12 Parks near Austin, Minnesota
Aug 2016 - $38.00
This campground is set within a grove of oak trees on a working corn and soybean farm. The road leading to the campground is one lane dirt with a smattering of gravel with multiple turns. The campground itself is a loop built on a slope. The owners are very friendly and I was escorted to the site. The owner also offered assistance as I backed into the site and when I left the campground. The site was a pull thru - you pull into site 9 and it continues into site 10. While the site was level side to side, it sloped front to back so much that neck was 6 foot plus off the ground. The utilities worked as expected. We could not use our direct tv, although we did get several OTA PBS stations and enjoyed watching American Experience. I disagree that this campground is Big Rig Friendly. I was able to get our 40' fifth wheel in and out, but it wasn't friendly. Since the Spam Museum is about the only reason to be in Austin anyway, and I've already been there, I doubt I'd return to Oakwood Trails CG. - 15243
Sep 2015 - $38.00
One of the nicest rv parks we've stayed in. The campground is tucked into a corner of a lovely farm. The owners are super nice. The gravel sites are surrounded by grass & huge oaks for shade. There is a dump station. No wi-fi or cable but we weren't looking for that. The quiet tranquility of the place was all the entertainment we needed. Wish we could have stayed longer. Will definitely return. - MoMartens
Aug 2015 - $38.00
As others have mentioned, this campground is drop dead gorgeous. The oak grove is beautiful. The sites are well spaced and nicely laid out.
We were fortunate to be greeted by 2 young female campers who eagerly pointed out all of the campground features and especially recommended the 0.7 mile trail surrounding the campground. We did take the small hike and while it might not meet the spectacular promotions of the children, it is nice.
Our only disappointment was that our firewood was wet and we gave up trying to burn it. We got a nice hot bed of coals underneath it, but the larger pieces refused to burn. We had a large rain storm move through our area earlier in the week, so maybe this wood got left out in it.
We will definitely return again. It is a wonderful place to spend a quiet, beautiful weekend. - Cory S
Jun 2014 - $35.00
Watch out for this one. False advertising on linked website! We called ahead to check availability, and were told nothing about the discrepancies in the amenities listed on the website. We arrived expecting to pay $15, and to receive a full-hook-up site (water, electric, and sewer). When we got there we were told there were no full-hook-up sites in the park, and that the rate was $35.00!! Having just completed a long day of driving, then traveling another 8 miles off the interstate to get to this park, we paid the $35.00 out of frustration. The dumpsite is unlevel, and the water hose is too short for flushing (can’t connect your own hose, either); so we will have to incur another cost to dump at a proper facility. Trees have low-hanging branches, making many sites unapproachable. We didn’t even look at the restrooms or showers, expecting the worse. Fortunately, the water and electric services were good (at least our $35 got us something!). It’s a shame, because this park has great potential... but the owners don’t seem motivated to make any changes or improvements. Given that I had called earlier in the day to ask about availability, and given that she is totally aware of the ‘improperly” advertised rates and amenities on the website, she should either have told me so on the phone, or adjusted the rate when I arrived. She did neither. We would never come back. - Travelin' Harrells
Sep 2010 - $15.00
I had a reservation for one night but chose not to stay here. My main complaint is that I do not consider this campground big rig friendly, contrary to the information in a prior review, or after a discussion with the campground owner. When I arrived about 2:00 p.m. on a Wednesday, there was no one in the office. I called the number for guidance but no one answered the phone. I walked the grounds but did not see any sites that I felt comfortable using. I tow my 40 foot fifth wheel with a semi truck, so to be fair it is bigger/heavier than most rigs. My concern was with low hanging branches, unlevel sites, and many sites looked soft from recent rainfall. I was concerned with getting stuck or damaging the grounds while pulling into a grassy site. This looked to be a casual campground that would accommodate smaller, lighter rigs for a reasonable price. However, big rigs should go elsewhere. - TomG100
Jul 2015 - $47.00
Very robust park... LOTS of amenities. Unfortunately, when one just wants a place to stay overnight, and not keep the kids occupied on a family vacation, one doesn't care about all the amenities, nor the $50+ nightly charge. It's a very clean park and the office staff is very friendly. The park is very clean, many sites have cable. Wifi is pretty much only available at the office. - Gator67
Jul 2012 - $70.00
Some of the best, kindest and hardest working owners/staff we've ever seen. Improvements appear to always be happening to this park. Brand new main lodge. New cabins were just being finished while we were here. And they were just putting the finishing touches on their "premium" sites, which feature narrow pond-side back-in sites on class 5 and uniquely curved concrete patio slabs. Sites at south end of park are nicely shaded and appear to be good for small groups, if you choose. Conveniently located right off I-90, but little highway noise detectable. Pool and water-slide area is nice, but way too small to handle demand on most days. Good mix of seasonal, temporary and cabins. While shade is abundant on most sites, sites are very narrow. Sites with sewer hookup are also rare and resort does not appear to offer honey-wagon service. Polite, family-oriented atmosphere with bikes and carts scurrying about. Never any noise at night. Everything is a very short walk away. Center of park features a nice pond with fountain and paddle boats, where kids try their hand at panfish and the occasional turtle. There is no beach. If the water is high enough, you can take a short float down the creek that surrounds the park. If you're bringing kids, be sure to pack light tackle, small nets, bikes and maybe even rubber boots. Bike trails attach to park. Themed weekends and other activities are listed in their website. As with most campgrounds these days, you can NOT bring in your own firewood. Jellystone Austin charges what we think is a steep $5 for a bundle of wood. - jorn
Sep 2011 - $32.00
VERY kid friendly campground. There are quite a few Seasonal Sites in the middle of the park. We arrived late but received a very friendly welcome from the staff working at the time. Long pull-thru site. Bathrooms were spotless. Showers were too. Shower was big, private, spotless, and HOT. Many activities available for kids including a petting zoo up through Labor Day. - MrBill54
Sep 2016 - $39.00
This is an OK overnight campground. It has the amenities you would expect at a KOA. It looks tired and could use some maintenance. I did not look at laundry or play area. There is some play equipment and a big grassy field where I saw dogs exercising. The road into the park is wide and level, but it is graded dirt. It's interior roads and sites are in need of repair and they are very muddy. We were not led to the site although there was a cart there. I realize you can't control rain but the roads and sites didn't appear to have much gravel left. We left deep gouges when we turned to pull in. It has been raining all night and I am concerned what we will find when we try to leave.
I made specific reservations for a site that was satellite friendly. The one we got was not. When we asked to be moved to the one directly in front of us, we were told that someone was coming in for it. We asked if they could move them and they did. We would stay here again but only as a stopover and only when not rainy (if possible). - Astilbe46
Aug 2016 - $37.00
Spacious and grassy with plenty of room for the dogs to run. Restrooms and showers were clean. - Jerry S
Aug 2016 - $37.00
This is a very nice park that we will stay at anytime we are in the Albert Lea area. We've found KOA's to be a mixed bag but this is one of the good ones. Clean and well manicured with corn fields all around. Service was friendly. It was a quiet pleasant place to stay. - bb6306
Jul 2010 - $35.00
Park was almost full of seasonals and locals. Very crowded, particularly the pool. The sites were grassy and wide, not particularly even but we were able to level. Entry roads were narrow, tight turns for larger rigs. Free WiFi in the office, not at sites. Very friendly and efficient office staff. They were the highlight of the visit. - BritChris
Jun 2009 - $35.00
Very nice place to spend the weekend. Looked to be mostly seasonals. We had a nice pull through site with plenty of room. Owners are very nice and made us feel welcome. Pool was a little small but the kids had a blast anyway. We will definitely come back if we are in the area. - bunny102
Sep 2008 - $39.00
Nice quiet campground. Lots of seasonal sites. Pool was closed after Labor Day, would have been nice to know. Sites were big, and they had a great group set up where you could face 5-7 campers around a central big fire pit, right across from the playground. Though the playground equipment was looking a little rough. We would stay here again. - flippet
Sep 2016 - $26.00
Park is in need of a make over as bathroom and showers are very old. Sites are nicely wooded with fair screening between sites. Trails are awesome for hiking. Bring your kayak or canoe if you want a real treat. Natural shoreline wih no development on park side of lake. Enjoy! Suggest Jaye Cooke for overall best of Minnesota. Anyone else have a favorite? - loopy1954
Jul 2015 - $43.00
The site was just an o.k. place to stay for overnight. Our site was a bit unlevel in both directions but manageable. It's about 3 miles off the Interstate but was a pleasant drive. Take lots of bug spray because the mosquitoes were very bad here. The rate include the $5 daily Minnesota State Park charge. - troutslayer
Sep 2013 - $26.00
Twenty six per night was for a 30 amp electric site. In addition, there is daily parking permit of $5 or you can purchase an annual MN state parking pass for $25, which is good for 12 consecutive months from the date of purchase. Many recreational opportunities are available in the surrounding areas including biking/hiking trails. Campground is within manageable driving distances for shopping and other activities. Spacing between sites is generous and most sites are level or need only modest leveling. Sites range from full shade to full sun. We received three bars of 4G on our AT&T phone. - DD Rolling Ranch
Jun 2014 - $22.00
We had the place pretty much to ourselves. You have to pay cash. The staff was helpful. Good for an overnight. - Florida Bob
Oct 2013 - $23.00
We stayed here for only one night on our way to Sioux Falls. The site we used was level and had 50 amp service and good water pressure. It was a concrete slab that we could stay hooked up on. Other sites are on grass in a nice shady area. The roads are good, the park is quiet and we felt safe as we were the only people on the fairgrounds at night. We would use this park again if we needed a night or two in the area. - corky506
Jul 2009 - $20.00
For $15 as it used to be I would rate it 9, for $20, as we paid, 8. Nice little park on the fairgrounds. Park on grass, most sites with shade. Make sure to have a long electric cord as electrical hook up is far away (30 amp only). No sites are level, some worse than others. Albert Lea, while a little run down, is a fun town to explore. We would stay here again. - ragface
Sep 2012 - $10.00
It was Labor Day weekend, and we had no reservations. After checking 10 county parks, we tried Ochee Yahola and found all 4 sites available! We spent a delightful afternoon/evening here. A large, grassy area with tall mature oak trees forms the camping area - mostly level. There are two electrical pillars each with two 20-amp services. This allowed 4 places to park an RV (no pads, no gravel, just grass). Voltage was low but enough to run a single air conditioner at 110v. Best thing about this campground is the quiet. So very peaceful. There is a large mowed soccer field with assorted playground equipment - but none of it was in use while we were there. There are good trails for hiking. I had both Verizon 3G and AT&T cellular services while in the park. Park was patrolled twice by a drive-through-ranger while we were there. Self-registration system at the entrance. In the distance a train could be heard late at night but not at all objectionable. Also, the park is open for bow hunting, but we didn't see anyone while we were there. - AndersonFamily
Sep 2016 - $30.00
Beautifully laid out park, with back-in sites on the lake. Gravel interior roads and large, level gravel sites. Convenient hookups, good WiFi, and Verizon cell/data were strong. Good OTA TV and clear shot to satellites. Although not far from the interstate, large trees and landscaping kept noise to a minimum. Beware that are no signs to the park; the dirt entry road is just past the northbound exit road of I-35; you'll parallel the interstate south for .5 miles to the park entrance. Call on arrival since there is no office; someone will come by to collect the fee (check or cash). Lots of nice grass, plenty of space between sites, and a beautiful lake to fish. A great place to spend time. - Meanderman
Aug 2016 - $30.00
What a lovely park! It is as neat, clean, and attractive as anyone could ask for. The pond is clean and large enough to put a small boat on and fish (catch and release.) Sites are perfectly manicured, wide and long, perfectly level, utilities pedestal well located, perfectly groomed grass between large sites. Interior roads and parking pads are gravel. New activity center/bath/shower/laundry house. Everything is spit, spot clean. Seasonal/permanent lots are being sold, and those that are there now are beautifully landscaped and maintained. Well located immediately off I-35 just 15 minutes North of I-90. Quiet, relaxing, well laid out. When we reserved our site one day in advance, we asked for a site near the Wi-Fi. We were assigned a site right next to a repeater, on the lake. Couldn't have been better. Owners on site, but not in office all hours. Very good phone response. We would definitely return. - MissMyGolden
Aug 2016 - $22.00
As others have said this park is being built one site at a time. Currently there are 48 sites, 2 are pull-through, the rest are all back-in. Our site backed up to the small lake on the property. Husband fished in lake, catch and release, several times and caught several decent sized catfish. Sites are level, gravel with full hookup places where they are easily accessible. We reserved here for one week and stayed 6 weeks. The park is quiet and during the week mostly empty. Most sites are rented seasonally with folks showing up on weekends and going home for the week. We were afraid the I-35 noise would be too loud but our site was toward the back of the campground and once inside our rig we could barely hear the traffic. The owner is on site most of the week and his son in residence on weekends. They are very nice people, working hard to keep the park nice and complete the build on the rec center.
The cons to staying in this park it is not a destination park! There isn't much to do in the park or immediate area. The twin cities are just over an hour north, not a bad drive.
If you plan to go to Minnesota make your reservation early. It appears many Minnesotans rent sites in RV parks for the season so they can use the site on weekends. Because of this sites are difficult to come by and way overpriced. Crystal Springs was an excellent value. - Harley Oma
Aug 2016 - $32.00
Very nice campground to get away from everything. Don't let the gravel road scare you away. Nice friendly owners. Campground is well maintained. The cell service was very low and there was no Wifi. We would definitely stay at this campground again. - SCFKansas
Jul 2016 - $59.00
Stayed here overnight prior to visiting Winnebago factory for repairs. About 30 minutes away. Had rained, so was wet and a little muddy. Large grassy areas around the sites. Owners worked us in at the last minute.
Although did not use it, the pool was very big! Noticed the neighbors going in and closing their door just before dark. Then found out why when we saw all the mosquitos on our screen door.
There was a mile or so gravel road, so go slow. - BoatEscape
Sep 2013 - $38.00
Had a nice pull thru site with plenty of room between sites. Owners were very friendly. Campground is close to Austin, MN home of the SPAM museum which is a must see. Roads were gravel, but it had rained so not too dusty. Older park but seemed to be kept up. There were some very large KOA cabins there that looked very nice. - huskeringi