11 Parks near Ellendale, Minnesota
Aug 2016 - $30.00
What a lovely park! It is as neat, clean, and attractive as anyone could ask for. The pond is clean and large enough to put a small boat on and fish (catch and release.) Sites are perfectly manicured, wide and long, perfectly level, utilities pedestal well located, perfectly groomed grass between large sites. Interior roads and parking pads are gravel. New activity center/bath/shower/laundry house. Everything is spit, spot clean. Seasonal/permanent lots are being sold, and those that are there now are beautifully landscaped and maintained. Well located immediately off I-35 just 15 minutes North of I-90. Quiet, relaxing, well laid out. When we reserved our site one day in advance, we asked for a site near the Wi-Fi. We were assigned a site right next to a repeater, on the lake. Couldn't have been better. Owners on site, but not in office all hours. Very good phone response. We would definitely return. - MissMyGolden
Aug 2016 - $22.00
As others have said this park is being built one site at a time. Currently there are 48 sites, 2 are pull-through, the rest are all back-in. Our site backed up to the small lake on the property. Husband fished in lake, catch and release, several times and caught several decent sized catfish. Sites are level, gravel with full hookup places where they are easily accessible. We reserved here for one week and stayed 6 weeks. The park is quiet and during the week mostly empty. Most sites are rented seasonally with folks showing up on weekends and going home for the week. We were afraid the I-35 noise would be too loud but our site was toward the back of the campground and once inside our rig we could barely hear the traffic. The owner is on site most of the week and his son in residence on weekends. They are very nice people, working hard to keep the park nice and complete the build on the rec center.
The cons to staying in this park it is not a destination park! There isn't much to do in the park or immediate area. The twin cities are just over an hour north, not a bad drive.
If you plan to go to Minnesota make your reservation early. It appears many Minnesotans rent sites in RV parks for the season so they can use the site on weekends. Because of this sites are difficult to come by and way overpriced. Crystal Springs was an excellent value. - Harley Oma
Aug 2016 - $32.00
Stay here when we travel to southern Minnesota and have reviewed before. Sites are sand based with gravel cover that drains fast with no ponding. Utilities placed well in sites and have 30/50 amp service, good water, and sewer connect placed in site for easy connection and dump. Laundry and new spacious shower/toilet rooms now open in the new community building. Private lake has walking path all around it with benches for relaxing. Owners/builders live on site and you can buy in if you wish and have concrete pad and casita on your site. We highly recommend. - xarmoreddriver
Aug 2016 - $29.00
Site was very narrow. The trailer next to us was 4 feet from our bedroom slide. Mostly seasonal campers but they also deserve a place to stay.
Spend some money and clean up your sites with some gravel and it would improve the park. - Traveling Rojo
Jun 2016 - $28.00
Stopped here for just a quick overnight so I don't have a whole lot to comment on. The facility is a few minutes down some side roads from the interstate but it was easy to find and the distance made for a quiet evening. The 2 gentlemen that greeted us were very nice and one escorted us to our site with a light and made sure we were parked ok. Sites are mostly gravel and grass and the one we had was good and level (which was nice since we got in so late - we didn't have to deal with leveling). Full hook ups worked fine. As mentioned, there are a lot of seasonals here, but their sites were all nicely maintained. Again, just a quick in and out for us so I cannot speak for activities, but it was a great place for an overnight and we'd definitely use this campground again if we come through the area. - R.T.
Sep 2013 - $28.00
This is mostly a seasonal site campground. Many campers here with permanent decks, porches, etc. Large activity area for games. Fire pits and picnic tables. Off the road next to farm fields. Appears to be an older campground, but they've done some repaving work to the office area and it looks nice. We had a large but uneven site for the night. Water and 30amp electric only. It was a handy over night stop that was quiet. - PegL
Jul 2016 - $34.00
As mentioned, there are about 60-70 percent of the sites occupied by seasonal full timers with others open to daily traffic. All of the sites were shaded to some extent, so no satellite service. The access roads are gravel with the exception of the paved road that goes up to the pool area. Very nice, huge pool with plenty of chairs and a couple umbrellas for shade. The sites on B and C rows could use some more gravel to take up some of the "squish" after it gets wet. Escorted to the site and good access as we were able to leave the towed vehicle hooked up for the overnight stay. The oppressive heat did take it's toll on the electrical system with voltages dropping to around 105V on some lines. The office recommended coming in from the west on the entrance road and going out the same way. Ask for directions if it's not clear. - Good Vibes
May 2016 - $21.00
Sites were close together except the end one we were on. C-11. Back in up hill. Owners were nice. Easy access into and out of the park. - hug448844
May 2015 - $50.00
Previous reviews are largely accurate. I had the misfortune of timing in needing to stay there over Memorial Day weekend, which jacked up the price to places even KOA wouldn't go. They did squeeze me in after saying they were full, based on the size of my trailer. The campground is a destination for many folks, so my need for just a place to stay for two days didn't warrant the price I had to pay and, given other choices, I wouldn't have stayed there. That said, they were nice and didn't enforce their three day minimum over the holiday weekend. Still I had the feeling that they were squeezing a buck out of a camping spot that they couldn't have otherwise filled. Clearly they are popular and charge accordingly. Next time, I will look for a place that is more value oriented. No real complaints though. I was grateful to get a spot. - Corno1
Jul 2010 - $35.00
Park was almost full of seasonals and locals. Very crowded, particularly the pool. The sites were grassy and wide, not particularly even but we were able to level. Entry roads were narrow, tight turns for larger rigs. Free WiFi in the office, not at sites. Very friendly and efficient office staff. They were the highlight of the visit. - BritChris
Jun 2009 - $35.00
Very nice place to spend the weekend. Looked to be mostly seasonals. We had a nice pull through site with plenty of room. Owners are very nice and made us feel welcome. Pool was a little small but the kids had a blast anyway. We will definitely come back if we are in the area. - bunny102
Sep 2008 - $39.00
Nice quiet campground. Lots of seasonal sites. Pool was closed after Labor Day, would have been nice to know. Sites were big, and they had a great group set up where you could face 5-7 campers around a central big fire pit, right across from the playground. Though the playground equipment was looking a little rough. We would stay here again. - flippet
Jun 2014 - $22.00
We had the place pretty much to ourselves. You have to pay cash. The staff was helpful. Good for an overnight. - Florida Bob
Oct 2013 - $23.00
We stayed here for only one night on our way to Sioux Falls. The site we used was level and had 50 amp service and good water pressure. It was a concrete slab that we could stay hooked up on. Other sites are on grass in a nice shady area. The roads are good, the park is quiet and we felt safe as we were the only people on the fairgrounds at night. We would use this park again if we needed a night or two in the area. - corky506
Jul 2009 - $20.00
For $15 as it used to be I would rate it 9, for $20, as we paid, 8. Nice little park on the fairgrounds. Park on grass, most sites with shade. Make sure to have a long electric cord as electrical hook up is far away (30 amp only). No sites are level, some worse than others. Albert Lea, while a little run down, is a fun town to explore. We would stay here again. - ragface
Aug 2016 - $36.00
Called ahead to get a pull through with full hookups. Was told they only had 30 amp which was ok. When we got there paid and went to our site there was no sewer hookup! They have to let their customers know so they can prepare for this.
We ask for a refund and they refunded our card. We moved on.
Shame on you KOA! - Traveling Rojo
Jun 2016 - $40.00
Spacious and grassy, with plenty of room for the dogs to run. - JBL
May 2016 - $42.00
Ok for overnight stay while traveling east. The staff were very nice. The long, spacious sites had large trees. It's located far enough off the freeway not to hear noise, but close enough to get back on it quickly. All hook-ups worked well. We'd stay again if passing through. - Roadschool
Sep 2015 - $38.00
One of the nicest rv parks we've stayed in. The campground is tucked into a corner of a lovely farm. The owners are super nice. The gravel sites are surrounded by grass & huge oaks for shade. There is a dump station. No wi-fi or cable but we weren't looking for that. The quiet tranquility of the place was all the entertainment we needed. Wish we could have stayed longer. Will definitely return. - MoMartens
Aug 2015 - $38.00
As others have mentioned, this campground is drop dead gorgeous. The oak grove is beautiful. The sites are well spaced and nicely laid out.
We were fortunate to be greeted by 2 young female campers who eagerly pointed out all of the campground features and especially recommended the 0.7 mile trail surrounding the campground. We did take the small hike and while it might not meet the spectacular promotions of the children, it is nice.
Our only disappointment was that our firewood was wet and we gave up trying to burn it. We got a nice hot bed of coals underneath it, but the larger pieces refused to burn. We had a large rain storm move through our area earlier in the week, so maybe this wood got left out in it.
We will definitely return again. It is a wonderful place to spend a quiet, beautiful weekend. - Cory S
Aug 2014 - $35.00
This is a little gem. It's actually a working corn & soy farm (about 800+ acres) that owners have carved a lovely camping oasis out in a corner of their property under big beautiful oak trees that overlook their farm. Each site is large and fully separate from the another. We stayed in #3, which was right on the edge, so we could see the sunset each night over the soy fields...so beautiful. One night we eve heard the distant mooing of a neighbor's cows as they were heading into feed (no smell, just the sounds). We only stayed the two days because we already had reservations, but if we hadn't we would have stayed on, it was so peaceful. No "amenities" like a pool, or tv, etc. just peace and beauty. We loved it! - MarieB
Jul 2015 - $43.00
The site was just an o.k. place to stay for overnight. Our site was a bit unlevel in both directions but manageable. It's about 3 miles off the Interstate but was a pleasant drive. Take lots of bug spray because the mosquitoes were very bad here. The rate include the $5 daily Minnesota State Park charge. - troutslayer
Sep 2013 - $26.00
Twenty six per night was for a 30 amp electric site. In addition, there is daily parking permit of $5 or you can purchase an annual MN state parking pass for $25, which is good for 12 consecutive months from the date of purchase. Many recreational opportunities are available in the surrounding areas including biking/hiking trails. Campground is within manageable driving distances for shopping and other activities. Spacing between sites is generous and most sites are level or need only modest leveling. Sites range from full shade to full sun. We received three bars of 4G on our AT&T phone. - DD Rolling Ranch
Aug 2013 - $26.00
Very nice state park. Nice hiking trails and bike trail that goes into Albert Lea. Staff friendly and helpful. Shower house on the island campground is in need of updating. White Fox campground bath/shower house is great. Would have given a higher rating but the roads in both campgrounds are in awful shape with potholes. Trees hanging low and need to be trimmed back. They need to realize that rigs are higher these days and people don't appreciate tearing things off the roof and scratching sidewalls. Non-campers should not be allowed to drive through the campground. - kamping
Aug 2015 - $60.00
We stayed at this campground on a weekend in August. They had everything you needed, but it was overly crowded. The sites are SUPER close together, you got absolutely NO privacy. I have to say though I was really impressed with the employee out front who went out of his way to help us back into our spot. I think this is overall a great place for kids. We liked that they had a dance, wagon rides, pool and water slides, etc. They had everything you would want for kids. There isn't much for adults to do at all so I can't really comment on that. I would suggest if you are couple without children, find a different campground. I am avoiding staying there again due to it being too crowded. - CampMamaOf3
Jul 2015 - $55.00
Very nice clean park. I have stayed there several times and the kids enjoy the pool very much. I will visit again. The sites were fairly close together, but they were nice and shaded. There are a couple of very large playgrounds, shuffle board, horseshoes, mini-golf and basketball to keep everyone entertained. There is also a nice bike/walking trail that goes around the lake. You do have to cross the highway to get to the lake, but it is well worth it. - MankatoJohn
Aug 2014 - $52.00
This is a nice campground with gravel streets and pads, but nice grass areas between sites. We were escorted to our pull-through site on row L, which was good because the streets are a little narrow. The park is very busy, being across the street from a lake, and has many amenities and activities for kids. We would consider staying in this park again if we are in the area. - SMorin
Sep 2006 - $18.00
Rice Lake State Park is quiet and restful. That is one of the reasons why we like it so much. The other reason it has many different hiking trails, walking in woods, next to the lake, or on open prairie. There are not any hills so it is all pretty level. We see many different types of birds, waterfowl, as well as deer. The campground has two loops, A loop is all non-electric and B loop, electric. The restroom and showers are located in A loop and are kept stocked and clean. I would not recommend this campground for people who have big rigs. Most sites are shaded with the exception of a few sites in B loop where you will get full afternoon sun. There are waterfront sites available but they are for walk-in tenting only. If you do like to tent these sites are very nice! Since this is a state park with majority of it forested do expect mosquitos and ticks while out hiking the trails. Also, during duck season, hunting is allowed. If you do decide to camp during duck season be prepared to hear the noise of gun shots and would be to your advantage to stay away from trails along the lake. - meriflower
Jul 2005 - $19.00
Spots are almost always available here. However, very few sites are sufficiently level for a motorhome. On the B loop (electric loop) site 20 is the best for a MH followed by 19, 18 and 17. The others are either too small or too tilted to level without your wheels hanging in the air. There is no dump station at this park any more. Showers and restrooms are in the non-electric "A" loop, are old and dark but kept clean. Nice hiking trails but the woods are very buggy - big flies and hungry mosquitos abound. Poor cell phone coverage in the campground. Most sites don't have good "run around" room for kids - Site 20 has a great "back yard" though. We'd stay here again for an overnighter if we needed a place, but we would not think of this as a "destination" for a week. (Most needed improvement is to regrade sites to be more level side to side and front-to-back. ) - AndersonFamily