Mi S.

Minneapolis, MN

Joined July 2019

Loves camping and nature

Beautiful scenery but miserable experience

Rooftop tent camped here for one night since it was on the way from and to our next destination during our camping road trip in Colorado. And also because based on my research, the (shore) fishing is good. Was here on a weekday so park was quite empty, with the exception of a few neighbors a few sites away. There were a few other shore anglers but no one caught anything as far as we can tell. We got nothing either which wasn’t a big deal since fishing wasn’t a priority. While the views are breath taking, the gazillion of bugs, howling winds & stinky pit toilets made it a miserable experience for us. Every time there was a strong gust of wind, which was like every minute or 2, we could smell the toilet. I’ve done a lot of primitive camping and I usually don’t mind vault toilets, but this one was just atrocious! I mean, it was as if they haven’t checked up on it in years. The bugs, although didn’t bite, were swarming everywhere! It was so bad we skipped cooking dinner and opted to eat trail mix in our vehicle instead. Like I mentioned, absolutely gorgeous scenery but the bugs, winds and smelly toilets made me never want to return again.

Nice getaway not too far from the Twin Cities

I’ve camped here on several occasions and have not been disappointed. The group sites are walk ins only. No drive ins/pull through. They are spaced out enough for privacy. The individual sites are decent & drive in. The space between sites are far enough apart. There are a couple of double sites that will accommodate more than 6 people but less than 13. We’ve rented canoes in the past and have enjoyed it primary because of the sandbars, but have not done it recently so I’m not sure if that has changed or not. The mosquitos were bad in late June! Even with bug spray, candles thermacell, etc…we were still under massive attacked. I’ve always enjoyed coming here year after year, not so much because of the park (although it’s nice overall), but because this place holds lots of memories for me.

Hidden gem

What a beautiful & peaceful gem of a place in south eastern Minnesota! Came here knowing that besides the mini hikes and river/valley overlook views and birdwatching, there weren’t much activity, which we were fine with since we were just looking to relax. The views are breathtaking! The sites are a bit too close to each other, but do offer enough privacy. We saw a cardinal and 3 hummingbirds because they came to hang out right in our campsite! The fireflies at night were an added bonus!