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First time to this park. It’s a nice distance from the cities, not too far. We planned on attending their candlelight ski and decided to camp. The campground was fully reserved but was empty, the low was 10 so people must have bowed out. The campsite was plowed out and had a nice spot for the tent. The sites were far enough apart and it looked like it would be more private when the leaves come in.
The park is huge and beautiful. We snowshoed and skied. I really enjoyed the snowshoe hike along the St Croix River and watched the full moon rise. The ski trails were groomed and there were miles of trails. The candlelight ski was great and the routes were marked with different colored luminaries - for hiking and skiing. We really enjoyed that. Would like to return to explore more of the park.
We stayed here mid-week in August and there were a few campsites available. The sites themselves are spread out, so they feel relatively private for a campground. Each site had a woodchip bed upon which you can pitch your tent, making sleeping here one of our more comfortable camping experiences during our road trip. You can conveniently pay the site reservation fee online, no printing necessary. You do need to remember to separately pay your car entrance fee, also online. The campground had nice, clean bathroom facilities and an impressive recycling system. Only downside is that the sites in our area smelled faintly like an outhouse, which was likely worsened by the recent rain.
This campground is really great, the main downside is that in order to pay the fee you have to drive to City Hall which is about 2 miles away.
There are both group campsites and individual campsites here. From the entrance road, once you see the camping rules sign you will take a right down a dirt road to the individual sites. Otherwise if you keep driving straight past the portage, then you will find the group sites.
When we arrived there was no one else occupying campsites, so you might have the whole place to yourself!
Things to do around the park:
Hiking trails to Wolf Creek Falls
Boating and fishing
Read about the history of this former sandstone quarry site (there's a collection of interesting info boards near the portage)
Rock climbing including the state's best 12a/b!!! Sigma lives up to the hype. More info on the rock climbing in this area: https://www.mountainproject.com/area/105812719/robinson-park
Ice climbing in winter months (but you'd be crazy to camp in MN winters, in my opinion)
Paddle past the Robinson Ice Cave known to be a popular bat habitat
whitewater rapid rafting
Camped HERE JUNE 2017 on Boy Scout trip from Illinois to Ely, MN. Stayed both going and on return trip. CANOED from Earls landing down river 4 hours had one adult chase car pickup canoes down river. TENT camping was free on nicely mowed grass area with several spaced out sites. RESTROOM was reasonable for this type camping better than most. Camp was quite both nights we stayed and campground had a camp host that appeared and spoke to us insuring that was how he expected people to be. I CAN IMAGINE without a host it may be possible to get some rowdy groups in here.
CAMPGROUND was across river from main road and far enough back from connecting road to be very quite.