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A relaxing experience in quiet and seclusion.

About a 25 minute drive west of Grand Rapids, MN, Schoolcraft State Park is a less-often visited park that makes up for its lack of hiking trails and in-park amenities with cozy, quiet charm.

The park does not have a visitor center, but it does have a small shelter near the entrance of the park which houses a box with maps and self-registration envelopes. It also has bundles of wood for $6.

We are visiting during Labor Day weekend and there are still sites available. I think next time we visit this park we will skip the $7 online registration fee and just take whatever site is available because this campground just doesn’t fill up.

There is one hiking loop around the entirety of the park that very easy, but it is a beautiful walk through peaceful red pine forest.

The campsites are semi-wooded and private with fire pits equipped with grates and picnic tables.

Overall, the park is quiet and peaceful. Just right for a camper who likes to relax at camp.

Pleasant little state park

Campsite provided what we needed for the night we stayed. Had enough hiking trails for a day to a day and a half of hiking.

Fun family destination

Had a great time. Kids loved the heated pool and tether ball! We all had a great time riding 4 wheelers on the Spider Lake trails a few miles away. Great sites, great time!

Nice place

It’s a nice little campground on the Mississippi River. It’s busy during the day but it’s quiet at nite all have electric, fire ring, picnic tables. Nice bathrooms and shower (1mens and 1 women’s) flushing toilets. Central located water spigot for drinking also a dump station with water. Now the bad if the wind is blowing wrong you smell the waste water treatment plant next door. It’s not super overpowering but you notice it. We will be back it’s so peaceful here.

Nice campground by the lake

This was a nice campground with large spots and mostly private. We stayed in site 29 with electric and it was large but the only down fall is the firewood for purchase is next to the site, so there is a bit more foot traffic walking by. The boat ramp was nice and a short walk over the dam from the campground. There is plenty of boat trailer parking but it did fill up on a Saturday.

Large campground on the lake

This was a large campground with lots of sites, they have a mix of electric and non electric sites. We stayed in 106 with electric, this was a large site the backed up to the road but it was fairly woods so the road didn’t bother us. This has 2 boat ramps and a fishing pier. You can beach your boat but the spots can fill up pretty fast

Right on the water

We were in spot 12 and it was right on the water. The spots are very small and no privacy between the sites but having a water view made up for it and you can park your boat on the dock in front of your spot. We stayed in a 21ft travel trailer and it fit in the spot just fine but if you have anything bigger, you might have a hard time getting in and out of the spot.

Primitive

This campground is in Paul Bunyan State Forest. First come, first serve. No ATVs are allowed, perfect if you have young kids on bikes. There are no hook ups at all. Must have a generator for power. Water is available but not at every site. Pets are allowed. Outside toilets are clean. This is a quiet camp ground. The site includes a table and fire ring. There is no place to dock your boat over night. Keep in mind these sites are only $14 a night. There is a host but no security. There are signs up warning about bears.

Great place for families

We camp here every summer. It’s very clean. There’s camping for Tents, trailers and motor homes. Plenty of activities for kids. They have a swimming beach, pool, play ground, game room, it’s safe for kids to ride their bikes. Very well managed and friendly. Bathrooms are clean and there’s a laundry room.

Red Rider Resort

We stayed at tent site #1. It was very clean and the layout was nice for 2 tents. The bathroom / shower house were very clean. Everything was new or very well maintained.

Love love love

Have been going to this campground every summer since I was very little. Many amenities, very friendly and helpful staff. My absolute favorite!!!

Great setting for fishing & camping

Beautiful campground with spacious, wooded sites. We camped here with our sons 9 & 11 and there wasn’t a minute of the day they weren’t exploring! The small, sandy beach is clean and provides a large swimming area. The boat ramp is convenient and easy to use, also free. There’s a tie up point right at the campground that has room for 4 boats. The rock jetty provides an area for shore fishing. Great fishing on Leech Lake. Showers and bathrooms (flushable ones) were the cleanest I have seen in a federal campground. Only reason I have I four stars was because we were plagued by biting flies. It became unbearable at times so we would go to the town of Walker and walk around to escape the insects. We had no luck with any one spray that worked to keep them away. However, can’t wait to go back.

Army corps of engineers campground

Large campground with many campsites.  Some offer electric.  Campers can expect to be cramped end over end like sardines.  The lake is nice and offers a boat ramp.  It is a clean lake but does have zebra mussels.  Nice walk around the campsite.  There is a dam with a nice fishing pier.  Located right in town with amenities if needed.  Nice car camping location.

Very clean and nice campground

Was very impressed by the facilities. Super clean and very nice. Overall quiet it’s nice with fishing and the River right there. Only downfall is noise from trains and traffic on Hwy 2

Convenient Camping

Large, wooded sights. Clean & well kept. Small sand beach with a playground and pavilion. You can fish from a fishing dock by the dam. This is set right in the town so you do hear road traffic which takes away from the seclusion feeling that most desire when camping. However, it’s short walk to convenience stores and several restaurants. This is a great place for beginning campers, especially with children. Paved roads good for scooters & bikes. Also convenient for stop overs while traveling with easy road access.

Nice smaller State Park

Crow Wing State Park is a good choice if you are looking for something close to the Twin Cities metro area in Minnesota. with this park being just under two hours away from the Twin Cities metro area it’s an easy choice for a nice weekend getaway. If you’re looking to stay for a long extended time it’s also a good choice as it offers electric and water. The electric sites are pretty open and close together so if you like to be secluded and not see other campers from your campsite I wouldn’t use this park. The electric sites are really on top of each other and don't feel like you are camping to me. The non-electric sites are pretty nice and secluded from each other which would make this park a park I would bring my tent to instead of my travel trailer. There is also a group camp That is separate from the main camping area.

The park office offers ice and firewood for sale. Firewood is 6$ a bundle at the park office. The only firewood you can use is the approved firewood in the local area or scrap lumber. See the Minnesota Firewood law.  Canoe rentals are offered at the park office for $15 for a half-day and $25 for a full day. There is also a water fill station and a dump station for your travel trailer or RV. This is a good park for hiking and exploring. 

If you wanna stay close to the Twin Cities metro area this is a good park for you!

Nice Campground

Bring bug spray! LL rec area is a large campground best suited for fishing trips. I missed that there is no swimming available and my kids weren’t happy with me. This is on a river and is not suitable for swimming. There is a nice large play area for the kids and the roads around the campground are good for biking. We rained out one day so drove to Grand Rapids for a movie and stopped at Tioga Beach in Cohasset(well worth the trip) on the way back. This is very well maintained but there is very little to do outside of the campground without traveling 45 minutes in either direction.

Bring certified wood along as you don’t want to buy it from the local outfitter/guide service (trust me).

Short but sweet stay

We booked the leech lake recreation area about a week out from the actual camping date and there was plenty availability during the couple days leading up to the fourth.

Check in is kind of annoying as you can only check in between certain hours of the day. We were unable to check in when we arrived and had a full day planned the following day. They give you two hour intervals to check in.

We arrived later in the evening due to work schedules and were greeted by an amazingly level site. The only complaint we had about the site was the fire pit was dug down and didn’t allow good airflow causing our fire to go out.

Facilities were amazing. They had a “comfort station” which had free laundry area along with bathrooms and showers along with shovels and rakes.

There was an amazing area to play games such as shuffleboard, teather ball and basketball. Park for the kids to play at which was very nice.

The park also has its own boat launch that you can use and a mooring area for boats. There was an amazing fish cleaning shack that was fully equipped with a grinder for the guts and cleaning area for all your knives and fish.

Dump area was also very nice and clean and it seemed as though the whole park was up keeped very well. The campground was run by army corps of engineers and volunteers and it was by far the cleanest campground.

Overall I would stay at this campground again in the future.

Short but sweet stay

We booked the leech lake recreation area about a week out from the actual camping date and there was plenty availability during the couple days leading up to the fourth.

Check in is kind of annoying as you can only check in between certain hours of the day. We were unable to check in when we arrived and had a full day planned the following day. They give you two hour intervals to check in.

We arrived later in the evening due to work schedules and were greeted by an amazingly level site. The only complaint we had about the site was the fire pit was dug down and didn’t allow good airflow causing our fire to go out.

Facilities were amazing. They had a “comfort station” which had free laundry area along with bathrooms and showers along with shovels and rakes.

There was an amazing area to play games such as shuffleboard, teather ball and basketball. Park for the kids to play at which was very nice.

The park also has its own boat launch that you can use and a mooring area for boats. There was an amazing fish cleaning shack that was fully equipped with a grinder for the guts and cleaning area for all your knives and fish.

Dump area was also very nice and clean and it seemed as though the whole park was up keeped very well. The campground was run by army corps of engineers and volunteers and it was by far the cleanest campground.

Overall I would stay at this campground again in the future.

Tent site review

Have stayed at True North’s tent sites quite a few times and this is another great option in the area. The site here was nice and wooded. Definitely a bit more private than other Cuyuna options. MTB access to the Yawkey section was nice and will be even better after more trail is added to the zone. Was great to have a community kitchen in the main bath house to clean the dirty dishes from camp and the bathrooms/shower were also very nice. My kids had fun fishing for panfish off there dock and although we never made it, they have a swimming beach that as a bit down the MTB access trail.

Great place for fun and outdoors

I had a fun time on this lake. Really close to the shores of leach lake which is good for fishing

Great lake

Great campground on an even better lake

Family owned & operated

Peaceful and serene, at the end of the road. Family camping RV sites have playground right there. Paddle Boats available and swimming beach. Right on the lake so kids spent a lot of time in the lake and on the lake fishing. Shower house has bathroom and washer & dryer.

Awesome and extremely clean and quiet

While at Leech Lake Recreation Area we stayed in site number 33 which was the electric site with our 30 foot Jayco Eagle travel trailer. There was enough room in the site for a travel trailer truck and probably another tent or screen tent. The other sites were close but not too close. if another travel trailer or RV pulled in it would block our view from their fire ring. The pad was all dirt and you can only set up on the dirt and not on the grass around it. The trees around the site were perfect for hammocks, we hung three of our Kammok brand hammocks. Our only complaint about the site was that the fire pit was dug down into the ground making it kind of unsafe if you had children and the fires didn’t stay lit very well because there was no oxygen going underneath them, so you’re constantly fanning it which was annoying because we cook with cast-iron over the fire for every meal.

We were able to go and take a walk to the lake which is super short walk from pretty much any of the sites but really close from our site. The sunset over the lake were stunning and a loon hung around the dock while we fished.

We took a lot of bike rides around the campground looking at each site and going to the park which was absolutely amazing for the kids. They had basketball courts, a huge playground that was amazing quality, shuffleboard, volleyball, badminton, and a picnic shelter that you could rent out with the cooking area inside the picnic shelter. There are pit toilets and bathrooms close to the playground so that isn’t an issue with little ones. The playground area is a great place to hang out with adults and children.

We took a bike ride to the tent sites as well and found that there are pretty close together and right next to a main road that was kind of noisy. They would probably be good if you got all four at once with a group of people. The dump station for the RVs was right next to the tent sites to which would probably be annoying to see all the RVs on a busy day dumping at the same time.

The federal Dan was a magnificent sight but it was pretty hard to fish around that area without a boat going on the leech lake because of the fast-moving water. They’re also wasn’t an area to swim because it would be unsafe which is kind of a bummer but the playground made up for it.

The park is run by the Army Corps of Engineers volunteers and they were super friendly and kept everything clean and sanitary which was amazing. There was even Washers and dryer’s to do laundry for free and amazing shower facilities that they called comfort stations. Everything was borrow on the loan and bring back which included all of the equipment at the park like basketballs badminton shuffle board stuff and rakes shovels and stuff to clean up your campsite.

All in all this would be a park that we would definitely come back to you and spend a week and possibly have a group of people with kids because it’s a super cool friendly kid park.

Stunning yurts and unbelievable clear lakes

For someone who likes to do it all Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area is the place to be!!!

From Rv Camping and tent camping to amazing secluded Yurts on a trout pond there are more than enough options to camp and stay.

The campground itself isn’t anything to rave about, and is mostly open and pretty close together but the yurts, those are a different story!

The yurts are set on a beautiful only mine pit that is stocked with all kinds of trout. The have a wood burning stove, bunk beds, table, chairs, bear locker, fire ring and picnic table. There is a pergola style shelter with a full roof for outdoor cooking.

The view of the trout pond is absolutely stunning and fishing isn’t bad either if you know how to fish trout. There is a shop in town that will deliver kayaks and pick them up when you are done for a small fee, like 50$ for the day?

The old mine pits around and in the park are pristine and literally crystal clear! You can see hundreds of feet down through crystal clear water making it an amazing place to canoe and kayak.

If you are into mountain biking, this is definitely the park for you! Some of the best mountain biking red dirt trails are located in this recreation area! Shops in town rent bikes too! The views from the trails are breathtaking!

Overall, one of my favorite places to hike, bike, camp and, paddle!

Short, but awesome!

Our reservation was for June 28-July2, but ended up coming home yesterday due to my father getting ill. Although our stay was not as long as planned, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves! The resort is small, something we appreciate, but offers enough for my 84 yr old father to my 3 yr old granddaughter. Ron and Lois are amazing, and I promised them I would return to their charming resort.

Nice spot on the lake

A nice surprise We had site #50 in Lakeview Campground, this site is located on the rise and had nice breezes, close to showers, lake and playground.

Town of Isle is very close by along with other small towns dotted around the lake. Casino within 30 minutes.

Nice campground

Nice campground with very clean bathrooms. The new owners are very nice but all over your business every step along the way. The microscope on every one of your moves is exhausting.

Great place

Great campground. Very clean and nice. Good fishing, nice lake and and good staff.

Decent place for the price

We had a decent time at this campground. The seasonal sites are much nicer than the regular ones. We kept catching smells from the septic throughout the weekend. There is also a pretty decent hill you have to go down to get to your site so if you’re nervous or new to pulling a camper just be aware. Other than that it was a decent time.