12 Parks near Lanesboro, Minnesota
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
Aug 2016 - $17.00
Stayed here 3 weekdays and the park was nice and quiet. The grounds are beautiful, very clean and well maintained as well as the restrooms, showers and laundry facility. You do have to pay for a shower though and walk a ways to get there as well as getting to a clean restroom otherwise there are porta-potties nearby. Verizon 4G was a bit spotty but we were able to get 2 bars. The sites are quite large and level, most are on all grass or a gravel pad (full-hookup). There was a wicked thunderstorm one night and we did not lose power. We would definitely stay here again! - Mel and Jim
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 2016 - $25.00
Please note that the Bridge on Highway 250 between Lanesboro and this campground is closed as of June 2016. The area is a river valley with bluffs, and the decor was an additional 15-to miles. Plan accordingly if you are planning to visit in the summer of 2016. The bike/pedestrian bridge to Lanesboro is open.
The campground was nice. There were a large number of seasonal campers and still an abundance of sites that were available for reservations or drop in. We camped Sunday through Tuesday and there were several sites available.
The proximity to Lanesboro is great, maybe 1/3 mile. The Root River Bike Trail crosses the driveway into the campground. This is a great place to stay if you plan on bicycling the trail.
As other reviewers indicate, the owner is very hands off and laid back.
We plan on returning in the near future. - Jim Kruzitski
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
Sep 2016 - $56.00
We camped here with some friends. I guarantee none of us will be back.
1) The roads to the campsites are narrow with a lot of hills. We had a lot of trouble backing into our site due to the huge incline right in front of our site, the narrow road where the edges are washed out, and trees on the site. The highlight of our stay was a resort staff person came out to help guide us out the backside of our site onto the narrow road without plunging (and I mean plunging) over the huge hill on the other side of it after getting stuck in the mud as we tried to center our camper. We couldn't fit our trailer and tow vehicle on the site. Fire pits are located under the trees.
2) Our friends were on the site next to us, and their sewer and electric were right where they're supposed to be, but their water hookup was with ours, and they had to run a hose under their trailer and across their site to get to it. It was really a hassle not to trip over it.
3) There is a bar/restaurant. It is small and busy. The food is mediocre and expensive for what you get. I ordered chips and salsa/cheese - jarred salsa and canned cheese that you get at a ballpark, and I paid around $8 for it. The waitress was crabby, unfriendly and had very little patience for indecisive people.
There is very little for older kids to do here. There is a playground, but it is small and geared toward small children. There is an indoor pool, which is open after Labor Day, but really nothing else unless you golf. There was a huge tournament going on the weekend we stayed and couldn't get on the course, and they have no driving range. The oddest part of this "resort" was there is no camp store, and you actually check in for camping at the bar.
There are lots of campsites, but only 3 inconveniently located near bathrooms/showers. I never made it to them as they were all too far to walk to - luckily we have a full bathroom in our rig.
We won't be back. - TT Mom
Jun 2013 - $42.00
Very nice campground. Grounds are very well kept, managers around quite a bit and helpful. They came around when there was any weather issue. Very strict with the quiet time. Beautiful area. We will be back. - grdngrl
Aug 2011 - $38.00
Old Barn Resort as a campground is a lot of fun. The sites are tighter than we have seen at other campgrounds with your neighbors picnic table less than 5 feet from our motorhome. We had a devil of a time leveling the motorhome on the grass site, which we did not have that issue at other grass site campgrounds we have been to. A lot of big dips and mounds in the site. The only real complaint is the gravel roads have washed out at the top of the hills leaving ravines and have basketball sized pot holes in spots which does keep the speed down. There were no bugs at all which is a huge plus especially at night. We did not use or go into the bathrooms but were next to them, and there was a constant stream of people in and out all day long. It would be hard to keep them fully stocked and spotless without a full time attendant. We ate at the bar/restaurant, and the food was good, and service was good considering how busy they were and only two servers. This weekend was the most fun we have had all summer! The access to the bike path is wonderful to bike for a short time or make a day of it! The path has spots to stop and rest, enjoy the view of the river, or have a picnic. The people we ran into were all very friendly and seemed to be having a great time. The tubing on the river appears to be a huge hit, and although we did not do that, plenty of others were! The golf course was very fun to play, with a nice mixture of long and short holes. Beautiful scenery. We will definitely come back. - zookeypurr4
Jul 2016 - $36.00
Beautiful site. I wouldn't say real spacious, but good enough for us. We stayed in a beautiful site about 30 ft. from Forestville Creek. Fishing yes - happy kid noise playing in very shallow part of the river, YES.
Very nice store. Owners very nice. Pit toilets were very clean. - Cory S
Jun 2013 - $28.00
Love this campground. Beautiful setting and very peaceful. Owners are friendly and helpful. The only drawback was that they do not have a dump station on site. But that's no real big problem because Forestville State Park is literally next door...and you can dump there for $5.00. Visit this campground..you will love it. - GrandmaLee
May 2013 - $20.00
Friendly staff, okay campground. Internet is free, but not very good. Only water and electric - not even a dump on site. You would have to borrow a wheel-dump-tank, drain your tank then drag it over to the toilet to dump. Price reflects Passport America. We stayed only one night. - Fulltime2kids
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
Aug 2016 - $36.00
We had a wonderful time here. Could have been less rain and himidity, but that's the way it goes. The roads are great for bike riding and running. The trails to the river are a little overgrown and not disability supportive. The host was terrific!
The raccoons are quite used to people and all garbarge and food needs to be put away at night. - octothorp
Aug 2016 - $36.00
People at Ranger Station are very nice and helpful. Nearby Mystery Cave is interesting but not as colorful as some caves we've seen.
Firewood is available at Ranger Station. Elect. No water or sewer at sites.
River for fishing was within park boundaries although we needed to drive to the fishing site (at picnic ground - ask ranger for specifics).
Sites are close together. Despite green buffer between sites, we could hear the people in the adjoining site's endless chatter.
Our site was so level we didn't need to do anything while connected to our tow vehicle! - Cory S
Jul 2016 - $31.00
Wooded campsites with great screening (trees and other vegetation) between sites, especially on outer ring of electric sites. All sites reservable despite older maps online and at park that say otherwise. No self-registration at park kiosk, and no cell phone reception in park, so best to reserve ahead (online or by phone) before arrival. Vehicle permit can be bought at park office or self-registered at kiosk. Bathroom facility with lockable doors opening to outside of shower house, thus very safe and private. Hilly topography, many winding hiking trails mostly through woods, great birding, trout streams (some shallow and good for wading or dog swimming), no mosquitoes. Horses also camp at park and use some but not all of trails. Activities include tours of restored 1899 village with costumed actors, as well as varied tours of cave just outside of park. Firewood for sale at park office; unused bundles can be sold back to office. - Susi Nehls
Aug 2016 - $45.00
Older reviews sum it up. Just wanted to add best suited to smaller and medium rvs. We did fit 43 feet in midweek. Entrance narrow, roads narrow but trees are well trimmed. Owner helpful , had a full service 50 amp spot. Couldn't get Satalite from our spot phone service 1 bar for Verizon. Lots are grass we had the only gravel spot 107.
Every rv park in this area is for smaller rigs. Check out Rushford for converted mobile home park. - what next
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
Aug 2016 - $27.00
A rustic campground accessed by driving through (REALLY!) a trout stream. Vegetation screens most of electric sites from each other; hillsides and/or intermittent water are behind all sites so very private in that direction. Variety of hiking trails (flat and steep) are accessed from campground road. Park is in midst of hills and valleys. Coldwater stream environment means virtually no mosquitoes, but gnats, yes. No cellphone reception in park. Birding and kids discovery kits available for free from park office. Probably great birding in Spring. Picnic and playground area is down the road from the campground, making it quieter at the campground. On printed and online campsite maps, tick marks on map are not indicative of pad length; ask park office for this info. Park brochure cites potential for flash flooding after heavy rain. It rained 3 inches when we were there; water and debris on road in low spots, but not a big problem. - Susi Nehls
Aug 2016 - $31.00
Once again, the park naturalists exceeded our expectations with two wonderful presentations on snakes and Eagles. As noted in previous posts, there is no phone reception, but you can get WiFi in the office or parking lot. The park rangers recommend that people do not hike alone due to no phone service. The park is always full and people seem to camp with friends or in groups. Just be advised that there are a lot of unsupervised children running around while their parents are consuming adult beverages. We were fortunate enough to hear "on top of spaghetti" 200 times and then the kid woke up singing it all over again. We got a laugh out of that song. We thoroughly enjoyed the park, the presentations, lack of mosquitoes and the lively atmosphere. If you are looking for quiet, come here during the week. We thought the bathrooms were fine, didn't have dump station issues, but sites seem a bit short. Most importantly, this park is expanding across the road. There will be 30 or more electric campsites, not sure of non-electric. Trees are young, so shade will be limited. Check the website next year for more information. - brendajoro
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