15 Parks near Houston, Minnesota
Jul 2013 - $45.00
This is a very pretty campground. The office personnel were nice and friendly. It is not set up for a big rig coach. Leveling was difficult and bugs were very bad. The campground was extremely crowded with multiple tents and pop-ups on each site. It is a great place for children and family gatherings, but not for big rigs. The roads are very narrow for maneuvering. - larriin
Jul 2013 - $45.00
This campground is in two sections across a large road. Part of the camp is very old, and the bathhouse in that section is awful! However, the sites are huge and easy to pull through. There is a large amount of permanent trailers here. The "pool" is actually a very large spring fed cement pond, yes Jed, cement pond with some fish in it. The office/bathhouse/laundry area is new and very nice, but the sites aren't close for middle of the night potty trips. If you are self-contained, this is a great park, if you need the facilities, not so great. When we were here the bugs were also a problem. - IndianaCamper
Jun 2013 - $40.00
Would have rated this campground an 8 if not for the poor check-in experience and inadequate restrooms. The check-in clerk had no advice on the best approach to our site and could not read the camp map. The bath house is 1950s concrete and too small to accommodate the number of weekend campers. Stayed here for 4 days visiting the area. It is a visually appealing 3-season park. Approximately 75-80% are full-season patrons. The transient RVers and tent campers are isolated in the same general area but segregated from each other. Nearly 100% full with large family gatherings the weekend we were there. Quiet at night. Rained two nights straight; drainage was adequate. Site layout was good, plenty of room between them, easy to approach, grass "pads". Grounds are well maintained and utility quality good. Rate is for full hookup. Wi-Fi available at site for $5/ day extra from 3rd party. Free at office. Verizon signal adequate for data plans. - Bull Durham
Jul 2015 - $1.00
Great utilities, 50 amp power was good, water and sewer was good, satellite was good but some sites on the south side of the park may have trouble with tree blockage. Flat terrain, walking good. All gravel roads including 1.3 mile road to park. Very busy on weekends but only 1/3 filled during the week. Good outdoor pool, super friendly staff, recycling bins available near office. We paid zero dollars using our Resorts of Distinction membership. This was our first time here but we will DEFINITELY be coming back many times in the future. - lajuene
Sep 2014 - $10.00
This campground is in a quiet out of the way valley. Sites were a bit tight. Cell phone reception is pretty much non existent. We had a free trial pass, it was fun, we will return. - Paul2015
Sep 2013 - $20.00
If you want peace and quiet with plenty of grass, trees, walking paths, friendly people, and stuff to do within 20 miles, this is the place to stay. 2 quaint towns 8 miles away and a 50 mile paved bike trail 20 miles away. I call this place home on my GPS. - DKANDERA
Oct 2005 - $15.00
No hookups. New, clean restrooms/showers. Nice trails & look out sites. Very nice fall colors in October. Requires $7/day or $25/year vehicle permit. Off the beaten path for very quiet private camping. Folage shielded sites for privacy. - dakotaken
May 2016 - $42.00
Really nice park on an island in the Mississippi River. Spacious sites easily accommodate large rigs.
Back-in sites back onto the river, facing west so you get a nice sunset. Pull-throughs are in the middle.
Laundry is a little old - 2 washers/2 dryers, but they got the job done. $1 per load so price was right!
Bathrooms too are a little old but showers were free and water was hot, again a bargain.
Cable was disconnected a few years back, but Wi-Fi is available. Depending on users, access varied, but I was able to update our blog without too much trouble.
No sewers as island is a "flood plain" but there are 2 dump stations on the way out.
We came for 1 night, fell in love with the view, the quiet, and the general surroundings so stayed a 2nd night. I can see why some people we met come here for the entire summer. I would too if we didn't have other places to go.
Highly recommend this park. We would definitely stay here again. - DCM/JMB
Sep 2015 - $36.00
The park is convenient to LaCrosse attractions and right off Highway 61/14. The sites were of sufficient length and well shaded by tall trees. Access to the Mississippi River west branch is on one side and local access on the other. A restaurant and bar are on site. - gbburgess
Jul 2015 - $37.00
Camp here if you love boating and fishing. Mosquitoes were terrible, and after heavy rain the sites were lightly flooded but that inhibited movement around the site due to the standing water.
Utility hook ups were on a shared post that required in our case an extension cord on our electrical hook up.
Although "cable TV" was advertised on their web site it was nonexistent. The office clerk said "it got washed away in one of last year's rains."
There is NO "wifi" access. - grandflic
Jul 2016 - $26.00
Nice County park on the river. Clean sites and relatively quiet. WiFi was non existant on the south end of the campground. Had heavy rain (2") during the night which flooded several sites and the water remained for the two days we camped. All said, we would stay there again. - N8MD
Aug 2015 - $27.00
First of all, this is an enormous campground with hundreds of sites for RVs and tents. It's right on the Mississippi River and its adjacent marshes. On weekdays it was half empty, but it was packed during the weekend with local campers towing boats and jetskis. Many of the RVs there look like they are permanent or seasonal residents, but in general they were tidy. None of the sites have sewer, but they have a mix of 30 and 50-amp electric, and some with water. There are a few bath houses, but the two at the south end of the park are new, large, and clean (25 cents for four minutes of shower), while the north one can best be described as "rustic". It's a 1.4 mile round-trip walk from our site to the south bath house, so we ended up driving for our showers, a first for us. The park is very dog friendly, and we never ran out of places to walk our active dog. We also found plenty of places where he could go for a quick swim in the river. Verizon and AT&T worked very well in the campground, but AT&T in general was spotty in La Crosse, going from 4 bars LTE to "no signal" just a half mile from the campground. The camp hosts we met were very friendly and helpful. One word of warning: the roads in La Crosse are some of the worst we've ever encountered. The 10 mile drive on WI-35 to get to the campground shook our motorhome mercilessly. In general, it's a nice family-friendly campground. If we return to La Crosse someday we'd consider staying here again. - LifeRebooted
May 2015 - $21.00
We stayed Memorial Day weekend which was fairly crowded. Coming into the park late was tough, sites were not as well marked to make things easy in the dark. Even with the crowds, it was quiet at night and the scenery was very beautiful. Staff was very friendly. It is a drive from I-90 so plan on getting in early to make it easier to find the campground and your site. - Dr sandra d
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
Jul 2016 - $18.00
We showed up without a reservation and the staff took great care of us getting settled in. Very nice park. Seem to have adequate Verizon Data and phone service here. Park is nicely maintained, lots of seasonal sites that are very clean and kept up! Definitely a hidden gem that we will be back to visit again! - dmkimm
Jun 2016 - $36.00
We camped in B 8 1/2 it rained a lot while we were there quiet park beautiful place to camp. Owners really easy to deal with and helpful when questioned as well as getting us checked in. Once we were in our spot they were hands off which was nice, hooked up to the wifi no problems bathrooms nice and clean everyday. I don't have any complaints nice campground far enough from traffic to still be nice and quiet. If your looking to get away and leave all the devices behind this is the place
Nice access to the river as well. !!!!!! - Rick whitney
Jun 2015 - $36.00
This campground is green and clean; nice grass and clean bathrooms. We had issues with all of the golf carts that seem to be had by most seasonals. They drive around all day and raise lots of dust and we were between two roads and it was constant the weekend we were there. There were kids who seemed too young to operate them driving around with passengers and adults at night with beverages just driving around. It got to be annoying. The bathroom shower nozzles are clogged with hard water deposits and it was hard to get a good spray to lather and rinse in the four minutes for a quarter time. We would like to come back, but these issues need to be addressed. - Camping Luvr
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 2015 - $25.00
This campground was fine. Not great, but also not bad.
Great location on the Root River walking distance from downtown Lanesboro. Bike path also runs right along the edge of the campground. There are tubing and kayak rentals on site. No mosquitos, even though there had been quite a bit of rain. There is a nice playground area for kids.
Sites were long and narrow. Grassy part was well maintained. On our visit, the campground was not full so we had plenty of room between us and our "neighbors". I imagine that it would be quite tight if the campground got filled up.
THE NOT SO GREAT: You could not easily see the river from the sites even though we had a "river side site". Vegetation is thick. There were a few paths down a steep bank to get to the river, but nothing you would want to send your children to check out unattended. The bathrooms are basic campground bathrooms. Pay showers-bring quarters! (.50 for 5 minutes, 20 seconds of water), It did seemed to be cleaned out each day. There are a lot of people who camp here with big rigs so the bathrooms, for us and tenters, were not very busy at all which was nice.
The Owner, John (I believe he is the owner, or at least the guy that runs the place) is very "hand's off" You won't have to worry about him talking your ear off for sure. In fact you might find yourself looking for him or longing for more information like "Where do I check in?, When should I pay you?, Where should I pay you?, What spot can I take for a campsite?" I made our reservations in March for our June trip and all he took was my name, no phone number, or credit card, nor did he assign a specific site at that time. Very casual. For some people this might be good, but for me I'd prefer assurance that I was going to get a site!
Overall, I felt this place lacked charm, even the name! -Nothing was terrible. - Camping-with-Kids
Jul 2012 - $25.00
This long and narrow park follows the banks of the Root River. The campsites are laid out along the river and in the center between the driveways. Signage is nearly non-existant consisting of a little sign on the mailbox opposite the entrance of the park. Google navigation takes you to the center of town: right highway but wrong location. Just head north and follow Highway 250 over a narrow bridge and take the first driveway to the right. They have one good size office/bathroom building with bathrooms that are clean. Showers are $.50 for 5 minutes. The grassy campsites are laid out along the river and in the center between the park's gravel roads with the permanent sites beginning after the park office. I did not see sites with sewer for short term guests. Many sites (particularly along the river) offer shade but you may need quite a bit of hose and electric wire to make use of it. There is more than adequate room between units for slide outs and awnings. Units can be placed anywhere on the grass lots. The lots are generally near level but uneven so RV's need to be placed carefully to be level. Firewood is available. Tubes, kayaks and canoes can apparently be rented (though I am not sure how.) The proprietor lives on the second level of the restroom building. There is no sign for the office so I had to ask to find out where to check in. The proprietor didn't remember my calling, but told me to pick a site. He wrote nothing down so probably doesn't remember who I am. We have been here for two nights so I still don't know how I check out, etc. He was nice enough but I am baffled by how laid back this all is. The proprietor is the only employee I have seen, but everything seems to work and the place is in decent repair so I guess it is working. Verizon 3G cell coverage was good. Sites along the river are back in but it looks like the sites in the center could be pull through. The Highway 250 campground is located in a rural setting at a distance from highways (rural with minimal traffic), etc., so it is generally quiet. Seasonally, if you are near the river you will hear tubers going by on the river. I understand that the campground can be crowded on weekends so noise from other campers might be an issue but during our July midweek stay it has been wonderfully peaceful. This campground is located between the gorgeous paved Root River Bike Trail which provides easy access to the delightful town of Lanesboro and the Root River. In addition to the great restaurants, shops and biking and river outfitters, Lanesboro is home to the wonderful Commonweal Theatre which offers professional theatre for much of the year. We would definitely stay here again. - StillBill
Jun 2015 - $39.00
This park is in town and close to everything the town offers. They do not take reservations and they fill up fast on weekends. During the week the bathrooms are kept acceptably clean, but on weekends it doesn't appear that they are maintained; sinks and countertops were dirty. Will stay here again for the convenience. - Camping Luvr
Sep 2012 - $25.00
We found this to be a very nice campground. Only about 1 block from the heart of the downtown district, so we walked or biked to our activities. The campground is part of a city park. The main campground road was paved, the sites are gravel and most seemed to be level. It was quiet and friendly. No reservations taken, first come first serve. Restrooms were not as modern or clean as we would have liked, although the 2nd set of restrooms/showers at the community center were much cleaner and more modern; they are located at the park entrance. Farmers market at the park on Saturday, and several Amish vendors all day Fri/Sat, so we had lots of fresh veggies and bakery items. We would stay here again. - skate
Jun 2011 - $25.00
We camped here 3 nights. No reservations taken, it is just first-come-first-served. We got in Thursday morning and 3/4 of the sites were available. Thursday evening 1/2. Friday afternoon 1/4 and Friday evening it was full. Some sites are sloped: ok for a trailer but hard to get a motorhome level. Very poor cell phone coverage on Sprint and Verizon but none on AT&T or T-Mobile. Bath houses were adequate but small and needed updating. Showers cost 75-cents for 5 minutes of lukewarm water. Very easy walk to town for theater and dining (but we didn't find any of the restaurants exceptional). In addition to Sylvan Park, there is another local park. It also has sites with water & electricity but no "facilities," only a port-a-potty. If the sites were more level, had just a little more space, and better "facilities," this would be a 10! Tents are $15/night and MH & trailers are $25/night. - AndersonFamily