All the previous reviews are spot-on! This is a very nice campground. The hosts and park rangers were very friendly and helpful. Our spot was big, nice gravel area around fire ring and picnic table. We did a lot of hiking with our dog. Only bad thing was the ticks. They were small and we were covered with them. Fishing was great. We would definitely go back again. We had a reservation, but early in the year it isn't necessary. There are non-reservable spots and the spring the campground is not full.
We stayed here one night. Would definitely go again and stay longer. The ground is very sandy. Hard to keep from tracking it inside the camper. The bike trails were wonderful. There were many choices of spots from shaded and rustic to not. The staff was helpful and friendly. We had reservations, but did not have an assigned spot. They told us to drive around, pick one and then register. Campground was quiet. It seemed like you were in the woods, when you really were right in the middle of town. We camped in a 36' 5th wheel, our spot was big enough for two of the same size.
The only good thing about this campground is location. It is close enough to Minneapolis to use as a base for touring. This park is very big rig friendly. There are three sections of camping. There are two sections for smaller rigs and tents with gravel roads and sites. These spots are rustic. The big rig section is all paved. The spots are pretty close together. Maybe 12' apart. You really felt like you could reach out and touch your neighbor. The pads are gravel and very narrow. You can not put any carpet on the grass. There is only about 1 foot from the edge of your rig to the edge of the pad/grass. No part of your rig may hang over the pad onto the grass area, this includes slides and rear hitches. Bathroom facilities were equipped with numerous stalls, but the showers only had a curtain. I guess they think that big rig people don't use the public facilities. A locking door would be better. Laundry facility was clean. Many camp hosts. I think we counted 5 rigs. Some hosts were very nice, but others needed to just go home. They were not friendly at all - which I think is a must for a host. We stopped at the office twice for directions to a local destination and were given no help. The hosts didn't have a clue about the area. The park rangers were very nice and loved their jobs. This park really needs internet. We would stay here again, but only for a short visit.
The campground is close enough to Duluth to commute from, but far enough away that you don't feel like you are in the city. This is not an RV resort, it is a campground, so you should know what to expect. We camped in a 36' 5th wheel. We had plenty of room although the campground was full. We arrived during the week, when the park wasn't full, so had no trouble pulling into our spot. Later when the park was full, it might have been more difficult. The there were two park hosts who rotated days. Park was clean, bathrooms were clean. We used the laundry facilities, which were nice. Local campers and out-of-towners were friendly. There was one rowdy bunch who shot off fireworks, they were immediately shut down. Not much gravel on the pads, spots were not level. But that is what a campground is like. We would stay here again.
Not a good campground for dogs. They were very welcome - but there were grass spurs on the ground. Our dog couldn't walk two feet without getting these in his paws. Full hookups, shade. Older campground, clean but needed some paint in areas. Owners were very friendly. We didn't do the trail ride, but other campers said it was great. There was one big fire pit, no individal campfires near your rigs. It was actually fun to sit around the fire and meet the other campers and here their stories. Don't plan on fishing, when we were there the pond was a swampy mess, and the grass wasn't mowed around it - so no way to get to the pond. There was a nice laundry facility, clean and newer, efficient machines. Lots of areas to hike, great views, beautiful country. Campground was off the beaten path - but worth it.
In additon to the other reviews which were 'spot-on.' This campground was right on the bike trail, which made it very convenient. We camped here a few weeks after Sturgis and the campground was not very full. Some sites are very tight for rigs with slides. We didn't have to share a fire ring because of lack of campers. Be careful with your awnings, the wind can unexpectedly pick up and cause damage. We always pulled ours in before leaving to tour the area. The bathrooms were clean. The owners were very friendly and helpful. Camp hosts were great. Nice, quiet campground when not full.
Be careful with the big rigs. We have only a 28ft 5th wheel and barely made it into our spot because of trees at the entrance of our spot. Luckily the guy across from us moved his truck so we could pull into his spot and then back into ours. Spots are small, campground is very crowded. There is a dog and no dog section. If this is important to you - make note. In the dog section, there were dogs everywhere. The beach is very nice, and there was a dog beach too. Showers and bathrooms are old, but semi-clean. With that many people, they were constantly in use, and only cleaned once a day. There was laundry facilities, but equipment was old. The dryers took forever to dry the clothes. We had a great time camping there - first trip to the area, loved the water and beach swimming. Had never camped in such a busy and crowded campground before. Somewhat of a shock.
We camp at this park at least twice a year. We've been camping here for 5 years. We love this campground. It is clean and well maintained, the camp hosts are great. The parks department employees are helpful. Location is the best thing about this park. It is minutes from downtown Madison, but out far enough that you feel like you are hours away from a city. The bike trail connects to this park, which makes it easy to bike into town too. It is a young park, so no established trees with shade, but that is great for getting a clear view of the sky for satellite. If you want shade and trees, check out Mendota County Park or Babcock Park.