9 Parks near Madelia, Minnesota
Jul 2016 - $25.00
Dirt/gravel/grassy sites and it had recently rained a lot so some sites were very muddy. Some were under water due to flooding. One entrance was closed. There is a camp host on site at the entrance. He told us to park wherever we wanted so we chose a spot backed up to the beautiful golf course. The site was long enough for our 32' plus the truck so we didn't have to unhook. AT&T phones worked great. Park WiFi showed up under connections but it was secured so only being there one night I didn't ask if we could use it. Got plenty of antenna TV channels. Water pressure was the best we've had in months.
Ball park nearby with a game going on but still managed to be peaceful. We were told by neighbors there is a very good Mexican restaurant close by but it was closed because of the flooding. Watona Park was a very pleasant experience. We were there on a Wednesday night and there were only 3 other campers. Some sites were partially/mostly shaded. We would stay there again. - Meesha
Sep 2015 - $22.00
We were here on a Saturday evening (after Labor Day) and there were lots of sites available. We have stayed here once before. Although the sites are back-to-back we were able to pull into a pull through space with no one on either side of us. The power is good and the water pressure was just right. The sewer hookup is funky because you unscrew a large plastic tree for the easiest way to empty your holding tanks.
The access roads are black top. This campground is next to a park and golf course; both emptied as the sun went down.
It is self registration so you will need cash or a check. - skigramp
Aug 2011 - $22.00
Other than some slight traffic noise from a distance, and an occasional train horn, this campground was very quiet. The sites are narrow but long, grassy, and partially or mostly shaded. They will let you park your camper anywhere on the site that you want to; you're only limited by the length of your electric cord or water hose if you're hooking up. There is a golf course, softball field, soccer field, horse shoe pits, volleyball courts, and a city pool with a water slide. You do have to pay $4 per person to use the pool. The restrooms were well maintained. The only thing we found odd about this campground is the layout. The sites are set up so that you will have the back of your camper to the back of one neighbors camper, but your door facing the door of the other neighbors camper. There is also only one fire pit between the two campers whose doors are facing each other. We camped in a large group of family and friends, so this wasn't a problem, but if you're camping alone it could be awkward. - Juniper94
Sep 2012 - $20.00
Really nice campground. Many sites are paved. Good over-the-air tv signal and 4-5 bars on horizon. Restrooms were not clean when we arrived, but we complained and they corrected the problem. Would definitely stay here again. - herbee
Jun 2009 - $22.00
Each year this campground gets better and better. Still no reservations, only a honor system type box (and daily checks by city staff or so we're told). All spots have a concrete slab and patio, and good solid power / water. Each site also has sewer, making for quite a deal. We'll surely camp here again! - flippet
Jul 2007 - $20.00
For the price and convince, this spot can't be beat. There are no reservations, so it sometimes fills up. All the sites are great, and offer full hookups. Some have concrete pads for the rig, as well as the patio. The bathroom and shower are very basic. We will stay here again! - flippet
Sep 2012 - $10.00
Restroom was dirty! Access to many sites is not easy, particularly in a large rig. Be careful not to park in one of the sites the host said are "Sand Traps", that is, if you can find the host. 30A electric and well water with lots of minerals. Pets are allowed to roam so watch where you step. Dump available, but bring your own hose. It was quiet and shaded. $10 rate was with Passport America. - JCMDT
Sep 2010 - $20.00
Really quiet place! Water and electric hook-ups. Friendly staff. Great playgrounds! We stayed here on our way through to the Black Hills. - mihalko05
Jul 2015 - $30.00
Great state park. We stayed here over the July 4th weekend, and even though it was very busy, it didn't seem that way. Very quiet during the quiet time. The main campground has paved roads and two different sides, one electric and on non-electric. The sites had gravel pads and all appeared fairly level, ours was almost perfect. Lots of space between each site, but no foliage between. There are lots of nice trees shading most sites. There is a rustic campground more for smaller trailers and tents a bit further down the campground road. The bathrooms are newer and have private shower rooms. Wood was $6.00 for a good sized bundle of hardwood, a good value. Very nice hiking trails. The sand beach chlorine pool is great, what a unique way to design a pool! The "Old Dam Trail" exits the park and ends up at the Schell Brewery. - tslarson
May 2012 - $25.00
Flandrau is a nice campground right in town, but quiet and wooded enough that you would never know. There are several nice trails, some that parallel the river, some that climb hills for great views. The sand-bottom chlorinated swimming pool and playground are favorites of our kids. My only cons on this campground is it's relatively small and only about half of the sites have electric, so they fill up quickly, sometimes months in advance. Also, the swimming pool is a favorite of locals, too, and gets pretty crowded at times. - minn camping family
Jul 2007 - $22.00
Well maintained by state and good selection between electric, non-electric and primitive sites. A bit crowded on weekends, however more open on weekdays. Sites are a bit close together, however that is offset by how well maintained the park is. Restrooms and showers very nice. Campground is in town, so close to activities. - marker82
Jul 2008 - $18.00
If you want electric with a large RV forget it there are only 6 sites with electric and they are small sites. This is one of the oldest state campgrounds in the state and when it was built it was for tent camping only since no one new what an RV was. My lower score is based on the lack of modern updates. The restrooms and shower house building in my opinion should be tore down and rebuilt as the showers stalls are not wheelchair friendly. A wheelchair can not roll into the shower stall. The floor in the shower (mens side) felt like it needed a good cleaning, it felt somewhat mildewed. Our price was a non electric site and we did get lucky as the outside temp overnight was low 60's. But then again it was somewhat wet but that is part of the camping game. We camped out in a van with a bed in back. I asked for a good site for dish reception and the guy at the station pulled out his notebook with pictures of every site they had. and he suggested a site that was a perfect spot for dish network echo119. The rest of the sites didn't look real good for a signal. But the downside was this site had no electric. But since I had my inverter to run the TV and my Honda to run the air to cool of the inside of the van for and hour before shutting it down to sleep it didn't matter. The waterfalls near here is a good view of a nice looking waterfall. If the showers were updated I would stay here again but if the are not I wouldn't stay here and I would look at another place. - wmah
Jun 2015 - $25.00
Great Campground - Plenty of space!
Pulled into this newer campground on a weekend stay in the area. It's fairly new, so all the hookups and facilities still have that "New" feel to them.
There are several play areas for the kids, which were very welcome, and each spot has plenty of "elbow" room from your neighbors.
As was previously said, campfire wood is available on site, and the owners are around to help with anything needed.
Since this is a new campground there is not a lot of shade by the sites yet. I'm sure in a couple years when the tree's take off this will be a lot better, but for now, you'll need to use the awning.
Overall it was a great experience and I'm sure we'll be back. - flippet
Jun 2015 - $25.00
This is a very quiet and peaceful campground located on a good fishing lake with a dock, seating and a paddle boat. The owners are on site and very friendly and accommodating. Firewood is available and a bargain. It was very windy 2 or the 4 days we were there, we were on the top of the campground and we were rockin' and rollin'.
For all you quilters or seamstresses they have a very nice club house with several large rooms and 2 ping pong tables. They opened it up for me so I could do some cutting. An awesome facility. You could probably "hog"one room and lock it every night and your stuff would be safe. - chris and jerry
Apr 2016 - $23.00
Mankato area RV parks are few, until we found Sawmill Campground. It is located immediately northwest of Mankato in North Mankato, just off of Hwy 14 at the Rockford Road exit and east a couple of miles on County Rd 41. The campground consists of mostly full hookup pull-through sites and a few back-in full hookup sites. The owner lives on site and is super friendly. He is also adding some back in water/electric sites. The sites are nicely spaced apart and are rock with grass surrounding. The area around the campground is all open farm ground, so no city traffic. It is in a rural setting across from the North Links Golf Course, so not a lot of traffic, but still close enough to town. Verizon signal is strong, local TV channels are strong and free WiFi. Rates are scaled for 30 amp or 50 amp and are totally reasonable. Give them a call when you are looking for a nice campground in the Mankato area. - marker82
Sep 2014 - $16.00
This is a city park on the edge of Sleepy Eye lake. There are no water nor electric hookups. The sites are reasonably level and have easy access, and are very large. There are satellite toilets available, and there is a toilet in the nearby pavilion. This is a good overnight park. I would stay here again. - bones1941
Sep 2014 - $20.00
We read about this park on these reviews and decided to spend a long weekend here. We are so glad we did! We arrived on a late Friday morning and drove through the 4 camping areas. The largest, and the one we liked the best, was area 4 at the far end of the park. Just about every site was empty so we got a great impression of the park. Every site we saw looked level. Some were a bit close and some had a bit more space but all of the RV sites seemed workable. We selected a site we liked, #84, right down by the lake, big area around the fire pit, and very easy access. When we went to check-in at the caretakers home, we found that almost every site had been previously reserved over their web but #84 had just been cancelled! We spent 3 very nice days here. Bathrooms were clean. Hiking in the park was fun. We walked around the "island" and found it a very nice trail. Our dog was with us and enjoyed the park too. One problem, many people here did not follow the dog-on-6-foot-lease rule so we were a little nervous twice and nearly needed to intervene in one situation. View of the lake was wonderful. Very breezy while here so there were no bugs at all! Good Verizon 4G coverage throughout the park. Very nice family type of atmosphere though the majority of campers seemed to be friendly older empty-nesters. Good playgrounds for those kids that were here. Areas 3 and 4 have modern flush toilet bath houses. Areas 1 and 2 seemed to rely on porta-potties. - AndersonFamily
Aug 2012 - $18.00
Length of stay was seven days. The website does not reflect the beauty of the park. You can make a reservation through the website, but I did not like using it. It said there were pull-through sites, but I didn't see any when we got to the park. I suggest calling. The park was hard to find using GPS, as it was not accurate on truck GPS or my phone app. Nice park entrance and office. Friendly staff. New managers. Sites are difficult to get into with a big rig. Lots of trees and no pull-through sites. Electric not so good: only 30amp. Some sites without water. Bathrooms dated, but clean. Scenery gorgeous! Beautiful lake, but no boats to rent. During the week, we had it practically all to ourselves; weekends bring a respectful, family crowd. Verizon phone access great; no T-mobile access. No internet. Went to the library in downtown Mapleton for access which was pretty decent (although the staff was not aware they had wireless). Small town with just a couple of restaurants. Charming little tea house there! Great area for biking as the roads are paved, marked for biking, and little to no traffic due to it being farmers country. (They don't have to drive to work!) Rates typical for a county park. $18 p/night, but they do have a senior discount. We will stay again as it's located by family, but if another park popped up with easier access for a big rig, we would probably, sadly switch. - destinationvibe
Sep 2010 - $17.00
This is an exceptional county park with beautiful views of Lura Lake. It's tucked away far from any highways or trains. There was no noise from other campers until the campground got busy on the week-end. Unfortunately it looked like the bathrooms hadn't been for months. Piles of worms were in the corners of the bathroom. We camped there several days and that became a problem for us. When the week-end came, suddenly thorough bathroom cleaning occurred. We would probably camp here again with hopes that their bathroom cleaning becomes more consistent. - pocabe