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Places to Camp near Plainview, MN

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Whether you're an RVer or tent camper, Plainview, MN is a great place to post up for the weekend—or longer. Discover secluded campsites where you can reconnect with nature. Or maybe you like to bring your family and friends along. Either way, there are Plainview campgrounds just for you. Ready to plan your adventure? Check out our campgrounds near Plainview and user-submitted reviews.

Best Camping Sites Near Plainview, MN (119)

  1. Camper-submitted photo from Minneiska Campground — Whitewater State Park

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    Minneiska Campground — Whitewater State Park

    47 Reviews
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    170 Saves
    Elba, Minnesota

    Schools of trout happily swim through the lazy Whitewater River and various spring fed creeks of Whitewater State Park. And while it’s known for its fantastic fishing opportunities, the park also boasts year-round interpretive programs, a modern Visitor Center, and an especially appreciated lack of mosquitos, unique for the region.

    Whitewater is well seasoned, with a number of historical attractions within and nearby. In fact, 2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the park. To commemorate the occasion, local conservationists and naturalists have teamed up to release a special Oral History Project from stories of campers and those native to the region.

    Explorers and adventurers will love this park’s diverse selection of attractions and oddities. Home of the park office and interpretive services, the Whitewater Valley Visitor Center should be your first stop. The friendly Park staff are ready to help you plan your visit and load you up on information, and even loaner equipment such as GPS units, fishing kits, discovery kits for kids, and birding kits. Don’t skip the Discovery Room, which showcases nature displays, exhibits and a spotting area to observe the local bluebirds, cardinals, hawks and bald eagles flying about.

    The vast expanse of outdoor wilderness is really what you’ll want to check out. If you only have time for a quick visit, check out the Chimney Rock Trail for an awesome view of the Whitewater River. Those searching for a more accessible hike can take the Meadow Trail, which drops off right into a grassy valley, surrounded by dramatic Minnesota bluffs. During the hot and humid summers, go unwind at the beach for a refreshing dip in the cold, spring-fed water. Those more interested in history lovers should visit the famous Elba Fire Tower. Built in 1933, this sturdy tower offers cozy 360 degree views of the entire wetland region below. You’ll be especially grateful for the chance to unwind, thanks to the arduous 500-step climb required to ascend to the top.

    Finally, firmly planted atop the land sits Inspiration Point; a beautiful limestone rock outcrop that overlooks the entirety of the Whitewater valley. Known as the most popular attraction within Whitewater State Park, visitors can still discover solace from their troubles. In fact, this is the only overlook in the entire park where there are no signs of civilization anywhere in sight. With just a little imagination, standing atop Inspiration Point on a clear, calm day can make you feel as if you could step down into a deep forested paradise, unspoiled and far from the reach of society.

    Whitewater campground here is plentiful, with every site having full electric hookups and full-through capabilities. The campground features a full range of amenities including regularly placed shower houses with laundry facilities, and a number of group camping areas as well. Furthermore, there are 5 cabins available with various sleeping capabilities.

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    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
  2. Camper-submitted photo from Frontenac State Park

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    Frontenac State Park

    29 Reviews
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    130 Saves
    Frontenac, Minnesota
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    • Reservable
    • RVs
  3. Camper-submitted photo from Perrot State Park

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    Perrot State Park

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    159 Saves
    Trempealeau, Wisconsin

    Sitting pretty right where the Mississippi and Trempealeau rivers meet, Perrot State Park is a true geographic wonder. This 1,270-acre park was once inhabited by the native tribes in the area, who conducted important meetings (amongst other things) atop Trempealeau Mountain. The “mountain” is truthfully considered more of a bluff, as it is cone-shaped and surrounded by water. Trempealeau Mountain, as well as Brady's Bluff Prairie are the two main natural areas that the state park protects.

    Another interesting factoid about this park is that it's located in Wisconsin's Driftless region. The Driftless region is characterized by the lack of glaciation that took place there during the last Ice Age. This makes it one of the few places in the world you can actually see that was left unaffected and uncarved by ancient glaciers. Luckily, the park's main attractions provide stunning views of the surrounding geography.

    As far as recreation, this park offers plenty. There are over 12 miles of hiking trails that are great for mountain biking as well. Many of the trails provide great viewpoints from which hikers can enjoy the beautiful view of the Mississippi River with. Right over on the Trempealeau River is a boat landing where visitors can take their own private canoe or rented kayak out for some time on the water. Fishing equipment is available at the park office, and anglers can enjoy a relaxing afternoon on the shore.

    During the winter, over nine miles of trails are groomed for cross country skiing, as well as snowshoeing and winter hiking. Visitors are urged to take caution as the rivers can be unpredictable and exposed to various ice conditions.

    There are 2 campgrounds available for use at Perrot State Park. One is a family campground that features 102 campsites, 38 of them have electrical hookups. The other one features 4 walk-in campsites with water access. Both campgrounds offer easy access to trails and other attractions of the park.

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    • Reservable
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  4. Camper-submitted photo from Carley State Park
  5. Camper-submitted photo from Merrick State Park

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    Merrick State Park

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    39 Saves
    Fountain City, Wisconsin

    Merrick State Park is located on the beautiful backwaters of the Mississippi River. All island campground sites and some sites in the south campground have river access for mooring watercraft or fishing directly from the sites. There are 3 miles of hiking trails, and two boat landings provide easy launching for boats of all sizes. Canoes and kayaks can be rented at the office in season.

    There are 65 individual campsites in three campgrounds and a 50-person group tents-only campsite at Merrick State Park. Large rocks have been set along the shore to halt erosion and protect campsites. Do not move these rocks. Registered campers may moor boats overnight at each campground. There are dumpsters, a recycling station, and a trailer dump station near the contact station at the park entrance.

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    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
  6. Camper-submitted photo from Lazy D Campground and Trail Rides
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    Aefintyr

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    Elba, Minnesota

    Aefintyr campground is located in the scenic woods of the Whitewater River Valley in the Driftless Area of Southeastern Minnesota. We offer beautiful blufftop hike-in camping and glamping and cozy treehouse inspired camper cabins. The hike-in camp/glamp sites offer a backpacking like experience (1460 ft hike with a 230 ft elevation gain) and are great for people who like to get some exercise and want to immerse themselves in a woodland setting. Perfect relaxation destination or home base for your Whitewater Valley adventures. Aefintyr is a small operation that values peace, quiet and quality over quantity. Get away from crowds and get into the woods! Onsite, enjoy a campfire, stargazing, hiking and observing the amazing animals, plants and fungi.

    Nearby recreation opportunities include:

    Within 2 miles of Whitewater State Park, the Elba Fire Tower, Whitewater State Wildlife Management Area (hunting, trout fishing, hiking, wildlife viewing) and the Whitewater River State Water Trail (canoe/kayak/tube). There is a gas station (bait and fishing supplies, convenience store items), 2 bars and a restaurant within a mile in the town of Elba. Whitewater Wines Winery is also just a few miles up the road!

    Shared amenities:

    Bathhouse with individual rooms, with a hot shower, vanity and composting toilet

    Outhouse with composting toilet on top of the bluff within 400 feet of each campsite

    Fire pit with Cooking Grill and several chairs (in the community area on the blufftop)

    Propane Gas Grill (in the community area on the blufftop)

    Propane Gas Grill (at base of the hill by the bathhouse)

    10' x 20' gathering tent with comfy outdoor furniture

    10' x 20' tent with 3 wooden tables (4' x 4') and wicker bar

    Stargazing area

    Cell service: varies depending on carrier, AT&T typically works well, Verizon works intermittently, and T-mobile doesn't have a good signal.

    Wi-fi: Available at the bathhouse

    **Parking: **Parking lot near entrance to the campground, 2 vehicle limit per site, no vehicles larger than a full-size truck, no trailers

    **Host accessibility: **Available 24/7/365 via phone and email/messaging, frequently on site

    Security: campground is under video surveillance

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    • Reservable
    • Tents
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    $29 - $139 / night

  8. Camper-submitted photo from Eagle Cliff Campground and Lodging

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    Eagle Cliff Campground and Lodging

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    91 Saves
    Lanesboro, Minnesota

    Located just three miles east of Lanesboro, Minnesota, Eagle Cliff Campground & Lodging offers something for everyone. Accommodations include riverfront tent sites, electric-only sites, water-electric sites and full hookup sites and a five-room motel on site. Eagle Cliff offers group camping, a picnic area, private canoe launch and wonderfully-clean central restrooms.

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    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $30 - $46 / night

  9. Camper-submitted photo from Chester Woods Park

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    Chester Woods Park

    5 Reviews
    18 Photos
    44 Saves
    Eyota, Minnesota
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    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
  10. Camper-submitted photo from Hok-Si-La City Park & Campground

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    Hok-Si-La City Park & Campground

    7 Reviews
    30 Photos
    44 Saves
    Lake City, Minnesota

    Tent only campground.

    • Pets
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    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • Tents

    $22 - $132 / night


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