We had a terrible experience last year trying to camp here, BUT it’s not the campgrounds fault!
Unfortunately we chose the peak of mosquitos season and camping next to slow moving water is a recipe for disaster. It was also a very hot weekend. We showed up and set up camp and within the first hour our dog was clearly stressed by all the bugs. He ended up hiding in the car and soon after his face swelled up and he got very sick. Within 3 hours of showing up we had to pack up and head home to get him safe and comfortable. Do not fret, our boy was okay and thankfully the family across from us (in an RV) has Benadryl for their dog they gave to us. We don’t travel or camp without proper bug spray and meds for our dog now so lessons were learned.
Long story short we would love to come back when the bugs aren’t as bad!
Would not go back here. The sites are only shaped and hard to place a tent in bc of shape and no designated site edges. There is no shade in most sites and was very hot in a tent. Everyone is right on top of one another and bc of no site borders was quite loud. The beach is on the river and is very slimy bc of years of artificial beach making. Some of the other parts of the river are nicer and enjoyable. This would make a nice day trip but not great for an extended weekend.
This campground is 2 of 3 at St. Croix State Park. This campground has a handful of electric sites and a modern restroom and shower. The sites here are very open and there is little trees or shrubs. Some of the campsite around the very outer edge have some coverage, which is helpful in the hot summer sun.
Reserved this site through the Minnesota dnr state park phone line, having been turned away from full camp grounds by two other state parks. Not being familiar with the place, I didn't know the differences between sites, and got placed in site 80, which was right by the road and rather exposed, would try for another, more secluded spot next time. The campground was busy, and full of activity, but that was not a problem. Only made it on one hike because I was not able to get a spot for a second night. Beautiful area, rich history. Saw some great birds and checked 3 off my life list! It was a great for a trial run and I am looking forward to going back.