Short but sweet stay

We booked the leech lake recreation area about a week out from the actual camping date and there was plenty availability during the couple days leading up to the fourth.

Check in is kind of annoying as you can only check in between certain hours of the day. We were unable to check in when we arrived and had a full day planned the following day. They give you two hour intervals to check in.

We arrived later in the evening due to work schedules and were greeted by an amazingly level site. The only complaint we had about the site was the fire pit was dug down and didn’t allow good airflow causing our fire to go out.

Facilities were amazing. They had a “comfort station” which had free laundry area along with bathrooms and showers along with shovels and rakes.

There was an amazing area to play games such as shuffleboard, teather ball and basketball. Park for the kids to play at which was very nice.

The park also has its own boat launch that you can use and a mooring area for boats. There was an amazing fish cleaning shack that was fully equipped with a grinder for the guts and cleaning area for all your knives and fish.

Dump area was also very nice and clean and it seemed as though the whole park was up keeped very well. The campground was run by army corps of engineers and volunteers and it was by far the cleanest campground.

Overall I would stay at this campground again in the future.

Short but sweet stay

We booked the leech lake recreation area about a week out from the actual camping date and there was plenty availability during the couple days leading up to the fourth.

Check in is kind of annoying as you can only check in between certain hours of the day. We were unable to check in when we arrived and had a full day planned the following day. They give you two hour intervals to check in.

We arrived later in the evening due to work schedules and were greeted by an amazingly level site. The only complaint we had about the site was the fire pit was dug down and didn’t allow good airflow causing our fire to go out.

Facilities were amazing. They had a “comfort station” which had free laundry area along with bathrooms and showers along with shovels and rakes.

There was an amazing area to play games such as shuffleboard, teather ball and basketball. Park for the kids to play at which was very nice.

The park also has its own boat launch that you can use and a mooring area for boats. There was an amazing fish cleaning shack that was fully equipped with a grinder for the guts and cleaning area for all your knives and fish.

Dump area was also very nice and clean and it seemed as though the whole park was up keeped very well. The campground was run by army corps of engineers and volunteers and it was by far the cleanest campground.

Overall I would stay at this campground again in the future.

Backpacking/RV life oh my!

We have started at Pattinson State Park a total of three times.

Our first time was at a backpacking site and we did not arrive till after the office had closed. We found a map at the park office and set off on our trek. The park had a major flood Father’s Day 2018 and we were staying in September 2018 which meant many trails were washed out. The trails leading into the backpacking sites were not marked and there was construction everywhere making it very difficult to find out site. Once we found the site we discovered the backpack site was a very secluded site with nobody else in site. The site has ample space with a two picnic tables and a nice bench.

We returned this year in May to the backpack sites and found the trails were still as torn up as before and with just as little navigational markers on the trail to tell us where to go. At the backpack sites you can use whatever wood is down at the site for your fire.

We again returned in June this time to stay at the Main campground with our camper. Our site was located on the left side of the loop. The site is designed as a pull through site however if you do this your door will facing the road and the back of the camper will be to the fire pit and picnic table. Other than that the site was great with LOTS of space. We could have parked two campers on the site and still had room for a tent.

The hike to the falls is amazing as well. This park has the 4th highest waterfall east of the Rockies at 165 feet which is only 2 feet shorter than Niagara Falls. They have a nice selfie station where you can set your phone to take photos of you and whoever your with.

There is a lot of construction at the park due to the flooding that occurred in 2018 but it is well worth it.

The big woods secret

Nerstrand is nestled just outside Faribault MN. The town has a great downtown area on the river with places to eat and little shops. Our kids especially loved the little ice cream and sub shop in downtown. And let’s be honest the adults loved it to.

The campground is kind of open to each site. Our site looked directly into two other sites and the site was tore up due to a larger truck parking there before us. Which the park could not control.

The walk from the campground to hidden falls if you take the back way down is very steep going down and coming back up. There is a separate trail that leads from the main parking area down to the falls which has stairs and is a much easier walk.

Once you get to the falls your greeted by a waterfall that is approximately 14 feet high that you can easily walk across the creek and go under the falls.

Flowers at the park are very beautiful with a kind that I can’t remember that only blooms within the park area and a few select areas outside.

There is also an obstacle course made from tree logs that the kids loved. They built a plastic slide into the side of a hill and used logs as the steps to climb up.

Bathrooms were very well maintained and they had several private showers with locking doors.

Overall the camping experience was a great one at Nerstrand and we would love to go back with it’s close proximity to the twin cities.

It’s tepee time!

Upper Sioux agency is a great park for camping. We stayed in the teppees which were amazing. We had two children with beds along with a queen size air-mattress on a raised platform. And another adult in the tepee with plenty of room in the middle.

We went when the fireflys were out and at night the fields looked like they were glittering.

Best backpacking in the metro

Afton state park is a 1700 acre park just outside Woodbury that has excellent river views from the campground. Afton state park has something for everyone from its great but challenging mostly uphill walk to the campground to some great canoe/ boat in sites. They also allow people to boat in as well and pay to camp on their north beach. Afton has two great group camps that can have 50 people.

We had our wedding there and the staff were amazing. Very helpful and knowledgeable about the park.

The park has several blackberry patches spread throughout as well.

Park has a dock you can fish from as well as several miles of equestrian trails. It’s next to Afton alps ski area which has summer mountain biking trails that are easily accessed via park trails.

Fun close getaway

Baker park reserve is one of the favorite local parks. There is great camping for everyone. The boat launch is close and the lake has good Muskie and pan fishing. Park gets very busy on holidays and can be hard to find parking and such but overall it has everything you could want. Has playground/fishing dock/beach and water sport rentals. Park is patrolled regularly by three rivers police. Overall our family goes every holiday for the most part to the park!