Camping isn't bad. It has everything you expect of a state park, it is the hiking that makes it worth the 5.
Hiking out to chase point is a nice easy hike that is great for a family hike with kids of all ages.
We visited Scenic State Park Lodge Campground in July, 2018, with two other families, for three nights, on our annual camping trip. The park was pretty nice, but there was not much to do outside of activities in the park. The campground was very open and you could hear everyone around you. Our site was a bit more private (L89), but our friends at L78 and L79 were completely open to everyone around them.
The Lodge Campground is a little smaller than Chase Point. Facilities were fine - two shower rooms in male and female showers each. Clean bathroom stalls very close to all sites. Fishing pier and beach were very close, so that was awesome for kids. The second you dropped your line in, a fish was on it.
The disadvantage was that although there were quite a few activities in the park, there wasn't much to do around the area if you wanted to go offsite. We hiked the Chase Point Trail to the edge of the esker on a nice breezy day, so the bugs were not bad. On the very hot day, we rented boats - canoe, two kayaks, and a paddle board - from the park office, which was very fun! Our kids had a blast trying them all out. Otherwise, the swimming and fishing were all that was left. The other hike out the fire tower trail was very buggy and several ticks were spotted on one of the adults who took his bike out that trail.
Overall, a nice weekend trip, but we might not make a second trip there due to the limited activities.
this was a nice campground and we stayed at, our site was right across from the stairs to the lake. The boardwalk was fun to see the lake on and lots of docks to tie boats up to or swim by. The actual swimming area wasn’t the greatest, and it was in the other campground so not really close to just walk to. We swam with the kids by one of the close docks and that was nice to! The campground was clean and easy to get to bathrooms with fish cleaning house close to our site. I wouldn’t mind camping here again someday (site 4) but I hope they can get rid of the large underground bee hive in the trees of the site (we didn’t have any problems with bees, but they were a title close for comfort with the kids playing). there was a couple hiking trails there, one we had to walk a little ways on the road to get to the other campground area to start.
I stayed here in mid May and the lake was still halfway frozen… was looking forward to fishing so that was out. The hiking trails were awesome!
Very nice campgrounds and sites. Our site was roomy and had decent privacy due to the trees and bushes along the road. We enjoyed the swimming area, boat retail, fishing, hiking, and the gift shop. The fire tower is currently closed for repairs but we would have enjoyed climbing it! It was worth the 3 night stay because of the distance from the twin cities. We wouldn’t have been able to do everything we wanted with only 2 nights. Great place for families!
We camped for Minnesota Grouse Hunting Season. The sites are roomy (boat in, drive in, or backpack available) The Chase Point Trail is gorgeous for hiking!! You are not allowed to bring in your own firewood, but the campground host has bundles of split wood for purchase.
Scenic State Park is a one of the best State Parks I have visited so far. The area is gorgeous - the campsite is on Coon Lake, which is one of the thousands lakes in the state. Chase Point is one of the main sites of interest in the vicinity - a couple of miles long narrow peninsula that projects into the lake. The short trail that goes on its ridge provides great views and peaceful surroundings and we ended up hiking to the tip of the peninsula every day of our stay. Other places worth seeing around are the International Wolf Center where one gets face to face (literally) with the great Timber Wolf (Minnesota has the biggest population of wolfs if we don't count Alaska). Voyagers National Park is also a stone's throw away - but bring a boat if you want to see more. The staff is very nice and helpful; the campsite clean. I strongly recommend visiting this place.