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Beautiful park

Pulled our new camper here for the weekend. Loved every minute it. Beautiful park and nice campground.

lovely in the fall

wooded, private sites, no trouble getting a site midweek in October, nice hiking along the water


We were very impressed with how well the grounds were maintained. One of the best we had seen. We had a back in with full hookups and a fire ring. The park is beautiful and there's a great bike path that goes all the way to the zoo. Downtown Minneapolis is 20-30 min drive away. My only complaint was the fire rings and the neighbor's sewage hookup is close.

Great place

Great campground with some level sites and old school management and enjoyed our stay….. Update, they updated their sites and have made 2 sites where their was one on the what they call the hill all h sites

Best getaway outside of the Twin Cities!

We enjoyed camping at the 300 loop at Willow River State Park. We had a relatively quiet camping experience with polite camping neighbors all around us! Restrooms are located on each side of the loop (one side has vault toilets and the other side has flush). In the center of the grounds, there is a shower building for campers to utilize. The sites in the 200 and 300 loop are heavily wooded with plenty of shade and have a very rustic feeling. The camping in loop 100 looks very open with no shade and no privacy.  I recommend reserving a campsite in loop 300 or 200.

The trails through the woods at the park are a lot fun and offer tons a great nature views. The main draw for the park, Willow Falls is a short 1 mile hike from the 300 loop campground. Heavily hiked trail with 3 different entrances, the falls can become crowded. Avoid this issue by doing the hike on a weekday.

Biking and Relaxing!

This campground was an excellent getaway for my husband and I as well as our two fur-babies. The campground was organized and clean. We felt like we were secluded yet there were so many spots at the campground! The campground offered music and an arcade. Perfect for a rainy weekend. Nearby are bike trails, a winery, and a brewery.

Family friendly

When we went the lake had a blue green algae problem. Other than that it was great and had fun geocaching spots.


Such a quaint town and park!

We spent one night here and booked it for our wedding venue as well! The lake view was spectacular and the park manager, Joanne was so humble! Joanne lives on the grounds so it made for easy access to any answers we needed while camping. We were looking for an outdoor space surrounded by tall trees for our 2020 ceremony and this site hit the sweet spot! There are a number of grassy campsites as well as dirt sites. Bunk cabins are available as well! We stayed right on the edge of the lake and absolutely loved it. So serene!🙌🏾May is the perfect time to go if you’re looking for some peace and quiet away from other campers. This campsite also doesn’t allow cars or generators on any of the camping spots, so be sure to keep that in mind!

Can’t wait to go back!

Love love love

Love this place your site is of the road with a campfire ring n ok water or power in the woods lots of wildlife you can camp for free for 21 days at a time if your a rock hound great place for it got stuck in a ditch last year for the whole weekend not one person came by all weekend lol that's how private it is there

Lots of cool trails

The tent area in William O'Brien State Park has access to water and bathrooms. Canoe rentals are available for the family or bring your own!

The trail on the lower section of the park follows the river and Lake Alice. Along the way you’ll pass a huge boulder that looks very out of place, it was actually left from the ice age. It is a relatively flat trail that is about 2 miles. If it hot, stay on the lower end of the park as it is mostly shady. The stop section of the park also has many hiking options and is very hilly and sunny.

Water access

Full hookups and tent camping available. Bathrooms are very clean. If noise bothers you then this is not the place for you. It is situated directly under hwy 63 bridge. There are also train tracks along the MN side of the river with several trains running during the day and at night. The perks for the campground are the water access and you can walk to the Harbor Bar for some good food.

Holden Campground

Secluded campground located on Silver Birch Lake. This campground is open from mid-April through November. The campground has tent, RV spots, electric, hookups, toilets, and a picnic area. Single boat ramp with water access. Panfish, bass, pike, and catfish can all be caught here.

Love it here!

Grew up coming here and have the pleasure of now bringing my children here! Very well maintained, family friendly, clean updated bathrooms. We love going to SCB!

Perfect family and group Campground

This this is an amazing Campground with two heated pools one up top and one down below they're also campsites located right alongside the river the campground offers tubing disc golf and many other activities when tubing they bring you to the entrance of the river and you float down the river for two and a half to three hours and climb out write at the campground even your own campsite if parked along the river no waiting for a bus after you climb out of the water friendly staff with all utilities at site except for sewage they have a dump station at the entrance of the campground very conveniently located great sights in a very nice location highly recommended for families

Hiking, biking, camping & more

Lebanon hills has everything for the family. Schultz Beach for summer fun. Professional built mtn bike trails for adventure. Camping in Minnesota suburbs. Miles of hiking, horseback riding, cross country ski trails. . perfect for my family's weekend Stay-cation

Nice place to take a fall hike.

It is a relaxing, semi-modern campground. Very nice trails to hike by the river.

Beautiful Waterfalls. Great for hiking and camping!

Willow River State Park no longer has a beach or a lake, but they are working on the dam to refill the lake once again. Willow River falls is definitely a beautiful site to see. Definitely a place to camp if you like to be active and explore the trails. Winter, summer or fall!

Relaxing, Zen, Activity

5 stars. 6 starts when they let go of the dam to refill their lake/beach.

Beautiful waterfall, zen experience, the state park puts on a lot of various activities through out every season. Visitors can also go behind the waterfall - tight squeeze, but worth it.

Camping when I lived on top the hill in Zumbrota!

Tent and rv camping, with a public pool close by, oldest covered bridge in the state, close to town, playground and miles of trails fir skiing, hiking and biking.

One of the few places you can camp in the cities

This is one of the few places that you can camp in twin cities metro. Both car and RV camping is allowed. Some of the tent sites do have power as well. Bathrooms and Showers are centrally located. Firewood is available for purchase. The camp grounds are located near the Lebanon Hills mountain biking area and miles of day hiking trails. Camping is only permitted in this area and it's not open in the winter.

Lebanon hills

An awesome place for a quick day's hike. There is plenty to do here, camping also available here

A southern MN getaway

Beautiful views, not too crowded, nearby waterfall

Afton Beauty

Beautiful views, awesome trails, however lots of mosquitos

Cute and close to waterfall

This campsite was nice. A quick trip from Minneapolis will get you there in a half hour. There are a bunch of hiking trails around the campground.

It’s a KOA,

This is an ok spot for a stop on the way somewhere else. It is a KOA, which is all you need to know. Basic campground with level sites. More space than many other KOA locations. Clean showers and bathroom.

Quiet, secluded, real down-to-earth style camping!

Super quiet& relaxed atmosphere!A cute lil beach for swimming! This campground even has 2 walking/hike-in campsites to give your avid campers a real out-in-the-middle-of-nowhere kind if feel, like you drove hundreds if miles to get away from the hustle and bussle if the city to be in an exclusively secluded camping adventure! Only this campground is just minutes from the major city (Minneapolis)! So it great because u feel like ur on a far away vacation when really if you forgot something, you could run back home if you absolutely needed to! :) this campground also has miles connected trails that lead through prairie lands and to a nature center where you and your kids can learn about the natural surrounding habitats. It really is one of my favorite campgrounds! No showers

Nice campground middle of Minnesota

This is a Nice campground middle of Minnesota. Surprising place in the middle of farm country. Very nice campground and lots of walking trails. Great for leaf peeping.

Family Friendly

Something for everyone - man-made lake with inflatable obstacles, pool, kids activities, wagon rides

Great hiking and kayaking

I stayed in the Copas cabin and had a great time! campsite was private and lots of hiking trails. River and lake access as well for fishing, boating and kayaking.

Well if you need the bathroom...

This site 37, is in a great park but really lacks the details that make for a great campsite. It is completely open, has no privacy as it’s between the entrance and the showers. It is great if you like having that closeness to the bathroom but it feels like it’s just a spot of land they needed to make use of. You also have the RV dumpsite on the other side of you and the garbage dumpsters. Smelled fine while we were there but in the heat of Summer, who knows.