Minnesota

State Park Campground Guide

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Bordering Canada, Lake Superior, and the Dakotas, Minnesota is a natural wonderland filled with forests and wilderness areas, prairie grasslands, and thousands of pristine lakes and rivers. From the shores of the largest of the Great Lakes to the headwaters of the Mississippi River, Minnesota’s harsh winters give way to amazing outdoor opportunities for RVers in the warmer months. 

Minnesota is home to 75 state parks, nearly all with camping available. True to form, these parks are rustic, with a focus on the natural surroundings over amenities. Not many other states have a reservation system where you can filter campsites by “walk-in”, “bike-in”, and “canoe-in”. Still, standard “drive-in” campgrounds have the basics covered, with restrooms, picnic tables, fire rings, some electric hookups, and a surprising number of big rig friendly sites. These state park campgrounds deliver spectacular settings that highlight the beauty of Minnesota, making them some of the best-reviewed and most beloved campgrounds in the state. Their spotty WiFi and cell service are simply an ideal opportunity to get away from it all and recharge in nature.

Tettegouche State Park

Reservations

To make a reservation, visit reservemn.usedirect.com/MinnesotaWeb/ or call 866-857-2757. Campsite reservations are required. Same-day reservations are accepted, for no reservation fee, based on availability. Reservations can be made up to 120 days in advance.

Campsite sizes

Sizes vary greatly per campground. RV length limit is provided on each park’s camping information webpage. Use the reservations system to search for sites by RV type and length. Note that many campgrounds are in wooded settings and may have overhanging branches. Be sure to read campsite details for any restrictions on slideouts.

Accessibility

About 21 of Minnesota’s 75 parks currently offer ADA-accessible campsites. Call the reservation line for information and assistance in booking. Minnesota state parks are managed by the Department of Natural Resources. More information regarding accessibility can be found at dnr.state.mn.us/accessible_outdoors/index.html.

Hookups

Partial and full hookups are offered, but vary among campgrounds. Each state park’s webpage includes details on the number of sites with hookups, and they can be searched for in the reservation system.

Connectivity

Do not expect WiFi at Minnesota state parks. Many parks have spotty to no cell service. If connectivity is a priority, contact the campground directly for information.

Maximum stay

There is no standard policy for maximum stay at Minnesota state park campgrounds. Check with the specific campground for guidance.

Additional facilities

All standard campsites include access to shower and toilet facilities, a picnic table, and a fire ring. During the offseason, showers and flush toilet facilities are not available. Offseason dates vary per campground. Some parks have visitor centers, stores, playgrounds, and other amenities available. Information can be found on each park’s website or in the reservation system.

Cost

Rates vary by campground and date and range from $16 to $24 per night. Prices are displayed in the reservation system search results, and under park information. There is an additional electric hookup fee for $8 and a water and/or sewer hookup fee for an additional $8. One parking permit is included with a paid campground reservation. 

Additional Fees:

Nonrefundable reservation fee: $7 online, $10 through the call center.

Modification fee: $5 online, $7 through the call center.

Cancellation fee: $10. Cancellations within 4 days of arrival also forfeit the first night’s fee.

Pet policies

Pets are allowed as long as they’re kept on a leash no longer than 6 feet. And of course, campers should always pick up after their pet.

Additional regulations

  • Maximum occupancy per site: 6 people and 1 vehicle.
  • Check-in time: 4 p.m. Check-out time: 4 p.m.
  • Quiet hours: 10 p.m. to 8 a.m.
  • Alcoholic beverages: Public display or consumption of alcohol is prohibited.
  • Generator use: Prohibited during quiet hours.
  • Campfires: Allowed in designated rings or pits, following local advisories.
  • Drone use: Restricted. Check with the park on specific rules.
Itasca State Park

Featured Campgrounds

Tettegouche State Park

5702 Highway 61, Silver Bay, MN 55614

This state park has a stunning location on the cliffs above Lake Superior, with lake views, waterfalls, and secluded campsites in the forest alongside Baptism River. There are 23 miles of hiking trails—ranging from moderate to difficult—that lead through the park and to the lakeshore, where peregrine falcons are often spotted. The park’s office, visitor center, and gift shop are a 30-minute walk or a short drive from the campground. Groceries are available in the town of Silver Bay, less than 10 miles away. The drive-in campground is small, with 28 sites, but 22 have electric hookups and all of the campsites are big rig friendly. Securing a reservation at Tettegouche State Park is worth the effort for an unforgettable experience on the North Shore of Lake Superior.

Itasca State Park

36750 Main Park Drive, Park Rapids, MN 56470

In the land of 10,000 lakes, more than 100 are contained within the 32,000 acres of Itasca State Park. Itasca is the oldest of Minnesota’s state parks, established in 1891 to protect the basin around the source of the Mississippi River and the remaining old-growth pine trees. Visitors can partake in the unforgettable experience of walking across the beginning of the Mississippi River. This state park is also designated as a National Historic District. More than 200 standard campground sites are available, most with electric hookups and a maximum RV length of 60 feet. History, hiking, biking, swimming, and wildlife viewing opportunities abound in this remarkable state park.

Kilen Woods State Park

50200 860th Street, Lakefield, MN 56150

Kilen Woods is an unassuming state park that campers quickly fall in love with for its peaceful natural setting, large grassy sites, and well-maintained restrooms. Campsites with and without shade cover are available. In its idyllic location between the Des Moines River and a prairie bush natural area, park trails lead through woods and creeks, grassland, oak savannas, and to a breathtaking view over the river valley. About 30 RV sites, half with electric hookups, can accommodate RVs up to 50 feet. No dump station is available. With a location just 15 minutes off of I-90, Kilen Woods is a convenient stop and an unexpected gem.

Minnesota state park campgrounds that accommodate RV camping

Afton State Park

Banning State Park

Bear Head Lake State Park

Beaver Creek Valley State Park

Big Bog State Recreation Area

Big Stone Lake State Park

Blue Mounds State Park

Buffalo River State Park

Camden State Park

Carley State Park

Cascade River State Park

Charles A. Lindbergh State Park

Crow Wing State Park

Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area

Father Hennepin State Park

Flandrau State Park

Forestville Mystery Cave State Park

Fort Ridgely State Park

Fort Snelling State Park

Franz Jevne State Park

Frontenac State Park

Garden Island State Recreation Area

George H. Crosby Manitou State Park

Glacial Lakes State Park

Glendalough State Park

Gooseberry Falls State Park

Grand Portage State Park

Great River Bluffs State Park

Greenleaf Lake State Recreation Area

Hayes Lake State Park

Hill-Annex Mine State Park

Interstate State Park

Iron Range Off-Highway Vehicle State Recreation Area

Itasca State Park

Jay Cooke State Park

John A. Latsch State Park

Judge C. R. Magney State Park

Kilen Woods State Park

La Salle Lake State Recreation Area

Lac Qui Parle State Park

Lake Bemidji State Park

Lake Bronson State Park

Lake Carlos State Park

Lake Louise State Park

Lake Maria State Park

Lake Shetek State Park

Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park

McCarthy Beach State Park

Maplewood State Park

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

Minneopa State Park

Minnesota Valley State Recreation Area

Monson Lake State Park

Moose Lake State Park

Myre-Big Island State Park

Nerstrand Big Woods State Park

Old Mill State Park

Red River State Recreation Area

Rice Lake State Park

St. Croix State Park

Sakatah Lake State Park

Savanna Portage State Park

Scenic State Park

Schoolcraft State Park

Sibley State Park

Split Rock Creek State Park

Split Rock Lighthouse State Park

Temperance River State Park

Tettegouche State Park

Upper Sioux Agency State Park

Whitewater State Park

Wild River State Park

William O’Brien State Park

Zippel Bay State Park

For more information on Minnesota state park campgrounds, visit dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/index.html.  

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