much of the tourist stuff, or walk into downtown Duluth. Getting in and out of sites can be difficult because of congestion. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This place gets a 10 for location and convenience (in addition to friendly staff). Only a few full hook up sites, although other sites are available. Basically a concrete parking lot for the marina. Still, a great overnight stop. Also great if you are visiting downtown Duluth. A five minute walk and you are at the Aerial Lift Bridge in the heart of Canal Park. Will stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Back for our yearly July 4th tradition. I have read many of the positive and negative comments below, and would like to chime in on some of them. These are my opinions, however strong some may think they are. Dump site: there are 2, one at the gas dock, the other at the gates with a supplied hose very much in plain sight. This is a boat marina, it is paved, and it is tight, but that doesn't stop any of us regulars, so if you are longer than 40' and aren't good backing up your rig then (a) find another place to stay or (b) downsize to something you can handle backing up. Head (bathrooms in nautical terms): this is a Boat Marina! The view is to die for. The owners (not staff) are the friendliest most accommodating people I have met. Word of this place has got out and it is true there is often no vacancies, so try to plan your stay in advance. (It used to be a well kept secret until somebody published it on Woodall's.) The bathroom and showers are a little behind times, but they work, provide hot water and get the job done! If you are the type who wants to stay in a Class 'A' only park, a park that discriminates on age of rig, a park with pristine luxury bathrooms, a park with concierge service, yuppieville park, and don't like places without pull through sites, or places that frown upon us common folk who cannot afford half million dollar coaches: then this is not the place for you. Keep going to the next place and leave room for those of us that see the beauty that completely envelopes you as you stay here. I rarely even close my solar shades here, it is that gorgeous. Now if only they could get the WiFi provider to improve their service! We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a marina that has set up their operation to accommodate RVs where the boats are parked for the winter months (while they're in the water for the summer). It's right at the waters edge, convenient to the downtown and tourist areas in Duluth. The rest rooms (Head, in boat terminology) are somewhat oddly configured and a little tired, but clean at least. A little spend y for what you get, but I guess you're paying more for the location and convenience. Owners were VERY nice, helpful and accommodating. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This was a unique experience for us. It is in a marina: even though we are not boat nuts, we enjoyed walking around and looking at them. Was close to downtown and the canal to watch the freighters. Bathrooms were good. There's a free washer and dryer, however the dryer did not work well, after an hour and half the clothes were still damp. Wi-Fi costs and is expensive, so did not use. A good place to camp while touring Duluth. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This has been a delightful place to stay. We have enjoyed watching the big freighters come and go. The horns blowing to herald their arrival and departure is worth the trip to Duluth. The fact that it is basically a parking lot for boats in the winter, does not detract from the great view of the lake and the hillside beyond. At night the lights are beautiful and we leave our front shade open late, so that we can just sit and appreciate them. We would come here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
I rate this park highly they have the greatest host and area guide I have ever met. We planned on staying 2 days, but stayed 4. The sites are located within the marina and if you are a boat person, this is wonderful. Near downtown is a plus. No real amenities other than the great view from your site. Most sites do not have sewer as there is a dump station easily accessible on your way out. We camped here in a Motorhome.
I agree with previous reviews, except the remarks about the bathrooms. They were old, but clean. Also, they were very private. Each had either a complete room (toilet, sink and shower) or a toilet. The view is spectacular - looking at the Duluth harbor and downtown and the hills beyond. My biggest gripe is how they assign spots. The 3 days I was here there wasn't much activity, but they park units next to each other. Also, and not their fault is the drawbridge horn - for that matter the drawbridge itself. Communication between ships and the bridge are very loud horn toots - at any time. Water & electric were fine, and spaces were wide enough for awnings. All in all, it was a good experience, and I would return. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Apparently the high ratings in most of the previous reviews are due to the location. It is a good place to watch the boats arriving and departing. It is also close to all the activities at the Canal Park Entertainment District. But I feel the park itself (if you can call it an RV park) is highly overrated. It is a concrete parking lot which is used for boat storage in the winter. There is all kinds of equipment associated with the storage and marina setting around. RV sites are on a narrow parking lot with RVs backed in at an angle on one side and smaller vehicles on the other side. If there are no cars in the way, it is not too hard to get parked and exit. But if there are cars in the way, it is very difficult to get backed into your site and even more difficult to exit. Most RVs were having to back out because there is no place to turn around. The park is not big rig friendly, but there are lots of them staying there including us. It is the tightest parking area we have every been in. A lot of the boat owners spend the weekend on their boats, so all their cars filled up the parking lot. We camped here in a Motorhome.
While I agree that this park's location offers great views and excellent access to downtown Duluth (about 1 mile one way over the bridge), the park itself has many serious flaws. I found the bathrooms to be very old and dirty. Maneuvering in and out of sites when the park is full is VERY difficult. According to the staff, the dozen or so sites that have sewers are usually booked well in advance for weeks/months at a time. If you don't have large holding tanks it is difficult to stay more than one day. Unfortunately, I did not look for the dump until after the office closed and the dump location shown on the map taped to the door appeared to be cemented over. So, I don't think there is a sewer dump in the park. If not for the location, this park would be rate a 3 at best. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Great view of the bridge and ship canal. Owner very helpful. I did have trouble with the main electric quality, but we were moved to a new site and connected to a boat dock electric. Definitely would stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The staff sure go out of their way to make you feel at home. The location is awesome. My wife always asks me for a lake view, well you can't get any closer to a major body of water than this. Spectacular views; walking distance to the best Duluth has to offer, etc... It is true this is a boat marina, fully paved, no playground, but my 3 kids ages 7-13 had a great time over our 9 day stay. The public beaches and playgrounds are walking distance, as well as the Duluth Waterfront Shops. The canal and the 1000 foot long Ore Ships amazed the kids every time they passed by. Oh, and if you're fortunate enough to get in during the July fourth holiday, the fireworks are launched a few hundred yards off the breakwater, and they are very well done. I have made this a yearly stop for us. Family tradition to begin now. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We love this RV park and return at least once every year. The accommodations are clean and the owners are friendly. You cannot beat the spectacular view of the city on the hill and the lift bridge. The park is convenient to all area attractions, as well as shopping and restaurants. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This park is nothing but a parking lot in a marina with sites lined up next to each other. They are wide sites with picnic tables provided. In the electric/water sites there is an awesome view past the marina across the bay toward the city of Duluth and its trademark lift bridge. If your view is out your back window you will look toward the other direction of Superior, WI. There is a dump station on site. The full hookup sites are in front of the facility near the office and have a view out the front only, though not as good as the partial hookup sites. It is less than 10 minutes walk to the Lift Bridge, across which is the main tourist area of Duluth with Grandma's restaurants and the free Corps of Engineers visitors center/museum. The coming and going of the huge lake ships are a big deal here, and the Lift Bridge raises all the way up for them, with visitors lining the shore to watch the event. Ride your bike right from the campground across the bridge to the fabulous Lake shore trail and ride for 5 miles along the beautiful lake. At $32/$37 it is pricey but the location/view makes it worth it - BUT be warned that wifi costs $9/day $28/week which drops its rating from a 9 to an 8 in my book. We camped here in a Motorhome.
A great place to park and see the sights around Duluth. The aerial bridge is just three blocks away, and seeing (and hearing) the big ships come in and out of the harbor is awesome. Owner and his daughter are very personable and go out of their way to help. We would definitely stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The location of this campground gets it an 8 from me - wow. The campground is not much, it really is a marina and a parking lot. I don't think they have bathrooms and showers and no other facilities. They do have full hookups, the spaces are tight but not so bad, plenty of room for our 4 slides and still an outside space. You don't come here for the campground you come for the location. You can walk to everything and there is a great lakeside path for jogging walking and bikes. We would definitely stay here again We camped here in a Motorhome.
Be aware that this is a “sea-worthy” camping experience; in other words, not the usual stuff but well worth it. This is a paved parking lot, on the waterfront with easy and convenient access to the city. Be prepared to attach your pressure regulator to the site’s water faucet. TV reception is weak. What a great experience to park with the big boats. We “camped” for three nights and would do it again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Great location for tourists. Lots of great restaurants nearby. Unique campground since it's really a marina. The water pressure is 110 psi, so bring a regulator. Free washer and dryer in the harbor house. Dump station requires that you use their hose and it's right at the entrance gate. I was little surprised when I asked if I could stay an hour longer and was told no...there was only about 3 other RVs in the RV area and lots of spaces for newcomers. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Excellent location on park point just over the scenic lift bridge. The Duluth aquarium, sandy beach on Lake Superior and 2 maritime museums as well as several top notch restaurants are in walking/biking distance. We spent a week there. Owner is somewhat indifferent to the campers as he is really a boat basin and dock for yachts. Spaces are adequate and paved-no grass. Back in only. Hookups are all top notch 50 amp, sewer etc. WiFi is $8 a day-Ouch! Would stay again just for the location-services are adequate but not exceptional. It is fenced in with card access through a gate so security is good. Showers are free and fairly clean. No swimming or recreation in the park really. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
It is not a fancy Campground but it is right close to the Downtown area. We enjoyed watching the boat traffic coming off the lake and meeting a few of the people who dock their boats at the Marina who were very friendly. We camped here in a Motorhome.
What a great place to park your RV. Welcome change from the normal parks. Right on the waterfront of a busy harbour and a short walk to the city centre. Somebody had a bright idea to use the space used for winter boat parking. Sure, it does not have everything that an RV Park normally has but the benefits more than make up for that. Would definitely call in again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Great area to see the lake, shipping traffic, lift bridge and the local attractions. At night, overlooking the Duluth harbor, it is beautiful! We are returning this year in July. The weather in Duluth in September is very cool. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Despite the full hookup sites, RVers need to know that this is not a "campground" per se, but a marina in which the owner rents empty boat storage lots to RVers during the summer (when the boats are all in the water). While the owner (Joel) is a very nice man who is very accommodating to his guests, RVers should not expect a campground atmosphere (i.e., showers, bath houses, pet walk areas, etc.). That having been said, this place DEFINITELY has it's advantages (and disadvantages, as well). THE ADVANTAGES ARE: 1) The view! As this is a marina, many of the sites are directly on the water (like 60 feet away), 2) It is very close (less than 5 blocks) to downtown Duluth, and Duluth's famous aerial bridge is only 2 blocks away, 3) It's proximity to restaurants, downtown, shopping, etc. means that you don't have to use your toad if you don't mind walking a few blocks. THE DISADVANTAGES ARE: 1) The water pressure is HIGH (like around 100 psi), so PLEASE BE SURE to use your regulator, 2) As this place is located on a marina adjacent to an active harbor, you may hear the fog horns and/or ship heralding horns (which are VERY loud) at any hour of the day or night (but we were there for 2 nights and heard only 1 such horn), 3) There is very little grass here for walking your pets (as it's a marina), but there is a small patch of grass (about 40' x 10') near the office. All in all, it is a nice place. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We really enjoyed this park, because of its location. It is right by a boat dock, with the Duluth harbor in full view. We watched ships come through the channel, and the aerial bridge raise to let them in or out of the harbor. It is somewhat tight for big rigs, but the view is worth the maneuvers to get parked. We had a front row seat for the awesome fireworks on the 4th of July! We camped here in a Motorhome.
What this c/g lacks in amenities, it makes up for in hospitality. We were the only transients there and were made to feel like family. The site was large, but only had 30amps. There is a boat launch and a small laundry - one machine each. Coffee and baked goods every morning. Good fishing. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This campground has a lot of seasonal/permanent rigs. Probably about 50%. At first glance we weren't sure about it, but it turned out to be an okay place. It was very quiet, and the people were friendly. The river ambiance was nice, and our site was level. The rate for full hook-ups can't be beat. Cash or check as they do not take credit cards. Some kids were here, so kids are welcome, but no playground or pool. Most of the people were older. We would stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
While we thoroghly enjoyed the park itself we were horrified to discover ticks on us and our dog. From merely walking through the campground, on the road, we all found ticks when we returned to our trailer. The park is beautiful and serene but I can never stay there again because of the ticks. It was unbelievable. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
The best thing this place has going for it is its location and natural setting in the woods. Beyond that, it needs some work. We enjoyed having a quick drive to Duluth and other area attractions. We also enjoyed sitting at our site among the trees and usually only hearing wildlife, although occasionally you could hear the distant hum of I-35. The facilities themselves are in need of upgrades and care. First, the utilities for most sites are on the wrong side of the camper, forcing you to run your electric and water across the site and underneath the camper. Several sites are unlevel and in some cases too close to their neighbors (while others enjoyed a lot of separation.) Be sure to know the layout of your site before booking as some are so close together that they are really only meant for group camping with one camper backed in, one pulled in. Even more sites were so small that only a tent would fit, let alone your car- and I'm not referring to the walk-in sites either! It's almost as though the sites were put anywhere space could be found and without the needs of campers in mind. There are bright streetlights that are left on 24-7 (so much for being "green") and are annoying at night when you're trying to watch the stars. Some of the lights are burned out (lack of maintenance) which was fortunate for us since one was right at the front of our site. The front office was hardly ever open so if you need firewood or other basic supplies, expect to go in town. The dump station was difficult to use because the road was lower than the drain; I had to constantly raise my sewer hose up and down in order to empty the tanks. Our biggest disappointment was with the bathrooms. They were clearly NOT cleaned on a regular basis as we observed the same trash (whiskers, toothpaste, hair) in the sinks and showers for several days before they were cleaned. The shower curtains themselves were stained with black mold. There was no hand soap or any way to dry your hands. We watched the cleaning lady one day sweep out the restrooms (not mop) while her car was running, so that shows you how much attention was paid to maintaining the bathrooms. Overall we were disappointed. This place could be so much more if it was maintained better and some of the sites were reworked. It's really a shame because if they did make the improvements, it would be one of the nicest places around in a beautiful part of our country. Too bad. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We had reservations (used internet site) to stay at this campground for one week. We arrived on a saturday afternoon about 4:30 p.m. Found my site and had a good idea that my 29' travel trailer was not going to fit although I was told previously that it would. I backed in, and the tongue of the trailer was in the road. The door of the trailer opened into multiple trees and a thick patch of poison ivy. When I made reservations there were only two sites open at the time. Since the site I reserved was unusable and inhabitable, I went to the office to see if I could move. There was nobody at the office and I called two phone numbers that I found from the Minnesota campground guide and nobody answered the phone either. I had no choice but to find a different campground. We left a note explaining our situation and they called 1 day later saying that they would refund all but one days worth ($25) due to policy. I felt that this was unfair because I did not back out of the 'deal'. I showed up on time and there was no alternative for me due to lack of personnel. I give this campground a rating of 1 because 0 is not an option. If I had a full refund they would have had a 3. It is a nice location and the sites are small and private, good for tents and pop-ups. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We only toured the campground since we were in the area (we have a popup). Sites are all set in heavily wooded area so most if not all sites are quite private. Restrooms located at each of the 3 main loops of the grounds were clean and good showers and sinks. Showers even had rubber basket-weave mats in them, a plus in my book. Sites were often small to average size, some with little free space in them for added play room. Sites were not all level and a few would require an extra eye for backing in. A few sites were pull through. Overall, rugged grounds at most sites, some were nice so we marked them in our pamphlet for future reference. Grounds are located at top of the hill above Duluth just off I-35. Gravel roads on grounds. If you like private sites in heavily wooded area, you will like this. Be sure to tour the grounds before deciding on a spot if available before committing, as some of the sites are rugged, being small or unlevel, with some small sharp valleys next to the site which may make a challenge in the dark going from your camper to the picnic table. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.