9 Parks near Moose Lake, Minnesota
Jun 2016 - $29.00
Nicely spaced sites with plenty of foliage between. The bugs were kept to a minimum. The sites were level and dry. There is a nice swimming beach and canoes for rent. It is near several bike trails and had lots of families with bikes in the park. The rock and agate museum is very much still in development but has some interesting exhibits. The Ranger station is open for limited hours. There is very little phone service for Verizon here. Biggest drawback for a motorhome is that there is no dump station in the park. - Waukenabogirl
Aug 2013 - $28.00
Very nice and shady park. We stayed here a week while biking Willard Munger Trail. We were happy with the park. Beware there is no dump station and you also have to pay the daily or annual vehicle pass fee in addition to camping fee. The park is small and was quiet even over Labor Day weekend. - ouachita princess
Sep 2012 - $25.00
Since this campground hasn't been reviewed in a while, I thought we'd add our two cents. Sites are mostly level and private. A big 5th wheel might be able to maneuver, but not a big motorhome. Detected no noise from I-35 during our stay. Dust is a big issue, though. Road goes from asphalt to gravel/dirt almost immediately after leaving the office and it's a half mile in to the campground. Most sites seem to have full sun, we were fortunate to get one that is mostly shaded (34E). There is a $7 fee for online reservations plus the $5 per day vehicle fee (waived for tow car). Very nice little exhibit about agate in the office/visitor center. - NancyB
Aug 2012 - $38.00
This campground has mostly seasonal sites but about 30 sites available for daily or weekend camping. About half of those sites are near the pool and the other half are in the back of the campground in an area that is nicely secluded with lots of tall pine trees for shade. The sites are quite large and grassy. There are lots of activities to do such as swimming, tubing and canoeing, paddleboat rental, fishing, golf, biking, hiking, volleyball and basketball. There is also a game room and snack bar by the pool. I would give this campground a 10 if they didn't have pay showers. - Juniper94
Jun 2012 - $30.00
I arrived late on a Friday evening. It was quite difficult to find, but this was due to road construction and detours, a common Minnesota phenomenon. Upon arrival, I find this is primarily a seasonal campground with many dilapidated trailers and unkempt sites. Bent Trout Lake was small, but beautiful. I had site #3 which was a back-in site. My backing into the site made more difficult by three sheriffs breaking up a drunken domestic disturbance. Again, this wasn't a situation the park could help. The bathrooms were filthy and old, with spiders everywhere. I knew if my wife and daughters joined me the next day our family camping days would be over, so I only stayed one night of my stay and thankfully found a site at another campground. This points up a common problem with seasonal campgrounds - they don't try as hard anymore, and that was definitely what I found here. This campground desperately needs to step into the 21st Century then maybe it won't look like a set from Friday the 13th. - User2584
Aug 2008 - $30.00
Very nice campground for families. The bathrooms need to be updated but they were clean. There were golf carts riding around and they do not watch for people or cars. Other then that nice place. - mnme
Jun 2016 - $45.00
This is primarily a seasonal campground, however, they do have 16 spots for daily rentals (8 for tents only and 8 for RVs). The daily tent spots are all on the lake shore. Two of the RV spots are also on the lake shore and the rest are close and still have a good view of the lake. The RV spots are a little tough to get into. The spots are all grassy and have good tree coverage for some shade. The restroom/shower building smelled musty but looked to be very clean. They have pay showers. There is a swimming beach. While the park itself appeared to be well maintained, some of the equipment was not. One of the picnic tables left spots all over my pants that will not wash out. The volleyball net is falling apart and sagging. The horse shoe pits aren't pits at all; they are just bent, rusted, loose poles sticking out of the grass, and the horse shoes are not all the same size. The playground is a combination of 1970's equipment and one modern "Tree House". Overall it is a nice place to camp with a great view if you're on the lake, but there aren't many amenities for the price. - Juniper94
Jul 2016 - $28.00
First, I would like to say do not believe the GPS directions from Minneapolis heading North to Banning. Look for the Brown State Park sign. We were directed into the city of Sandstone, which actually took us to the Federal Prison and south most part of the park. After being blocked by two security guards cars, we were questioned and directed to the next exit for Banning State Park. We're still laughing. The park is right off the highway, but it's a rather long and bumpy ride into the campground. The park somewhat small, but is very well maintained and the bathrooms were clean. We also stayed in site 13E, right next to the bathroom trail. There was a vault toilet across the road too. Just as we got there it started to rain, so we could not have a fire and did not experience any bugs. We stopped here halfway to Temperance River, so we did not get to check out the hiking or any activities. We will definitely return as the park was very nice. - brendajoro
Aug 2012 - $30.00
I stayed Sunday night, so many spots were open. The $30 cost was for the $25 electric site I chose ($5 less for non-electric sites) and included the $5 daily park pass. A State Park Season pass is available for more frequent MN State Park users. My site 13e was roomy. I unhooked to level my 25' RV front to back on the gravel sites. Trees surround each site, making neighbors hard to see. Watching the sun set through the trees was beautiful. A number of people were walking, and the trails are well marked. Two large dump stations are located near the campground entrance and office, which is a lengthy 1-1/4 mile one-way walk on the gravel road back to the campsites. The friendly ranger stopped by and offered to bring me firewood. There is some distant road noise, but it was not disturbing even with all the windows open wide. At sunset all other campers were quiet. Dogs are welcome on the hiking trails. Many of the trails lead to the river's rapids and falls. Due to recent flooding, the trails are in the process of repair, so I don't know the normal level of care. No mosquitoes were seen during my stay. Inside the park, the closed sandstone quarry was the source for many years of quality building stone, including that used on the Des Moines downtown public library building. I will stay again when in MN. - AluminumCloud
Sep 2009 - $30.00
Nice campground. The staff woman who checked us in was very friendly. Other than the mosquitoes... that was the only negative..but given it's Minnesota.. what can you do about that? Hiked the trail to the falls and that was nice too. The ranger came though many times so I liked that too. - spankurmonkey
Jun 2016 - $55.00
Cost includes surcharge for 3 extra people ($12), using a tent.
Be advised that you risk expensive damage if camping here with electricity.
Other reviews have covered the basics of this campground. We found most of the already mentioned negatives not to be big issues. There were trains, but even our 2 yr. old slept through them (in a tent!). They delivered firewood to the site. It appears they even restocked us with additional the next day, at no charge. WiFi was present, but as typical for most campgrounds, virtually unusable due to demand during peak periods.
Bad electricity alone would have earned a low rating. Although they responded by sending their electrician over, there was no solution, except to move to one of two very marginal sites, where it was unknown if power was better.
Our last evening, there was a very large thunderstorm. We arrived back about an hour after it had passed. A crew was finishing up clearing a couple of downed trees that were on, but not blocking, the main entrance road. Tent had been uprooted, and the fifth was surrounded by 4" of standing water out to about 25 feet. No access but to wade. No place for the tent, except in the lake that was our site. There was no response from the staff. When I informed the office that we were leaving due to being flooded, I was met with a shrug. No offer to try to relocate, or even a show of concern. Requested final pump out was denied as the crew was busy with the scheduled ice cream social (despite storm cleanup/flooding!?!) I did later see the honeywagon pass by, and the driver agreed to stop and pump us out. Storms and other such natural things happen and this was not a disaster, much of the campground came through in great condition. In the State Park, I would have accepted it as part of camping. But when paying premium prices, one expects infrastructure that works, and a bit of an attempt to moderate the displacement of their customers. - Flapper
Jun 2016 - $40.00
We came in during the storms - tornado warnings, hail and the whole bit. Overall our stay was uneventful - no major issues with the site except it was a few feet away from the neighbors and open - but during the tornado warnings the staff had everyone and their dogs come in to the main building. They worked to accommodate everyone, and that was rather pleasant!
That said, they didn't enforce things like pool rules (children were diving and being reckless) or the hot tub rules (children as young as 6 were in the hot tub!).
The grounds were well kept, clean and the bathrooms were amazing. The showers were clean, the water hot and private and the bathrooms were clean.
We were really close to our neighbors, literally feet away, and there was no dog park - you had a path next to the railroad tracks to walk dogs! There were trains that came by - we counted over 10 last night - but we're used to living near trains so it wasn't a bother for us. But if you aren't used to them, it's something to consider. Overall it was a positive experience with a few detractors that kept it from being excellent. Overall a good site, and a pleasant stop on our way. - NewYorkCountryGirl
May 2016 - $40.00
We found the staff to be organized and accommodating. This is the only park we've stayed at where there is trash pickup service at every campsite, and one of the few where firewood is delivered neatly stacked without a plastic wrapper or tie that has to be removed. We had a full-hookup site, and all utilities were functional, with the electric pedestal showing signs of recent updating. Access roads and pads are gravel and were well maintained. Space around pads is grassy with quite a few trees. There were a number of organized events though we didn't participate. There's laundry, a store, and a game room, though we didn't use them.
As other reviewers have noted, an active rail line abuts the property. We heard several trains during our stay but did not find the noise level objectionable. Our site was further away from the line than some others, and we were sleeping inside with the windows closed. Had we been in a tent, I believe the noise would have awakened us in the middle of the night.
Sites are more closely spaced than I would like. - Jammer
Jul 2015 - $30.00
We had a wonderful time at Jay Cooke State Park. The weather couldn't have been better and the bugs were at a minimum. This year the park is celebrating it's 100-year anniversary, so fun things are planned throughout the year. The swinging bridge, rock formation, woods and hiking are always great at this park. I emailed the park directly because there is an issue with opening the pictures of the sites. I ended up with a completely sunny site next to the bathroom (#48 ). Also, the bathrooms are very old and outdated. They were kept clean, however, there is not a stall for a disabled person to fit in a wheelchair, only railings. We were close to the new office, so we ended up going across the road to use the new facilities. Much to my surprise, the new Park manager emailed me back promptly to let me know the bathrooms are at the top of their list for repair or upgrade. She also said they will look into making site 48 a non-reservable site because it's so small and open. Actually, the first 3 sites used to get a lot of road noise, but since hwy. 23 is closed 1.5 miles down the road they are just wonderful. We stayed in a popup. - brendajoro
May 2012 - $38.00
Jay Cooke is very wooded. This location is pretty far from other activities, but it is pretty in a deep woods kind of way. We liked the hiking trails and swinging bridge. There are campgrounds closer to Duluth and Lake Superior if you are going up there for an event. Nice place. - carlie dalton
Jul 2009 - $23.00
Even though I was close to other campers, the trees between the sites gave some privacy. Easy wheelchair access, and the showers / bathrooms were spotless. Quiet at night, with only the breezes sounding. Amazing that so many people could be so close together, and yet feel like you are camping miles away from anyone else. EXCELLENT campground, you will not be disappointed. - mikelpn
Sep 2015 - $25.00
This small municipally owned campground was a pleasure to stay at. The park is on a small island on the St. Louis River. There are only 21 sites and all have electric and water plus at least one other site has sewer as well. On-site hosts were very accommodating and are there around the clock. Sites are well-spaced (except for 11 and 12 which are too close) and offer some shade during the day. Some sites have asphalt parking areas and the others are gravel. Big rigs appear to have no trouble getting into most sites. Biking and walking trails are available from the campground. One drawback is the large factory immediately next to the campground that had constant operational noise. The little railroad that serves local industries also ran nearby but it wasn't a bother inside the motorhome. There is no campground wi-fi, but our Verizon card worked well for internet and our over-the-air TV antenna brought in plenty of stations. This was our second time at this campground and would definitely stay here again when coming through. - Jay Rutherford
Aug 2015 - $20.00
The park hosts were extremely kind and helpful. We just stayed one night en route. It is on the St. Louis River. Nice setting. The campground was full so they put us in overflow. They charged us less because of that. There was some industrial nearby which created some noise but nothing bad. Would definitely stay here again. - JulieDR
Aug 2015 - $25.00
Very Nice City Park, LOTS of GRASS. Dog friendly. Water and Elect only. 13 Local TV Channels. Host friendly and helpful. First come first serve. Close to shopping and food. Will stay again. - silverado