Liz H.
Shakopee, MN
Joined July 2017
Lovely state park not far from the twin cities

This park is only about 1 1/2 hours from shakopee. It’s a wonderful surprise to find this beautiful wooded river valley on the middle of farm fields. The non electric sites are very wooded and private. The electric sites are very open and offer little privacy. The shower facility is located in the chalet near the main office. Unlike most state parks, there is a $2 fee to shower. The trails are mostly wooded and offer a variety of difficulty. The historical fort site has lots of great information and signage around the excavations. There is a fee to enter the museum.

Beautiful State Park

This is a wonderful state park with parts along the shores of Mille Lacs.  The park hosts various seminars throughout the week.  There are several places to swim and a big playground for the little ones.  Mosquitoes are thick here so come prepared.

Beautiful and historical

We were married on Pebble Beach at this state park several years ago.  The shoreline is breath taking.  While the actual light house can be busy at times, the campground is quiet and very peaceful.  All campsites are cart in only.  Some are very close to the parking lot but others are a bit of a hike to be prepared.  Lovely trails to hike and shoreline to explore.

Beautiful campground along Lake Superior

This is one of the most beautiful campgrounds in northern Minnesota along the glorious shores of Lake Superior.  The campsites are surrounded by plenty of wilderness to allow some privacy.  There is a wonderful newly built visitors center with wonderful interpretive displays.  You can hike some really great trails to beautiful waterfalls.  This is Minnesota in all it's glory

One of our favorite campgrounds.

We visit the north shore every Labor Day weekend to celebrate our anniversary. This park is less crowded than gooseberry and has beautiful waterfalls with scenic hiking trails.

Beautiful State Park

This is a beautiful state park. It's quite large and has nice hiking trails. Agates are common in this area. The park office has a wonderful display of agates set up in an interactive gallery.

One of My Favorite State Parks

We visit here every year. We were married on Pebble Beach 6 years ago and visit it every year on our honeymoon. All campsites are cart in only. Some are close to the parking lot and you are able to keep some items in your care for safekeeping. Most sites are quite a hike, uphill so it's difficult to go back to your care as you would at a drive in site. Our favorite site is #1 as it is very secluded and has a beautiful view of the lighthouse. It's a very roomy site and sites also have food lockers.

Great for Mountain Bikes

We camp frequently in Minnesota state parks. This had to be one of the hardest parks to find. The lack of signage is really a problem here. If you are camping, you need to know you are looking for 'Portsmouth Campground' and ignore every other sign that says Cuyuna. The park office is in town and also hard to find. They are also not open very much. There is no wood for sale, no dump station and the water has a funky taste. You will need to go to the memorial park in town to fill/dump your rv and the Holiday Station for firewood. The roads are very bumpy and narrow. There is a tiny beach off of the campground and a larger one at the Cuyuna Recreation Area about 1/2 mile away from the campground. If you want privacy, this is not the campground for you. The outer ring has some foliage but the central ring is wide open with very few trees. The upside is that the campsites go the whole width of the inner ring. There are lots of bike trails at this campground and people love mountain biking here.

Great for families

We arrived on a Wednesday. We stayed in campsite d7. Although a bit muddy due to recent rains, there was wide open space around our site for kids to run and play games. Firewood available at office, dump station and fresh water available for rvs. The beach at lake independence was great with umbrellas in place, restrooms and tons of play areas.

One of the Best State Parks in Minnesota

This was our second visit to Itasca State Park. We have camped in both the tent campsites and the electric ones. We again rented a pontoon boat and drove around the lake which is very beautiful. They offer dog friendly rentals which is right up our alley. They also have a wonderful gift shop at the visitor center with lots of great finds. The headwaters, although usually somewhat crowded, are always fun to visit and just a short walk from the parking lot. This is a very popular state park so book a year in advance whenever possible.