13 Parks near Rochester, Minnesota
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
Jun 2016 - $39.00
A decent park with level sites, full hookups and friendly folks. What you won't get here is peace and quiet! Very close to a busy highway which made outside conversation difficult at times and sleeping very difficult. We had to have the AC fan blowing on high, with another fan on to help drown out the noise at night. There is nothing deluxe about their "deluxe" sites and several have very close and overhanging trees which may make satellite reception difficult. The basic sites have a bit more room between them although not much for shade. We spent one week in a deluxe (64) and one week in a basic (79) and much prefer the basic site. Both of the sites we stayed in are great if you have pets since they are just across the road from the very nice and large pet walking area. Picnic tables are very small and many sites do not have one, so be prepared to move one from a nearby (unoccupied ????) site if you want one. Surprisingly, there are not lot of good options for RV parks in the Rochester area, so we can't rule out staying here again, but will look for alternatives first. - Jerry and Betsy
Aug 2015 - $39.00
We stayed here because the campground we had planned on staying at was flooded due to all the rain. I think we lucked out. There are two sections to this campground. Deluxe & Basic. We stayed in Basic. Both are fine but if I had a choice I would pick the deluxe. Basic has crushed rock streets, no patio & often no picnic table. Deluxe has black topped streets, patios, & picnic tables. Deluxe sites are longer. The office manager was very friendly. This park is near Mayo Clinic. Many campers stay here while at the Clinic for tests. There is a taxi service to the Clinic (for a fee). We were able to get Satellite & over the air signal. - Connie's Co-Owner
Aug 2015 - $38.00
Great location while visiting Mayo Clinic. Shuttle offered each day. Very clean restrooms, showers, and laundry. Mayo is not a place you want to be, but if you're here, this is a great location. We had a nice back in site with some shade towards the back. Would definitely chose this park if I return to the Mayo Clinic. - smitty12
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
May 2015 - $38.00
Pros - park is extremely well kept, staff member personally guided us to our site as well as backed us in. The store seemed to be stocked very well and was just across the street from the sites. When purchasing firewood ($7/bundle), staff member delivered wood to site. Pool, small playground, small leash-free dog area and three disc golf baskets are available for recreation.
Cons - not very private, all sites are very close together, no trees or anything to maintain any privacy. Campground is very close to the highway, so there is a lot of highway noise throughout the day. Staff seemed slightly abrasive. No hiking trails available.
Overall - pretty good spot if needing a place to stay overnight, perhaps when passing through. Would not recommend if staying for more than one night, or if you really want some privacy. - joshnichols84
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
Jun 2013 - $46.00
Nice park for weekend campers. Not real great for transients. Not necessarily Big Rig Friendly. Trees not trimmed, low lying area so after rains, it is very very wet and soft. Only two 50 amp & pull through sites. Very deep fire pits, probably good for campfires, but not for cooking. Mostly dirt road, Seemed to me that the people who camp here are "regulars." Not real friendly and not easy to use as an overnight park. I was not given an itemized receipt and as I look back on the charge, I think I was overcharged about $20. - Grandpafurface
Jun 2013 - $52.00
I have an older review of this campground that says I would not go back. Well, here I am and I did go back. I was worried I would be disappointed again, but I actually think I'd even go back again! A few years ago they created a "pond" with huge inflatables for a waterpark attraction. The dirt removed was used to build a levee in the campground to prevent the campground from being wiped out again from the fairly regular flooding that goes on there. A few areas are on the river side of the levee. So they are "sacrificed" if a flood comes through. However, this created some more private-like sites in the "River Glen" area that are away from the craziness of the pool and seasonal campers. We were happy to be down there without too many others, but our sites were all weeds and that kind of thing is a little trashy. I do like a private campground that doesn't have too many rules about setup. We could place our camper how we wanted on our patch of weeds, use a mat, park our truck wherever and leave our dogs in the camper when we went to do something else. The seasonal campers do love their golf carts. I was prepared for it based on all the comments in reviews. They had a long printed weekend schedule of activities. At the height of our long summer days the schedule had most activities closing by 5pm. What?!?!? It's light until 9pm. The pool, jumping pillow, tubing, space ball and others had early closing times. But no, suddenly the pool was open past five. We found out that the close times are optional to the workers. Apparently, they often extend it on the fly. Ok, why bother? Why close at 5 pm ever? The printed schedule seems to be irrelevant and a joke. Considering a weekend wristband to do these activities is $20, I think they should stay officially open later into the evening. The base rate for our w/e site was $46 and then $2 for each child. Our nightly total was $52. My biggest complaint is about a few of the workers. Many are pleasant and were very nice, but a few in the office were very pleasant and nice to us adults, but snippy and rude to our children. We had a standing joke all weekend that our kids would earn points every time they got "chewed out" by someone in the office. They were not being disrespectful at all, but the worker assumed they were. One time my daughter and her friend waited to purchase something and the worker looked right over them and helped the person in line behind them! I don't think that is very professional behavior. I get that there are TONS of kids at this campground and I bet some of them are rude, but the campground advertises itself as a family park. If you can't handle the pace or all the kids, I suggest you find a different job. I would probably go back because my kids had a great time with all the activities and it's close to home. - JessieJake
Jul 2012 - $50.00
This park is really, really fun! We have been here a bunch of times and this time was for a birthday party for my daughter. They have a lot of fun things for family! However, you need to purchase all the extras. It is a bit of a money pit. I was really, really disappointed in the times for the items you purchase the wristbands for. The pedal bikes were done early evening but what made it worse is that they told our kids that they could not ride them Friday evening because there was too much traffic. The traffic they were talking about were the golf carts that are only allowed if you are a seasonal site. There is an insane amount of golf carts there! The jumping pillow closes quite early as well. I think they should not charge as much for these items if they are going to be monitored due to "traffic" or close earlier than necessary. The kids were very upset about this and we ended up in the pool because it is the one thing open later than all the "chargeable" items. With that said, the management is very sweet and accommodating to many kids wanting to buy candy in the store. The CG is very clean and friendly. We will be back next summer. - lovescamping
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 2011 - $18.00
This place is like a dream. Beautiful park! Small but attractive campground, great little zoo with well cared for animals, a pretty river and lots of hiking. The newer restroom building is also the storm shelter, and very well-built indeed. For a county park this is good as it gets. Lots of antenna TV, fair Verizon reception. 8 miles to Rochester and the Mayo Clinic. We would definitely return if we had the chance. - rmlarson
Sep 2010 - $18.00
Exceptionally nice campground void of traffic and train noise. It's a beautiful setting with gorgeous Minnesota woods along the Zumbro River. There's oodles of lovely trails within the park as well as a nature center and a zoo. The bathrooms were exceptionally clean. Our five days there were very pleasant. We were there during the flood and the campground hosts made sure we were safe. It was recommended that we move to higher ground on our last night there. It is a memorable night with continual lightning and thunder. We would most definitely return to Oxbow Park! - pocabe
Jun 2008 - $18.00
This park was very clean and the campground hosts were extremely helpful and friendly. When you camp here you feel like you are in the middle of the woods... because you are! Although there is not much to do besides hike and fish, there is a town of 90,000 only 8 miles away. - peacefulbirder
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
Jul 2013 - $30.00
This is a very nice campground. The facilities are very clean and orderly. The grounds are well kept and the roads are wide, paved and void of potholes. The water pressure and electricity are good. The only drawback to this place is the close proximity to Hwy 52. The road noise is bothersome all hours of the day and night. It is easy to get to off the highway and has a bar/ cafe adjoining the campground. I had supper in the place and the service was excellent and the food was above par. I would stay here again. - bones1941
Sep 2015 - $32.00
This was a very small campground. The bathrooms are clean, but old and need some repairs and updates. We were in the lower campground. We were camping with 2 other families, and the owners allowed us to park in a U-shape so we were all facing each other (in fact, it was their idea!). It wasn't busy, but it was after Labor Day and there wasn't a ton to do. (I've heard from friends that have a seasonal site there that they have a lot of fun activities for the kids during the summer.) They have the rec room, but it was occupied with a group all weekend. The kids had fun playing ping pong and the guys were able to watch football on the TV in the game room. There is a huge field behind the electric sites along the road for tent camping. It was completely empty and the kids had a blast playing football and kickball out there. The mosquitoes weren't bad, but the wasps/yellow jackets were fierce! I don't know how busy it is in the summer, but it was a nice relaxing time for us. The owners were very friendly. We will be back. - TT Mom
Aug 2015 - $32.00
Rate is for water and 30 amp elec. The upper part of park is about 50 permanents/seasonals and those folks seem to have a lot of fun. We camped with a group and were placed all together on nice level grassy sites in the lower part of the park. Some shade trees and lots of open space down there, picnic table and fire rings at each site. There is also a rec hall available for use. The park was quite busy on weekend but was very quiet at night. They are apparently serious about controlling visitors as they keep the gate to the lower part of park closed at all times and charge for each visitor. The proprietor was very pleasant, his wife not so much when we inquired as to why the wifi password we were given wasn't working. We didn't notice any highway noise as noted by other reviewers. many in our group stated that they would stay here again. - Nautical Wheelers
Jul 2011 - $29.00
We stayed here with our camping club. The area we were assigned to has lots of mature shade trees. The grass sites are easy to level and free of mounds and dips. The river was a short walk to and appears to be a fun place to go wading. We did not stay long there due to the bugs and being evening that is to be expected. At the campsite itself the bugs were not a big issue. The owners are around all the time riding by and help if there is anything you need. They had a BBQ on Friday which was a nice treat to not have to cook. The fee was very reasonable. We will be back. - zookeypurr4