Minnesota Campgrounds

Campgrounds in Minnesota State Parks
and National Forest Campgrounds

Minnesota Campgrounds

Beautiful Minnesota campgrounds include hundreds of scenic camping spots in our lovely Minnesota State Parks and National Forest campgrounds.

Many of our favorite family photos were taken in these stunning vacation spots.

Camping in Minnesota is a wonderful way to enjoy the what our state is known for: pristine wilderness and the 10,000 lakes filled with our famous "sky blue waters." 

Camping Minnesota: A Comprehensive Guide to Public Tent and RV Campgrounds

Favorite Minnesota Campgrounds

Some of our favorite spots are campgrounds along the North Shore of Lake Superior. We spent many summer weekends at the Temperance River State Park campground or Tettegouche State Park

The most famous of our Minnesota campgrounds is located in our oldest state park: Itasca State Park.

Our "family favorite" far north Minnesota campground is at Zippel Bay State Park. On the shores of Lake of the Woods, this state campground on the Minnesota/Canada border offers a secluded setting and is never crowded.

Wildlife abounds in the one-million acre wilderness surrounding Zippel Bay. You are likely to see white pelicans, bald eagles, loons, osprey, deer, mink, a variety of ducks, black bear and, occasionally, the elusive grey wolf! Bird-watching is spectacular in this area in the spring and summer months.

Zippel Bay State Park has a sugar sand swimming beach and a nice picnic area for day trips.

Wilderness camping is best in our National Forest campgrounds.

Campgrounds in Minnesota

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 Our favorite campground in the southern part of Minnesota is at Frontenac State Park

This birdwatcher's paradise overlooks the Mississippi River. A picnic area along the edge of the bluffs offers beautiful, panoramic vistas of Lake Pepin and the Mississippi River Valley.

More than 260 species of birds have been recorded here including: warblers, hawks, waterfowl and shorebirds. Bald eagles are commonly seen in the fall, winter and spring. A few eagles even nest in the area.

Frontenac has numerous other wildlife including deer, raccoon, opossum, red fox, coyote, woodchuck, various ground squirrels, beaver and wild turkey.

One landmark in the park, In-Yan-Teopa, a giant rock on the edge of the bluff, is believed to have religious importance to American Indians.

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If tenting is not to your liking, you can fully enjoy our beautiful Minnesota campgrounds at many of the state's RV Campgrounds

Some of the features of state park campgrounds along Lake Superior's North Shore include:

  • Spectacular scenery
  • Rivers and waterfalls
  • Hiking paths
  • Running water and showers

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Minnesota campgrounds

Features you will find at some--not all-- Minnesota state park campgrounds include:

  • Bike paths and mountain bike trails
  • Access for people canoeing or kayaking on Lake Superior
  • Interior lakes suitable for canoeing, swimming and fishing
  • Rustic cabins for rent
  • Backcountry camping sites

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