17 Parks near Plainview, Minnesota
Jun 2010 - $20.00
Only a short distance from Whitewater State Park, this campground is best understood as a more rustic, tent-oriented sister facility. There is no electricity or dump station with the only water source being a hand pump. Sites are widely spaced but shallow. Some are not level. This campground is closed from the day after Labor Day to the Thursday before Memorial Day. A quiet, unremarkable facility whose chief draw is its proximity to the Whitewater River, Whitewater State Park, and other recreational lands. Sites are accessible to RVs but require a degree of skill due to the maneuvering, backing, and hills. Tow vehicles may need to detach from trailers in some cases due to the shallow sites. Bring leveling blocks and chocks. There is no attendant on site although a ranger from Whitewater State Park patrols the grounds from time to time. - Jammer
Jun 2005 - $11.00
Very rustic campground. No hookups at the sites and water is from a hand pump. Sites are small and designed for tents, but several can handle a tent trailer or small travel trailer. There are hiking trails in the park and a small playground, but that is about it. Whitewater State Park is about 10 miles from here, and there is quite a lot there. Overall, it is nice campground if you are passing thru the area and need a place for the night, and a very nice campground if you just want to get away from things for a weekend. Not too good if you are looking for a campground for longer than weekend. - bsandey
May 2016 - $50.00
Lazy D Campground was the only option available to me due to me not trying to make reservations until one month prior to Memorial Day weekend. With that being said, the customer service on the telephone was very helpful, she gave me great directions on how I should approach the campground with my trailer (34' total length) and the site I would be staying in.
Our biggest cons about the park were the proximity to the highway. There was a lot of road noise. This wasn't much of a problem though, because when the air conditioning was running, we couldn't hear it much. However, it was still noticeable. Another major con was the dump site. There was only one dump site, and it was located by the office, which isn't normally a bad thing. However, being on the half of the grounds across the river, there was no access to the dump without exiting and trying to re-enter the grounds, and that is a lot of tight turns with a 34' trailer. We ended up using an off-site dump-station. They did claim to have WiFi, but we were unable to pick it up in our location. I had great AT&T service, but my neighbors had no cell service with Verizon.
The pros were, in direct conflict with some of the other reviews, the staff was very friendly. They have a lot of amenities: a heated pool, a bouncing pillow, rental tricycles, tube rentals for the river, and so on. On Sunday, they even had free ice cream, which was very nice!
Overall, Lazy D gets a good review. We wouldn't be opposed to staying here again, but we will probably continue to explore other grounds in the area. - joshnichols84
Jun 2013 - $50.00
We have stayed here several times over the years. Lazy D has a swimming pool, has campsites right on the Whitewater river, and has water available at each site. There is enormous variation between campsites at Lazy D so it's of vital importance that you understand what you're getting when making a reservation. Some sites have river frontage while most do not. Some are shallow. Some are on paved loops while others are on gravel. Due to the road layout the sites near the office are high traffic. Most sites are grass although a few had a gravel parking pad. Some sites, though large enough for big rigs, have tight turns on the access roads, while others have good accessibility. Some of the sites are set up with a shared water and electric pedestal serving two adjacent sites, which means that it's on the wrong side of the RV for one of the sites. If you're in one of these you'll need a longer electric cord and water hose than usual. There are a substantial number of seasonal sites, more than shown on the map. These sites are well maintained and occupied by rigs in good condition. Few of the sites are 50a, mostly just seasonal ones. We had a 30a site. Our loop lost power when the loop breaker tripped even though the loop was not fully occupied. Voltage dropped below 110 a couple of times. It appears to me that the campground, or at least parts of it, don't really have enough electricity by present-day standards. Management was friendly and organized. Most of the campground has tree cover. The campground has a history of flooding and there is some risk of flash floods. We stayed hitched up so that we could leave quickly if necessary. - Jammer
Oct 2010 - $27.00
Big sites. Good shade in most sites. Friendly staff in the office/store. Nice scenery down in the bluff country. Cell phone service was not available. TV reception was also not gonna happen. Will stay at again. - foley5000
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
Jun 2012 - $25.00
Prior to our visit there had been heavy rains in prior weeks. Though mosquitoes and other biting insects are ordinarily not a problem here we found the gnats to be bad and the occasional mosquito to be found, no doubt because of an increase in standing water in the park and the surrounding area due to the rains. The swimming conditions were not as good as usual either with the water being laden with silt and algae instead of exhibiting its usual clarity. Despite our visit landing midweek we did encounter problems with crowding at the swimming beach brought on by a large 4H group descending upon the beach en masse. Due to the crowding and lax supervision we felt that the overall situation was not safe for our younger children, and left the swimming area until the group moved on to other activities. We did bring the problems to the attention of both the group counselors and the park management both of whom declined to intervene. The dump station has been recently rebuilt but unfortunately is graded so that the pavement slopes away from the sewer connection making it impossible to completely drain the holding tanks on most RVs without blocking up the wheels on the far side to provide some slope. Nonetheless, the campsites themselves are spacious and well screened, with good tree cover. The nonelectric sites are smaller and more closely spaced than the electric sites. Most Minnesota state parks have been suffering sporadic maintenance over the last few years due to budget constraints, and Whitewater is no exception. Some buildings and improvements were overdue for a fresh coat of paint, the picnic tables are being replaced a little too slowly, and there were some sloppy repairs here and there. - Jammer
Jun 2016 - $30.00
Nice smaller, quiet, very pretty county park. Electric only, but there are water spigots and a dump on site. Easy drive to Rochester and all it offers. Lots to do in the campground, but not a very dog friendly place. Only about 3 miles of trails dogs can be on (on leash only). Sites are mostly long enough for 40+ RVs, but several are not level or have over hanging trees/branches. Campground fills on weekends, so make reservations early. There is supposed to be a $5/day vehicle pass required, but we were only charged for one day. Not sure if that is policy or we got lucky. The best sites for big rigs (fairly level, no close trees/low branches, easy in/out) are: 1, 2, 4, 7, 8 (prime spot), 9, and 23. Sites 20 & 26 are good as well, but have walnut trees, so you may get sticky drips. Our original site was not useable so we moved to 1. Would love to stay here in the future, but only if one of the above sites are available. The official policy is no refunds, but they may offer vouchers, or if you're lucky, refunds if you have a good reason to cancel. Great, and very friendly hosts and helpful county employees. - Jerry and Betsy
Aug 2014 - $35.00
Stayed at Chester Woods for the first time and it was very nice. Very close to Rochester, Mn where you can do some shopping if you'd like. We had site 41 which was very nice. The pads are gravel and level. Our site had a 50 amp hookup but no water, which was OK because we only stayed two nights. There are a lot of fun things to do, beach, canoe rental etc. It's quiet at night and very wooded. Very nice place to stay. You are also about 35 miles from Winona so if you have a student at Winona State you are pretty close for a quick stop in. Nice place we will definitely be back! - LP2013
Sep 2009 - $23.00
This was a beautiful little campground. If we had more time would have stayed here several days to go fishing and hiking. It was very reasonably priced and the camp hosts were very friendly. We would definitely stay here next time through the area. - Rick Lechner
Aug 2011 - $15.00
Nice place to camp. They are right n the Zumbro River and have canoe and tube rentals. Will definitely go there again. - Robj
Jul 2011 - $15.00
Wonderful place to stay, the hosts are very friendly. Will definitely come back. - Robj
Jun 2011 - $20.00
This is a very basic, smaller campground. We enjoy coming here about once a year. Usually we leave the kids with Grandma and visit with friends. We like to rent canoes and take a trip down the river. The views are beautiful. The river is nice and relaxing during the week, and gets to be more of a party on the weekends. I was glad they were able to keep it going after the massive flooding here last fall. - highlanderchic
Aug 2011 - $28.00
This is a large, private campground with over 200 sites, many of which are seasonal. The sites are grassy and shaded. Each site has a fire ring and picnic table. They aren't very wide so we were close to our neighbors. The restrooms were not maintained. The men room had a paper towel jam all day until we notified the owner. He fixed the paper towels, but still the restroom went without soap for over 24 hours. The floors were muddy and did not get mopped all weekend. There was a campground employee mowing the lawn on Sunday morning for about an hour, which was quite noisy. The owner left the office for a couple of hours on Saturday afternoon, leaving a group of four kids, about age 12, in charge behind the desk. Unfortunately the kids did not know much about running the campground and weren't able to answer any of our questions. - Juniper94
Jun 2016 - $52.00
I had stayed here over 35 years ago, it's much larger now but still very nice. The service is wonderful and the campground is beautiful. The sites along the river are gorgeous. The only complaint I would have is the firepits are dug into the ground and flood when there is rain. - grdngrl
Jun 2014 - $51.00
This campground is situated in scenic valley along the Zumbro River. This is a campground, not an RV park and that is an important distinction. We stayed in a waterfront premium site with 50 amp electric and water. The sites are extremely large and all grass. There are no RV pads but it allows you to position your unit any way you wish. Our site required leveling blocks, and many of the sites will, depending on how you wish to position your rig. My only complaint with our site is there were several dead trees that posed a hazard. They appeared to have been dead for sometime and there is really no excuse why they were not taken down. There was plenty of activities to keep the kids happy. They enjoyed the pool and on site skate park and climbing wall (additional fee required). There is a new office building with rest rooms and showers. We didn't use the showers, but the bathrooms were modern and clean. This was an enjoyable camping experience and we will definitely come back. - scott1k
Aug 2013 - $45.00
We recently went on our week long family vacation to this campground. We were originally scheduled to stay at Site#81, but when we got there we didn't realize it was way down in the valley. So we asked the check in person (who was extremely nice) if there were any open sites up on the hill (where the pool area was). He circled a few on the map and after driving around and looking at the open sites, choose site#414 - a nice corner spot. We liked this campground and plan on coming back here next year again -- we would highly recommend it. The only down fall I guess would have to be the Internet. Before we left for vacation I emailed the campground and asked if they had Internet and I got a reply back "yes". When we got settled and got on our computers we realized we had to pay for our internet usage (a little over $17 for the week) not a bad price, but it would have been nice to know before we arrived - Close to Home Mom
Wabasha, Minnesota (map) | (651) 565-9932
Sites: 28 | Latest Rate: $43.00 | 12 Reviews
Jul 2016 - $43.00
Owners are very proud of their new bath and shower facilities - very well done. This is a small place with only a couple of permanent units. We ended up in the office basement with everyone in the park during a tornado warning. They made sure everyone in the park was accounted for. Owners had lots of local information handouts. - suerover
Jul 2015 - $40.00
Well maintained park with concrete patio, picnic table and fire ring. Pull through site had level gravel and nice grass between sites. Only issue I had was the utilities are in the very back which wasn't a problem for my water and electric but too far for my 15' waste water hose (I didn't have my second one with me) as my drain port is in the middle of my 40' fifth wheel. - alanp41779
Jun 2015 - $21.00
Very nice park. Owner have updated the park extensively. Lots of gravel on roads and sites, concrete patio and picnic table. Nice new bathrooms and laundry room. Only one washer and dryer (looks new), $5.00 to wash and dry, but they are a good size. It looks like they are getting ready to put In a new building probably a clubhouse. I would definitely stay here again. - bobowill
Jul 2016 - $41.00
Small park and very tight spaces. Scratched our coach, and I just watched a motorhome pull out next to us that hit large rocks with their toad. Trees need trimming. Site not level. Staff very huffy and unhelpful. We will not come here again. MOTORHOMES STAY AWAY. - LHB2014
Jul 2016 - $43.00
We were in a 38 foot motorhome towing. We needed help getting in and leaving. The internal roads are torturous. The spots are level but short and very close together. There are acres of grass around them though. The highway is close but not noticeably noisy. This is NOT big rig friendly. - Dapper
Jul 2015 - $62.00
Worst camping experience ever.
1. The owners were very rude and not approachable.
2. They hounded people constantly about driving on the grass (while driving on the grass himself with his golf cart).
3. Wood was for sale in the office for $7 a bundle (small bundles of construction lumber). We were yelled at for bringing in our own (DNR certified) wood.
4. Pool is only open from noon until 9 pm. It also must be at least 72° for the pool to open. When we arrived at the park the kids wanted to go to the pool, but were denied because it was only 70°. Swim diapers are not allowed for infants in the pool. Children must be fully toilet trained to enter the pool.
5. The sewer hook-ups are all the way at the front of the pad, but you need to back the trailer in all the way to fit on the pad. You need a 30-40' hose to reach on most trailers.
6. Campground is very close to the highway and there was a lot of road noise.
7. Price was too high for the amenities.
8. Office, store, bathroom, showers are across the road from the camping area. No bathrooms anywhere near the camping, pool or tents.
9. The campground was about 1/2 full on a July weekend. I understand why now that I have been there.
My biggest complaint is about the owners/hosts. When I check-in to a campground, I expect a certain level of customer service.
Luckily we had a good group of friends, so we made the best of our stay. I would NEVER stay there again. I used to think fairly highly of the KOAs, but I will not stay at one ever again. I would rather stay in a vacant alley. - MankatoJohn
Jul 2016 - $45.00
Nice, shady rv park, but a bit overpriced for what you get. Full hook-ups for $45, but few amenities for a park in this cost range. No personnel on duty and pay showers! Pay showers for your $45 per night? Come on! Picnic tables are few, and never one for the lot you are in. No store or supplies. On the plus side: quiet and convenient to Rochester, MN. If you can find an employee, they are very friendly. We have been here many years in a row. - W Davidson
Sep 2015 - $26.00
We stayed here for 3 weeks while visiting family. There is no on-site host, fill out the form and slide your money or credit card information (disconcerting) under the door. The park had several long term residents with several children playing in the afternoon (a concern while driving very large pickup) but well behaved and not bothersome. Too few picnic tables to go around, no shade. Lots of highway noise quieted down at night. Tilly's Bar and Grill right next door has great food. The site we picked ended up being the low spot and we had 3" of rain at our door step after a heavy rain. Wi-fi (a Belkin home router) was typically insufficient. - TeamNewMexico
Aug 2013 - $28.00
There is a manager that is supposed to be here between 10 and 2 but is also selling houses so very difficult to get to see. The site next to us had no 30 amp working. Sewer connections are very high off the ground. Laundry room has 2 washers and 1 dryer. The gravel sites are long enough. Few picnic tables. Small trees so no problem with satellite signal. Close to the highway and bar. No rules so you could wash vehicles here. - az2wv