14 Parks near Chatfield, Minnesota
We did however find 14 campgrounds within 25 miles of Chatfield. You can also find a list of cities with campgrounds or RV Parks near Chatfield in the left hand column.
Aug 2016 - $38.00
We hadn't planned on staying in the area but all the parks in the area farther west were booked because of the Sturgis Bike Rally so we took a chance and dropped in here. The lady at the counter was very friendly and was happy to find a full service, pull thru site for us for the night. She guided us to our site which we really like rather than trying to find the site on our own. The park is far enough off I-90 that noise is not a problem. The laundry room was clean ($2.00 for washer & dryer). The office was well stocked with basic supplies. Wifi worked well. We enjoyed our stay and would definitely stay here again. - 69636
Aug 2016 - $36.00
We stayed 2 nights. The park was very clean and was very restful in our site (which was up against the fence). The people across had a large screen TV on the OUTSIDE of their RV which was very distracting. At least they kept the sound within their site which was very courteous. - Cory S
Jul 2016 - $41.00
We liked this campground so much that we decided to stay a second night. It is quiet and restful, though not far from stores and highways and the other aspects of civilization. The staff was very friendly and helpful. A local road runs through the campground. The office and 1o or so campsites are on one side of the road, and the remaining 35 or so sites are on the other. There are a few cabins. The swimming pool is really nice. - ShoreXplorers
Jun 2016 - $30.00
Nice smaller, quiet, very pretty county park. Electric only, but there are water spigots and a dump on site. Easy drive to Rochester and all it offers. Lots to do in the campground, but not a very dog friendly place. Only about 3 miles of trails dogs can be on (on leash only). Sites are mostly long enough for 40+ RVs, but several are not level or have over hanging trees/branches. Campground fills on weekends, so make reservations early. There is supposed to be a $5/day vehicle pass required, but we were only charged for one day. Not sure if that is policy or we got lucky. The best sites for big rigs (fairly level, no close trees/low branches, easy in/out) are: 1, 2, 4, 7, 8 (prime spot), 9, and 23. Sites 20 & 26 are good as well, but have walnut trees, so you may get sticky drips. Our original site was not useable so we moved to 1. Would love to stay here in the future, but only if one of the above sites are available. The official policy is no refunds, but they may offer vouchers, or if you're lucky, refunds if you have a good reason to cancel. Great, and very friendly hosts and helpful county employees. - Jerry and Betsy
Aug 2014 - $35.00
Stayed at Chester Woods for the first time and it was very nice. Very close to Rochester, Mn where you can do some shopping if you'd like. We had site 41 which was very nice. The pads are gravel and level. Our site had a 50 amp hookup but no water, which was OK because we only stayed two nights. There are a lot of fun things to do, beach, canoe rental etc. It's quiet at night and very wooded. Very nice place to stay. You are also about 35 miles from Winona so if you have a student at Winona State you are pretty close for a quick stop in. Nice place we will definitely be back! - LP2013
Sep 2009 - $23.00
This was a beautiful little campground. If we had more time would have stayed here several days to go fishing and hiking. It was very reasonably priced and the camp hosts were very friendly. We would definitely stay here next time through the area. - Rick Lechner
Sep 2016 - $56.00
We camped here with some friends. I guarantee none of us will be back.
1) The roads to the campsites are narrow with a lot of hills. We had a lot of trouble backing into our site due to the huge incline right in front of our site, the narrow road where the edges are washed out, and trees on the site. The highlight of our stay was a resort staff person came out to help guide us out the backside of our site onto the narrow road without plunging (and I mean plunging) over the huge hill on the other side of it after getting stuck in the mud as we tried to center our camper. We couldn't fit our trailer and tow vehicle on the site. Fire pits are located under the trees.
2) Our friends were on the site next to us, and their sewer and electric were right where they're supposed to be, but their water hookup was with ours, and they had to run a hose under their trailer and across their site to get to it. It was really a hassle not to trip over it.
3) There is a bar/restaurant. It is small and busy. The food is mediocre and expensive for what you get. I ordered chips and salsa/cheese - jarred salsa and canned cheese that you get at a ballpark, and I paid around $8 for it. The waitress was crabby, unfriendly and had very little patience for indecisive people.
There is very little for older kids to do here. There is a playground, but it is small and geared toward small children. There is an indoor pool, which is open after Labor Day, but really nothing else unless you golf. There was a huge tournament going on the weekend we stayed and couldn't get on the course, and they have no driving range. The oddest part of this "resort" was there is no camp store, and you actually check in for camping at the bar.
There are lots of campsites, but only 3 inconveniently located near bathrooms/showers. I never made it to them as they were all too far to walk to - luckily we have a full bathroom in our rig.
We won't be back. - TT Mom
Jun 2013 - $42.00
Very nice campground. Grounds are very well kept, managers around quite a bit and helpful. They came around when there was any weather issue. Very strict with the quiet time. Beautiful area. We will be back. - grdngrl
Aug 2011 - $38.00
Old Barn Resort as a campground is a lot of fun. The sites are tighter than we have seen at other campgrounds with your neighbors picnic table less than 5 feet from our motorhome. We had a devil of a time leveling the motorhome on the grass site, which we did not have that issue at other grass site campgrounds we have been to. A lot of big dips and mounds in the site. The only real complaint is the gravel roads have washed out at the top of the hills leaving ravines and have basketball sized pot holes in spots which does keep the speed down. There were no bugs at all which is a huge plus especially at night. We did not use or go into the bathrooms but were next to them, and there was a constant stream of people in and out all day long. It would be hard to keep them fully stocked and spotless without a full time attendant. We ate at the bar/restaurant, and the food was good, and service was good considering how busy they were and only two servers. This weekend was the most fun we have had all summer! The access to the bike path is wonderful to bike for a short time or make a day of it! The path has spots to stop and rest, enjoy the view of the river, or have a picnic. The people we ran into were all very friendly and seemed to be having a great time. The tubing on the river appears to be a huge hit, and although we did not do that, plenty of others were! The golf course was very fun to play, with a nice mixture of long and short holes. Beautiful scenery. We will definitely come back. - zookeypurr4
Jun 2015 - $39.00
This park is in town and close to everything the town offers. They do not take reservations and they fill up fast on weekends. During the week the bathrooms are kept acceptably clean, but on weekends it doesn't appear that they are maintained; sinks and countertops were dirty. Will stay here again for the convenience. - Camping Luvr
Sep 2012 - $25.00
We found this to be a very nice campground. Only about 1 block from the heart of the downtown district, so we walked or biked to our activities. The campground is part of a city park. The main campground road was paved, the sites are gravel and most seemed to be level. It was quiet and friendly. No reservations taken, first come first serve. Restrooms were not as modern or clean as we would have liked, although the 2nd set of restrooms/showers at the community center were much cleaner and more modern; they are located at the park entrance. Farmers market at the park on Saturday, and several Amish vendors all day Fri/Sat, so we had lots of fresh veggies and bakery items. We would stay here again. - skate
Jun 2011 - $25.00
We camped here 3 nights. No reservations taken, it is just first-come-first-served. We got in Thursday morning and 3/4 of the sites were available. Thursday evening 1/2. Friday afternoon 1/4 and Friday evening it was full. Some sites are sloped: ok for a trailer but hard to get a motorhome level. Very poor cell phone coverage on Sprint and Verizon but none on AT&T or T-Mobile. Bath houses were adequate but small and needed updating. Showers cost 75-cents for 5 minutes of lukewarm water. Very easy walk to town for theater and dining (but we didn't find any of the restaurants exceptional). In addition to Sylvan Park, there is another local park. It also has sites with water & electricity but no "facilities," only a port-a-potty. If the sites were more level, had just a little more space, and better "facilities," this would be a 10! Tents are $15/night and MH & trailers are $25/night. - AndersonFamily
Jun 2016 - $25.00
Please note that the Bridge on Highway 250 between Lanesboro and this campground is closed as of June 2016. The area is a river valley with bluffs, and the decor was an additional 15-to miles. Plan accordingly if you are planning to visit in the summer of 2016. The bike/pedestrian bridge to Lanesboro is open.
The campground was nice. There were a large number of seasonal campers and still an abundance of sites that were available for reservations or drop in. We camped Sunday through Tuesday and there were several sites available.
The proximity to Lanesboro is great, maybe 1/3 mile. The Root River Bike Trail crosses the driveway into the campground. This is a great place to stay if you plan on bicycling the trail.
As other reviewers indicate, the owner is very hands off and laid back.
We plan on returning in the near future. - Jim Kruzitski
Jun 2015 - $25.00
This campground was fine. Not great, but also not bad.
Great location on the Root River walking distance from downtown Lanesboro. Bike path also runs right along the edge of the campground. There are tubing and kayak rentals on site. No mosquitos, even though there had been quite a bit of rain. There is a nice playground area for kids.
Sites were long and narrow. Grassy part was well maintained. On our visit, the campground was not full so we had plenty of room between us and our "neighbors". I imagine that it would be quite tight if the campground got filled up.
THE NOT SO GREAT: You could not easily see the river from the sites even though we had a "river side site". Vegetation is thick. There were a few paths down a steep bank to get to the river, but nothing you would want to send your children to check out unattended. The bathrooms are basic campground bathrooms. Pay showers-bring quarters! (.50 for 5 minutes, 20 seconds of water), It did seemed to be cleaned out each day. There are a lot of people who camp here with big rigs so the bathrooms, for us and tenters, were not very busy at all which was nice.
The Owner, John (I believe he is the owner, or at least the guy that runs the place) is very "hand's off" You won't have to worry about him talking your ear off for sure. In fact you might find yourself looking for him or longing for more information like "Where do I check in?, When should I pay you?, Where should I pay you?, What spot can I take for a campsite?" I made our reservations in March for our June trip and all he took was my name, no phone number, or credit card, nor did he assign a specific site at that time. Very casual. For some people this might be good, but for me I'd prefer assurance that I was going to get a site!
Overall, I felt this place lacked charm, even the name! -Nothing was terrible. - Camping-with-Kids
Jul 2012 - $25.00
This long and narrow park follows the banks of the Root River. The campsites are laid out along the river and in the center between the driveways. Signage is nearly non-existant consisting of a little sign on the mailbox opposite the entrance of the park. Google navigation takes you to the center of town: right highway but wrong location. Just head north and follow Highway 250 over a narrow bridge and take the first driveway to the right. They have one good size office/bathroom building with bathrooms that are clean. Showers are $.50 for 5 minutes. The grassy campsites are laid out along the river and in the center between the park's gravel roads with the permanent sites beginning after the park office. I did not see sites with sewer for short term guests. Many sites (particularly along the river) offer shade but you may need quite a bit of hose and electric wire to make use of it. There is more than adequate room between units for slide outs and awnings. Units can be placed anywhere on the grass lots. The lots are generally near level but uneven so RV's need to be placed carefully to be level. Firewood is available. Tubes, kayaks and canoes can apparently be rented (though I am not sure how.) The proprietor lives on the second level of the restroom building. There is no sign for the office so I had to ask to find out where to check in. The proprietor didn't remember my calling, but told me to pick a site. He wrote nothing down so probably doesn't remember who I am. We have been here for two nights so I still don't know how I check out, etc. He was nice enough but I am baffled by how laid back this all is. The proprietor is the only employee I have seen, but everything seems to work and the place is in decent repair so I guess it is working. Verizon 3G cell coverage was good. Sites along the river are back in but it looks like the sites in the center could be pull through. The Highway 250 campground is located in a rural setting at a distance from highways (rural with minimal traffic), etc., so it is generally quiet. Seasonally, if you are near the river you will hear tubers going by on the river. I understand that the campground can be crowded on weekends so noise from other campers might be an issue but during our July midweek stay it has been wonderfully peaceful. This campground is located between the gorgeous paved Root River Bike Trail which provides easy access to the delightful town of Lanesboro and the Root River. In addition to the great restaurants, shops and biking and river outfitters, Lanesboro is home to the wonderful Commonweal Theatre which offers professional theatre for much of the year. We would definitely stay here again. - StillBill
Aug 2016 - $17.00
Stayed here 3 weekdays and the park was nice and quiet. The grounds are beautiful, very clean and well maintained as well as the restrooms, showers and laundry facility. You do have to pay for a shower though and walk a ways to get there as well as getting to a clean restroom otherwise there are porta-potties nearby. Verizon 4G was a bit spotty but we were able to get 2 bars. The sites are quite large and level, most are on all grass or a gravel pad (full-hookup). There was a wicked thunderstorm one night and we did not lose power. We would definitely stay here again! - Mel and Jim
Jul 2016 - $18.00
We showed up without a reservation and the staff took great care of us getting settled in. Very nice park. Seem to have adequate Verizon Data and phone service here. Park is nicely maintained, lots of seasonal sites that are very clean and kept up! Definitely a hidden gem that we will be back to visit again! - dmkimm
Jun 2016 - $36.00
We camped in B 8 1/2 it rained a lot while we were there quiet park beautiful place to camp. Owners really easy to deal with and helpful when questioned as well as getting us checked in. Once we were in our spot they were hands off which was nice, hooked up to the wifi no problems bathrooms nice and clean everyday. I don't have any complaints nice campground far enough from traffic to still be nice and quiet. If your looking to get away and leave all the devices behind this is the place
Nice access to the river as well. !!!!!! - Rick whitney
Jul 2016 - $36.00
Beautiful site. I wouldn't say real spacious, but good enough for us. We stayed in a beautiful site about 30 ft. from Forestville Creek. Fishing yes - happy kid noise playing in very shallow part of the river, YES.
Very nice store. Owners very nice. Pit toilets were very clean. - Cory S
Jun 2013 - $28.00
Love this campground. Beautiful setting and very peaceful. Owners are friendly and helpful. The only drawback was that they do not have a dump station on site. But that's no real big problem because Forestville State Park is literally next door...and you can dump there for $5.00. Visit this campground..you will love it. - GrandmaLee
May 2013 - $20.00
Friendly staff, okay campground. Internet is free, but not very good. Only water and electric - not even a dump on site. You would have to borrow a wheel-dump-tank, drain your tank then drag it over to the toilet to dump. Price reflects Passport America. We stayed only one night. - Fulltime2kids
Oct 2016 - $40.00
Nice park. Close to Mayo. Somewhat pricy. Good road and adequate sites. Some sites could be better leveled. Overall, a decent park. - Nick2
Sep 2016 - $40.00
This campground was very pleasant with its trees, grass and peaceful setting. Unfortunately, there was construction when we got off the main highway and we had difficulty finding the campground which isn't fun when driving a motorhome. IT is located close to town but far enough to be quiet. We parked in the deluxe area and had a paved level site. - mountainfan
Aug 2016 - $40.00
Good 50 amp, water pressure fine, sewer hook up. Pad was gravel, but I leveled and then found that I was out of level because my left rear jack had sunk in to the ground by 8 inches. AT&T good, park WiFi just OK. Good location for visit to Mayo or friends in Rochester. We stayed here in a 40 footer and would return. - walt66
Aug 2016 - $31.00
Once again, the park naturalists exceeded our expectations with two wonderful presentations on snakes and Eagles. As noted in previous posts, there is no phone reception, but you can get WiFi in the office or parking lot. The park rangers recommend that people do not hike alone due to no phone service. The park is always full and people seem to camp with friends or in groups. Just be advised that there are a lot of unsupervised children running around while their parents are consuming adult beverages. We were fortunate enough to hear "on top of spaghetti" 200 times and then the kid woke up singing it all over again. We got a laugh out of that song. We thoroughly enjoyed the park, the presentations, lack of mosquitoes and the lively atmosphere. If you are looking for quiet, come here during the week. We thought the bathrooms were fine, didn't have dump station issues, but sites seem a bit short. Most importantly, this park is expanding across the road. There will be 30 or more electric campsites, not sure of non-electric. Trees are young, so shade will be limited. Check the website next year for more information. - brendajoro
Jul 2015 - $40.00
A nice Minnesota State Park. We stayed just for an overnight. Price included an 8.50 reservation fee. Some of the sites have electric and others do not. The site we were in had a tree just off the side of the trailer so we were unable to use our awning. Overall it was a nice park and we would go back. - PackerFanRick
Aug 2014 - $28.00
Gorgeous park with fantastic, shaded sites. Lots of trails to hike in the woods and across the streams. DNR sponsored programs were fun. Popular park was jammed full of families during our visit. Bathrooms seem old and too small to support volume of use. Despite daily wipe-downs, facilities were frequently very dirty by mid-day. - jorn