10 Parks near Park Rapids, Minnesota
Oct 2009 - $20.00
The amenities are pretty slim so I wouldn't have normally given this campground a second chance BUT, they were the only ones with water that hadn't been turned off for the winter. The host & hostess are very nice people and the bathrooms & shower were clean and HEATED. It might be different in the summer - one shower for each gender when the park is more full might = a lot of waiting for shower time. Not a good value if you are going to tent camp. All spaces are back in and the road is dirt. - newtower
Oct 2015 - $25.00
Pretty setting but quite a walk to get to river. No TV and terrible internet. If you complain about internet, you may be asked to leave. - Maggie77
Sep 2015 - $40.00
It was off season and there were mainly seasonal campers in this park. Nice waterfront and a very clean and tidy place. I would imagine there would be a lot of activity for families during the summer. - PF Churchill
Aug 2014 - $40.00
About 10 miles north of Park Rapids. Nice road to park, easy entrance. Water, sewer and electric worked fine. Parked on grass right at entrance across from storage. Mostly seasonal campers and it appears they only have 2 spaces for transient RVs. Gravel/Dirt interior roads. Fire pit and picnic table. Nice swimming pool. We would stay here again, good value. - Gladabout
Aug 2011 - $40.00
Never again! We were told that we had a nice site. HA! We required 5 boards to level our camper on one side. 1 step out our door we encountered a stump. Fine sand/dirt ground cover would make for a HUGE mess if it rained. They ask for payment in advance for your entire stay (should have been a clue), non-refundable. Had we not already paid, we would NOT have stayed here. Couldn't find any sites in the entire park that we would have actually enjoyed using. The pool, showers, lodge, petting zoo, game barn and pavilion were all very nice. HOWEVER - if you are a weekender - don't bother. The sites that you are required to use are not worth the efforts. If you are "down by the lake" they don't tell you that it's a LONG walk uphill to the pool area. If it rained down there - the mud would be awful. Drive the extra 15 miles north and camp at Itasca State Park. - User2083
Sep 2014 - $25.00
The rate reflects an electric-only site. We stayed here one night so we could visit the headwaters of the Mississippi in Itasca State Park. We didn’t do much more than eat and sleep here, but it was a pleasant stay with a friendly host. We were by ourselves in a big green open space. It was easy to park our 40 foot fifth wheel. Not a fancy park with lots of amenities, but we were here to see Itasca State Park, not to swim or ride go carts. We discovered one day at Itasca is not enough, and we'll definitely be back and stay here again. - grizzlybear
Jul 2011 - $30.00
Extremely quiet park just outside the north gate to Lake Itasca State Park. Nothing fancy but grass between spaces which had room between them, full hookups and our 40 foot RV fit fine in the back-in space. We could get satellite which isn't always available up north with all the trees. Verizon cell & air card were good. Extremely nice people running the place. Lots of room to walk the dog and not be on top of other people. They came over the morning we left to thank us for staying there. I'd definitely come back if wanting access to the state park. - Danni
Jun 2010 - $28.00
We picked this park for its proximity to the North Entrance to Lake Itasca State Park. You can ride your bikes to the headwaters without a fee. The park is good for a couple days to visit the park, nice grass, and wide sites. The bathrooms are clean but very dated. The people working at the site were very friendly. We would stay here again. - User755
Jul 2016 - $25.00
Park sits adjacent to the motel with a couple well-kept permanent mobiles in between. In a field at the edge of a grove of pine and spruce trees. We are parked pretty close kind of in a chain around the trees but no one is in the other campers. One is parked beside us with our doors facing each other. Full hook ups however.... Not much info on their website so I called ahead and the owner told us it is 30 amp. We got here, started setting up and realized it's only a regular house plugin. To her credit she did call around to about 10 places for us to find an adapter. Got one about 10 miles away and it's been working fine. The moral of that story is make sure you have an adapter with you!
There's a lumber yard across the highway with some noise from trucks and beeping during the day. They close around 5 pm.
Bullwinkle's Bar & Grill within walking distance. Less than a mile into town with several shops and restaurants. Beautiful area and a cute town that looks like it has a lot going on.
No extra amenities but it's all we need. Just a place to park with hookups for a fair price. Got here on Thursday and plan to stay the weekend before moving on. We would stay here again. - Meesha
Aug 2015 - $44.00
Very nice park that is good for big rigs. It has nice level sites with a nice pool and lake access. Full hook ups including 50 amp Elect., water and sewer. Laid out very nice. Many of the lots have full time seasonal rigs in them but very clean. Staff super friendly. A bit pricey for MN but nice. - signaloil
May 2013 - $37.00
Very clean, very cookie-cutter. Good amenities. Tight spaces. A fee for everything including charging $.35 for a cup of coffee at the lodge. Probably a good spot for people with small kids; plenty of activities for them. - bam_bam3006
Aug 2008 - $37.00
Friendly owners. Very noisy. - Camping Penguin
Aug 2016 - $31.00
The rate noted is for a 50 amp hookup site. It does not include the required daily entry fee or purchase, as we did, of an annual pass for motorhome and towed vehicle for $43 per year.There are two campgrounds in this park, Pine Ridge with 158 sites and Bear Paw with 81 sites. They are about three miles apart; we stayed at both since we could not get a single site for the time we wanted to stay. Be aware that, although the address of the park is Park Rapids, it is about 25 miles north of the town. Both campgrounds are heavily wooded, with Bear Paw having more vegetation for visual separation and a calmer feel; Pine Ridge is very open with no visual separation. Bear Paw is along the lake and a few sites have glimpses of the lake. Both campgrounds are very busy and full during prime season as this is one of the states premiere park with lots of things to do. In Pine Ridge we had 50 amp hook-up; the power either went out or browned out once or twice per day during our visit. At Bear Paw we were dry camping. Fill water for tanks is at the single dump station at Bear Paw. It is very busy since there is only this one dump for all 231 sites! Most sites were fairly level dirt/gravel. After a heavy rain, our site became a swimming hole, almost. We enjoyed our stay and would stay here again. In planning, take into account the 4 p.m. check-out time. - TheJim
Jul 2016 - $31.00
Nice park but very busy. Stayed here for a family reunion at the Ozawindib group camp. Wish we had brought our bikes!
Some of the main roads accessing the park (east entrance and road to Pine Ridge campground), need to be brushed so you don't brush against tree limbs every time you meet another vehicle. It is a shame that the park does not check this out!
Our site was good and had good separation. Electric only, so be sure to get water and dump tanks. One spigot we found to fill tanks did not have any threading on it so had to find another one. - BoatEscape
Jul 2016 - $31.00
This state park is absolutely beautiful. It is well used but still kept very clean. We camped in the Oak and Spruce Loops. A paved trail takes you to the lake front where you can enjoy the lake, swim, fish, and rent bicycles and boats. There is a nice sand beach with shallow water and a sand bottom. The lake is gorgeous. It is shaped like an inverted "Y", and each arm is very thin, so you can see the green forest on the other side. The headwaters of the Mississippi are at one end of the lake. The water is shallow there, so you can wade and take your picture walking across on stepping stones.
The campsites have electricity only. Some of the water sources along the road are set up for you to fill your tanks, others are not. The dump is in the Bear Paw campground a mile or so away. The campsites are spacious and widely spaced. Ours was level.
There is lots to do here. Bring your bicycles, everyone gets around on bikes. There is an extensive paved trail system for bicycles throughout the park. There was a very nice playground on our loop that was always full of happy children. If you get tired of doing things, you can always just sit back and enjoy the peace. A very lovely spot. - ShoreXplorers
Aug 2009 - $13.00
This is a small campground with no showers. The reason I rate it a seven is because of it's location. It is located in the town of Dorset and on the Heartland bike trail. Dorset is a small tourist town with several small shops and restaurants that are open only during the summer. All are within walking distance from the campground. Best to stay during the week because the restaurants are very busy on the weekends. The bike trail is paved and offers you access to literally hundreds of miles of Minnesota bike trails. We make this trip at least twice a summer. - repeterson
Jul 2014 - $25.00
A must-stay for the price! You're surrounded by a mix of conifers and deciduous trees in this peaceful campground. Two picnic shelters, a brand new bathhouse, a nice playground, a great beach a mile away, and many places to visit just a short drive away. You'll love staying here! - vumpire
Aug 2012 - $20.00
This campground is owned by the city of Menagha, MN and is right on the south edge of town. Nice campground with lots of potential, underlining potential! Sites are spacious but many are unusable for a trailer like ours until they do some tree trimming. Even the trees on the roads need trimming. A mess around the fire pit and it was full of ashes. Also, someone had cleaned fish on our picnic table. They are in the process of building a new bath house and it looks to be a very nice one. Playground in park and a public swimming beach 1/4 mile away. Dump station in park has a $5 fee. - repeterson
Aug 2008 - $29.00
It is a beautiful campground, but poorly managed. We made reservations 1 week in advance for two sites, when we arrived one was taken and the manager wasn't available and didn't answer phone or return call. Ended up paying at city hall. The Wood Tick Theater is about 10 blocks away and provides a great variety show. - jhilley
Aug 2007 - $22.00
This is a lovely lakeside campground located just west of the town of Akeley MN with clearly marked signage off highway 34. Nearly all are waterfront sites with 30 amp power, water, table, and fire ring. Dump station at entrance. Clean & quiet, no road noise or trains. People are fishing in the spring fed Lake Crow Wing 11. Friendly staff. - meanderingman