This is a primitive park with dirt/grass sites and mostly 30-amp service with no sewer. And for all this luxury, they charge about $40 per night. We were assigned a spot that did not have a 30-amp circuit breaker. There was a hole where the breaker had been. It was covered with black electrical tape. Management explained that instead of replacing the breaker, their electrician used a fuse. We moved to another spot. Then the next day, while my wife was washing the breakfast dishes, air started coming out of the hot water faucet: more air than water! We found that the water faucet for our site (and several others) was the culprit. Management was very responsive, and called their plumber. Without asking, management gave us a full refund. While the refund was a nice gesture, we would rather have flawless (and full) utilities for $40 per night. We will never stay here again. If you do, make reservations: the park fills up quickly due to its proximity to I-90. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is an older KOA, surrounded by cornfields, with shaded grass sites. We had a large, level site with good hook-ups. The camp store was fairly well stocked and the laundry room, although small, was clean and convenient. There is a very large clean pool, which we were able to use despite the fact that they were redoing the surrounding concrete decking. We would not hesitate to return if in the area. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We liked this stay-over outside Albert Lea. Level spot, good access, nice shady spots with room between them. We enjoyed the pool, play area, ice cream social, very friendly staff. We would stay here again if we travel through the area. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Well maintained and very helpful staff. We had a big shade tree on our west side which was good. We faced a corn field which was fine. Interstate noise might bother some. Sites were level and Wi-Fi was good. No cable. They said there were 6 local channels but we could only get 3. Good for an overnight stay. We would stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Staff made me feel welcome and were well organized. Pull through site was large and fairly level. They have 50 amp but no cable TV. Received a few over the air TV channels. Very neat and well kept park with a large foot print. Plenty of room to relax. Some sites are a far distance from the pool. Garbage is collected at your site. Highway noise is not a problem. We would stay here again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
End of the season stay. As always, pricey KOA prices but a well maintained park with nice large spaces. No cable TV and a 30 amp site. Good for a quiet overnight close to I90 and just east of Albert Lea town. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Nice little campground off the highway (off enough to not be annoying). Would stay again. Clean bathroom/showers, didn't go by the pool. Level sites, each site had a tree even though its basically on a farm. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This park is an older KOA park and it is slightly dated. The facilities are very clean though. Interior roads are rock and so are the sites which tends to make the park a little dusty. The sites are fairly generous for an older camp and we had no problem positioning our trailer. The staff is very friendly and helpful. There are nice sites for tent camping and the pool was very clean. This park seemed very friendly for family activities. I found the Wi-Fi slow most of the time. There is no cable TV, but several local channels available with just the antenna. The park is 8 miles from Albert Lea, MN. A very clean town with any facility a traveler might need during a journey. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This park is easy to get to from I-90. It has large spaces and is quiet. The staff is polite and helpful. It's an older park but well maintained and has a nice pool. We stayed for 5 days. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The park is easily accessible off of I-90. Access road is a well maintained gravel road off the County highway. Interior roads are gravel. Sites are gravel and reasonably level, needing only one or two leveling blocks. The sites are very spacious for even the biggest rigs. The site side yards are grass and very large in size. There are mature trees scattered throughout the park but in general the park is open. At certain times of day, in certain sites, there could be some shade but it isn't prevalent. Satellite reception should be good most sites depending on scattered tree locations. Over the air, we received 20 channels from nearby Austin, MN with perfect reception. Utilities were in good working order. Wi-Fi got little bogged down at night, but signal strength was strong. Bathrooms were clean and showers were spacious. The showers have a separate dressing area within the single shower stall. There is a small store with the necessities as well as some crafts. Recreational activities include a pool, basketball hoop and modern well maintained playground. There is clean laundry with modern machines. Staff was very friendly. There was some road noise from I-90 with the coach completely closed up but the air conditioning off. Overall a nice, well maintained campground that we would return to. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Very clean and welcoming campground. We have stayed here in the past and will remember this campground in the future. People were friendly and the campground was quiet. Highly recommend this one! We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This felt like the typical KOA Campgrounds we've used over the years for overnight stays on our way through the area. There was plenty of shade at our site, which was great as it was in the mid nineties this day. The pool water was cool, which was also nice on this day. Staff was very friendly and helpful, facilities were clean. Entire campground was well-kept. We'd stay here again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Many sites were on grass so I am glad it did not rain while we were here. The park was clean and the office staff was very nice. However, it was a hot night and there was not nearly enough power available. Many people, including us, did not run their A/C for a long time due to the low voltage. We were afraid we would damage our unit. After the office closed the voltage got up to "marginal" so we turned the A/C on then. We were very hot and sweaty for the evening. The heat was the sole reason we paid the amount for a KOA: so we could cool down. That did not happen for a few hours and even then we were worried about our A/C unit. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
The staff was friendly. As for a KOA park this was my least favorite. There was no garbage pick up at the site. We had to walk a long distance to reach the dumpsters. There is no cable service and TV antenna signal was terrible resulting in no TV for the evening. The size of the site was good. It fit my 35 ft coach & tow dolly. The pet area was a joke. We had to walk our dogs on the edge of a corn field. The store was not well stocked with food items & had overpriced state magnets. I would only recommend this place as a overnight stay. Highway 90 runs along the rear and can be heard clearly at night. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is the third KOA we have stayed at. None supported a reason for the extra cost. Hosts were helpful. Roads and sites were soft with rain and badly lacking in gravel. Very little shade. Store well supplied. Overnight is a good stay, but not long term. Not really close to other towns, but OK. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Get ready for some southern hospitality at Albert Lea KOA. The owners & staff were very friendly, helpful, and smiled all the time. This KOA offers a huge Olympic-sized swimming pool and kids activities on the weekends. My kids had a great time making tie-dye t-shirts, playing bingo with the adults, and watching a movie on a large blow up screen in the meeting hall. Another reviewer mentioned a young girl working, and there was a young girl who worked at the campground (around 25 years old). I talked with her and she has worked at the Albert Lea KOA for 9 years. They have hired some locals to help out, but the owners were always onsite and easy to be found. The KOA is close to the freeway, but the sites are large and the atmosphere is peaceful. The owners, with their heavy southern accents and large smiles, add to the ambiance of the campground. Also, these were the cleanest restrooms & showers I have found so far in our travels this summer. The Wi-Fi is very fast, too. I would definitely stay here again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
I thought this was a very nice campground. For $35 it was no bargain, but most KOA's charge top dollar. We had no reservation, and all the 50 amp sites were taken, so we had 30 amp electric. You could hear road noise from the highway, but it wasn't so loud as to be annoying. The sites were wide and level, and we had good satellite reception. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Will never stay here again. Owners could not be found, office was run by young girl. After check in you had to look for your own spot. Nothing is clearly marked. Grass was so high you couldn't find your spot number. For a KOA it was very poorly kept. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Great shade trees were the best feature. Very hot when we were here so everyone had their air going and the electric in park went out several times. The pool is not centrally located (also serves as a public pool) and is at the far end of the park. It rained alot and the sites were muddy as were the roads. There is no cable TV and limited full hook-ups. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Quiet, country setting. Short drive to Albert Lea, easy to find off the Interstate. Quite a bit of shade. Layout a little awkward, might be tight for a real big rig if the campground was full. Sites and interior roads are dirt/gravel. Had been raining a few days and it was very muddy. WiFi was ok. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
It is kind of hard to review a MN RV park this time of year. There were only a dozen other RVs in the park and things like the pool were closed for the year. Most sites are full hook up and some are pull-through. Although there is no cable, they do have some sites that are satellite friendly. There isn't anything within walking distance even though it is right off the I-90. It is OK for an overnight stop or a family weekend getaway in the summer (the pool is larger than most small KOAs). We only stayed her because we had an appointment at Winnebago (about and hour away in north central Iowa) the next morning. We camped here in a Motorhome.
For an overnight stay, this park is okay. Long term stays, probably not. Pool was not very well taken care of at the time (a little green), not to mention it's ice cold. The kiddie pool was okay, but only heated by the sun. Playground looked good for the kids, but we did not use. Sites were nice and long: we did not have to unhook. If you can pick a site, the one north of the building has a lot of lawn for the kids to play catch and run around. It was nice to have a fire ring at our site. Store was nicely stocked and the staff was friendly. Place was a little difficult to find due to the address being in the middle of a corn field. GPS and mapquest prove this to be a true statement. It is further east on the frontage road. Once found, it was an easy entrance and quick to get back on the freeway. So not a bad place to stay, but could be better. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
OK for a night, but we wouldn't spend a long time here. Site was long enough but not very level and very much in need of fresh gravel; a little rain made the site very muddy. Pool was very cold but kiddie pool was OK. We pretty much had the place to ourselves and although the campground is close to the interstate, road noise was not a problem. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Sites were long but dirt, in fact the entire place was dirt except for a little grass. It was very dusty when we were there. I am sure that when it rains this place is a real mud hole. Wifi was poor, good signal but no bandwidth. Even the reservation computer was slow because it used the same Wifi as everyone else. The laundry was very small and crowded. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We arrived in the late afternoon for a one night's stay. The young lady in the office was very pleasant but informed us that the water was being flushed out and we probably shouldn't drink it. Also, there was a sign on the door saying that the pool was closed for maintenance. I asked if there was a lower rate for mid-week and reduced availability of amenities. She smiled and said "no" but she would pass on our concerns to the owner. $35 was very high for a place to park overnight, and campground owners complain when we stay at Walmart and Flying J! This is one of the reasons why! KOA properties have disappointed us 95% of the time for just these reasons. It's sad since they could have much going for them! We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
The sites and roads are mostly dirt with very little gravel so you have either dust or mud depending on the weather. The sewer hookups were useless after it rained since many of them were under water. The ones that were not flooded would back up if you tried to empty your tanks. It was not a pleasant experience. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Very neat and clean KOA and, although overpriced, a bit better than the typical KOA. In a very quiet rural setting, with good wi-fi, and very level sites. We would stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a beautiful rural campground with very large campsites. The staff members are pleasant, and the park is well-kept. The modem hookups are in the office. We paid the KOA Value Card rate for full hookups, which included tax. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Typical KOA w/easy access to either I-35 or I-90. CG is adjacent to I-90. Travel America fuel services are located at I-35, 7 miles west of CG via brand new cement hywy. Only negative was dust kicked up by moving vehicles. The positive during our stay was heavy rain - all night - so no dust in a.m. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed here a week on our way across Minnesota and due to length of our stay were give sites 35/36 which were actually end to end tent sites with full hookups and all grass sites. We loved it. We had plenty of room with large shade trees and easy access to everything. The park is right next to a really nice little 9 hole par 3 course to work your irons, complete with a driving range. It was of course, near the Spam Museum and not far from the Winnebago factory in Foster City, IA which was an interesting tour. We would definitely stay here again. The rate listed was the weekly rate. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This was ok for a one night stop. Easy access to the highway, but not a great deal of road noise. Wi-fi at the office with one local channel on TV. Sites were clean and fairly level. Dusty with the dry gravel though. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We have stayed at this park three or four different times over the past five years, and we have always found it to be very clean and comfortable. It is very easy to access from I-90 or I-35. The staff has always been very friendly and the bathrooms are always very clean. They just built a new meeting room that is very adequate. I wouldn't spend an entire vacation here, but it is great for a weekend or a one night stopover. We camped here in a Motorhome.
For $15 as it used to be I would rate it 9, for $20, as we paid, 8. Nice little park on the fairgrounds. Park on grass, most sites with shade. Make sure to have a long electric cord as electrical hook up is far away (30 amp only). No sites are level, some worse than others. Albert Lea, while a little run down, is a fun town to explore. We would stay here again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This was a terrific find for those of us who don't want playgrounds and swimming pools and don't want to pay for them! Lovely shaded sites. As is typical at a fairgrounds lots of room to roam and walk and always something going on! The fairgrounds is about 1 1/2 miles from a grocery store and a Wal-mart is a few miles away. We would most definitely stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Was bummed out about the mile long dirt road leading to the campground. But once we pulled in it was well worth it. Mostly seasonal sites but they do have like 28 for "travelers." Owners couldn't have been nicer and the pool is probably the biggest we have seen, great office with very good pizza. Seasonal campers are very friendly. Overall just a very relaxing place to spend a couple days. Best campground we have been to in south central MN. Forgot to mention the big and VERY grassy sites. We will go back for sure! We camped here in a Motorhome.
Note: our rate reflects a holiday rate. Nice, clean campground in remote rural location. Owners were very friendly. Were surprised at how quiet the campground was, given there are so many seasonals and it was a holiday weekend. The dirt road leading in to the campground had many ruts and soft spots due to recent heavy rains. Nice pool. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Not all spots are perfectly level, but with a few blocks we got our RV leveled fine. Wonderful wide sites, gravel pads, and good electric. There is no water at each site, but many places where jugs can be filled. Restrooms were modern and quite clean. Great hiking on maintained trails. Two campgrounds: White Fox is good for larger RVs, more open, and easier to navigate. Big Island is tighter, very wooded, sites seem smaller/cramped, but great for a popup or tent. Good firewood $5 at ranger station. Good Verizon 4G signal in White Fox (likely from Albert Lea) and AT&T cell phone had some service too. A very nice place to come! We camped here in a Motorhome.
This was a lovely park in southern Minnesota. We stayed five nights so we bought the MNSP annual pass of $25.00. The rate reflects $23 for the site and $5.00/day for the entrance fee. There are kayaks and canoes available for rent. The sites are large. We stayed in the White Fox campground, which is closer to the entrance and more open. The staff was super and very accommodating. The bathrooms were always clean and showers were in individual locked rooms, which is always nice. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is a lovely park. We stayed in a large, wooded site (electricity only) by the lake. We enjoyed the many hiking (dog-friendly) trails around the park. BUT we were surprised by the total price. Besides the $23 campground fee, we were charged a whopping $8.50 for making the reservation online. And then an additional $5 daily use permit when we checked in. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed here while traveling through MN. The lady running the office was incredibly friendly and pleasant. The rate we paid, $22 + 4.68 was for non-residents. We had intended on staying on the island itself, but the lady wanted us of the massive mosquito population, and recommended the new one. It was very nice, bathroom/shower rooms were big and clean. Spaces were nices and large. Loved the park. If we ever travel through again, we would definitely stay here. But bring the bug spray! We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
This is another great Minnesota State Park Campground. The spaces are larger then most other camps. I enjoyed all of the different wild flowers. The sites are easy to back into, and pretty level. I will be staying here again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
A very nice State Park. They have two different camping areas. Big Island is more wooded and private and White Fox is newer with very nice bathroom and showers. The park staff is very friendly and helpful. We did the Geocaching and that was fun for us. Nice bike trails. We will be back. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We had a non-electric site that was excellent. The White Fox campground is generally better for larger motorhomes (level, tree branches, etc) while the Big Island campground is wonderful for pop-ups and tents. Big rigs can fit in sites 1, 2, and 3 easily on Big Island though. In White Fox larger rigs aim for 37, 39, 43, 45, 56, 55, 54, and 47. Other sites will work too, but the ones I mentioned are pretty nice. Facilities in White Fox are excellent - clean and modern. Very fine hiking too. Limited cell phone coverage (1 bar). We camped here in a Motorhome.
Large state park with two campground areas, one on a wooded island and the second a half-mile or so "inland". Our campsite was on the island and it was delightful. Large sites, heavily wooded, with electric available (water spigots, no sewer, dump at inland site's entrance). Bike and walking paths wind around the island. Rental canoes are available (pre-booking suggested). No formal "swimming area" but you can walk or bike to suitable access points. Camp host available for information or advice. Great kick-back place for an overnight or several days. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Very nice large park with 2 CGs: one is in savanna, with shade but sites open to each other. Very nice newer bathhouses there with individual shower rooms. The other, on Big Island & reached by causeway, is heavily wooded, with very large sites, some relatively private. Older bathhouses but very clean. Campground host on the premises. Nice view of the lake from some sites. Park use fee required in addition to camping fee; total came to $26 for a night for elec-hookup site. With the woods and peaceful atmosphere, the price was well worth it! Some distant road noise from I-35 and a distant train, but not bothersome. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Site are large with lots of room for kids to run around. Nice hiking trails that go from grass prairies to woods to marshes. Lots of birds, especially waterfowl. The trails could use more maintenance. There are several places with benches to overlook the lake, but trees have grown and blocked the view. There is a "Waterfowl Observation Blind" overlooking a march about 100 yards off the main trail that is rotting away and tree growth has blocked the view. Expect lots of bugs if you hike by the marshes. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
Two campgrounds: White Fox and Big Island at this state park. We stayed at White Fox - best sites for Class A are 55-63, other sites very fine for popups. Sites are open but shaded. Good run-around room for kids. Big Island campground have sites carved out of the woods. Some sites bit tight for big rigs but are fantastic for tents or popups. Facilities at White Fox are new and kept very clean. Big Island facilities are older but kept clean too. Excellent hiking and bird watching here. Can rent canoes too. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Good state park CG. Park wraps around a lake with lovely views, fishing, hiking and bird
watching. 2 separate CG's - White Fox is more open with fewer trees. Big Island is heavily wooded. Both have large sites with decent brush screening. Negative for us: no designated swimming area, which seems stupid for a park on a lake. For the money, it's a great value. Very convenient to I-90 & I-35, but not close enough to hear traffic. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.