Minnesota RV parks and campgrounds can be found throughout the state, but the most popular tend to be in the eastern half of the state and north of Interstate 94. That having been said, there is still plenty to see and experience in southern and western Minnesota. The Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park is a classic example. On the one hand, the Forestville area has more than fifteen miles of hiking and equestrian trails, while on the other hand, the Mystery Cave has crystal clear waters underground and a living history village working the summer months. Whitewater and Great River Bluffs State Parks are also popular destinations in Southeastern Minnesota.
The RV parks and campgrounds in Minneapolis and St. Paul, and around their outskirts, are not strictly urban. The area around one of America’s largest metros is still studded with vibrant naturalism and opportunities to get outdoors. The Mississippi National River and Recreation Area is always a hit, as this water and land trails stretches for miles downriver. Fort Snelling and Afton State Parks are also classic areas to get outdoors close to or in the Twin Cities metroplex.
Central Minnesota is home to a number of classic State Parks, most of which offer camping and world-class fishing, as well as other amenities. Lake Carlos State Park, Upper Sioux Agency State Park, Sibley State Park, Monson Lake State Park, Maplewood State Park, and Glacial Lakes State Park are all well regarded, and some are even open year-round for folks interested in doing a little Minnesota ice fishing!
The western edge of Minnesota is home to Fargo, most of which lay within the state of North Dakota, and as you continue north along the border with the Dakotas, towards Canada, and you’ll arrive at Lake Bronson State Park, Old Mill State Park, and the Red River State Recreation Area in East Grand Forks. Here the lakes give way to prairie lands and wide open spaces popular among birders and folks who like to escape the crowds.
By far the most popular region for camping in the state is Northeastern Minnesota. The lands from Lake Superior running along the border with Canada to Lost River State Forest and back down to the Twin Cities is known for having thousands of lakes, canoe trails, and some of the best fishing on the planet. Lake of the Woods is one of the northernmost points in the United States, and is becoming an increasingly popular destination for RVers. This massive area is home to Pine Island, George Washington State Forest, Voyageurs National Park, and Kabetogama State Forest. There are more state parks in this region, but some of the most visited include Zippel Bay State Park, Franz Jeyne State Park, Big Bog State Recreation Area, while further south are classic summer sites like Lake Bemidji State Park, Scenic State Park, and McCarthy Beach State Park. A bit further south still is Itasca State Park, Minnesota’s first.
If you’ve opted to begin your Northern Minnesota camping adventure from Duluth, as many do, you’ll have several fantastic State Parks to explore as you make your way north along the coast of Lake Superior en route to Grand Portage and the Canadian border. Gooseberry Falls State Park, Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, George Crosby Manitou State Park, Temperance River State Park, Cascade River State Park, and Judge CR Magney State Park are all nestled along Route 61 and border the greatest of the Great Lakes. Here there are literally thousands of lakes dotting the landscape, enough for everyone to have their own, perhaps. Choose one and drop a line in the water, and let nature take care of the rest. If you motor inland on Route 1 you’ll arrive at two of Minnesota’s most popular camping destinations in the form of Bear Head Lake State Park and the heart of Superior National Forest.