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18 RV Parks near Barnum, Minnesota
Jun 2012 - $30.00
I arrived late on a Friday evening. It was quite difficult to find, but this was due to road construction and detours, a common Minnesota phenomenon. Upon arrival, I find this is primarily a seasonal campground with many dilapidated trailers and unkempt sites. Bent Trout Lake was small, but beautiful. I had site #3 which was a back-in site. My backing into the site made more difficult by three sheriffs breaking up a drunken domestic disturbance. Again, this wasn't a situation the park could help. The bathrooms were filthy and old, with spiders everywhere. I knew if my wife and daughters joined me the next day our family camping days would be over, so I only stayed one night of my stay and thankfully found a site at another campground. This points up a common problem with seasonal campgrounds - they don't try as hard anymore, and that was definitely what I found here. This campground desperately needs to step into the 21st Century then maybe it won't look like a set from Friday the 13th. - User2584
Aug 2008 - $30.00
Very nice campground for families. The bathrooms need to be updated but they were clean. There were golf carts riding around and they do not watch for people or cars. Other then that nice place. - mnme
Sep 2018 - $30.00
City campground. Seems well managed. Some sites have sewer. There is WiFi, but as in most campgrounds, in name only. Lakeside. Very pleasant. Probably 65 sites. Some have sewer. Tent sites available. Easy walk to town... maybe 4 blocks. Almost no TV via antenna unless you are somehow lucky. Sites are large, so you are not listening to your neighbor snore. We have stayed here twice... some sites have trees, others not. Both times, my site was level. Good pizza available just a short walk away. - Max_well
Sep 2018 - $31.00
Too expensive for what you get. $31 for a site with 30 amp power. Plus an additional $7 daily entry fee. So $38 total. As mentioned by others, sites are large and private and the bathrooms are decent. But when we were there they had run out of propane so there was no hot water only cold showers. A bad deal. There is no dump station. - Stephen99
Jul 2016 - $31.00
This is a lovely little state park! The spots are large and very private, with lots of big trees and shrubs separating them. Each has a fire ring. There's a boat ramp and beach area on a beautiful lake. The lake is the perfect size for canoeing or kayaking. There are no full hook-ups in the park -- only electric (and not all even have that), no water or sewer. There's also no dump station, as others have said. But there's a water fill hose right by the front gate -- I saw several rigs stop to fill up their fresh water tanks -- as well as numerous water spigots throughout the park. I can't imagine a Class A motorhome fitting in here; the roads are very narrow and there are lots of overhanging trees. We have a 25' Airstream and it felt like a tight fit getting in. But for smaller campers, it's a really beautiful campground with wonderfully private sites. - jeneric
Jun 2016 - $29.00
Nicely spaced sites with plenty of foliage between. The bugs were kept to a minimum. The sites were level and dry. There is a nice swimming beach and canoes for rent. It is near several bike trails and had lots of families with bikes in the park. The rock and agate museum is very much still in development but has some interesting exhibits. The Ranger station is open for limited hours. There is very little phone service for Verizon here. Biggest drawback for a motorhome is that there is no dump station in the park. - Waukenabogirl
Aug 2018 - $35.00
We enjoyed the CG. The host is a nice lady. It is near the freeway and you can hear it. Nice wooded park - was in site 41. ATV trails in the area. Had your own picnic tables and fire pits. Wish it had sewer. Showers, laundry facilities on site. Sanitary dump station-Pumping service available. Recreation building (game room) and playground. Volleyball, basketball court, horseshoes. Sites include back- in and drive through. Next to State Park that offers swimming, boating, canoeing and fishing. - JustDon
Jun 2016 - $45.00
This is primarily a seasonal campground, however, they do have 16 spots for daily rentals (8 for tents only and 8 for RVs). The daily tent spots are all on the lake shore. Two of the RV spots are also on the lake shore and the rest are close and still have a good view of the lake. The RV spots are a little tough to get into. The spots are all grassy and have good tree coverage for some shade. The restroom/shower building smelled musty but looked to be very clean. They have pay showers. There is a swimming beach. While the park itself appeared to be well maintained, some of the equipment was not. One of the picnic tables left spots all over my pants that will not wash out. The volleyball net is falling apart and sagging. The horse shoe pits aren't pits at all; they are just bent, rusted, loose poles sticking out of the grass, and the horse shoes are not all the same size. The playground is a combination of 1970's equipment and one modern "Tree House". Overall it is a nice place to camp with a great view if you're on the lake, but there aren't many amenities for the price. - Juniper94
Aug 2012 - $38.00
This campground has mostly seasonal sites but about 30 sites available for daily or weekend camping. About half of those sites are near the pool and the other half are in the back of the campground in an area that is nicely secluded with lots of tall pine trees for shade. The sites are quite large and grassy. There are lots of activities to do such as swimming, tubing and canoeing, paddleboat rental, fishing, golf, biking, hiking, volleyball and basketball. There is also a game room and snack bar by the pool. I would give this campground a 10 if they didn't have pay showers. - Juniper94
Aug 2018 - $47.00
We have stayed here before with a shorter RV, but never again. First off they charge $47 for water & electric only. Roads and sites are very tight as is common with old campgrounds that haven't done any upgrades. We exited the campground as instructed by one owner who checked us in. The exit around the building is very tight between a wooden fence and a rock wall. While guiding my husband past the wall, I looked up to see a piece of rain gutter sticking out from the building with a little yellow "rent me" pendant hanging on it. It put an 8" scratch on our roof before I saw it. Three workers came out of the office and informed me that big rigs hit that all the time, including a 40' MH yesterday. I complained to the workers and a few minutes later "Mom" who just shrugged her shoulders and proceeded to tend to the hanging flowers. Another worker told me "that's what insurance is for". Not funny. Don't stay here! Roads are dirt and sites are tight, we had a bush right up against the RV wall. We didn't use the pool, laundry or bathrooms.
On a positive note, the dog park is large, clean and securely fenced with pick up bags. - Islandgirllil
Aug 2018 - $43.00
Nice park located out of the way and secluded. Nice and quiet and a small park. Very clean. Good cell service and local TV channels. - cmiller
Sep 2017 - $42.00
Would have rated it higher, but the sites could use a little more gravel on them, as our site was pretty muddy. Nice store and TV lounge, got all 4 networks on my bat-wing with a strong signal. Campground was full, but only one person in the office - had to wait both times I needed something. - rr2254545
Jul 2017 - $31.00
I'd be hard pressed to ever give a state park a poor rating. For Jay Cooke, this is despite the fairly dreadful bath building (noted in other reviews). However, I wouldn't be surprised to see it replaced in the next year or two. We had received notification that the campground might be closed for updates this year, but later that was canceled. Hopefully it means it's coming soon as those bathrooms are beyond redemption. The park makes up for that, though. The campground has some sites that are scenic in and of themselves with many white pines. The park also offers a multitude of activities to keep you busy. The willard munger bike trail access is one of them (the spur trail to ride up the bike trail will have you panting, but it's a thrill to ride back down when you return! Just don't accidentally take out a hiker in your enthusiasm!). There are many hiking trails through the park. Don't just go to the swinging bridge - keep going!! The Carlton Trail is really fun one that keeps you close to the river for quite a ways. Although it's not recommended, there is an area where people like to get in the river closer to Carlton but still in the park. There are limited campsites for larger trailers or RVs. Especially ones with electric hookup. You have to really plan in advance to get one of those if you need the space. With that said, site #1 is both easy and on the larger side. We enjoyed that site a lot. There are some non-electric sites that will fit larger setups but beware that some loops offer tight turns and might not be navigable. There are signs about this and it may be noted when making reservations. The dump station hose to use for rinsing out the gray/black water leaked at the top and didn't work at all. Very frustrating in the moment. So, yes, the campground definitely needs work, but the location and activities still make this an awesome destination. (Some ticks and mosquitoes - deet effective) - MNJessieJ
Aug 2016 - $31.00
We visited this park on Sunday through Thursday. It was completely full almost every night. Reservations are strongly recommended even for non-electric and hike-in sites. The park office is fairly new and staff is knowledgeable and helpful.
There were programs to attend at the River Inn interpretive center during the week. We enjoyed hiking along the river, at the Thomson Dam and Oldenburg Point overlook. There are wonderful biking paths too. The swinging bridge and massive rock formations are the main attraction at this park.
The bathrooms are in horrible condition due to age. The seats are loose and sliding around. Also, you can't get out of the stall without brushing up against the toilet because the door opening is too close. The bathrooms are cleaned often, but they still smelled. They have clearly seen better days. The showers were a little better, however hot water was scarce. We had very cool water until someone flushed and then we would get warm water.
Sites here seem to be better suited for pop-ups and tents. They are a bit short for those with big rigs. We camped in a 25 foot travel trailer and had to park our vehicle sideways. Phone service is spotty, but WiFi is available near the office. We were able to use WiFi in the parking lot and benches around the office. Bathrooms aside, this is a great park for camping and recreation. - brendajoro
Jul 2015 - $30.00
We had a wonderful time at Jay Cooke State Park. The weather couldn't have been better and the bugs were at a minimum. This year the park is celebrating it's 100-year anniversary, so fun things are planned throughout the year. The swinging bridge, rock formation, woods and hiking are always great at this park. I emailed the park directly because there is an issue with opening the pictures of the sites. I ended up with a completely sunny site next to the bathroom (#48 ). Also, the bathrooms are very old and outdated. They were kept clean, however, there is not a stall for a disabled person to fit in a wheelchair, only railings. We were close to the new office, so we ended up going across the road to use the new facilities. Much to my surprise, the new Park manager emailed me back promptly to let me know the bathrooms are at the top of their list for repair or upgrade. She also said they will look into making site 48 a non-reservable site because it's so small and open. Actually, the first 3 sites used to get a lot of road noise, but since hwy. 23 is closed 1.5 miles down the road they are just wonderful. We stayed in a popup. - brendajoro
Aug 2018 - $31.00
I made a serious mistake but just looking at this campground's website and not reading the reviews on RVParkReviews. The website gives a very warped and idealistic view of the property. There are no signs on the highway indicating where the entrance is located. After you finally find the entrance you have to negotiate potholes and overgrown foliage above and along both sides of the road. There are even low overhanging limbs where you park to register. There whole place is an overgrown, unkempt fish camp. They have benches along the river, but you can't really get to them because everything is so overgrown. One sticking point is that they charged more for the site than stated on the phone and on their sign at the office. At check in they even wrote down the stated price on the check in form and we later discovered they charged a higher price. When we questioned the price at check out they said that is their price and if we didn't like it we could leave. Another strange thing is that when you check in you have to give them all kinds of personal details and then sign a wavier releasing them from any liability from THEIR negligence. We will never stay there again. BTW, there was one glowing review from years ago. But bet is that review was posted by a relative.Avoid at all costs. - dehdave
Aug 2018 - $29.00
We were in a desperate situation trying to find availablity for a flexible time and on a holiday week. Knife Island was the only campground that could take us. We were able to park horizontally, giving us a large front yard looking towards the St. Louis River. Unfortunately, due to overgrowth, we were not able to see the river. No bathrooms, only portable toilets, which were only dumped once a week and no lights during dark hours. Full of spiders, not cleaned and ran out of toilet paper all the time. Grass only cut twice while there for 2 months and no weed whacking. Grey water was allowed to flow outside onto the grass. A honey wagon comes around once a week for sewer and never totally emptied the black tank.The sign up front said water & electric included but after a month we were told since we were running A/C it would be $3.50 a day more. Temps were close to 90 degrees. A very rustic campground. Picnic table barely useable. - WEKA
Aug 2018 - $47.00
We read the reviews of this campground before booking and thought, it cannot be that bad, can it? Well I can tell you it was not awful, but other than their price of a bundle of wood, I struggle to find much else that was good about it. Our picnic table and fire pit have not had anyone weed whack them most of the summer. The grass was over taking both, making it impossible to use either. The grass in our site was not mowed either, so that was very disappointing. Our site, site 1, had garbage all over it. The place is run down, with nobody caring to take care of things. I would not stay here again. The dumpster and recycle bins were overflowing with garbage, so it stunk a bit. The road to drive in the campground is a dirt road with pot holes large enough to swallow a small camper. We did not have any trouble with low hanging branches as others have mentioned. Our friends that camped with us had to sign a waiver for their kids being there. They said most people do not bring their kids. It was in regards to the river mostly. If they maintained it, I do not think they would have to worry about it, but again, its so overgrown that it makes the boundaries tough to see. - jejmjj5
Sep 2017 - $25.00
This is a great inexpensive basic city owned campground from which the Duluth area can be enjoyed. Hook ups are water and electric with only a very few 50 amp spots. Most spots are 30 amp only. Be sure to ask for 50 if that's what you need. The grounds are clean and well kept, check in is a breeze and roads are paved. Dump station was ok but a little tight for a big rig. There is a USG factory very near by and creates a low frequency "hum" around the clock. This sound was not a problem for us. Duluth is about 20 minutes away and a wonderful city to visit as is Cloquet. This little park is first come first served but well worth a look, especially if you arrive during the week. - Beech35p
Sep 2015 - $25.00
This small municipally owned campground was a pleasure to stay at. The park is on a small island on the St. Louis River. There are only 21 sites and all have electric and water plus at least one other site has sewer as well. On-site hosts were very accommodating and are there around the clock. Sites are well-spaced (except for 11 and 12 which are too close) and offer some shade during the day. Some sites have asphalt parking areas and the others are gravel. Big rigs appear to have no trouble getting into most sites. Biking and walking trails are available from the campground. One drawback is the large factory immediately next to the campground that had constant operational noise. The little railroad that serves local industries also ran nearby but it wasn't a bother inside the motorhome. There is no campground wi-fi, but our Verizon card worked well for internet and our over-the-air TV antenna brought in plenty of stations. This was our second time at this campground and would definitely stay here again when coming through. - Jay Rutherford
Aug 2015 - $20.00
The park hosts were extremely kind and helpful. We just stayed one night en route. It is on the St. Louis River. Nice setting. The campground was full so they put us in overflow. They charged us less because of that. There was some industrial nearby which created some noise but nothing bad. Would definitely stay here again. - JulieDR