This campground was packed with people, and yet all were respectful, good neighbours. We were nice and near the bathhouse (purposely, as we were here with young kids), but still not far from the playground (our younger boys' favourite part of coming!). Very well maintained, with a well-stocked shop. The well-stocked shop was especially important…the park is so well-used, that there wasn't a shred of wood to use as kindling or tinder. Some pinecones and pineneedles, but that's it. Thankfully, the shop was stocked with at least 4 different kinds of firestarters, so all are able to get their fires going. Easy check-in procedure, and easy checkout too. If I didn't have my "Cowboy Coffee" Percolator, a highlight for me would have been that the office/shop also carries coffee - both beans and brewed!
All in all, a great time by all!
We had a great time at this campground. Very close to the BSA's"Summit Bechtel" site, where they hold the National Jamborees and held the 2019 World Scout Jamboree. As such, people registered for the full event stayed there, and those of us coming for just a few days stayed at other nearby places, such as Rifrafters. The camp was(understandably) filled with others coming for the Jamboree.:-)
Campsite was good and clean; short walk for all to the bath house; they ha a small playground, which the kids loved. They have wood for sale, as well as basic camping and food supplies(cans of beans, marshmallows, peanut butter, sodas/pop/cola, etc, lighters/matches, ice, etc). Also had 2 super-lovey kittens living in the office, which were a big hit with everyone.
The only downsite was that our campsite(#7) had no place for a tent other than stone driveway-like ground. As such, even new, very strong tent stakes bend and do not go in at all…had to weigh the tend down with gear and hope for no super-high gusts of wind.
Other than that, it was a great experience! Checkout by 12 noon at the latest.
We have gone here multiple years, during weekend trips to the Sterling Renaissance Faire. We have had a great experience each time. (Well, one year torrential rain storm and thunder throughout one of the 2 nights, but that's not the campsite's fault!!). :-) On the "extreme adventure camping" scale it is super low, but for the "functional, easy/family camping experience" it is really high; you can drive right up to your campsite; there are bathrooms with running water (and potable water!) a short distance away, etc. They're also really good at helping you find wood, and any that you find is fare game for burning. :-)
Our first time there, we were the only ones that showed any kind of Renaissance Faire interest, actually, so please don't feel that Renaissance Faire people are the only people that stay there…they're not at all the only clientele…though after we let people know about this place through TripAdvisor, etc, the next few years there were Pirate Campers parked nearby ours (and if you said you were coming for the Ren Fest, they can place you near others who are as well).
We've unfortunately been out of the area since 2012, but every time we went and stayed here, we really enjoyed it!
Whether staying for the evening after the ren-fest, or for a whole weekend of Ren-Festing, we have loved this campsite :-)
We came here for our first camping trip together after marriage (in 2005)…and it's lucky we ever went anywhere again! Thankfully we both had previous positive camping experiences, and have had MANY together since then, just at other camp grounds.
1) "Canoe" being in the name implied that it is frequented, at least occasionally, by canoes. According to the staff person there who swore in disbelief that a canoe actually made it to the island, he didn't remember there being a canoe there before. The lack of arrival space for canoes also made this clear.
2) Everyone else who came were in basically large party-boats with multiple rooms for sleeping, though they set up tents (and didn't sleep until almost daybreak…it was loud, foul language the entire time)
3) All of the available wood was wet, so nothing would burn.
4) Spiders overrunning some areas
Not faulting them for the weather that night, as it's NY, so that happens. But in so many ways, this was a bust of a trip.
We stayed (me, my wife, and our toddler) at what was accidentally the first snow of the year! Oops! Thankfully, the wood purchased from the park was the best wood I have ever purchased from a park, in terms of speediness of lighting - by the time my wife and toddler got back from the walk to the bathroom at the crack of dawn through the light dusting of snow, I already had a roaring fire going!
We camped near to the parking area since we were with our toddler, though we might as well could have been further away, with all the hiking we did in the morning! It's nice that they provided carts to carry your gear from the car to the campsite. We hit up many trails, viewing the beautiful yellow autumn foliage through the melting/newly melted snow. And of course had a great time with the geocahing…the Official MN State Park Geocache series are always great, and this was no exception, especially as a family activity: a hike in the woods, with a hidden treasure to find along the way!!
We had a really great time at this really beautiful park!