11 Parks near Elba, Minnesota
May 2016 - $50.00
Lazy D Campground was the only option available to me due to me not trying to make reservations until one month prior to Memorial Day weekend. With that being said, the customer service on the telephone was very helpful, she gave me great directions on how I should approach the campground with my trailer (34' total length) and the site I would be staying in.
Our biggest cons about the park were the proximity to the highway. There was a lot of road noise. This wasn't much of a problem though, because when the air conditioning was running, we couldn't hear it much. However, it was still noticeable. Another major con was the dump site. There was only one dump site, and it was located by the office, which isn't normally a bad thing. However, being on the half of the grounds across the river, there was no access to the dump without exiting and trying to re-enter the grounds, and that is a lot of tight turns with a 34' trailer. We ended up using an off-site dump-station. They did claim to have WiFi, but we were unable to pick it up in our location. I had great AT&T service, but my neighbors had no cell service with Verizon.
The pros were, in direct conflict with some of the other reviews, the staff was very friendly. They have a lot of amenities: a heated pool, a bouncing pillow, rental tricycles, tube rentals for the river, and so on. On Sunday, they even had free ice cream, which was very nice!
Overall, Lazy D gets a good review. We wouldn't be opposed to staying here again, but we will probably continue to explore other grounds in the area. - joshnichols84
Jun 2013 - $50.00
We have stayed here several times over the years. Lazy D has a swimming pool, has campsites right on the Whitewater river, and has water available at each site. There is enormous variation between campsites at Lazy D so it's of vital importance that you understand what you're getting when making a reservation. Some sites have river frontage while most do not. Some are shallow. Some are on paved loops while others are on gravel. Due to the road layout the sites near the office are high traffic. Most sites are grass although a few had a gravel parking pad. Some sites, though large enough for big rigs, have tight turns on the access roads, while others have good accessibility. Some of the sites are set up with a shared water and electric pedestal serving two adjacent sites, which means that it's on the wrong side of the RV for one of the sites. If you're in one of these you'll need a longer electric cord and water hose than usual. There are a substantial number of seasonal sites, more than shown on the map. These sites are well maintained and occupied by rigs in good condition. Few of the sites are 50a, mostly just seasonal ones. We had a 30a site. Our loop lost power when the loop breaker tripped even though the loop was not fully occupied. Voltage dropped below 110 a couple of times. It appears to me that the campground, or at least parts of it, don't really have enough electricity by present-day standards. Management was friendly and organized. Most of the campground has tree cover. The campground has a history of flooding and there is some risk of flash floods. We stayed hitched up so that we could leave quickly if necessary. - Jammer
Oct 2010 - $27.00
Big sites. Good shade in most sites. Friendly staff in the office/store. Nice scenery down in the bluff country. Cell phone service was not available. TV reception was also not gonna happen. Will stay at again. - foley5000
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
Jun 2012 - $25.00
Prior to our visit there had been heavy rains in prior weeks. Though mosquitoes and other biting insects are ordinarily not a problem here we found the gnats to be bad and the occasional mosquito to be found, no doubt because of an increase in standing water in the park and the surrounding area due to the rains. The swimming conditions were not as good as usual either with the water being laden with silt and algae instead of exhibiting its usual clarity. Despite our visit landing midweek we did encounter problems with crowding at the swimming beach brought on by a large 4H group descending upon the beach en masse. Due to the crowding and lax supervision we felt that the overall situation was not safe for our younger children, and left the swimming area until the group moved on to other activities. We did bring the problems to the attention of both the group counselors and the park management both of whom declined to intervene. The dump station has been recently rebuilt but unfortunately is graded so that the pavement slopes away from the sewer connection making it impossible to completely drain the holding tanks on most RVs without blocking up the wheels on the far side to provide some slope. Nonetheless, the campsites themselves are spacious and well screened, with good tree cover. The nonelectric sites are smaller and more closely spaced than the electric sites. Most Minnesota state parks have been suffering sporadic maintenance over the last few years due to budget constraints, and Whitewater is no exception. Some buildings and improvements were overdue for a fresh coat of paint, the picnic tables are being replaced a little too slowly, and there were some sloppy repairs here and there. - Jammer
Oct 2015 - $25.00
We were satisfied with the park. The gentleman at the information desk at the beginning was polite, and check in was quick, since I had called earlier in the week. The layout/numbering of the sites was a little confusing. Due to looking online, I had a general idea where my site was, but the signs were very small, and looked like they were still in the process of restructuring. When I initially hooked up my electricity, i wasn't sure if I was using the right box, it had my site number, but also had two other site numbers. The water hookup was similarly confusing. I ended up disconnecting a permanent residents pressure washer gun (I did reconnect it when I left) and hooking in that way. We weren't sure if the lines were owned by the campground or the other residents.
The site was moderately clean. There was some small litter, but nothing that upset us too much. The site was very large in width, which was nice. Having a picnic table and fire pit was also good. The WiFi had recently been boosted and reached our site on the river, good enough to watch Netflix when going to bed (a few buffering breaks).
Our biggest complaint would be noise. The train rolls through pretty frequently. Not only that, but I don't believe there is a "quiet time," since some of our neighbors were up pretty late partying.
We weren't overly impressed with the grounds, and aren't likely to stay again, but wouldn't be opposed if we were in the area and needed someplace to stay for the night while traveling through. - joshnichols84
Jun 2015 - $25.00
The sites are level, grassy, each with a picnic table and fire ring. Lots of trees and free Wi-Fi, fast enough at times to stream NETFLIX and HBO. As people noted, the water is a large hose run to all sites, with splitters. When everyone is using the water, the pressure can be low, so we simply filled our tank and used our pump. As for being potable, I'm sure it was, but we NEVER drink water out of our tanks anyway. I'm not sure why a person would think that the flooding would affect the safety of the water any more than the fact that the main hydrants are in the ground to start with? You are either in the first row, only 20' or so from the secondary channel of the Mississippi River, or in one of the two next rows, which still put you with a pretty doggone good view for $25 a night! Yes, there are plenty of permanent RVs, locals who spend their weekends, but the place has always been kept up well over the years. We probably come every 5-7 years and have never seen it with overgrown vegetation. Perhaps flooding would be affecting maintenance occasionally, but as a rule, they were pretty much mowing somewhere the entire week we were there this time. As for picking your own site, it was busy when we were there and I had reserved ahead of time, so I didn't have that option. OTOH, how can you complain that you get to pick which site you want? Seriously, I'd sure have picked a heck of a lot of different sites than I've been shoved into at other parks. This place had extensive, and I mean EXTENSIVE, playground areas off to the side. It was and always has been one of our favorite places to stay when we are in the area and I would rather hook up to a garden hose than pay another $10-15 a night to only have the short hose (still a hose!) between a hydrant and my rig. The campground closes to outsiders at 10:00 p.m. and was quiet for the entire week we were there. - chixs
Jul 2014 - $24.00
Because the CG is on the inside of the levee it is close to the Mississippi River and prone to flooding. It is probably one of the strangest parks we have stayed in. When we got there most of the permanent residents had moved out because of a flood and were expected back at any time. The man in the office was a little rattled and confused. The restrooms were modern but could have used some extra cleaning. The free WIFI was fast and reliable. Lots of gnats and flies. - rhianna
Aug 2011 - $28.00
This is a large, private campground with over 200 sites, many of which are seasonal. The sites are grassy and shaded. Each site has a fire ring and picnic table. They aren't very wide so we were close to our neighbors. The restrooms were not maintained. The men room had a paper towel jam all day until we notified the owner. He fixed the paper towels, but still the restroom went without soap for over 24 hours. The floors were muddy and did not get mopped all weekend. There was a campground employee mowing the lawn on Sunday morning for about an hour, which was quite noisy. The owner left the office for a couple of hours on Saturday afternoon, leaving a group of four kids, about age 12, in charge behind the desk. Unfortunately the kids did not know much about running the campground and weren't able to answer any of our questions. - Juniper94
Jun 2010 - $20.00
Only a short distance from Whitewater State Park, this campground is best understood as a more rustic, tent-oriented sister facility. There is no electricity or dump station with the only water source being a hand pump. Sites are widely spaced but shallow. Some are not level. This campground is closed from the day after Labor Day to the Thursday before Memorial Day. A quiet, unremarkable facility whose chief draw is its proximity to the Whitewater River, Whitewater State Park, and other recreational lands. Sites are accessible to RVs but require a degree of skill due to the maneuvering, backing, and hills. Tow vehicles may need to detach from trailers in some cases due to the shallow sites. Bring leveling blocks and chocks. There is no attendant on site although a ranger from Whitewater State Park patrols the grounds from time to time. - Jammer
Jun 2005 - $11.00
Very rustic campground. No hookups at the sites and water is from a hand pump. Sites are small and designed for tents, but several can handle a tent trailer or small travel trailer. There are hiking trails in the park and a small playground, but that is about it. Whitewater State Park is about 10 miles from here, and there is quite a lot there. Overall, it is nice campground if you are passing thru the area and need a place for the night, and a very nice campground if you just want to get away from things for a weekend. Not too good if you are looking for a campground for longer than weekend. - bsandey
Wabasha, Minnesota (map) | (651) 565-9932
Sites: 28 | Latest Rate: $43.00 | 12 Reviews
Jul 2016 - $43.00
Owners are very proud of their new bath and shower facilities - very well done. This is a small place with only a couple of permanent units. We ended up in the office basement with everyone in the park during a tornado warning. They made sure everyone in the park was accounted for. Owners had lots of local information handouts. - suerover
Jul 2015 - $40.00
Well maintained park with concrete patio, picnic table and fire ring. Pull through site had level gravel and nice grass between sites. Only issue I had was the utilities are in the very back which wasn't a problem for my water and electric but too far for my 15' waste water hose (I didn't have my second one with me) as my drain port is in the middle of my 40' fifth wheel. - alanp41779
Jun 2015 - $21.00
Very nice park. Owner have updated the park extensively. Lots of gravel on roads and sites, concrete patio and picnic table. Nice new bathrooms and laundry room. Only one washer and dryer (looks new), $5.00 to wash and dry, but they are a good size. It looks like they are getting ready to put In a new building probably a clubhouse. I would definitely stay here again. - bobowill
Jul 2016 - $18.00
We loved this area and we loved this park. It's like camping in a big meadow underneath the scenic bluffs. The bathhouse is clean and the laundry has new high capacity machines that don't mangle your clothes. There's not an office on site so you check in at Nelson's Creamery across the street. Manager lady was wonderful and responded quickly to any questions we had. I noticed that one reviewer noted there are no trash receptacles and that's because you just place your trash outside and they pick it up. The only downside is the noise of the frequent trains, but after a few days we didn't notice them anymore. It's a puzzle to me why this place isn't filled to capacity all the time. The rate we paid reflects the monthly rate.
Note: Don't follow your GPS. Coming from Wabasha, turn right at the second street after the railroad tracks. Coming from Pepin, turn left at Top Hat Bar. - Wind blows
Jun 2016 - $38.00
Overall, this was a good park. The wireless service was pretty good, which was beneficial due to some of the storms that moved through during our weekend. The site we camped on was perfectly level, a mix of grass and gravel where the trailer was parked, and open grass in front. All sites appear to be full hook-up, and had 20, 30, and 50 amp service.
The biggest problem we had was that there doesn't appear to be a trash bin anywhere on the property. Also, it is a little difficult to find the property. I believe, in the future, they have some better plans, but there are no great markings to indicate where to turn for an "out-of-towner." Finally, there aren't really any activities on-site, so be sure you bring toys for the kiddos. - joshnichols84
Sep 2015 - $18.00
Reminds me of, "Build it and they will come," from some movie. Except in this case, a lovely 100 site RV Park was built and thus far, they have not come. Mostly fewer than 10 sites filled during our month stay. Large, level, full hookup sites. Sites and roads are gravel. Most sites have picnic tables and some have a concrete pad for the table. Rate is for a monthly stay including tax and electricity. Trains are frequent, sometimes several in an hour, but I was not even slightly disturbed by them. To find this place, put the US Post Office, Nelson, WI 54756. Entrance to the park is right across the road from the Post Office. Check in is at the Nelson Cheese Factory (sign says Creamery) around the block from the RV Park entrance. Good AT&T wireless coverage, in fact it tested the fastest I have ever encountered. VERY slow T-Mobile wireless. Wi-Fi was installed while we were here and was satisfactory, with but a few short outage periods. A washer and dryer were installed in the new shower/laundry building while we were here, but we did not try them. No cable, but had excellent reception on Dish satellite, due to no large trees. Plenty of smaller ones have been planted. - Kate
Jul 2012 - $47.00
We camped in the main campground. You may also camp on the river side where the marina is located. We selected the main side as the pool is located there. Pros: The proprietor is an accommodating, friendly, and welcoming person. Easy access to site. Seasonal occupants were friendly. The proprietor nicely loaned us a 50amp connector as the 30amp outlet on our shared power pole was being used by the neighbor. Saturday was taco night for $1. It's tasty and a cute idea. Cons: We faced a seasonal site that was thankfully unoccupied for the weekend. It was left in a state of disarray and was an eyesore. The fire rings had obviously been moved frequently and each burnt patch was littered with cigarette butts. Our picnic table was almost unusable as boards were loose and uneven. The sewer hookup was several inches above the ground necessitating more maneuvering and work to empty the tank when we left. Although clean, the shower rooms aren't inviting due to dated fixtures and shower heads that spray water almost painfully with cold water. The riverside campground is a world onto itself and not the environment we would seek for a relaxing camping weekend. We discussed for a few minutes the big equipment (bulldozer, etc..) left in an abandoned looking state near the river. We were itching with ideas on how to cleanup and improve the campground! Although some seasonal campers had nicely maintained sites, we were left with the perception of a disorderly, somewhat junky looking campground. Overall, the campground worked for our purpose but most likely won't return if needing to stay in the area again. At close to $50 a night we have certainly stayed in nicer campgrounds for even less that cost. - JessieJake
Jul 2010 - $30.00
This campground is split by a 4 lane highway and unfortunately I didn't learn that until I had to go to the "lower/river" side, down a gravel road and across train tracks without warning gates. While it would have been great if I wanted to launch a boat into the Mississippi, I didn't know my kids would have a very small area to ride their bikes and no pool, restroom or convenience store on the river side. The train also came by every 60 to 90 minutes blaring it's horn and shaking the trailer. Great if you want to use the river -- but not if you want space and peace and quiet or even sleep. - cruzr
Jul 2009 - $34.00
We didn't really enjoy the campground and really tried to be out in Winona as much as possible. The people running the campground were nice and friendly though, and the overall experience was positive with the people I interacted with. Main issue was just overall size of the campground and that everyone is piled in on top of each other. We were parked about 5 feet from a seasonal rig in the spot we wound up in. As stated before just about everyone that seemed to be there knew each other, and you kind of felt out of place while staying in the campground. I guess we would just prefer to stay in the state parks in the state but hadn't planned far enough ahead for this weekend to do that. We'll be sure to plan far ahead in the future. They did have an animal petting zoo thing come in this weekend which was nice and my kids did like that part of it very much. The playground equipment is pretty old, and I'd personally be worried about the liability issues if I were the owners of the campground. In fairness though my kids did play on some of the equipment and had fun though. You've got to like the old metal slides from when I was a kid. You can really get some speed on those slides. Overall experience with the people at the campground, and the area of Winona Wabasha was positive. Experience with the campground was negative, and I would not plan on ever staying here again. - Gaidin53
Nov 2015 - $17.00
The weekend we were here was a very busy weekend, but was quiet at the same time. The campsites were of decent size, but giving you privacy from others. Shower/bathroom houses were old, but were kept clean. The ladies room ran out of toweling and hand soap, and some people left their children's dirty diapers on the floor next to the trash bins, which has was rather unpleasant. On a good note, there are plenty of walking trails and scenic areas for picture taking. Canoe rentals are available to paddle around on the Mississippi plus there is swimming allowed (but no beach front) as one would dive in around the boat docks. Beautiful sunsets. One final statement - the speed limit is 10mph and drivers need to slow down as there are a lot of curves going around the campsites and children playing or riding bikes, and some drivers come flying around the curves much higher faster than they should. Overall, I will stay here again. Lot spacing is nearby and mostly shady. Site surface is gravel, dirt and grass; featuring a fire ring and picnic table. - SerenityFix
Aug 2015 - $17.00
This is a beautiful park on the Mississippi River. Our campsite was partially shaded with a picnic bench and a fire ring. There are two nice bathrooms with shower facilities and several pit toilets throughout the campgrounds. There are several hiking and biking trails as well as canoe and kayak rentals. The roads are paved and sites are easy to access. This is definitely a park we will return to in the near future. - User3016
Jun 2015 - $29.00
Bathrooms were very dirty. The men's stunk to high heaven! Only had two shower houses and they were too far to walk to and dirty as well. There was a wasp nest up in the electrical box that was was decent size with a wasp on it. Was not an enjoyable experience. Won't be back. - Lisa Hagee
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