14 RV 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.
Jun 2017 - $41.00
Despite my husband indicating we had a big rig, they assured us they could accommodate us. Not so. Not big rig friendly at all. Very tight corners in park with large boulders at corners. No room to maneuver. Front desk person was also quite surly. We would not stay at this campground again. - D2fly
Jun 2017 - $42.00
Big rig friendly with level sites. Showers and laundry were good. Wi-if was good most of the time. Dog park was good and bags were provided. Grass needed to be mowed inside and around the dog park. No problem with our satellite after we moved to another site. Did not use the pool. - Fulltimersrv
May 2017 - $80.00
We stayed in the lower part of the campground. Lots of traffic noise. Make sure you use THEIR wood. - Cory S
Jun 2017 - $31.00
See my previous review for additional details. We stayed two weeks during this visit and mostly really enjoyed it. While not a lot of dog friendly trails, there are a few (nicely marked) with bag and waste stations. The grass trail through the meadow and along the tree line is loaded with ticks, so avoid that one. Very peaceful and quiet during the week with a very friendly crew. The weekends however, are horrible. Crowded, screaming kids, noisy neighbors, and smoky fires made it less than pleasant. There is some noise from the highway and an occasional train, but it didn't bother us. We won't hesitate to stay here again during the week, but will be looking for alternatives for the weekend. A $5/day pass is required for visitors, but campers pay $5 for their entire stay. If this park had full hookups and they trimmed the trees along the road, it would easily rate an 8 or 9. - Jerry and Betsy
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
May 2017 - $37.00
A very pretty location, with the huge barn, now converted into restaurant/bar/resort offices at the top of a bluff overlooking the surrounding river valleys. We camped during early season, so were one of the few people there. Resort has covered pool (didn't use), 18 hole golf course, limited access to on property trout stream, located right on the regional bike trail. Campsites are terraced in the hillside going down to river. Large to very large grass sites - lots of space to spread out. Most are very flat and level. Road signs to sites non-existent. May be difficult to very difficult to back into sites when CG is very full, due to single lane roads. Only weak cell service at the Barn bluff, and in highest loop - "A". No service anywhere else in campground. No WiFi at all. TV antenna picked up 13 channels, however. Trash at one end of CG, which can be a very long trek from some sites (no site pickup). 50% seasonal campers, but all very, very well maintained. 2 Day minimum stay (3 on Holidays) required. Restroom/Bath houses old cinderblock, in need of updating, but clean and functional. Coin operated showers. - Flapper
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
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
Jun 2017 - $43.00
The park was packed on Friday and Saturday. On Sunday it was empty. Sites pretty close together. Nice access to Root River. - Cory S
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
Aug 2016 - $30.00
Thank you for a fantastic week. This is a gem of a campground and so happy the hosts do such a great job of maintenance and watching out for all the campers. We came in well after dark one night and after a bit the hosts came and checked to see that all was well. All the campers, seasonal and overnighters were friendly and also cared about this gem.
Lots to see and do in the area, almost need to have some rain so we could rest up!
WiFi was above average at our site compared to most RV Park "free" WiFi. No showers could be a problem if you aren't self contained. Lack of laundry is something you must plan for.
We will be back! - Tom P
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
Jun 2017 - $45.00
This is a very nice park just a few miles outside of Rochester. Our gravel pull thru site was quite level (minor leveling) with excellent utilities and was sufficiently long for our unit (38') and reasonable parking for the truck. Roads/access was easy in/out with no issues. Bathrooms/showers were impressive in four private rooms. Laundry was clean and modern. The park was clean and quiet. - whodat
May 2017 - $30.00
We arrived on a Friday at 7:00pm to find that the office closes at 6:00pm. There is a long note on the front door with instructions to fill out a form, which they have in a mailbox, put it in a drop box, and come back the next day to register. There was no one to show us to our site and the sign at the office shows a straight ahead arrow to get to our site number, which is misleading, because you have to turn to the right immediately to get to it. If you go straight like the sign says, like we did (as did others in our group) you end up going down one road and coming back up another expecting you'll be able to get over to the road you need to be on, but unless you have a pop-up or very small trailer you won't be able to make the backward angle of the turn to get to the other set of roads. The connecting road is also gravel unlike the roads we were on which were paved, so it's easy to miss. Whether you missed it or couldn't attempt the turn, there is no place to turn around. We had to leave the campground, drive down the road to a residential neighborhood, and drive through the neighborhood to get turned around. The spots are narrow, a strip of grass in between them. It's large enough to play a lawn game but not by much. The picnic tables are tiny and can only seat 4. There are no fire pits at the sites. There is one communal fire pit. There are no shade trees at the site. There are no nature trails, no river or lake, I don't think there was even a play ground. There are no activities. It's really just a place to park your camper. Based on all of the above, I would not camp here if it were just us or just a few in our group. However, we were camping with a large club and thanks to the Rally Room they have, this campground worked out perfectly for that. We were able to use the Rally Room for our group meals, and the communal fire worked great for us. They also have good sized private restrooms, each with a shower. The restrooms were very clean. - Juniper94
May 2017 - $40.00
Gravel pretty spare. Levelers sank into the ground. Loud voices carry throughout the park. Very disturbing. Spaces not level. Seems that police come there quite often. WiFi very weak. Owners not on site. Picnic tables small cracked and need painting. Office staff not very helpful. - Bobby195
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