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18 RV Parks near Elgin, Minnesota
We did however find 18 campgrounds within 25 miles of Elgin. You can also find a list of cities with campgrounds or RV Parks near Elgin in the left hand column.
Jun 2010 - $20.00
Only a short distance from Whitewater State Park, this campground is best understood as a more rustic, tent-oriented sister facility. There is no electricity or dump station with the only water source being a hand pump. Sites are widely spaced but shallow. Some are not level. This campground is closed from the day after Labor Day to the Thursday before Memorial Day. A quiet, unremarkable facility whose chief draw is its proximity to the Whitewater River, Whitewater State Park, and other recreational lands. Sites are accessible to RVs but require a degree of skill due to the maneuvering, backing, and hills. Tow vehicles may need to detach from trailers in some cases due to the shallow sites. Bring leveling blocks and chocks. There is no attendant on site although a ranger from Whitewater State Park patrols the grounds from time to time. - Jammer
Jun 2005 - $11.00
Very rustic campground. No hookups at the sites and water is from a hand pump. Sites are small and designed for tents, but several can handle a tent trailer or small travel trailer. There are hiking trails in the park and a small playground, but that is about it. Whitewater State Park is about 10 miles from here, and there is quite a lot there. Overall, it is nice campground if you are passing thru the area and need a place for the night, and a very nice campground if you just want to get away from things for a weekend. Not too good if you are looking for a campground for longer than weekend. - bsandey
Sep 2018 - $31.00
This is an absolutely a gorgeous park. A lot of tree cover. My wife selected a site which required backing up between 3 close trees. Takes a while to back in. Fishing piers are very nice. We stayed here for 4 nights. - Cory S
Aug 2018 - $30.00
Nice, uncrowded park. All sites are back in sites. - Smokinghawk49
Jun 2017 - $31.00
See my previous review for additional details. We stayed two weeks during this visit and mostly really enjoyed it. While not a lot of dog friendly trails, there are a few (nicely marked) with bag and waste stations. The grass trail through the meadow and along the tree line is loaded with ticks, so avoid that one. Very peaceful and quiet during the week with a very friendly crew. The weekends however, are horrible. Crowded, screaming kids, noisy neighbors, and smoky fires made it less than pleasant. There is some noise from the highway and an occasional train, but it didn't bother us. We won't hesitate to stay here again during the week, but will be looking for alternatives for the weekend. A $5/day pass is required for visitors, but campers pay $5 for their entire stay. If this park had full hookups and they trimmed the trees along the road, it would easily rate an 8 or 9. - Jerry and Betsy
Jul 2017 - $50.00
Saying we stayed there is a loose statement. We arrived at 6:30 pm on Friday. Upon checking in we were told that the site we had booked was flooded and they have moved us to another site. Our first concern was will it fit our 32 foot motor home and a jeep. They assured us there was plenty of room. So we paid for our site based on their honesty. We went to our site to find the fire pit under water and the rest of the site shall we say very wet but not under water. I think we would have fit but our unit would be right at the road. For us the fire pit is a huge deal since we do ALL our meals over the fire. So with that being said we went back up to the office to explain that that site was unacceptable. The owner laughed at us when we asked if we could have a refund. He said they moved us to an acceptable site. ( by who's standards) We asked why they didn't call us ahead of time as to the situation? Again he said we did you didn't answer your phone? There was no message left on our three phones. This was by far the worst customer service we have received in the 25 years of camping. With that we left with a 100.00 camping charge on our charge card. And the owner making a gesture of playing a fiddle and calling my husband ass for asking for a refund. I can say the wifi doesn't work by the office and verizon doesn't have cell service there. The reason I do know that is, I had to wait to get out of the bluffs to call our charge card and file a claim against them. And hour and half later we were back at home. Not the best camping weekend. - rbtbski
May 2016 - $50.00
Lazy D Campground was the only option available to me due to me not trying to make reservations until one month prior to Memorial Day weekend. With that being said, the customer service on the telephone was very helpful, she gave me great directions on how I should approach the campground with my trailer (34' total length) and the site I would be staying in.
Our biggest cons about the park were the proximity to the highway. There was a lot of road noise. This wasn't much of a problem though, because when the air conditioning was running, we couldn't hear it much. However, it was still noticeable. Another major con was the dump site. There was only one dump site, and it was located by the office, which isn't normally a bad thing. However, being on the half of the grounds across the river, there was no access to the dump without exiting and trying to re-enter the grounds, and that is a lot of tight turns with a 34' trailer. We ended up using an off-site dump-station. They did claim to have WiFi, but we were unable to pick it up in our location. I had great AT&T service, but my neighbors had no cell service with Verizon.
The pros were, in direct conflict with some of the other reviews, the staff was very friendly. They have a lot of amenities: a heated pool, a bouncing pillow, rental tricycles, tube rentals for the river, and so on. On Sunday, they even had free ice cream, which was very nice!
Overall, Lazy D gets a good review. We wouldn't be opposed to staying here again, but we will probably continue to explore other grounds in the area. - joshnichols84
Jun 2013 - $50.00
We have stayed here several times over the years. Lazy D has a swimming pool, has campsites right on the Whitewater river, and has water available at each site. There is enormous variation between campsites at Lazy D so it's of vital importance that you understand what you're getting when making a reservation. Some sites have river frontage while most do not. Some are shallow. Some are on paved loops while others are on gravel. Due to the road layout the sites near the office are high traffic. Most sites are grass although a few had a gravel parking pad. Some sites, though large enough for big rigs, have tight turns on the access roads, while others have good accessibility. Some of the sites are set up with a shared water and electric pedestal serving two adjacent sites, which means that it's on the wrong side of the RV for one of the sites. If you're in one of these you'll need a longer electric cord and water hose than usual. There are a substantial number of seasonal sites, more than shown on the map. These sites are well maintained and occupied by rigs in good condition. Few of the sites are 50a, mostly just seasonal ones. We had a 30a site. Our loop lost power when the loop breaker tripped even though the loop was not fully occupied. Voltage dropped below 110 a couple of times. It appears to me that the campground, or at least parts of it, don't really have enough electricity by present-day standards. Management was friendly and organized. Most of the campground has tree cover. The campground has a history of flooding and there is some risk of flash floods. We stayed hitched up so that we could leave quickly if necessary. - Jammer
Jun 2018 - $34.00
Camped in new (Minneiska) campground. Sites are very spacious and all with 50 AMP. Water and Dump available across the street in the original park. Very quiet location with minimal traffic on main road. Elba (3M)and St Charles (7m) nearby. Many hiking trails of various degrees of difficulty/length. Good fishing in the fast blowing Whitewater river. No TV, Cell, or wifi. (Use park wifi at office). St Charles has everything you need,7 miles away. A number of sites are pull through style. Several new bath houses and picnic shelters. Beautiful views of bluffs. - Todd Fogelberg
Aug 2016 - $31.00
Once again, the park naturalists exceeded our expectations with two wonderful presentations on snakes and Eagles. As noted in previous posts, there is no phone reception, but you can get WiFi in the office or parking lot. The park rangers recommend that people do not hike alone due to no phone service. The park is always full and people seem to camp with friends or in groups. Just be advised that there are a lot of unsupervised children running around while their parents are consuming adult beverages. We were fortunate enough to hear "on top of spaghetti" 200 times and then the kid woke up singing it all over again. We got a laugh out of that song. We thoroughly enjoyed the park, the presentations, lack of mosquitoes and the lively atmosphere. If you are looking for quiet, come here during the week. We thought the bathrooms were fine, didn't have dump station issues, but sites seem a bit short. Most importantly, this park is expanding across the road. There will be 30 or more electric campsites, not sure of non-electric. Trees are young, so shade will be limited. Check the website next year for more information. - brendajoro
Jul 2015 - $40.00
A nice Minnesota State Park. We stayed just for an overnight. Price included an 8.50 reservation fee. Some of the sites have electric and others do not. The site we were in had a tree just off the side of the trailer so we were unable to use our awning. Overall it was a nice park and we would go back. - PackerFanRick
Aug 2011 - $15.00
Nice place to camp. They are right n the Zumbro River and have canoe and tube rentals. Will definitely go there again. - Robj
Jul 2011 - $15.00
Wonderful place to stay, the hosts are very friendly. Will definitely come back. - Robj
Jun 2011 - $20.00
This is a very basic, smaller campground. We enjoy coming here about once a year. Usually we leave the kids with Grandma and visit with friends. We like to rent canoes and take a trip down the river. The views are beautiful. The river is nice and relaxing during the week, and gets to be more of a party on the weekends. I was glad they were able to keep it going after the massive flooding here last fall. - highlanderchic
Jul 2018 - $55.00
We stayed here over a weekend in July at a premium campsite. The site was very spacious yet kind of buggy. It was really grassy, not many trees and almost felt like we were just camping in a field. It was also very far from facilities. There are no sewers on any sites in the whole campground though which is somewhat inconvenient, however you can pay a fee of $10 to have someone come to your site and dump for you. If you don't, just be prepared to have to wait in line for about 30 mins to 1 hour to dump when you leave.
They do have a lot of amenities available, tubing (costs $ to rent a tube and take the shuttle), swimming pool (really small), skate park, music hall, etc.
If you do decide to tube I would like to mention that the exit out of the river is very difficult to get out of, it's at a slope and extremely slippery and muddy. Just have to beware if you are elderly or pregnant, you will have trouble getting out. Even my teenage daughter almost slipped and fell.
Even at the more spacious sites I felt that it was still a little noisy, we had some younger people next to us on each side that were up running around drunk after quiet hour, but the staff showed up not long after and reminded them to keep it down which was nice. I should also mention I used the restroom one time and noticed it definitely was not maintained and the toilets were dirty and clogged. The showers looked okay though.
I overall feel like the place was a little overpriced for what you get, especially since there isn't sewer available on your site. $55 for the site itself which includes 2 people, but then you have to add another $2-$4 for each additional person on top of that. I don't think we plan to come back to this campground anytime soon. - CampMamaOf3
Jun 2016 - $52.00
I had stayed here over 35 years ago, it's much larger now but still very nice. The service is wonderful and the campground is beautiful. The sites along the river are gorgeous. The only complaint I would have is the firepits are dug into the ground and flood when there is rain. - grdngrl
Jun 2014 - $51.00
This campground is situated in scenic valley along the Zumbro River. This is a campground, not an RV park and that is an important distinction. We stayed in a waterfront premium site with 50 amp electric and water. The sites are extremely large and all grass. There are no RV pads but it allows you to position your unit any way you wish. Our site required leveling blocks, and many of the sites will, depending on how you wish to position your rig. My only complaint with our site is there were several dead trees that posed a hazard. They appeared to have been dead for sometime and there is really no excuse why they were not taken down. There was plenty of activities to keep the kids happy. They enjoyed the pool and on site skate park and climbing wall (additional fee required). There is a new office building with rest rooms and showers. We didn't use the showers, but the bathrooms were modern and clean. This was an enjoyable camping experience and we will definitely come back. - scott1k
Oct 2018 - $46.00
I was at another park previously since I am a Mayo patient and left because of lousy park conditions and horrible management. I checked in and what a difference in attitude and overall park conditions. Would definitely stay again. - Solo Rver
Sep 2018 - $45.00
We stayed overnight to attend a wedding. The sites are close but manageable. The utilities all worked well but to this 90 year-old marine the staff was friendly and helped me park my rig. I will definitely return when I have Mayo appointments. - Marine 4 Life
Aug 2018 - $45.00
We had a pull through site at the back of the main office, it was very easy to get into with shade and lots of room. - acadiandave
Jul 2017 - $35.00
No complaints, mind you. But the "Resort" in the listing's name is a misnomer. Tilly's is a "park" in the strictest sense of the word - as in, almost all that is there is a place to park your camper. BUT it DOES have the essentials. Power, water, sewer. It also has a pay for use shower, two washing machines and one dryer. It is unattended and you pay on the honor system or the threat is they'll switch off your power and lock your power pole with your cord attached. That seems to inspire people to pay up. Campers are parked on sites of gravel mixed in with the sod. But it works. We stayed through an all day rain and neither our jacks or tires left an imprint. The access roads are mostly asphalt. There seems to be plenty of room to navigate within the park, however, entry is gained through the parking lot of the unassociated Tilly's Bar and Grill. Don't worry. Although it was a popular spot each night it never got loud or roudy. IF YOU USE THIS PARK - Basically it is first come, first served. Unless you have communicated with the management and they have told you to park in a certain lot. Don't stop at the bar. They are not part of the park. Proceed to enter the park and find a spot. If there aren't any chairs or traffic cones "saving" a site, go ahead and take it. Then go inside the park building, find the office, fill out the paperwork and stuff it and your cash payment in the envelope. Then slip the envelope under the office door. That's it. You are registered. From all the research we did July 2017 of RV parks near Rochester, MN it appears that Tilly's is fairly priced for the convenience of being the closest with full hook ups to all of the services available in Rochester. Would we stay there again? "You Betcha!" (It's a Minnesota phrase) That is if our purpose as with this trip was to be as close to Rochester services as possible. - HunkyDoryKS
Jun 2017 - $35.00
After staying in several of the Rochester area parks, we were pleasantly surprised with Tilly's. A new low daily rate of $35 (flat fee), with cheaper rates available for week and month long stays. Sites were mostly decently wide, especially in the back row furthest from the road, and especially if you get one of sites on a corner. They also no longer charge for shower use, although the showers could use a good cleaning. There is road noise from hwy 52, but not as bad as other rv parks in the area, and it does quiet down at night. Another plus for us is the park is on the north side of Rochester, so closer to the twin cities, but you are further from downtown Rochester and I don't believe there is a shuttle service. No fire rings (another plus for us), and very few picnic tables may bother some. The back in sites looked to have larger side yards than the pull through sites, but it varies by location. Big rig friendly, but that may change as the trees get larger. Very dog friendly with a large unfenced dog exercise area that we let our guys run on. For a full hookup park in the Rochester vicinity, we don't think you could do better and this will be our "go to" location when visiting the area. Good Verizon, at&t, and clear sky for satellite reception. - Jerry and Betsy
Jul 2016 - $45.00
Nice, shady rv park, but a bit overpriced for what you get. Full hook-ups for $45, but few amenities for a park in this cost range. No personnel on duty and pay showers! Pay showers for your $45 per night? Come on! Picnic tables are few, and never one for the lot you are in. No store or supplies. On the plus side: quiet and convenient to Rochester, MN. If you can find an employee, they are very friendly. We have been here many years in a row. - W Davidson
Jun 2018 - $37.00
Name is incorrect! Should be "Hidden Jewel"! We've traveled far, found a lot of "sardine cans" that call themselves campgrounds but this one really IS a Campground! Beautiful, lush shady camping area; spit-spot clean & spacious campsites, great and verrry helpful hosts. Price is totally reasonable. We are going to hate to leave and move on. By the way-not to far from Mayo so if you are here for the Clinic, it's the Lovely, Tranquil place you likely need to come home to. Previous people mentioned road noise..they heard people rushing to places with pavement and concrete while we sit here and listen to the birds, creek and wind in the trees. AWESOME! - Jane Andrea C
May 2018 - $35.00
Really nice campground tucked away in a beautiful area near Rochester, MN. Great walking trails along the river, friendly campground owners. We camped here the first weekend they were open, so we had plenty of room to ourselves. The website lists sewer hookups as an option, but that is really only available to seasonal campsites, I wish they'd update that to more accurately reflect the weekend camping options. We used their bathrooms for showering, which were clean, but small. The bathroom stall doors were very low, be prepared to make eye-contact while sitting. My husband said the hot and cold water handles were backwards in the men's showers. Sites are big, shaded and lovely. Dog friendly. - Sam Bishop-Strand
Sep 2015 - $32.00
This was a very small campground. The bathrooms are clean, but old and need some repairs and updates. We were in the lower campground. We were camping with 2 other families, and the owners allowed us to park in a U-shape so we were all facing each other (in fact, it was their idea!). It wasn't busy, but it was after Labor Day and there wasn't a ton to do. (I've heard from friends that have a seasonal site there that they have a lot of fun activities for the kids during the summer.) They have the rec room, but it was occupied with a group all weekend. The kids had fun playing ping pong and the guys were able to watch football on the TV in the game room. There is a huge field behind the electric sites along the road for tent camping. It was completely empty and the kids had a blast playing football and kickball out there. The mosquitoes weren't bad, but the wasps/yellow jackets were fierce! I don't know how busy it is in the summer, but it was a nice relaxing time for us. The owners were very friendly. We will be back. - TT Mom
Oct 2018 - $40.00
I made a reservation in April and talked to a very nice woman who told me about the park and about their Mayo shuttle. Well I arrived today to find no reservation, the park was closed at 12 noon with no help in site. I found a site and talked to another guest who said the office guy would be back at 3 pm. I found out they no longer offer shuttle service and that was why I picked this park. The bathrooms were dirty with no bathroom tissue and a overflowing toilet. The park has 92 sites and 2 restrooms. I returned to the office at 5 pm to find out the office person had left again. I had my prescriptions mailed to me and needed them. I called number on door and the man that answered told me to see him in the morning. I finally decided to pay the next day and went to a hotel. - Solo Rver
Sep 2018 - $46.00
We were here for a Mayo visit earlier this year and was met by 2 women who couldn't been more friendly and helpful. We decided to stop and overnight here we were attending a wedding. This visit went very wrong we were not greeted by the supposedly new manager who acted like he was put upon by our reservation. We asked for a pull thru which we received and there The problem started. We have a 45 ft Provost and was towing he put me in site 30 that couldn't accommodating a 35 ft. I had to walk up the hill and go back to office to see the manager had left early. I thought the park was open until 6pm I guess they changed that too. I called night number and no answer there either. I finally went to another park for the evening. This park was always my go place not anymore. - Marine 4 Life
Sep 2018 - $41.00
This is a pretty park with level sites and lots of mature trees. It's convenient to the freeway but far enough that you don't hear it. The park's wifi is marginal. Our T-Mobile service was equally marginal. They don't offer any discounts; I guess they don't feel the need. It seems well-run, clean, and safe. There was a sign on the door saying the shuttle has been discontinued, so if you were planning to stay here and needed that, you might want to call and ask about it first. - Pull Toy