17 Parks near Eyota, Minnesota
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
Jul 2016 - $41.00
Small park and very tight spaces. Scratched our coach, and I just watched a motorhome pull out next to us that hit large rocks with their toad. Trees need trimming. Site not level. Staff very huffy and unhelpful. We will not come here again. MOTORHOMES STAY AWAY. - LHB2014
Jul 2016 - $43.00
We were in a 38 foot motorhome towing. We needed help getting in and leaving. The internal roads are torturous. The spots are level but short and very close together. There are acres of grass around them though. The highway is close but not noticeably noisy. This is NOT big rig friendly. - Dapper
Jul 2015 - $62.00
Worst camping experience ever.
1. The owners were very rude and not approachable.
2. They hounded people constantly about driving on the grass (while driving on the grass himself with his golf cart).
3. Wood was for sale in the office for $7 a bundle (small bundles of construction lumber). We were yelled at for bringing in our own (DNR certified) wood.
4. Pool is only open from noon until 9 pm. It also must be at least 72° for the pool to open. When we arrived at the park the kids wanted to go to the pool, but were denied because it was only 70°. Swim diapers are not allowed for infants in the pool. Children must be fully toilet trained to enter the pool.
5. The sewer hook-ups are all the way at the front of the pad, but you need to back the trailer in all the way to fit on the pad. You need a 30-40' hose to reach on most trailers.
6. Campground is very close to the highway and there was a lot of road noise.
7. Price was too high for the amenities.
8. Office, store, bathroom, showers are across the road from the camping area. No bathrooms anywhere near the camping, pool or tents.
9. The campground was about 1/2 full on a July weekend. I understand why now that I have been there.
My biggest complaint is about the owners/hosts. When I check-in to a campground, I expect a certain level of customer service.
Luckily we had a good group of friends, so we made the best of our stay. I would NEVER stay there again. I used to think fairly highly of the KOAs, but I will not stay at one ever again. I would rather stay in a vacant alley. - MankatoJohn
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
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
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
Jun 2016 - $39.00
A decent park with level sites, full hookups and friendly folks. What you won't get here is peace and quiet! Very close to a busy highway which made outside conversation difficult at times and sleeping very difficult. We had to have the AC fan blowing on high, with another fan on to help drown out the noise at night. There is nothing deluxe about their "deluxe" sites and several have very close and overhanging trees which may make satellite reception difficult. The basic sites have a bit more room between them although not much for shade. We spent one week in a deluxe (64) and one week in a basic (79) and much prefer the basic site. Both of the sites we stayed in are great if you have pets since they are just across the road from the very nice and large pet walking area. Picnic tables are very small and many sites do not have one, so be prepared to move one from a nearby (unoccupied ????) site if you want one. Surprisingly, there are not lot of good options for RV parks in the Rochester area, so we can't rule out staying here again, but will look for alternatives first. - Jerry and Betsy
May 2016 - $45.00
We stayed 1 night passing through the area.
The park is a mile to so drive from US-63 (CR-16 Exit) off US-52 along a 2 lane road. There is construction on the interchange so access is challenging during the project. The park was built on a little hill so roads & sites have slopes.
The sites are a mixture of back-ins and P/T's. Several sites appear to be extended stay sites. This park doesn't understand the simple concept of the importance of a flat, level site as the parking pads have a slope/pitch making leveling a challenge depending on your individual system. Distance and grassy area establishes privacy between the sites. Site had enough room for opening slides. No fire rings or pits allowed.
There were trees throughout the park so satellite reception would be dependent upon site assignment and your dish configuration. The park brochure showed 8 broadcast channels. Didn't try to get any broadcast channels.
The park provided WiFi was good. It was password protected. Our Verizon WiFi hotspot worked well. Didn't try the NET10 phone so don't know about cell phone reception.
No designated fenced pet area. The designated pet area was at the end of the park near the pond. It was a well maintained grassy area. There were bag dispensers and collection stations for waste around the park. There was sufficient space to walk dogs along the park's roads.
For being in a hazardous/severe weather area, there was no underground storm shelter. None of the structures in the park were identified as a severe weather shelter. The park brochure identified the closest storm shelter was a mile away at the Rochester airport. There was a storm siren nearby.
The park is located in a semi rural setting.
Probably wouldn't stay here again if traveling through the area. There was another park on the North side of Rochester that appeared to have been built on open and level ground. - bsb814
Aug 2015 - $39.00
We stayed here because the campground we had planned on staying at was flooded due to all the rain. I think we lucked out. There are two sections to this campground. Deluxe & Basic. We stayed in Basic. Both are fine but if I had a choice I would pick the deluxe. Basic has crushed rock streets, no patio & often no picnic table. Deluxe has black topped streets, patios, & picnic tables. Deluxe sites are longer. The office manager was very friendly. This park is near Mayo Clinic. Many campers stay here while at the Clinic for tests. There is a taxi service to the Clinic (for a fee). We were able to get Satellite & over the air signal. - Connie's Co-Owner
Jul 2016 - $45.00
Nice, shady rv park, but a bit overpriced for what you get. Full hook-ups for $45, but few amenities for a park in this cost range. No personnel on duty and pay showers! Pay showers for your $45 per night? Come on! Picnic tables are few, and never one for the lot you are in. No store or supplies. On the plus side: quiet and convenient to Rochester, MN. If you can find an employee, they are very friendly. We have been here many years in a row. - W Davidson
Sep 2015 - $26.00
We stayed here for 3 weeks while visiting family. There is no on-site host, fill out the form and slide your money or credit card information (disconcerting) under the door. The park had several long term residents with several children playing in the afternoon (a concern while driving very large pickup) but well behaved and not bothersome. Too few picnic tables to go around, no shade. Lots of highway noise quieted down at night. Tilly's Bar and Grill right next door has great food. The site we picked ended up being the low spot and we had 3" of rain at our door step after a heavy rain. Wi-fi (a Belkin home router) was typically insufficient. - TeamNewMexico
Aug 2013 - $28.00
There is a manager that is supposed to be here between 10 and 2 but is also selling houses so very difficult to get to see. The site next to us had no 30 amp working. Sewer connections are very high off the ground. Laundry room has 2 washers and 1 dryer. The gravel sites are long enough. Few picnic tables. Small trees so no problem with satellite signal. Close to the highway and bar. No rules so you could wash vehicles here. - az2wv
Sep 2015 - $32.00
This was a very small campground. The bathrooms are clean, but old and need some repairs and updates. We were in the lower campground. We were camping with 2 other families, and the owners allowed us to park in a U-shape so we were all facing each other (in fact, it was their idea!). It wasn't busy, but it was after Labor Day and there wasn't a ton to do. (I've heard from friends that have a seasonal site there that they have a lot of fun activities for the kids during the summer.) They have the rec room, but it was occupied with a group all weekend. The kids had fun playing ping pong and the guys were able to watch football on the TV in the game room. There is a huge field behind the electric sites along the road for tent camping. It was completely empty and the kids had a blast playing football and kickball out there. The mosquitoes weren't bad, but the wasps/yellow jackets were fierce! I don't know how busy it is in the summer, but it was a nice relaxing time for us. The owners were very friendly. We will be back. - TT Mom
Aug 2015 - $32.00
Rate is for water and 30 amp elec. The upper part of park is about 50 permanents/seasonals and those folks seem to have a lot of fun. We camped with a group and were placed all together on nice level grassy sites in the lower part of the park. Some shade trees and lots of open space down there, picnic table and fire rings at each site. There is also a rec hall available for use. The park was quite busy on weekend but was very quiet at night. They are apparently serious about controlling visitors as they keep the gate to the lower part of park closed at all times and charge for each visitor. The proprietor was very pleasant, his wife not so much when we inquired as to why the wifi password we were given wasn't working. We didn't notice any highway noise as noted by other reviewers. many in our group stated that they would stay here again. - Nautical Wheelers
Jul 2011 - $29.00
We stayed here with our camping club. The area we were assigned to has lots of mature shade trees. The grass sites are easy to level and free of mounds and dips. The river was a short walk to and appears to be a fun place to go wading. We did not stay long there due to the bugs and being evening that is to be expected. At the campsite itself the bugs were not a big issue. The owners are around all the time riding by and help if there is anything you need. They had a BBQ on Friday which was a nice treat to not have to cook. The fee was very reasonable. We will be back. - zookeypurr4
May 2011 - $18.00
This place is like a dream. Beautiful park! Small but attractive campground, great little zoo with well cared for animals, a pretty river and lots of hiking. The newer restroom building is also the storm shelter, and very well-built indeed. For a county park this is good as it gets. Lots of antenna TV, fair Verizon reception. 8 miles to Rochester and the Mayo Clinic. We would definitely return if we had the chance. - rmlarson
Sep 2010 - $18.00
Exceptionally nice campground void of traffic and train noise. It's a beautiful setting with gorgeous Minnesota woods along the Zumbro River. There's oodles of lovely trails within the park as well as a nature center and a zoo. The bathrooms were exceptionally clean. Our five days there were very pleasant. We were there during the flood and the campground hosts made sure we were safe. It was recommended that we move to higher ground on our last night there. It is a memorable night with continual lightning and thunder. We would most definitely return to Oxbow Park! - pocabe
Jun 2008 - $18.00
This park was very clean and the campground hosts were extremely helpful and friendly. When you camp here you feel like you are in the middle of the woods... because you are! Although there is not much to do besides hike and fish, there is a town of 90,000 only 8 miles away. - peacefulbirder