16 RV Parks near Barnum, Minnesota
Jun 2012 - $30.00
I arrived late on a Friday evening. It was quite difficult to find, but this was due to road construction and detours, a common Minnesota phenomenon. Upon arrival, I find this is primarily a seasonal campground with many dilapidated trailers and unkempt sites. Bent Trout Lake was small, but beautiful. I had site #3 which was a back-in site. My backing into the site made more difficult by three sheriffs breaking up a drunken domestic disturbance. Again, this wasn't a situation the park could help. The bathrooms were filthy and old, with spiders everywhere. I knew if my wife and daughters joined me the next day our family camping days would be over, so I only stayed one night of my stay and thankfully found a site at another campground. This points up a common problem with seasonal campgrounds - they don't try as hard anymore, and that was definitely what I found here. This campground desperately needs to step into the 21st Century then maybe it won't look like a set from Friday the 13th. - User2584
Aug 2008 - $30.00
Very nice campground for families. The bathrooms need to be updated but they were clean. There were golf carts riding around and they do not watch for people or cars. Other then that nice place. - mnme
Jul 2016 - $31.00
This is a lovely little state park! The spots are large and very private, with lots of big trees and shrubs separating them. Each has a fire ring. There's a boat ramp and beach area on a beautiful lake. The lake is the perfect size for canoeing or kayaking. There are no full hook-ups in the park -- only electric (and not all even have that), no water or sewer. There's also no dump station, as others have said. But there's a water fill hose right by the front gate -- I saw several rigs stop to fill up their fresh water tanks -- as well as numerous water spigots throughout the park. I can't imagine a Class A motorhome fitting in here; the roads are very narrow and there are lots of overhanging trees. We have a 25' Airstream and it felt like a tight fit getting in. But for smaller campers, it's a really beautiful campground with wonderfully private sites. - jeneric
Jun 2016 - $29.00
Nicely spaced sites with plenty of foliage between. The bugs were kept to a minimum. The sites were level and dry. There is a nice swimming beach and canoes for rent. It is near several bike trails and had lots of families with bikes in the park. The rock and agate museum is very much still in development but has some interesting exhibits. The Ranger station is open for limited hours. There is very little phone service for Verizon here. Biggest drawback for a motorhome is that there is no dump station in the park. - Waukenabogirl
Aug 2013 - $28.00
Very nice and shady park. We stayed here a week while biking Willard Munger Trail. We were happy with the park. Beware there is no dump station and you also have to pay the daily or annual vehicle pass fee in addition to camping fee. The park is small and was quiet even over Labor Day weekend. - ouachita princess
Jun 2016 - $45.00
This is primarily a seasonal campground, however, they do have 16 spots for daily rentals (8 for tents only and 8 for RVs). The daily tent spots are all on the lake shore. Two of the RV spots are also on the lake shore and the rest are close and still have a good view of the lake. The RV spots are a little tough to get into. The spots are all grassy and have good tree coverage for some shade. The restroom/shower building smelled musty but looked to be very clean. They have pay showers. There is a swimming beach. While the park itself appeared to be well maintained, some of the equipment was not. One of the picnic tables left spots all over my pants that will not wash out. The volleyball net is falling apart and sagging. The horse shoe pits aren't pits at all; they are just bent, rusted, loose poles sticking out of the grass, and the horse shoes are not all the same size. The playground is a combination of 1970's equipment and one modern "Tree House". Overall it is a nice place to camp with a great view if you're on the lake, but there aren't many amenities for the price. - Juniper94
Aug 2012 - $38.00
This campground has mostly seasonal sites but about 30 sites available for daily or weekend camping. About half of those sites are near the pool and the other half are in the back of the campground in an area that is nicely secluded with lots of tall pine trees for shade. The sites are quite large and grassy. There are lots of activities to do such as swimming, tubing and canoeing, paddleboat rental, fishing, golf, biking, hiking, volleyball and basketball. There is also a game room and snack bar by the pool. I would give this campground a 10 if they didn't have pay showers. - Juniper94
Sep 2017 - $42.00
Would have rated it higher, but the sites could use a little more gravel on them, as our site was pretty muddy. Nice store and TV lounge, got all 4 networks on my bat-wing with a strong signal. Campground was full, but only one person in the office - had to wait both times I needed something. - rr2254545
Jul 2017 - $54.00
I believe KOAs vary a lot - some are premium fancy setups and others are roughing it. This isn't a fancy KOA. It doesn't have any of the fancy premium sites with patios and grills, etc.. It does have a mix of sites, though, from wooded, private sites to pull-thrus which are seemingly on top of each other. Cabins, too, which are a cute option. Some here looked a little aged but I didn't see inside them. It's a bit off the highway, but quite near Cloquet. If your destination is Duluth, I'd probably look elsewhere first but day tripping is possible for sure. Our site was #23 which was plenty big enough for our 32 foot trailer and truck to fit on. It was unimproved - just grass, but had 2 fire rings for some reason and an ok picnic table. Site 24 was so close to us. I felt badly as their awning was only a few feet from the side of our camper. The map of the campground leads you to believe these few sites are much wider than that. There was a little bit of garbage on the ground of our site near the fire ring. I can't erase that from my mind and it leads me to have an overall impression of trashy when I think about it. However, in reality, we thought the park was decent. They have some of the nicest bathroom facilities I've ever encountered at a KOA. The workers were all pleasant (a shock to me as my usual impression is the opposite for KOA workers). We had our dog and the dog walk was near a railroad track. We ended up walking some residential roads, too, with the dog. For a stop over it is a workable choice. If you have young children, there is a pool and a small rec room. Nothing fancy but enough. Perhaps in the wooded section you'd feel compelled to stay longer, but otherwise in and out was enough. Dump station easily accessible at entrance. - MNJessieJ
Jul 2017 - $42.00
Typical KOA. Spots are close together. The hot tub wasn't working (low water level) but pool was nice. We had a pullthru with E/W. The attendant led us thru a very tight roadway to get to the site and I had to be extremely careful not to hit a tree. Lots of branches scraping alongside the trailer though. Wasn't impressed. Sites were setup so we faced our neighbors patio too. Weird. - spanielrage
Jul 2017 - $31.00
I'd be hard pressed to ever give a state park a poor rating. For Jay Cooke, this is despite the fairly dreadful bath building (noted in other reviews). However, I wouldn't be surprised to see it replaced in the next year or two. We had received notification that the campground might be closed for updates this year, but later that was canceled. Hopefully it means it's coming soon as those bathrooms are beyond redemption. The park makes up for that, though. The campground has some sites that are scenic in and of themselves with many white pines. The park also offers a multitude of activities to keep you busy. The willard munger bike trail access is one of them (the spur trail to ride up the bike trail will have you panting, but it's a thrill to ride back down when you return! Just don't accidentally take out a hiker in your enthusiasm!). There are many hiking trails through the park. Don't just go to the swinging bridge - keep going!! The Carlton Trail is really fun one that keeps you close to the river for quite a ways. Although it's not recommended, there is an area where people like to get in the river closer to Carlton but still in the park. There are limited campsites for larger trailers or RVs. Especially ones with electric hookup. You have to really plan in advance to get one of those if you need the space. With that said, site #1 is both easy and on the larger side. We enjoyed that site a lot. There are some non-electric sites that will fit larger setups but beware that some loops offer tight turns and might not be navigable. There are signs about this and it may be noted when making reservations. The dump station hose to use for rinsing out the gray/black water leaked at the top and didn't work at all. Very frustrating in the moment. So, yes, the campground definitely needs work, but the location and activities still make this an awesome destination. (Some ticks and mosquitoes - deet effective) - MNJessieJ
Aug 2016 - $31.00
We visited this park on Sunday through Thursday. It was completely full almost every night. Reservations are strongly recommended even for non-electric and hike-in sites. The park office is fairly new and staff is knowledgeable and helpful.
There were programs to attend at the River Inn interpretive center during the week. We enjoyed hiking along the river, at the Thomson Dam and Oldenburg Point overlook. There are wonderful biking paths too. The swinging bridge and massive rock formations are the main attraction at this park.
The bathrooms are in horrible condition due to age. The seats are loose and sliding around. Also, you can't get out of the stall without brushing up against the toilet because the door opening is too close. The bathrooms are cleaned often, but they still smelled. They have clearly seen better days. The showers were a little better, however hot water was scarce. We had very cool water until someone flushed and then we would get warm water.
Sites here seem to be better suited for pop-ups and tents. They are a bit short for those with big rigs. We camped in a 25 foot travel trailer and had to park our vehicle sideways. Phone service is spotty, but WiFi is available near the office. We were able to use WiFi in the parking lot and benches around the office. Bathrooms aside, this is a great park for camping and recreation. - brendajoro
Jul 2015 - $30.00
We had a wonderful time at Jay Cooke State Park. The weather couldn't have been better and the bugs were at a minimum. This year the park is celebrating it's 100-year anniversary, so fun things are planned throughout the year. The swinging bridge, rock formation, woods and hiking are always great at this park. I emailed the park directly because there is an issue with opening the pictures of the sites. I ended up with a completely sunny site next to the bathroom (#48 ). Also, the bathrooms are very old and outdated. They were kept clean, however, there is not a stall for a disabled person to fit in a wheelchair, only railings. We were close to the new office, so we ended up going across the road to use the new facilities. Much to my surprise, the new Park manager emailed me back promptly to let me know the bathrooms are at the top of their list for repair or upgrade. She also said they will look into making site 48 a non-reservable site because it's so small and open. Actually, the first 3 sites used to get a lot of road noise, but since hwy. 23 is closed 1.5 miles down the road they are just wonderful. We stayed in a popup. - brendajoro
Jun 2017 - $28.00
First Impression: Quaint. Secluded. Rustic. Thirty spacious sites tucked away in a small forest. A few sites in a meadow. Safety: no concerns. Access: Don't trust GPS. Don't trust Microsoft maps or Mapquest; they can't even find the address. Google maps on wife's phone took us right in. Poor roadside signage. Office: Casual, family staff. No store. Credit cards accepted. Must call for reservations and directions. Facilities: No amenities. No laundry room. Restrooms are porta-potties; no showers. No propane sales. Playground consists of a few swings and see-saws without the sees (or saws). No off-leash dog run. Campground: In a flood plain (St. Louis River). Roads are narrow, dirt/gravel with gentle turns in meadow but sharp, tight turns in forested section. Low hanging branches. Big rig challenging. Prevosts will have problems in the woods. All sites are spacious, pull-through but mostly back-in. Tents can go almost anywhere. No yurts or cabins. Sites are level, gravel/dirt/grass in "ok" condition with grass landscaping. Utilities at rear of site with either 20/30A or 20/30/50A (at extra cost); monthly meters. Low water pressure with "ok" taste. NO SEWER; pump truck available for a fee. Dump station. No patios. Old picnic tables. Open ground fires not permitted but fire rings are at some sites. Buy wood in office. Good satellite views in meadow; not-so-much in the forest. No cable TV. No CG Wi-Fi. Verizon phone at 5-bars; 4G at 4-bars. Distant railroad, no aircraft, but interstate noise notable when outside. No recycle bins. Bug Report (early June): Small brown ants; mounds all over the place. I sprayed and sprinkled (ant "food"). Runners: CG roads adequate for running, no fitness room so no treadmills. Yoga: If you don't mind, place mats on the grass. Conclusion: Marginally overpriced. We're here because a big, Duluth air show has other CGs booked. - StephenK
Aug 2016 - $27.00
Our site was gravel/grass but spacious. We had a back in site with W&E 50A.
Although there is no sewer connection at the sites, the park offers free of charge, a sewer truck to empty your tanks.
Campground is built along St Louis River with access to Knife Island.
Staff was very friendly and often asked if there were anything they could do for us.
Would stay here again. - Calibrateguy
Sep 2010 - $30.00
Neat place to stay in RV, the sites are shaded and mostly level gravel. Nice folks run the place. Only electric and water sites but they have free weekly pumping service. There are only portable toilets and no showers. Stayed here many nights. There are some nice tent sites also. Many trees and neat geologic features. - ttankie
Sep 2017 - $25.00
This is a great inexpensive basic city owned campground from which the Duluth area can be enjoyed. Hook ups are water and electric with only a very few 50 amp spots. Most spots are 30 amp only. Be sure to ask for 50 if that's what you need. The grounds are clean and well kept, check in is a breeze and roads are paved. Dump station was ok but a little tight for a big rig. There is a USG factory very near by and creates a low frequency "hum" around the clock. This sound was not a problem for us. Duluth is about 20 minutes away and a wonderful city to visit as is Cloquet. This little park is first come first served but well worth a look, especially if you arrive during the week. - Beech35p
Sep 2015 - $25.00
This small municipally owned campground was a pleasure to stay at. The park is on a small island on the St. Louis River. There are only 21 sites and all have electric and water plus at least one other site has sewer as well. On-site hosts were very accommodating and are there around the clock. Sites are well-spaced (except for 11 and 12 which are too close) and offer some shade during the day. Some sites have asphalt parking areas and the others are gravel. Big rigs appear to have no trouble getting into most sites. Biking and walking trails are available from the campground. One drawback is the large factory immediately next to the campground that had constant operational noise. The little railroad that serves local industries also ran nearby but it wasn't a bother inside the motorhome. There is no campground wi-fi, but our Verizon card worked well for internet and our over-the-air TV antenna brought in plenty of stations. This was our second time at this campground and would definitely stay here again when coming through. - Jay Rutherford
Aug 2015 - $20.00
The park hosts were extremely kind and helpful. We just stayed one night en route. It is on the St. Louis River. Nice setting. The campground was full so they put us in overflow. They charged us less because of that. There was some industrial nearby which created some noise but nothing bad. Would definitely stay here again. - JulieDR
Aug 2017 - $43.00
It was jammed full on a weekend in mid August. Portable toilets were often without toilet paper and need emptying due to so many campers. Seems overpriced for the situation. $43 for a pop up seems high for what you get. Not sure we would use it again. - Dave54
Aug 2017 - $43.00
We spent 3 nights at Buffalo Valley while visiting the Duluth area. It is a sports complex with 3 baseball diamonds, volleyball courts, and horseshoe pits. There is a bar and restaurant onsite, which is good because the campground is about 10 miles from downtown Duluth. There are no nearby restaurants to grocery stores that we saw. They have 3 camping loops. The loop of about 20 sites behind the bar/restaurant with full hookup and was dominated by seasonal rentals. There is a loop on the hill that is wooded with water and electric hookups--both back in and pull through sites along with a few tent only sites. We stayed in this loop, and our site was relatively level. Down the hill is the Bison/Buffalo loop. Most of these sites are full sun. After a day and a half of rain, this area had some standing water when we pulled in. The only bathhouse is near the bar/restaurant. It is relatively new and immaculately clean. There are portajons sprinkled throughout the campground. There were no sewer hookups in two of the loops, but there is a mobile dump service on site. There is also a dump station. The manager goes out of his way to ensure you are happy. We stayed during the week, but it sounds like they are very busy on the weekends with ball tournaments and other events. Planning on holding a rally for our RV club here next year. Manager can arrange transportation into Duluth for those who do not tow a vehicle. Best choice of area campgrounds from my perspective for such an event. - RagTopDay
Jul 2017 - $43.00
Buffalo Valley is about 10 miles from downtown Duluth, but has easy access to I-35, so was ideally located for day trips up the North Shore. BV's RV sites, utilities, roadways, dump station, grounds, restroom & shower building were all well maintained. Note - the showers cost 50 cents for 5 minutes, so bring plenty of quarters with you (also, the motion-detector lights don't come on until after you've entered into the building.) The staff was friendly and accommodating. We were originally assigned RV site #27, but it had rained heavily and this site had low areas with standing water. I called manager; he said we could move to any open site, so I chose #30 which was high and dry with lots of shade. It was a bit of a walk over to BV's restroom/shower building, but several kybos (toilets) are placed all around the CG, which I found were kept cleaner than most. There is a Buffalo campground and a Bison campground (also referred to as the Back- 40). Both have the same site numbers; so it can be confusing. A large number of construction workers were staying in Bison. Buffalo's sites are mostly shady where Bison has very little shade. Part of BV's complex also contains their Buffalo House Restaurant, three ball diamonds, a horseshoe area, basketball and volleyball courts, access to bike trails. - OTR-again
Jul 2010 - $20.00
This was the worst campground we visited during our two week camping vacation. We traveled through 7 states and this was by far the worst campground. No money is put back into this place to keep up the grounds or restrooms. It felt very unsafe as we drove around the park to find a place to camp. The sites were very crowded and the people staying at the campground looked shady at best. The pictures on the website and the wonderful review given on their home page is totally misleading. We were told there was primitive camping available on the river, but no restrooms available on those sites. When asked what people do in the middle of the nigh, we were told they just use the area by a tree - WHAT??? Do we really want to camp in someone's bathroom area - NO! We left immediately and looked for a hotel instead. I would never recommend this campground to ANYONE! - Dilyte