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13 RV Parks near Rochester, Minnesota
Sep 2019 - $42.00
We stayed 1 night to see family in the area. Better to call the park for directions into the park than to rely on Google Maps. Very easy access from the highway. Our site was adequate for our 40' motor home plus towed vehicle. Hard gravel level site. Very helpful friendly staff. Well manicured park. Good Verizon. - Biker2
Sep 2019 - $43.00
This is a perfect campground for singles and couples. Not meant for children so much. But was perfect for us. Office staff very friendly and helpful. Resort was clean and sites were level. It is within the city limits and close to anything you would want but in the resort, it feels like you are in the middle of the woods. Very quiet. It does cater to Mayo patients but you don't have to be a patient. If you just want a peaceful place but still close to Rochester, this is it. We loved it! - RV Sailor
Aug 2019 - $45.00
Our area was barebones because it was the transient area with a level but narrow site with WES and satellite possible. No table. On the way out we saw much nicer sites; some with patios and more room. Several people are patients for Mayo Clinic and here for awhile. EZ in and out. Good overnite spot near interstate. - Team Asphalt
Sep 2019 - $41.00
The sites were not level; service was courteous but sullen. Very plain setting, nothing attractive. Quiet, spacious. - Sue S
Jun 2019 - $46.00
Pleasant woodsy park with lots of trees. Gravel roads are narrow and overhanging tree limbs are not easy to dodge. Lots of rain made for soggy grass areas around sites. This is a typical KOA park with amenities geared toward families. Access to the park is on a road that divides the office structure from the entrance to the park which makes the park managers nervous about visitors able to enter the park without checking in. Understandable given the soggy condition of the grassy areas vulnerable to being damaged by vehicles parking on the grass. Which may explain why they weren’t very friendly. Nevertheless we enjoyed staying and having easy access to visiting family in Rochester. - Roger H.
Jun 2019 - $46.00
Very quiet and clean park. Sites were rock but level. Lots of grass for kids and dogs, small dog park (was soggy from rains but there). Showers clean as well as park. Room between rigs. Owners were friendly and helpful, even loaning me some tools to make a few repairs while I was there. Have a very nice and quiet area behind the office for Mayo patients. Interior road might be a little hard for a huge rig pulling a trailer but nothing an experienced driver shouldn't be able to manage. - Texas Guy
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
Aug 2016 - $30.00
Very nice county park. Sites are level and large. Very quiet and the place is maintained to a T. The showers were hot and the cleanest I've seen in a park. There are hiking trails, an interactive nature park for kids and a free zoo. The campground host is a gem. The only negative was a lack of ATT service.
The campground is first come, first serve, so if you come during the week you are sure to get a spot. Locals start staking out spots on Thursday. - Happitude
May 2011 - $18.00
This place is like a dream. Beautiful park! Small but attractive campground, great little zoo with well cared for animals, a pretty river and lots of hiking. The newer restroom building is also the storm shelter, and very well-built indeed. For a county park this is good as it gets. Lots of antenna TV, fair Verizon reception. 8 miles to Rochester and the Mayo Clinic. We would definitely return if we had the chance. - rmlarson
Sep 2010 - $18.00
Exceptionally nice campground void of traffic and train noise. It's a beautiful setting with gorgeous Minnesota woods along the Zumbro River. There's oodles of lovely trails within the park as well as a nature center and a zoo. The bathrooms were exceptionally clean. Our five days there were very pleasant. We were there during the flood and the campground hosts made sure we were safe. It was recommended that we move to higher ground on our last night there. It is a memorable night with continual lightning and thunder. We would most definitely return to Oxbow Park! - pocabe
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
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
Jun 2019 - $57.00
Camped for 2 nights in mostly overcast, rainy, and cloudy conditions. What we liked best was the large pull-through sites nicely spaced between other sites. The Friday All You Can Eat Fish Fry for $10 served with a "non-salad" salad bar, boiled potatoes, and beverage was terrific and a great value. The only salad item in the salad bar was cole slaw. Other items were cottage cheese, rice pudding, canned fruit, etc. so not a real salad bar as there were no veggies! The lawn was well-cared for and mowed, and we liked having 50A/water service. We did not go tubing due to weather conditions, but note that RT shuttle service with tubing is $12, not $10 as indicated on their website. - RV Fans
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
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
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
Jul 2019 - $50.00
Seasonal campers do not abide by the rules of the campground. There's a constant parade of golf carts going much faster than the 5 MPH speed limit. They cruise through the non-seasonal sites on an on-going basis. Why? Their kids are on their bikes after dark and have total disregard for vehicles trying to come in and out. Our sites were large and very nice (but we picked them on purpose). We were unable to tube the first 1.5 of a 3 day stay due to the river being high and fast. When we finally were able to go, they weren't allowing any more tubers down the river due to lack of staffing (closed at 4:30). The bathrooms are disgusting. I don't believe they were cleaned our entire stay and the porta-potties weren't cleaned the entire weekend. Bring and wear shower shoes. Camping per night was very expensive and add on the cost of wrist bands for the use of the facilities made for a very expensive weekend. Don't purchase the wrist bands until you know which amenities are available and if you will be able to do them. The man-made water hole was a breeding ground for frogs. Nice idea but the execution needs improving. Thankfully the pool was pretty nice. The picnic tables need replacing and the fire rings need to be leveled. No full hook ups yet prices were still high. Will most likely not return. - Camperx6
Jul 2017 - $72.00
I wish we would have read the reviews and investigated this place before booking our site and staying here. When we called, we asked if they had full hookup sites. She assured us they did, so we booked one. Her definition of full hookup is just water and electric. Only seasonal sites have sewer. "Premium sites" are just grassy sites that you can pull thru $5/day extra) The water and electrical box are on the wrong side on every other site so make sure to bring a long electrical cable and hose. They do have a guy that will come to your site and empty your tanks for $10/time (prepaid) if he remembers to come. There is no refund if he doesn't. The fire pits are small and deep, and close to where you have to park your camper. At check-in, the older woman was working the desk. As she was checking us in, she rudely told my 15 year old son to leave as he was distracting her (he wasn't doing anything other than quietly talking with me). She charged us for a premium site, which we didn't get and wouldn't give us a refund for that either. My kids enjoyed the pool and other amenities when the workers weren't scolding them (they weren't doing anything the seasonal site kids weren't doing, but those kids did whatever they pleased). $48 for the site (+5 if you get a pull-thru)+ $5/adult + $3/kid per day+ $20 per wrist band to use their amenities adds up to an expensive trip. If you can handle rude workers, poor service and getting ripped off, this is the place for you. As for us, we will never recommend to others or return. - TT Mom
Jun 2013 - $46.00
Nice park for weekend campers. Not real great for transients. Not necessarily Big Rig Friendly. Trees not trimmed, low lying area so after rains, it is very very wet and soft. Only two 50 amp & pull through sites. Very deep fire pits, probably good for campfires, but not for cooking. Mostly dirt road, Seemed to me that the people who camp here are "regulars." Not real friendly and not easy to use as an overnight park. I was not given an itemized receipt and as I look back on the charge, I think I was overcharged about $20. - Grandpafurface