Pulled our new camper here for the weekend. Loved every minute it. Beautiful park and nice campground.
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.
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.
We arrived hours before the office was supposed to close, but the firewood was locked up. After a long hike we got setup in the dark, nearly getting lost on the poorly marked trail. Went back to get some safe move certified firewood. (No good way to transport more than a few bundles on that terrain. Recommend fake logs for longer burning and easy transport.) By the time we got back and setup with a fire and food, we were exhausted. During the day though, it was pretty and tranquil. Didn't hear much from the neighboring sites. If we knew what to expect, it would've been a better start to the trip. We would possibly go again.
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
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.
Reserved the group campsite and had no regrets about the weekend. My only wish was easier water access. To get to the beach was a decent trek but nothing that's impossible. Fairly worn path that winds through the woods. Had a few hikers wander through our campsite but nothing that was extremely annoying. Would definitely reserve again for a large group of campers again.
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
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!
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.
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.
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
This is a well kept and well run campground tucked in between the Mississippi River and the outlet of the Platte River. The emphasis is on RV camping, and a large percentage of the sites are for full season May to October rentals. However there are nightly and weekly rates with both full and partial hookups, and some basic tent sites in a nice location right on the river. Daily and weekly campsite rentals are a bit expensive, however the campground offers many resort amenities that arent part of usual campgrounds such as a full service lodge, large beautiful pool as well as a beach on the river, mini golf, canoes and kayaks, and their specialty: river tubing. The pluses at this location include nice river setting, great amenties, secure family-friendly grounds, and a variety of on site services. The monthly RV site rental is about $800 a month for a bluff side site which might be a nice retreat for families or retirees. The minuses are primarily that the nightly rental is not cheap, especially if you want to tent camp, but fir some folks the amenities might be worthwhile. Summer is peak season if course, it is quieter and cheaper in the fall and spring.
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.
This group site #3 has the most beautiful tall pines on it. It has a soft pine floor great for sleeping but you could also hang your hammocks in this majestic site. Nearby are vault toilets or a little bit farther and there are showers. A water spigot is also close by. The river is near and you can see it but another group camp site is in the way. The sites are close so there is no privacy from the other groups. A risk if you’re doing family camp and your neighbors are on a weekend bender…
There are several campsites on and off the river but this one, campsite 21, has a lovely location that is directly on the river. Easy to access it even has a little beach to launch a kayak or fish from. This site has a raised tent pad but also space for another tent off the pad or your RV. This park is great for families as it has lots of rocks to climb and explore and the potholes are a wonder all ages enjoy.
Group campsite one is a lovely open site right on the St Croix River. This is a walk in site but fairly close to the parking area. Plenty of grassy space to play and set up several tents. If the 5 group sites it is probably the farthest from the vault toilets but still not that far away. The sites are all right next to each other so there is no privacy and no guarantees another group won’t disturb your group at night or vice versa. The park is not very large but what it offers is lovely. In the river side you’ll enjoy rocky trails and the famous potholes and in the hill side you’ll enjoy views from way up high.
While some sites are a little uneven and better suited to RVs than to tents, all sites are spacious and clean. Campground management is helpful and friendly, and even has little fire starting bundles if you're having a rough time getting that fire going. The swim area was cool after a hot day and the beach was gently sloping and smooth.
The campground here is small (37 sites) but nicely situated along the St Croix River. It is also near Route 8 so you will hear road noise. Electric sites on inside of the loop; non with river view. Nice clean restrooms but the over the sink mirrors are for giants! (There is a full length one.) Not sure why they were placed so high! River Trail is nice and the potholes area fun to explore. Camp clubhouse with a stone fireplace and stocked with games and books was a nice addition.
Pros: Wonderful State Park. Great beach access, easy to find. Multiple group sites. Lots of trees great for hammock camping. Neighbors were quiet. Great biking around the grounds for youth.
Cons: We arrived after sundown and in the morning, we realized we wouldnt have picked the site if we would have seen all the problems with it. Broken glass under picnic table, grill on fire pit was broken, one half of the bench is about to give way. Also, toilets were yucky. Bring baby wipes and hand sanitizer!
That being said, I would assume not all sites are like that. Just give it a good look before you setup! We were at Site 30.
Beautiful area. We had to leave the campground and drive around to other areas to reach beaches and lakes. Kayaks, canoes, and paddle boards are available to rent at first come first served at only specified lakes. Some campsites are more open than others. Some are even up on hills. Trails are great as well, I unfortunately didn't leave enough time to do them all.
This park has very nice hiking trails and the interpretive center has a nice video on glaciers. We camped along the river in a very spacious rv site. The only downfall is that the bathroom facilities were very dirty. I did report this to the office when checking out. We brought a 7 year old grandson and hiked many trails. The swimming area was closed because of E. coli from the many geese that were there.