Pete T.

Pro

Excelsior, MN

Joined September 2019

Beautiful sites on the river bluff

A great location along the St. Croix River, easily accessible from the Twin Cities or from West-Central Wisconsin.  The sites offer some privacy with most being laid out to benefit RV's and only a few tent-only sites.

This is a great park if you have a boat of any kind as you can launch from within the park in order to enjoy time on the St. Croix River.  We spent time both on the river and on the hiking trails within the park.

Many families come here for day trips as well since it was once a corporate retreat and, as such has open (lightly tree-covered grassland) with picnic tables.  Once the day-use people leave, it is a pretty quiet campground with most of the campers having younger children.  You might encounter some groups who come to spend a day on the water before returning to the campground later at night, but most campers are respectful of others and it's rarely very noisy.

A few trains a few bison

This is a decent park but the sites aren't too far off the road and many back up to rail tracks with the sound of passing trains day and night. There is an active herd of bison on the park grounds. They are fenced off from the rest of the park with enough prairie land that you don't always see them.
There are surrounding parks and bike trails that make for nice day trips along the Minnesota River Valley. For a newer park, I would have hoped that they would have taken more care to lay out the campsites to offer a quieter and more private camp setting.

Not much shade but, boy what a sunset

We spent one day/night on a camping road trip and were very happy to find a campground so close to a beach. There are not many trees which means, for tent campers, no relief from the heat until well after sunset. The beach and sunset more than made up for the lack of shade and privacy. Even with most of the campers out on the beach to take in the sunset, you get a feeling of privacy. We were kept awake by some of the younger campers who were there to party on the beach but we didn't mind as we were all on vacation. The facilities were clean and, for a large, open campground, in good condition. If you are looking for a laid back beach camping site, this one fits the bill.

Minnesota's Headwaters Park

A big park with lots of campsites and plenty of campers. Most of the day visitors congregate in a few areas and, by late afternoon, it's not difficult to find some quiet spaces. While you are camping in the woods, you are always aware that you are sharing the space with many other campers. Your enjoyment will depend upon your patience and tolerance of what your fellow campers feel is "camping".

Perfect State Park for a Family Visit

What a wonderful park for families and first time campers. All sites (except one handicapped site) are tent only and cart-in sites. That being said, the trip from the (assigned) parking spot to your site is very short and very flat. The loop of campsites are in a grove of hardwood trees that offered great shade and and a contrast to the surrounding prairies. The campsites were filled with families and things were very quiet by 9 pm each night. With the opportunity to spend time on a non-motorized boating lake, two streams, plenty of fishing, lots of trails and family picnic spots along a swim beach, it's perfect for every level of camper. We saw many deer, caught many pan fish and observed an eagle in it's nest… We can't wait to go back. It's more of a "domestic park" than wilderness, but it is great for an easy, relaxing camping trip.

Great wilderness, not perfect for privacy

Nice, remote Campground in the woods of northern Minnesota. We spent 5 days there where we enjoyed plenty of hikes and time on the water. The sites are close together and more suited to RVs than tents. Even over a busy weekend, it was quiet overnight except for the loons calling across the water. The boat in sites are just a short distance across the lake from the main Campground, making it an easy paddle for those in non-motorized boats. We were on the water with two kayaks and the highest number of boats was never more than 8 at any time with only two of those boats being motorized. There are a few hike-in sites, only 1.2 miles from the park. A few additional hiking trails around the park as well. A family friendly beach and some cleared picnic areas. The showers and flush toilets are clean and backed up by pit toilets dispersed around the campground.