11 Parks near Ellendale, Minnesota
Sep 2016 - $30.00
Beautifully laid out park, with back-in sites on the lake. Gravel interior roads and large, level gravel sites. Convenient hookups, good WiFi, and Verizon cell/data were strong. Good OTA TV and clear shot to satellites. Although not far from the interstate, large trees and landscaping kept noise to a minimum. Beware that are no signs to the park; the dirt entry road is just past the northbound exit road of I-35; you'll parallel the interstate south for .5 miles to the park entrance. Call on arrival since there is no office; someone will come by to collect the fee (check or cash). Lots of nice grass, plenty of space between sites, and a beautiful lake to fish. A great place to spend time. - Meanderman
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 - $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
Sep 2016 - $39.00
This is an OK overnight campground. It has the amenities you would expect at a KOA. It looks tired and could use some maintenance. I did not look at laundry or play area. There is some play equipment and a big grassy field where I saw dogs exercising. The road into the park is wide and level, but it is graded dirt. It's interior roads and sites are in need of repair and they are very muddy. We were not led to the site although there was a cart there. I realize you can't control rain but the roads and sites didn't appear to have much gravel left. We left deep gouges when we turned to pull in. It has been raining all night and I am concerned what we will find when we try to leave.
I made specific reservations for a site that was satellite friendly. The one we got was not. When we asked to be moved to the one directly in front of us, we were told that someone was coming in for it. We asked if they could move them and they did. We would stay here again but only as a stopover and only when not rainy (if possible). - Astilbe46
Aug 2016 - $37.00
Spacious and grassy with plenty of room for the dogs to run. Restrooms and showers were clean. - Jerry S
Aug 2016 - $37.00
This is a very nice park that we will stay at anytime we are in the Albert Lea area. We've found KOA's to be a mixed bag but this is one of the good ones. Clean and well manicured with corn fields all around. Service was friendly. It was a quiet pleasant place to stay. - bb6306
Aug 2016 - $38.00
This campground is set within a grove of oak trees on a working corn and soybean farm. The road leading to the campground is one lane dirt with a smattering of gravel with multiple turns. The campground itself is a loop built on a slope. The owners are very friendly and I was escorted to the site. The owner also offered assistance as I backed into the site and when I left the campground. The site was a pull thru - you pull into site 9 and it continues into site 10. While the site was level side to side, it sloped front to back so much that neck was 6 foot plus off the ground. The utilities worked as expected. We could not use our direct tv, although we did get several OTA PBS stations and enjoyed watching American Experience. I disagree that this campground is Big Rig Friendly. I was able to get our 40' fifth wheel in and out, but it wasn't friendly. Since the Spam Museum is about the only reason to be in Austin anyway, and I've already been there, I doubt I'd return to Oakwood Trails CG. - 15243
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
Sep 2016 - $26.00
Park is in need of a make over as bathroom and showers are very old. Sites are nicely wooded with fair screening between sites. Trails are awesome for hiking. Bring your kayak or canoe if you want a real treat. Natural shoreline wih no development on park side of lake. Enjoy! Suggest Jaye Cooke for overall best of Minnesota. Anyone else have a favorite? - loopy1954
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 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