Janet R.
Bemidji, MN
Joined November 2017
Biogeographer, explorer, adventurer
Basic RV park outside Duluth

This is a small, well kept but basic private campground mostly for RVs but it does have some tent sites. The website advertises its location as “minutes from Duluth” but that would be a hood 15 minutes to the outer limits, a good half hour to the harbor. It isnt on a lake or in the woods, doesnt have a view of Lake Superior, isnt near a state park, and is right on a major intersection of two highways. I dont think it is meant as a northwoods vacation destination per se, but it is located adjacent to a rodeo and horse center so I would guess it is best for lodging close to whatever horsey events are happening next door. Since it isnt far from the Duluth airport and the airport has no hotels by it, perhaps this would be a decent place to stay overnight before an early morning departure, if needed. In sum, a well maintained but basic place to camp that might be a good location for select purposes. Daily, weekly, monthly and seasonal rates.

Campground environs affected by recent storms

This is a typical rustic state forest campground located on a couple of lakes with a great fishing reputation. Though each campsite is pretty large and new picnic tables have been installed, the campground overall is in a bit rough shape due to passing storms in recent years that have caused a lot if tree fall. Not only is most if the campground missing a forest canopy due to loss of trees, the campground itself is a bit scruffy due to ongoing maintenance, and the surrounding locale seems to still have a lot of logging going on as part of the clean up. So, this might be a bit of a drawback for some folks. It is a quiet rustic location though, and for fishermen the two lakes on either side are great. There is also an extensive ATV trail network that runs through the area for those who like exploring on ATVs, so that would be a plus for some folks but a drawback for others

Tribal park not open to the public!

This location appears to be the Waverly campground on the map, but it is actually thecprivate tribal park called Bekwidnee which is reserved only for use by members of the Bad River Indian reservation, or others who have obtained permission and local guides. Please respect tribal policy and the posted no trespassing signs!

Access to Ashland

For folks with RVs who want a camping spot close to the city of Ashland, this is a convenient spot close to the lake. NOTE however that reserving a campsite solely for tent camping is prohibited! Tents are only allowed at sites where the main occupants is an RV and tents for kids or extra guests are allowed. The park is well maintained and family oriented, with all the amenities RVers might want, and it is located right between a bay on the lake and the city center. Ashland itself has a lot to offer, as does the whole area with its fruit orchards, artisan studios, outdoor recreation opportunities, local festivals and more. Stop off at the Ashland-Great Lakes Visitor Center west of town to get the scoop on all the activities and exploring you can do https://www.nglvc.org The downside to this campground is a lack of trees and privacy between sites, which doesnt appeal to me, and the fact that a major construction project is currently going on adjacent to the park, so be prepared for the unsightliness of the worksite along with noise during regular working hours. The park is a great launchpoint for boating and kayaking though (you can bring your own or rent locally) and the water access and public landing is great. For folks who bring their dogs but occasionally want to do local events without Fido, there are some nice local dogsitters available through Rover.com, one I highly recommend is Judy who is located near the campground and often dogsits while folks go out on an afternoon kayaking or to a concert or something. So, this is a good all around spot to camp at with RV’s if exploring Ashland and vicinity

Ideal for canoe campi g or fishing

This is a small state forest campground adjacent to the beautiful and wild Brule River of northern Wisconsin. There are drive-in sites for both tenters and folks with small RVs, but be advised there are no hook-ups. The sites are large, well spaced, and rustic, with basic latrines and a communal water pump. The campground is fairly small and fairly remote, however the garbage receptacles were overflowing so clearly staff arent visiting very often and there wasnt evidence of a campground host so I would be a bit concerned about supervision of the campground if I was camping alone, hence I docked my review by one star. That being said, the pros are many, especially for those wanting access to this special river. There are trails up and down the river, for shore casting, and access to the shallows ir bridge fishing as well, and the fishing is equally good for angling or fly fishing. The very best aspect of this campground is its selection of paddle-in or hike-in campsites along the river, large campsites nestled in tall forest pines that could accomodate fishing or canoeing groups. The canoe landing is nicely developed and has easy access, and there are great canoe racks adjacent to the landing as well. This landing is an easy days paddle from a put-in at the outfitter to the south on Highway 2, and an easy paddle from here to the next stops on the Brule River Water Trail, so you could easily plan a nice multi day canoe trip even if you didnt have your own gear. As far as a water trail with canoe campsites go, thus is one of the best II’ve seen!

Not a campground

This listing is a duplicate for the Warba American Legion campground. There is no campground in Warba center, the actual campground is just to the west on Hwy 2, see correct listing and review for Warba Legion Campground

Ranger station but not a campground

This is a great spot to stop for info on the National Forest, recreation maps, and tips on good camping sites etc, but aside from being a Ranger Station and info center there is NO CAMPING at this location

Thoreau never had it so good!

What a privilege it was to spend a night here! I had been out of town and away from home the previous week, so decided I would stop here on the long drive home in order to break up my trip. It wasn't just good stopover, though, but turned into  a great mini-retreat to restore body, mind and spirit. 

This listing for the Creekwood Cabin is a new listing on the “Hipcamp” website, which is like Airbnb for private campgrounds, campsites, camper cabins, etc, that are located on privately owned  properties like farms and vineyards. The Theisens, Todd and Sarah, are the stewards of this beautiful farm which is focused on organic, sustainable and restorative land practices on acreage that is a scenic mix of prairie, forest, wetlands, and rolling hills. They have free range cows, pigs and chickens who roam the farm freely and who are pretty happy campers themselves, it seems! 

The Theisens also have a traditional woodcraft and wood products business using sustainable harvest of hardwoods on their land, turning downed trees into planks for hardwood flooring, wall panelling, countertops and other artisanal woodwork for area homes. They also craft more practical items, for example currently in production when I was there were several outhouses to be used at the future tent campsites they are setting up in various wooded groves on their farm, and also  in the works is  the production of several tiny homes that will serve as camper cabins on their farm. Any leftover treewood not used in their products is either chipped and used as woodchips for the miles of walking trails they are setting up on hill and dale all over the property, and for sawdust for their composting toilets for their guest facilities. As of yet, the tent campsites and tiny house camper cabins are still being constructed and are a “work in progress”, but given what I saw will be really wonderful when finished.

I had the wonderful opportunity to stay in their recently opened Creek Wood Cabin, which is an amazing showcase of both their hospitality and their best artisan woodwork.  This cabin is set in a shady grove of mature trees on a hill overlooking a peaceful pond and marsh. I was serenaded all night by frogs and owls and more. The cabin is constructed with all local materials, including of course woodwork from their own trees. The cabin has a full working kitchen including microwave, stove, fridge and sink, so you can bring and store all you need for your own meal prep. There is one open bedroom with a comfy double bed on the main floor, and two more double beds in the sunny loft above. The sitting area is complete with two rocking chairs and a library of amazing books related to sustainable living, simplicity, camping, and various topics to restore the spirit. There are large sunny windows on all walls which makes the cabin sunny and cheerful and makes the interior woodwork glow with warmth. There is a wood stove and a well stocked wood box, but there is also electric baseboard heat if needed. Contrary to the original description in their listing, there is now  running water in the cabin, with an on-demand water heater, so yes, hot showers and plenty of water for drinking and cooking. However, note that  the toilet is an efficient low -mpact composting toilet so be prepared to "flush with sawdust" instead of water when using the facilities! Next to the cabin is a heavenly sauna that is set up for either dry or steam saunas. I loved having a sauna before bedtime and then sleeping soundly til the rooster crowed at sunrise. 

When I had arrived the night before, Todd took me out in his RTV to tour the whole farm to see all the animals and the farming and woodworking operations, and also showed me all the trails I could go on. So, when the rooster called me forth the next morning I knew just where to go for my morning walk. When I returned, I read for a while and journaled for a while til Sarah showed up at the cabin door with a basket containing my piping hot breakfast complete with fresh scrambled eggs from their henhouse!. After breakfast, I visited the cows and their calves in their peaceful meadow, including one calf who was pals with the Bernese mountain dogs of the farm and preferred to frolic with the dogs rather than the other calves! Then more resting, writing and relaxing in the cozy cabin before continuing in my way.

I would have to recommend this cabin stay as one if the loveliest I have experienced, and I know I will be back for more! In summer, guests would enjoy being on the farm itself and learning all the Theisens share about simple low impact living and sustainable farming and restorative land management. If staying here you could also visit like-minded facilities such as the organic gardens or art studios of the nearby College of St Benedict, or the solar farm or Arboretum and restored prairie at nearby St Johns University. St Johns and St Bens also have myriad hiking trails and places for meditation both indoors and out. Guests of the cabin can easily access both campuses just minutes away by car or bike, with additional biking further afield on the nearby Lake Woebegone state bike trail. During the school year there are myriad cultural activities on both campuses that cabin guests could take advantage of, and a winter time stay would also be lovely with the chance for snowshoeing or cross country skiing on the farm itself or in the area, as well as the chance to just rest, read, write and restore in the peace and quiet and coziness if the cabin. It would be the kind of retreat that Thoreau himself would heartily recommend, but Thoreau never had it this good in his own cabin! Come check it out for yourself, or come for the tent camping or tiny house experience as soon as those options are ready!

Great for bikers and more!

This is a typical small town municipal campground that is part of the city park. The main community ball park is located here, along with several playgrounds, volleyball fields, picnic shelters, and a Veterans memorial. There are several camspites with hookups that are very suitable for RV's, and also a tenting area. While not a place to go for a camping vacation destination in and of itself, it would be a great place to stay if visiting the area, attending local events such as the Lake Woebegone Marathon or local fairs etc. However, it happens to be adjacent to an official trailhead of the SooLine spur of the Lake Woebegone Bike Trail, and as such is an awesome place to overnight if on a multi day bike or hike trek on the trail! many people do day trips on this beautiful trail, but having a really nicely set up overnight camping stop for cyclists and hikers makes longer trips possible, which is really great. There is a modern, well kept bathroom facility in the campground and another right at the trail head, and the main street in town in adjacent to the campground so cyclists can easily get to cafes, hardware store, get groceries, whatever. One of the most beautiful covered bridges in Minnesota is also on the bike path over the river adjacent to the campground. A major shout out regarding the local bike rental place in town: if you are an elder or in anyway disabled, they have bike-peddled surreys that seat 2, 4 or 6 people, and the RENTAL IS FREE to groups peddling together with a friend or family member who is disabled or can not bike on their own due to illness, handicap, or age. This is an awesome, awesome policy! So, lots of good reasons to take advantage of the camping opportunity offered in this small, pretty, friendly small town!

Great example of a northwoods camping resort!

I am a tent camper and usually prefer primitive wilderness camping, thus I dont usually consider staying at RV campgrounds or resort type campgrounds. This place would have to be an exception if you wanted a really comfortable camping opportunity on a really beautiful lake! Located not far outside the quaint town of Park Rapids, and great for a variety if day trips to state parks and in state bike and water trails, the campground and the lake it is on is a pleasant destination in and of itself. Most folks are here with RV’s, but there are also camper cabins for glamping, and several tent-only sites that are large and wooded and in great locations near the lake and other campground recreational facilities like the lodge, the beach, the pool, and the game barn. The grounds are heavily wooded and beautifully maintained, the atmosphere is very family friendly, and the lake is great for swimming, fishing and boating. Lots of “resort amenities” without the resort prices, and campers have free access to a fleet if canoes and kayaks. Weekly, monthly and seasonal rates, plus many perennials store their boats and RVs here over the winter. Highly recommended for a northwoods retreat for all kinds of campers!

Now a private basecamp

This was previously one of many canoe campsites on the Crow Wing River water trail, formerly maintained by Huntersville Townsite. However, the campground was purchased by the private Huntersville Canoe Outfitters and is now their private basecamp, so no one can canoe here unless they are signed up for one of the private guided canoe trips offered by the Outfitters. Though the old Huntersville Township park sign is still standing at the entrance, a new sign has been posted near it stating it is now called Cynthia’s Campground. This is confusing; you would think it is still a public campsite for canoers on the WaterTrail, but it is actually off limits to the public. The owners are maintaining the campground with pride and it is certainly in better condition now than the other canoe campsites along the river, for which I might have given a 4 star rating, and reviews on the Outfitter website show that folks enjoy their guided trips with the outfitter. However, it is disappointing that canoe campers on their own are prohibited from staying here or even stopping, even though the site had been originally developed for and designated as an official Water Trail canoe campsite, hence my lower rating due to the exclusivity. If you want to arrange a guided trip with them, their website is: http://www.huntersvillecanoeoutfitters.com

Canoe campsite on the Crow Wing

This is yet another canoe campsite and canoe launch on the state—designated Crow Wing River Water Trail https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/watertrails/crowwingriver/index.html This is a good paddle-in stop or primitive camping destination. Though some if the campsite picnic tables have seen better days, the campsites themselves are in good shape, as is the canoe landing. The outhouses are decent and seem relatively new. Plenty of firewood provided. Scenic location and vistas along the river

Canoe Landing on the Crow Wing River

This is yet another canoe campsite and canoe launch on the Crow Wing River Water Trail: https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/watertrails/crowwingriver/index.html it is an easy 6 mile paddle to the next campsite downstream. The campsite is rustic, and the canoe launch a bit muddy, but the campsites themselves are large and the pit toulets in good shape. Although there is a dirt road access, in dry weather you could get an RV into the campground if you dont mind no hookups. It would be a good place to stay before launching a canoe trip. Plenty of fire wood provided as part of your campsite fee

Primitive camping on the Crow Wing Water Trail

This is one of several primitive campsites located along the Crow Wing River. Note: though the site may have been known previously as Little Round Hill campground on old maps, it is currently called Little White Dog campground as noted on campground signage and on the State Water Trail map. You can drive in or paddle in. Although the site needs a bit of maintanence, there seems to have been a bit less wear and tear in the site than Bullards Bluff further south, and perhaps its because of being more remote from the town of Wadena and perhaps less likely to be a destination for partiers. Plenty of wood is supplied, campsites are large and in a scenic setting, and the boat launch is in great shape. Picnic tables are in a bit rough condition, fire rings and pit toilets are decent shape. It is nice to have primitive camping opportunities along a designated canoe Water Trail, I just wish the maintenance of the campground was if higher priority to state and local officials

Crow Wing river campsite

This is the kind of location primitive campers might enjoy, and it is great that there are canoe launch sites and reasonably spaced Paddle-in campsites nearby along the river for canoe campers making a trip. So, bravo to the county for making that possible! However, though there are picnic tables and outhouses at the campground, maintanence is needed and appears to be a bit lacking. The site is remote but accessible on back roads which has pluses and minuses—and given the warning signs posted, there have been problems here with partiers and people shooting off firearms etc. So I would be a bit concerned about safety if camping alone, but a group on a canoe trip might enjoy stopping here for an overnight

Top marks for family camping

This is a nice quiet family oriented campground tucked into Wadena’s expansive and beautiful city park. There are nice wooded campsites for tenters and RVers, even some really nice camper cabins at very low prices. Beautifully maintained, with lots of trails and recreational activities spread throughout the park. This would be a great camping destination for families with young children, or folks in town for community events, or a really great base for cyclists or hikers who want to make day trips on the beautiful Leafy RIver Trail that runs right through the park

Decent wayside campground

This is a small well maintained campground in a small town community park. The camping prices are inexpensive and the facilities clean and well kept. Picnics, reunions and other community events like pig races can be held in the park, so this might be your local camping opportunity if attending local events. Other activities you could do in the area would be to trek on the local ATV trail, canoe on local streams and rivers, or visit the adjacent Amish community. A decent and inexpensive waypoint if travelling through the area. However, the campground is immediately adjacent to the main road which is a county and state highway, so the noise and traffic is a draw back.

Sweet little city park

This is a nice community campground tucked away into the city park of the small town of Clarissa. While it might not be a vacation destination for most campers, it would be a really great place to hold a family reunion or similar local camping event. As a Scout leader, I think this would be an ideal place to introduce young campers to camping. The park isnt huge, but it is very scenic, has a great playground and picnic area and ball fields, and has a scenic walkway with foot bridges on a switchback trail along a pretty meandering stream. The park is clearly a centerpiece of the community, and would be a nice waypoint for tenters or RV campers travelling through the area

Family friendly local campground

This is a quiet and fairly small but impeccably maintained campground located near the town of Long Prairie. It would be a nice family friendly destination for an easy lical get away. There are weekly, monthly and seasonal site rentals with RV hookups, plus they do have a fully furnished on-site RV available to rent for those who dont have their own. The owners clearly take pride in maintaining the campground and in building a friendly camp community for families

Forest meets prairie

This state park uniquely showcases an ecologic transition zone between hardwood forest, savannah, and prairie. There are also local history connections. As a bird watcher, I was very excited to see birds here that I dont usually see at home in northern Minnesota, and to learn a bit more about glaciation in this area and about prairie and savannah habitats. The park has self guided hikes, educational nature programs, and learning kits for birding and more that you can check out at the ranger station. The lakeshore is pretty, and the lakeside campground is green and leafy with mature trees but the campsites are very close together, and the beachfront and bath house are currently closed for renovation which puts a damper on waterfront activities. Away from the lake is another campground in the oak savanna section of the park, and this campground seems quieter with more spacious sites, although they are more open. The park’s camper cabins are located here and are in a very pretty setting tucked into a little hill, though a bit of a walk to the bathrooms and showerhouse. At both campgrounds there are nice ADA sites which are level, spacious and accessible, and also close to the bathrooms. I was at a conference in nearby Willmar, and this park is a good alternative for lodging if you need to be in the area. If you are really into learning more about prairies and local glacial geology, the nearby Prairie Environmental Learning Center is fantastic to visit, and lots of prairie pothole WMAs are also closeby for waterfowl watching