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21 RV Parks near Cloquet, Minnesota
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
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
Aug 2018 - $47.00
We read the reviews of this campground before booking and thought, it cannot be that bad, can it? Well I can tell you it was not awful, but other than their price of a bundle of wood, I struggle to find much else that was good about it. Our picnic table and fire pit have not had anyone weed whack them most of the summer. The grass was over taking both, making it impossible to use either. The grass in our site was not mowed either, so that was very disappointing. Our site, site 1, had garbage all over it. The place is run down, with nobody caring to take care of things. I would not stay here again. The dumpster and recycle bins were overflowing with garbage, so it stunk a bit. The road to drive in the campground is a dirt road with pot holes large enough to swallow a small camper. We did not have any trouble with low hanging branches as others have mentioned. Our friends that camped with us had to sign a waiver for their kids being there. They said most people do not bring their kids. It was in regards to the river mostly. If they maintained it, I do not think they would have to worry about it, but again, its so overgrown that it makes the boundaries tough to see. - jejmjj5
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
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 2018 - $50.00
We stayed for 5 nights in one of the outer loops. This happened to overlap with the Grandma's marathon weekend, so the park was quite full for a few of the days. Even filled to capacity, the park was quiet and pleasant. There are no sewer hook ups, but the staff will bring a truck to pump out your holding tanks anytime during regular business hours at no extra charge - we found this to be incredibly useful! We had a couple big rain storms during our stay, which turned our site quite muddy. Showers are $.50/4 minutes. We thought we'd save them a trip out to pump our tanks by showering our family of four in their shower facilities. However, with paying $50/night for our site, we were not about to pay for showers as well. The staff appeared rather gruff on the phone, but in person, they truly went out of their way to be helpful. - KTandFamily
Jun 2018 - $44.00
A little pricey since no sewer for big rigs! Great site spacing on top of the hill - No wifi- no TV. Restroom/shower were amazingly big - very modern, very clean and had piped in music. Restaurant on site - very good and reasonable. Well maintained interior roads. Recycled! - CSM Carolyn
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 - $29.00
We pulled in, no call ahead. Owner came right over. Stayed one night. Cash or check only. Nearby train tracks but they weren't a bother. We could navigate the interior road with our toad attached. Our site was a pull through long enough for 45 ft coach and toad. We had good shade. - Ramblin-Roll
Jun 2017 - $30.00
Very clean and well kept campground. The owner is very accommodating and will go out of his way to help any of his guests. Every one there is very friendly. Many seasonal campers and one big family atmosphere. I travel from Ontario Canada, a 12 hr drive just to be there for a couple of weeks. - willy martin
Jun 2016 - $30.00
This well-kept quiet campground has lots of trees, grass, and long, spacious sites. There are many pull-through sites. Owner is very friendly and attentative, and lives on premises. Rest rooms are clean with large showers. Caters to daily, weekly, and seasonal campers.
This is our first time in this campground. We're staying here full-time from May until September. Seasonal rate is lowest in the area ($1,150 plus electric from 5/1 to 10/1). This campground most suitable for adult campers; there is no playground for children. Other campers are friendly and considerate. Yes, there is some train traffic behind the property, but it is infrequent and doesn't bother us. There is no nearby crossing so trains don't blow their horns too near us. We heard a few trains the first night here, but have had no trouble sleeping through the nights since.
Overall, would highly recommend this campground for either a short-term or long-term stay. - Sandymplz
Sep 2014 - $35.00
We called about availability and got their "after hours - (4:30)" recording stating there was lots of availabilities. Being new to this area and unfamiliar w/the park, we did not realize the closeness of things! Trying to get the big rig in with a tow was a bit tricky and we had no idea of where if any there were any 50 amp sites so we just used a 30 amp converter. The site was not level - our front tires way off ground so decided not to even put slides out or level. We would not try and get in there again with a big rig. The park would be great for smaller size campers though! - Foxes
Jul 2009 - $27.00
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. - TravellinTam
Jul 2008 - $28.00
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. - Fdwt994
Aug 2018 - $30.00
This is a campground located right on the edge of the river. They do not accept credit cards. Cash or check is required. We were in the second row back from the river and had a view of the river between the seasonals in the front row. The campground is mostly seasonable renters with about 8-10 sites for short term rental. A very quiet campground with few dogs or kids running around. Hardly any interior trafffic. - SuperRep
Jul 2018 - $30.00
Very nice small, quiet campground. Mostly sesonals but a few spots available. Full hookups, didn't even look for restrooms or anything. Our spot was wide and level with grass, a table and a firepit. Seasonal people were nice and helpful as was the woman in the office. On the St. Louis River, 10 miles from the Duluth Lift Bridge. - pegdiver
Jun 2018 - $30.00
Really nice older facility run by the owner (?). If you can get in it is a great quiet place to stay with friendly full timers and maybe a dozen travelers such as myself. Some trees but I was able to get the satellite to work. Verizon worked well enough to use as a hot spot. Power was strong, Water was good, Sewer was fine. On the south edge of Duluth so you are about 15 min to downtown. Also close to Superior WI. Very good value, at $40 it would still be a good value. Note Cash only, or check no credit cards accepted. - Johnny xxxxx
Jul 2018 - $38.00
We stayed at Ogston's for a week. We had a back in site in front of one of the lakes. The scenery was lovely, but they had hundreds of geese and there was goose poop everywhere. It was like walking through a minefield. I understand that it's difficult to do something about this, but we don't pay to not be able to wander. In addition, I asked if we could ride our electric golf cart, because I can't walk far. I was told no, because if we did, all the kids would want to. But we watched the seasonals rig around in their carts and ATVs. If you have rules for one group, they need to be the same for all. What was a bonus is that major shopping areas were only eight miles away, so we were able to care of some things we needed to as well as stock up. - Our Simple Life
Jul 2018 - $38.00
Site is wide and long, level. The 3 lakes are lovely. WiFi is good. Over-the-air TV is good. Staff are very helpful. There is a lot of iron in the water and I had to clean it off every few days. We used an extra filter for drinking and cooking. - GailMOH
Jun 2018 - $50.00
Location is nice, right next to several lakes (and quiet at night). Unfortunately, you cannot swim in them due to leeches which will get on you....yuk. Goose poop all near the ponds in the grass. No tornado shelter. I was able to sit in the shallow to keep cool. That was nice. WiFi was non-existent. Men's restroom: One toilet, one shower, one urinal for all the sites (all 90 of them!). Never used it. Spacious between sites. The hookups were fine except the water hookup was on the passenger side behind us...need to ring a LONG hose(s). Sites near the lake are back-to-back so we had to unhook our car trailer to fit in the site. Escort to the site. Otherwise we would've had to book the site behind us. Site was level. We did not do any TV. Owners were nice and around. He took me around to see a couple of sites to choose from. Cash or check only. No amenities so the price was a bit steep. Water quality was very hard with iron in it. If you stay a long time, you'll see it show up in your toilet and sinks. We'll probably find another place next visit. - We2AreUs
Jun 2018 - $38.00
I have to preface with the Duluth area had received several days of rain prior to and during our arrival. We were scheduled for site 56 and the staff offered us site 60 if 56 wasn't suitable. We looked at 56 and found the rear portion under water, so we went to 60, which was relatively dry (but muddy). We received a heavy rain at that point and the water drained well. The sites with electric and water are very close together. The park is located next to the river and seagulls and geese visit frequently (fun to watch but messy). The staff was very friendly and accomodating. We were there Sunday to Wednesday and here were many sites available but started to fill on Wed. Close to attractions in Duluth and surrounding areas. Would go there again depending on weather. - N8MD
Aug 2017 - $42.00
The park itself isn't that bad, and it's very close to downtown Duluth, which is nice. The inner roads of the grounds are easy to navigate, but we were packed in pretty tightly. There were a lot of campers on the property. We did have an issue with our water pressure at one point, and we aren't completely sure if it was due to too many people on one line, or if it was just a fluke for about 30 minutes or so. It was, as is the case with many things, almost immediately after we asked if there was a problem that our pressure was reasonable again. - joshnichols84
Jul 2017 - $47.00
We stayed 3 nights in a pull through site #7, which was level, under some trees. The office staff was very friendly and nice! The pull through sites are closer to each other than the back in sites. Some of the back in sites were not level. It had rained before we arrived, and while we were camped at Indian Point Campground. There is not much gravel in the campsites, and no gravel or paved interior roads. As a result, it was extremely muddy in the sites and on the interior roads. Our truck was a muddy mess! The park sits next to the St. Louis River, and there is a walking path by the river. There is also a 24-mile biking paved path just outside of the park that we enjoyed with our bicycles. - Lindy White