The outside sites are the place to be if you can stay for a week (required). We were there for a weekend and our site was almost impossible to get into and was very small. We had to pull ahead into the neighbors site to get in/out. Once we got past the frustration of parking the weekend was a blast. The pools and slides were so much fun and they have a food court with many options so theres no need to leave the pool area to eat. There are 3 areas to swim. One is for toddlers, the middle is a regular pool with diving boards and the last one is the waterslide pool area.
This is about as "middle of nowhere" as you can get in Iowa 🙂! The campground offers both electric RV sites and primitive sites (with an accompanying bathhouse ~500 feet away)
The park offers a couple nice walking paths both forested and prairie. The lake is small, but I'm told has some good fishing.
This campground is just across the river from East Park, a very large part in Mason city. The river flows through the park and there are several, maybe 5 playgrounds in the park. The campground is also next door to the city pool.
We went in looking for the non-electrical side of the park. Drove around and around until we finally realized that part was closed. (It was after hours so there was no one to ask.) We had no option but to take a RV site. We are self contained in a van. The next day we explained we didn't use the electricity. The water was frozen and unusable even if we did want that. No picnic table to use. Paid $44 for their "deluxe" site. There was nothing deluxe about it; the premium price in spite of it supposedly being a Good Sam place. We went here because it was on the Good Sam recommendation. No discounts given because, we were told, they are not "Good Sam." Confirmed they got the rating but then don't have to sign up to give the discounts. I blame Good Sam for allowing this. Might have been ok except that the staff the next day was not friendly or helpful at all. We requested the manager call us. It took her three days to call back and left a message, " I don't know why I'm calling" and hung up. And their WiFI was horribly slow.
This campground is a very busy place. There are tons of options for things to do to keep kids and adults from getting bored. I felt crammed in our site. We were near an area that had many RV groups and tents mixed together. The RVs stayed up partying late at night with loud music. No trees or shrubbery separated our sites for any privacy. We did have fun with activitied during the day. The lake is across the road and many go fishing. The pool is where most people enjoy their time.
We stayed in the group campground for a Cub Scouting event. It's just a bit of a walk from the main campground and opposite of some very beautiful walk-in sites. The group campground has an open space to play games as well as wooded areas all around. There are vault toilets that are well kept. The hiking trails are well taken care of and far enough away from the Hidden Falls the capture the beauty of the state park, but close enough for a group of elementary age kids to manage. The walk-in sites are nested within the trees, far enough away from group sites for privacy but without a long distance to carry gear. The state park itself is only 10 miles away from a neighboring city with ample shopping resources available. Small gas and convenience store within the town of Nerstrand.
Sakatah Lake State Park campground is a lucious, green campground located near Sakatah Lake. There are quite a few sites. Most are private, but they are a bit crammed together in multiple loops so some sites are not so private.
The campground has friendly rangers with great recommendations and is located on a state trail that goes from Mankato to Fairbault. We had a great time from Friday-Sunday hanging out at the campsite, roasting marshmallows, riding bike on the state trail, and hiking around the lake!
Sakatah Lake is quite shallow so late season is at risk of algae bloom - the lake was pea soup green when we got there at the end of August, so go early in the season if you want to get on the water.
Got to this campground late in the evening. Check in was a breeze and easy to find and pull into the site. We had an electric site. Very level and clean. Nice fire pit and located right next to the lake. Only downside was the site was electric only. No option for full hookup but water was located between the sites. Dump station was clean and modern and located close by.
Located by New Ulm, MN this campground has plenty of activities in the park or very near the park. Plenty of hiking trails, playground for the kids, and an amazing sand bottom swimming pond surrounded by sand beach. Golf is also nearby at The New Ulm Country Club which is open to the public. Nice level sites with electric, picnic tables and fire rings.
If you are picking up a camper from Lichtsinn RV in Forest City they offer to let you stay on their lot with electric hookups during your pick up. But, we found it a little more private and less intimidating to set up camp down the road just a few miles at Plot Knob State Park. Nice level sites with electric hook ups, clean restrooms and showers. Gave us the opportunity to unload our car and figure out our new motorhome without feeling like we were being watched. We didn't explore to much but we noticed they have several hiking trails. Very nice and quiet.
We have very much enjoyed our weekends at the Land of Memories Campground. This is a very spacious, clean campground. We camp with children and this has been a very family friendly campground. It has a playground & trails to walk along the Minnesota River. It is a beautiful area. Bathrooms are clean and comfortable.
this is located in the middle of beautiful Minnesota farmlands. the swimming beach leaves much to be desired. lots of kids and families, if that is what you are looking for. it was a very convenient location to a family pig roast, otherwise we would not be here. but, many other people are, and are really enjoying it. so, depends on what you are looking for!
Nice water park area and pool. Has a nice walk they animal area for the kids to look at goats donkey pigs and such. Friendly staff as well.
Nerstrand is a good state park located outside of Fairbault, MN. Nerstrand is wet accommodating to camper with large, slightly wooded sites and nice bathroom facilities. Nertrand is lacking good secluded walking trails. Majority of trails come together into the main trail. The main trail doesn’t have much support especially when it is muddy. They do have a nice waterfall to visit but that is the main attraction.
This state park has pretty secluded campsites. The bathroomd and showers are very clean and nice. They have a little park for kids as well. The hiking was my favorite park. They had great trails through the woods as well as down to the river with a pretty waterfall. The trails were a decent length and pretty! Dogs are welcome on a leash. The only bummer (like several other state parks) is no hammocks allowed due to destruction of tree bark. Other than that it was a nice park!
This campground is quiet - only a handful of sites in a loop. You aren't completely isolated from your neighbors, but it's also not completely wide open. There is a beach, picnic area, and hiking trails. During the week, the office isn't open so it might be helpful to bring your own firewood purchased from nearby. There is no cell service (TMobile) here.
This campground is very well kept and managed with great customer service in the office. My only complaint was how close together the walk-in sites were. There was a convenient parking area for the sites but it was TOO convenient for someone looking for more space and privacy, wanting to hike into something more secluded. It was unfortunate but the grounds were gorgeous and lush, and the lake was quiet and surrounded in cattails. Great weekend getaway.
it’s small but well kept blacktopped camper spots, a shelter house, electric and a dumping station are all available. The kids are not forgotten because there is a nice pond with a beach and jetties for fishing and don’t forget the play equipment. The people are great friendly and fun.