Best campgrounds in Minnesota
Minnesota is full of glorious nature, and there's no better way to experience it than camping the days away. Luckily, in Minnesota there's a campground for every type of camper.
Old Barn Resort
The Old Barn Resort is situated on 200 acres and is a camper's delight with a bounty of wildlife, scenery and activities. Sites can accommodate tents to RVs, and some sites even offer the luxury of water and 30- or 50-amp electrical service and sewer hookups. Restroom buildings complete with showers are found throughout the campground. As for things to do, there are plenty of choices — be sure to pack your golf clubs, fishing rods, bicycles and hiking boots. Campers can also rent canoes or tubes for water play. Whatever your folly, you will find fun for everyone at this family-friendly campground.
Location: 24461 Heron Road, Preston, MN 55965
Itasca State Park
Itasca State Park was established in 1891 and is proudly Minnesota's oldest state park. The area's beauty makes it one of the region's best places to camp by tent or RV. Outdoor recreation includes hiking the 32,000 acres along with beautiful views of the 100 lakes. During your days of exploration be sure to take Wilderness Drive past the 2,000-acre Wilderness Sanctuary.
Location: South Clearwater, Minnesota
This 400-site campground presents the perfect family-friendly camping experience with plenty of grass for the kids to run through as well as a pool, wading pool and a zero to 18-inch deep interactive water park. The RV and tent sites allow campers to go as rustic as they like or opt for the comforts of water and electric.
Location: 14842 Sakatah Lake Road, Waterville, MN 56096
Rates: Estimate: $41-$58/night depending upon day and date
Bear Head Lake State Park
For the campers hoping for the chance to see some wildlife in their own habitat, Bear Head Lake State Park offers that possibility considering its over 4,000 acres are home to black bears, moose, eagles and wolves. The lake's shoreline can be explored by canoe or kayak or you can swim at the beach. Fishers especially love this area because of the abundance of trout, walleye, bass and crappies.
Location: 9301 Bear Head State Park Road, Ely, Minnesota 55731
Rates: Standard camping is $12-$22/night
Yogi Bear is the campground hero at Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts, and the Beaver Trails location in Austin, Minnesota, is no different. The campground is equipped with playgrounds, fishing ponds, fire rings and a large family pool. If you like a little more extravagance than a wilderness campground, this may be the place for you since there is even a laundry center and a breakfast buffet on weekends and holidays.
Location: 21943 630th Ave., Austin, MN 55912
Rates: $35-$90 depending upon choice of basic or all-inclusive