Campgrounds in Minnesota 

Minnesota State Parks - National Forest Campgrounds - Boundary Waters - Voyageurs - Gunflint Trail

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You will find campgrounds in Minnesota State Parks, in National Forest campgrounds, in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, in Voyageurs National Park and in hundreds of private Minnesota campgrounds across the state.



Campgrounds In Minnesota

All the words in the world cannot describe the variety of experiences you can enjoy in our Minnesota campgrounds. 

Family vacations for us have often been camping trips. We've loved exploring the joy and beauty of Minnesota camping.

The best time of day for us is the quiet time just at dusk when, away from the lights of the city, the stars come out. I sometimes forget how many there really are!

We often sit on the beach and count shooting stars late into the evening. Better than TV for sure!

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Many of our favorite campgrounds are in Minnesota State Parks.

When we go camping we want to experience nature up close. There are nearly 4,500 camp sites throughout the state park system. Depending on the park, some of your options are drive-in, walk in, canoe in, backpack in, cart in or bike in. Some of these options allow access to the more remote sites if you are looking for tranquility and seclusion.

Some of our family’s favorite Minnesota state parks include: Itasca State Park, > Frontenac State Park, > Gooseberry Falls State Park > Split Rock Lighthouse State Park > Temperance River State Park, > Tettegouche State Park > Wild River State Park > William O'Brien State Park > and Zippel Bay State Park.

If you are looking for a wilderness camping experience, you will find it in the Boundary Waters, Voyageurs National Park, other National Forest campgrounds and in campgrounds along the Gunflint Trail.

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We look forward to the cozy time of crawling into our sleeping bags, chatting a bit about the day--and tomorrow's adventures. For me, there is always a short time of reading by flashlight, then drowsiness takes over.....

The sound of a light rain may awaken me briefly in the night and I luxuriate in being that close to the out-of-doors yet protected in my tent.

Morning comes and I smell the coffee that my husband already has perking over the campfire. Ahhhh.....Minnesota camping at it's best!

Prepare for your camping vacation with this camping equipment checklist. What do you need to add to your camping kitchen? Be sure to include a camping first aid kit. Pack your cooler with your favorite foods and get ready to cook up these easy camping recipes.

A basic camping item that we keep with our camping supplies is this extensive Minnesota campground directory.

We have a great video and and a bit more info about camping in these Minnesota campgrounds that are special places we return to again and again.

We would love to be able to transmit the feel of the breeze from the lake, the aroma of a campfire and dinner cooking on an outdoor grill. Plan a camping vacation in Minnesota and experience it yourself.



Minnesota tent camping is one of life's simple pleasures. However when we first began to take our young family "out in wilds" we made some mistakes and had a lot of questions like:
  • What gear do we need to get?
  • How should we pack?
  • How do we start a campfire?
  • What food should we bring?
  • How do we cook the food?
  • What kind of wild animals could we run into?
  • What sort of activities can we do while camping?
Ideas about how to prepare yourself for a camping trip can be found on our page about Minnesota Camping,

RV Campgrounds in Minnesota

Campgrounds in Minnesota
Not everyone wants to camp in a tent or "rough it." Minnesota RV campgrounds are a wonderful choice for those who want to explore Minnesota campgrounds while enjoying most of the comforts of home.

Campgrounds in Minnesota are busy from early spring through late fall. And, there are lots of hardy Minnesota visitors and residents who even camp in winter.

Minnesota camping trips provide an excellent way to see the natural beauties of the state and enjoy plenty of fun activites as well.

There is probably no better bargain for those of us who live in Minnesota than our annual state park sticker for the windshield of our car. Once purchased---and affixed---the permit gives us access to all of our state parks, over and over for a whole year.

There has been a recent improvement to the reservations system for campgrounds in Minnesota. We used to have to wait until spring and then try to jump on the phone to get our reservation in for our favorite campsite. Now reservations can be made year round which really helps in planning your camping in Minnesota adventure!

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