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06/2014
rating [ 8/10 ]
I love Baker Park Campground, but after my last two stays, I have decided I that am better suited for camping here during the week. The park is very large, has everything to do including swimming, boating, biking, and hiking. With that said many people camp in clusters with friends and there are lots of children running around and biking. The campground is buzzing with activity until around 9 or 10 p.m. each night. If you are looking for peace and quiet, this is not the place for you. If this is your thing you will have tons of fun. The campground office is staffed with teenagers who know very little about the park and can't answer most questions about the campground. The park rangers are excellent about patrolling and enforcing the rules and they know more about the campground, so ask them questions. With all the rain, many campsites are muddy and smelly with standing water and muck. People were not happy and had to get creative on how they parked; no one was asked to move. We will be back during the week. It is conveniently located close to the Twin Cities.
08/2012
rating [ 10/10 ]
The park is about 15 miles east of North Branch. This is one of the nicest parks we've stayed at that is close to the Twin Cities. The campground is huge, but sites are nicely spaced, large and private. We could barely see our neighbors through the trees. The prairie colors are spectacular and the forest will be colorful in the fall. There are many planned weekend activities, plenty of hiking trails and a horse camp. Bring food and supplies as there is nothing close for groceries. Only a gas station about 4-5 miles from the campground. The check-in office is about 2 miles from the campground, so plan ahead for wood and ice. Bathrooms were always clean. We decided we will return here several times per year.
08/2012
rating [ 10/10 ]
This is a well maintained COE park. It's like a state park only a little cleaner or less rustic. We brought 6 boys for a camping experience who found plenty to do at the playground, swimming area and dam. It was fun to watch the fish at the dam. Campsites are large and well kept. We did have to set up the kids tent in front of our camper because the picnic table was chained down and couldn't be moved. No other place worked. There were many people staying here from southern states who camp north all summer. We met a friendly ranger intern who told us so many interesting facts about the park and the area. On a cold, rainy day we went to the Holiday Inn indoor waterpark. They have daily on-line coupons. Also, there is a washer and dryer on site. We will definitely return here.
07/2012
rating [ 10/10 ]
We reviewed this campground previously in 2010, however, this year we were able to hike and explore the area. We hiked to the Baptism River, the High Falls and the Two Step Falls. At first, we didn't understand that we had to walk across the shallow river to get back to the campground. People were swimming at the High Falls. It was beautiful and refreshing. The campsites are spacious, long and private. There is only one bathroom with flush toilets and that is where the water is located. It's a bit of a hike if your site is 12-20. We talked to a cart-in camper who said their site was on Lake Superior, but those sites are hard to come by. There are also rustic walk-in sites in the main campground. There is so much to do and see here. This is one of our favorite North Shore campgrounds. We will return.
07/2012
rating [ 8/10 ]
This small park is located on the bluffs of the Mississippi River. The view and colors will be spectacular in the fall. The sites are average size and very close together. There are plenty of hiking trails, (some were dark) and access to the river. The campground hosts were excellent. They went above and beyond to make sure everyone was having a good time and happy. We are hoping to return for a few days in the fall.
05/2012
rating [ 7/10 ]
Having stayed at this campground several years back, we had mixed feelings this time. We stayed in the Savanna campground over Memorial Weekend, where the sites have nicer spacing and foliage in between. The sites seem to be very short and are electric only. We heard several complaints about not being able to let slides out and many campfires were right on the road. We pulled our vehicle horizontal to give the people across from us some privacy, as it was their family gathering spot. They have added more electric sites and really nice cabins since we last visited. The bathrooms are from the 70's, but had been remodeled and not thought out well. There were four small stalls and two showers for each of the men’s and ladies facilities (for 70+ sites, times by 4 people per site). Two unisex bathroom/shower combos, but one shower was broken. All of the bathrooms were wet and dirty all the time, even if it wasn't raining. I had to roll up my pants, so they wouldn't get wet. Also, dump station only has one hole for both campgrounds. We left early, but people were already waiting in line. The good - close to the Twin Cities, the hiking was nice, the picnic area is huge and swimming was busy. There is an amphitheater and nice shelter just steps away. The campground offered an antique train ride into several Wisconsin towns, biking, canoeing and kayaking. This is a very nice park with plenty to do. It stays full all summer. It would be your fault if you were bored. WiFi too. We like other state parks better. We are not sure when we will go back.
10/2011
rating [ 8/10 ]
This is a beautiful, small State Park about an hour from the Twin Cities. The Pothole area is a must see and well worth the hike to the visitor center just over a mile from the campground (or a short drive). We only hiked along the river, which has stunning views of the rock formation and cliffs. Also, there is a paved railroad track trail across the highway. Rock climbers would have unlimited possibilities, but this requires a permit. It was surprising that there is quite a bit sandy shoreline to walk along too. There are canoeing and kayaking opportunities through outfitter services that are located on both sides of the St. Croix River. Search for “outfitters” within the website. There is a supermarket and a Super Center about 2 miles across the river in St. Croix Falls, WI. The downsides are that this campground is on Hwy. 8, so semi-truck noise can be loud and the electric sites seem close together. We camped during the week at site 20 and had a wonderful view of the river. As previously mentioned, some sites are not level and short.
09/2011
rating [ 8/10 ]
This is a wonderful municipal campground in the city of Two Harbors. We came up for our nephew's wedding and decided to camp to enjoy the fall colors. Many of the sites are very spacious while others are right next to each other. The lakefront sites would be best suited for a truck top camper as they are very short. The bathrooms are clean, but there are only 2 stalls and 2 showers. One more of each would be nice. One shower is set up weird with a "stall" wall divider and chair. If you don't put up everything your stuff will get wet. We hosted wedding guests for the day and they were not charged anything to visit. Also, if you camp near the stairs to Lake Superior you will get cut throughs as there is no path. We can't wait to come back in the summer or again for fall colors. Not sure where previous submitter stayed but our water and electric were on the correct side. We pulled in wrong the first time in the pull-thru and turned around. All sites seemed to be correct where we stayed.
05/2011
rating [ 8/10 ]
This is a very nice park. The swimming beach is only yards from the Lakeview campground. The Lakeview campground has a lower part that does not have the curbing mentioned previously. These sites are well suited for larger rigs and are the lower numbered sites. We stayed in a pull-through site #52, which seemed open with little shade. The upper sites do have high curbing due to being on a hill. The lower sites are close together and pretty much butt up to each other. At this time there are no leaves on the trees. Its seems the park is working to level out some of the uneven sites as there were large piles of sand and rock in the sites waiting to be spread out. The bathrooms were nice and clean. There are family bathrooms with toilet and shower, which seem to be newer. Would return as I missed Mt. Tom due to rain.
09/2010
rating [ 9/10 ]
We camped here during MEA weekend, which means kids are off school for three to four days in mid-October due to teacher's workshops. The electric sites were full. There were still many open sites in non-electric areas. Near the river is wonderful, but no electric sites. The leaves had mostly fallen from the trees, so the sites seemed a little closer than perhaps in the summer months. Bathroom and showers were very clean. Please note that this is not a full service campground, you will need to on-board water and visit the dump station. Also, an sticker or day pass is required to help keep up the parks. State parks give you that real camping feeling. There were wonderful programs available this weekend, which included bird banding, a talk about how the camp once hosted German POW's who worked on nearby farms and we learned about edibles in the park. The nearest grocery store is about 6 miles south. Look out for the deer in the Fall months. Should there be rain, head to Laneboro for shopping or theater.
08/2010
rating [ 9/10 ]
This is one of the nicest semi-modern campgrounds I've visited. It's like a State Park, but not as rustic. The grounds are extra clean including the bathrooms and showers. I stayed on the North end and felt the sites had plenty of space between them. The lake was beautiful with lots of docks for boaters. What seemed a bit strange is that you have to walk a distance to the modern bathrooms from the North end. The dam separates North and South campsites. I drove to the parking lot and walked across the dam to shower. It seems there is only one shower bathroom. There are clean vault toilets around too. There are interesting history markers on site describing settlers, Native American tribes and their wars. The campground is on the burial site and land where these battles occurred. There are two grave stones from the early times and a newer memorial with 13 or so tribes from various states who fought in battles. I missed the turn because I was looking for US Army Corp of Engineer signs. Look for the brown Big Sandy Lake Recreation Area signs. The host is in the North campground.
08/2010
rating [ 10/10 ]
This park is gorgeous. The week we arrived was when the infamous Sea Arch collapsed. It was one of the most photographed rock formations in this park. The "before" pictures are on the website. We didn't have time to do all the things offered at this park. We hiked to the falls and where the Baptism River meets Lake Superior. We saw a bald eagle there. Electricity was recently added at this park. The sites are spacious and well suited for big rigs. This park also offers cart in and back pack in sites. The office was turning away people without reservations and this was during the week. The bathroom was very clean. Only downside was that we could only find water near the bathroom, which was half way around the park. Also, the non-flush toilets were very clean and didn't smell. We can't wait to visit this park again next year.
08/2010
rating [ 9/10 ]
This park is really nice if you don't mind non-electric sites. The hiking is fabulous to the falls and to the overlook of the entire area and Lake Superior. Breathtaking. We hiked north on Lake Superior the next day. The rocks and view is just beautiful. The beauty of the park made up for no electricity. The ranger was so helpful in mapping out where to go and what we should see. She told us to visit Grand Marais' Artist Point. Cool rocks that people made into art. The campground hosts were so friendly. They told us about a lodge/game room with electricity behind their site where we could make coffee or charge up cell phones/iPods. On our last night the hosts came around at 10:00 pm to let us know that a bear was sighted at the falls earlier that day. Guess who paid us a visit in our campsite #A1? An young black bear looking for snacks. We slept in our van and our friends in the back of their SUV. Otherwise, we camped in a tent. Each site was full every day. More of a tent and pop-up campground. Big rigs couldn't let slide-outs out in some sites. I really want to come back here, but with our small travel trailer.
08/2010
rating [ 9/10 ]
This campground is very clean and has that up North feel, with lots of trees. We were lucky enough to get an electric site on short notice for one night as we had reserved a cabin earlier in the year for Saturday night. We moved our tent to the driveway because the folks behind us would have been too close even though the sites are really spacious. The cabin was really nice and clean. I wish we had been able to utilize the trails and check out the lake, but we had another agenda. The campground is about 3 miles from the entrance and we had to watch for deer at night. People do come and go as the Casino is just up the road. Bathrooms were really clean. Would have rated this campground a 10 if they had a dump station. We will definitely return, but with our travel trailer.
07/2010
rating [ 8/10 ]
Nice older, but well maintained campground. I was in site #3 about 10 feet from the river. The site was extra large. It was relaxing watching all the boats come through the no-wake zone. The campground is in a flood zone, so it's mostly gravel and the electric boxes are on 6' posts. The Harbor Bar and Marina down the road hosts summer concerts, so the campground was very busy. The owners are very nice and accommodating. They only take cash or checks, so plan accordingly. I will definitely return again.
05/2010
rating [ 9/10 ]
This campground is kept up a very well for a county park. The area is beautiful and the observation tower is worth the walk up to the top. I went for “Jazz on the Vine” and ended up not taking my camper because of heavy rain, which turned into snow in May. My conversion van fit nicely in the pull-through, half circle site. The sites are too small for bigger rigs. An RV was in one of them, but I don’t know how they did it. I would recommend staying on the restaurant side too, which serves good food. The bathrooms are on the restaurant side, so I had to cross a bridge to get there. Also, there is only one toilet with two clean showers. There were only vault toilets where I stayed and it was around 30-40 degrees. If you stay, bring 2-3 hoses and a 50-100 foot electric cord. I came from Minneapolis and thought it was a bit difficult to find. Great value, very nice people at 3 Guys and a Grill, where you check in.
11/2009
rating [ 10/10 ]
I have camped here in my tiny Scamp for the last two years after all of the other campgrounds are closed (turned off electric) in November. This park is so clean and very well manicured. There are back in sites closer to the main road. When I go, I can pick my site. I counted approx. 35-40 campers there in early November. They actually have a teepee you can rent during warmer weather. The bathrooms are new and immaculate. During the off-season, staff is only available during business hours. The water is shut off, but you can on-board from a long hose in the laundry room. You can drain sewer if you pour water down your hose. We always go to a State Park in Jordan to hike and have a fun day on Saturday and there is a cool winery down the road. A wonderful choice even if you don't set foot in the casino. Not to forget the nice RV wash facility.
06/2005
rating [ 9/10 ]
The reviewer above said it all. This was our first time at Warrens Jellystone. We picked this weekend as well because of the birthday celebration savings per person. Jellystone is a wonderful family campground with more to do than we had time for in a weekend. The villas and new hotel are beautiful. The hotel will include an indoor waterpark due to open late fall. My personal favorite pool was the lazy river. Bring bikes or you will need to rent a golf cart because everything is so spread out. Children on bikes need to be very cautious due to the high number of golf carts buzzing around. There were a couple of bad storms in our area where a tornado came through last year. Several trees fell on campers and a vehicle. Help and clean up by staff members was amazing. A few weeks later, I received several cards in the mail with savings for future visits due to the inclement weather. Go with mind set that you will spend money this weekend. The smiles on your childrens faces will make it all worthwhile. I was brave enough to camp here without my husband, brought 5 children (not all mine).
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