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Nice wooded primitive campground nestled in forested trail system

Primitive. Campground host, wood available in park, playground, showers, fishing, golfing, historical village, bike/hike/horse trails, park gates close after hours. Concessions available, pool.

Great Stopover

General: We have really come to appreciate US Army Corps of Engineers (CoE) campgrounds. They are affordable (especially for seniors) and generally have decent facilities. Fishermans Corner was just an overnight stop for us since we could not get into our desired campground on a holiday weekend but for$10, it was a great value. Bugs were not too bad when we were there (October) which was surprising as it was so close to the river and still warm. The after-hours check-in procedure was a little confusing. We thought we needed to check in the following morning when the booth was open, however, we were chastised later in the evening by the grumpy “campground fee attendant” for not calling to register (we had reserved and paid online).

Sites/Facilities: Site 40 had an electric hookup site with a generous sized level concrete pad, picnic table, and fire grate. The sites are a little too close together for our liking (our neighbor’s a/c could have been like white noise to some but not me!) Some sites are directly on the water (Sites 8, 9, and 10) plus several more that have a view of the water; these are in the loop to the left of the entrance) and they are the best in my opinion. There are two loops with a bath/shower house centrally located between the two. There is a pit toilet at the end of each loop. 

Bathhouse: The bath/shower house was decent (flush toilets, soap dispensers) and it was clean (although I did not use the shower so cannot comment on that). 

Conclusion: Not too much to do although there is a nearby day-use area. Main con is the road noise, especially in the morning during commute hours. Although the campground is immediately adjacent to train tracks, I only heard one train around 10 am.

Off season parking

Nice beach walk and next to a small town. Came in December to find they close the campground for the season but there’s lots of small lots to park overnight.

Great Little Capmground

Stayed here only 1 night - bit would love to come back for a longer stay.

Very Clean, very goos hosts/owners and a great location near the town of Geneseo and right along a river for kayak, Canoe, SUP activity.

Very Wooded sites - with old huge trees.   Sights are a little close together, but didn't feel crowded.

Also stayed during a vintage camper event and saw some great old-school campers and Motorhomes.

bring your hammock

 If you like your hammock, or anything you can string between trees, this is the place. The campground is in a stand of tall lodgepole pines with no lower branches. This means there's little privacy, but lots of shade and trees everywhere.
 There is a nice man-made lake for canoeing/kayaking or fishing. No power boats.
 There is a row of hike-in tent site along the trail connecting the campground to the lake. At the lake, there is a General store and above that, a nice restaurant serving farm to table food and snacks.
 There is also a historic Round barn museum on the grounds. Nice trails that are pretty easy to hike.
 There is one cabin available to rent, which is quite secluded with a view of the lake. Nearby attractions are the Woodland Palace home and park, Historic Bishop Hill town and the Corner Coop Cupcakes & Ice Cream.

Right on the Mississippi!

This is a really nice campground right on the Mississippi! The campground is quiet with level gravel pads with a picnic table and firepit. The sites have electric, water to fill your tanks with dispersed throughout the campground, and a dump station. The sites are well spaced and the campground itself is feels more like a park that happens to have RV parking. There was a playground, showers, pit toilets, and even a small amphitheater next to the river. And the views are incredible!!! There are a few non-electric tent only sites as well. We were disappointed that we could stay one night due to our schedule. We will definitely stay again!

Nice site, clean and plentiful amenities.

It was late in the season so we didn't do a lot of exploring the resort. But from what I could tell, the grounds were well maintained, staff was friendly, and there were plenty of activities and amenities to keep our kids busy for the weekend.

Love the "pencil tree forest".

My family stayed on site 21 in our popup and had a great time. We LOVED the pencil tree forest. There are only a handful of campsites w electric in this circle of trees. Although these types of trees don't offer a lot of privacy I still enjoyed it. Our site was a short walk down to the lake which we used for fishing. There is a water pump and latrine in the circle. We did not go in the shower house so can't attest to the cleanliness.

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Beautiful, well cared for campground with small town charm

We stumbled upon this campground after spending a night camping in a parking lot along the Hennepin Canal. Another camper walked right over and said he loved it here. They were already going on 2 weeks at Francis Park. It's charm won us over quite quickly.

The campground is small and almost like an open field among tall trees. We drove along a road but part of it was driving on the grass. Sites are marked with electric but I'm not sure if it worked since we are solar. There are many picnic tables but most are piled up by the pavilion. We bring out own table and chairs so we didn't need to pull one over. We didn't see the host but the number is there to call if they have run out of papers by the office.

There is a playground and pavilion. Restrooms are there but closed up. There is a beautiful house that is made into a museum. It was closed due to covid but it looks intriguing. This is a nice, quiet campground tucked in among farmland.

Children would have fun running around the big grassy field but we drove on looking for a longer hiking trail. We found some nearby along with some nice small farm towns.

Convenient and really well maintained. Great place for travelers with pets.

Right off highway 80 we stopped in for the night on our way out West and wound up staying 2. Very clean park with lots of shade. Spaces are a bit close together but the grounds make up for it. There's a huge amount of green space surrounding the campsites and even a fishing  pond on site. Our dogs loved the GIGANTIC dog area. Lots of grass to run off their energy.  Full hook ups at a reasonable nightly rate.

The owners were very kind and made us feel welcome. Highly recommend.