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17 RV Parks near Saint Charles, Minnesota
We did however find 17 campgrounds within 25 miles of Saint Charles. You can also find a list of cities with campgrounds or RV Parks near Saint Charles in the left hand column.
Sep 2019 - $31.00
Loved this park. Restroom facilities were small, but appeared to be brand new and well cleaned. Nice dump station. Lots of room between sites. - Harry Whiteleggs
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 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 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
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
Oct 2019 - $40.00
Wonder clean campground with very nice grass sites and is big rig friendly. Lanesboro is a great small town close by with lots to see and do. Will stay here again. - gmbmailbox
Sep 2019 - $37.00
Wasn't swept off my feet by my initial greeting and was told that because they lowered the rates for the fall my Good Sam discount didn't apply. We later learned that there are STRICT rules with everyone followed by the message "You will be evicted." Upon checking out, discussed the rate issue and it was changed after I researched and posited that the Good Sam discount rate does apply. Did not like the interaction. - Buckeye72
Jun 2019 - $42.00
Beautiful grounds. Lots of grass. It's cut nice and short. Well kept. Can almost see the river from our campsite. We walked to the river last night. Flowing good. They offer tubing here we're debating trying it out. I've never gone tubing before. They also have bike rentals, and canoe rentals. Reasonably priced. Restroom are very clean. Showers looked nice size. We didn't use them. Only twenty five cents for four mins. Great place for RVers or tents. They have a basketball court and volleyball (both on grass). Playground for the littles. Store on site has the necessities. Bring bug repellant!!! Absolutely no mosquitos but the gnats are annoying. This area is known for their eagles. We didn't see any. We heard April-May is the best time to view the eagles. Laundry room available. $1.75 for washer and $1.50 for dryer. Firewood available. Very friendly staff. Dog friendly to leashed dogs. No designated area for off leash. Trails. The seasonal people are very friendly. Everyone knows everyone. Fun community. Would be great for families. ***Update~Started raining Friday night 6-29-19 and into the am. The river rose 4 feet in three hours. By 2pm it had covered all of the lower tent area. The staff were awesome. They made sure tent folks were moved before the rain reached them. Not quite what I had in mind when we came here but Mother Nature had other plans. Turned into a one of a kind adventure. Was wild watching so much stuff get carried down the river. End of the day I will come back here. I loved the park, RV area, and the people were nice. I still recommend this park! - RLKeller
Jun 2016 - $25.00
Please note that the Bridge on Highway 250 between Lanesboro and this campground is closed as of June 2016. The area is a river valley with bluffs, and the decor was an additional 15-to miles. Plan accordingly if you are planning to visit in the summer of 2016. The bike/pedestrian bridge to Lanesboro is open.
The campground was nice. There were a large number of seasonal campers and still an abundance of sites that were available for reservations or drop in. We camped Sunday through Tuesday and there were several sites available.
The proximity to Lanesboro is great, maybe 1/3 mile. The Root River Bike Trail crosses the driveway into the campground. This is a great place to stay if you plan on bicycling the trail.
As other reviewers indicate, the owner is very hands off and laid back.
We plan on returning in the near future. - Jim Kruzitski
Jun 2015 - $25.00
This campground was fine. Not great, but also not bad.
Great location on the Root River walking distance from downtown Lanesboro. Bike path also runs right along the edge of the campground. There are tubing and kayak rentals on site. No mosquitos, even though there had been quite a bit of rain. There is a nice playground area for kids.
Sites were long and narrow. Grassy part was well maintained. On our visit, the campground was not full so we had plenty of room between us and our "neighbors". I imagine that it would be quite tight if the campground got filled up.
THE NOT SO GREAT: You could not easily see the river from the sites even though we had a "river side site". Vegetation is thick. There were a few paths down a steep bank to get to the river, but nothing you would want to send your children to check out unattended. The bathrooms are basic campground bathrooms. Pay showers-bring quarters! (.50 for 5 minutes, 20 seconds of water), It did seemed to be cleaned out each day. There are a lot of people who camp here with big rigs so the bathrooms, for us and tenters, were not very busy at all which was nice.
The Owner, John (I believe he is the owner, or at least the guy that runs the place) is very "hand's off" You won't have to worry about him talking your ear off for sure. In fact you might find yourself looking for him or longing for more information like "Where do I check in?, When should I pay you?, Where should I pay you?, What spot can I take for a campsite?" I made our reservations in March for our June trip and all he took was my name, no phone number, or credit card, nor did he assign a specific site at that time. Very casual. For some people this might be good, but for me I'd prefer assurance that I was going to get a site!
Overall, I felt this place lacked charm, even the name! -Nothing was terrible. - Camping-with-Kids
Jul 2012 - $25.00
This long and narrow park follows the banks of the Root River. The campsites are laid out along the river and in the center between the driveways. Signage is nearly non-existant consisting of a little sign on the mailbox opposite the entrance of the park. Google navigation takes you to the center of town: right highway but wrong location. Just head north and follow Highway 250 over a narrow bridge and take the first driveway to the right. They have one good size office/bathroom building with bathrooms that are clean. Showers are $.50 for 5 minutes. The grassy campsites are laid out along the river and in the center between the park's gravel roads with the permanent sites beginning after the park office. I did not see sites with sewer for short term guests. Many sites (particularly along the river) offer shade but you may need quite a bit of hose and electric wire to make use of it. There is more than adequate room between units for slide outs and awnings. Units can be placed anywhere on the grass lots. The lots are generally near level but uneven so RV's need to be placed carefully to be level. Firewood is available. Tubes, kayaks and canoes can apparently be rented (though I am not sure how.) The proprietor lives on the second level of the restroom building. There is no sign for the office so I had to ask to find out where to check in. The proprietor didn't remember my calling, but told me to pick a site. He wrote nothing down so probably doesn't remember who I am. We have been here for two nights so I still don't know how I check out, etc. He was nice enough but I am baffled by how laid back this all is. The proprietor is the only employee I have seen, but everything seems to work and the place is in decent repair so I guess it is working. Verizon 3G cell coverage was good. Sites along the river are back in but it looks like the sites in the center could be pull through. The Highway 250 campground is located in a rural setting at a distance from highways (rural with minimal traffic), etc., so it is generally quiet. Seasonally, if you are near the river you will hear tubers going by on the river. I understand that the campground can be crowded on weekends so noise from other campers might be an issue but during our July midweek stay it has been wonderfully peaceful. This campground is located between the gorgeous paved Root River Bike Trail which provides easy access to the delightful town of Lanesboro and the Root River. In addition to the great restaurants, shops and biking and river outfitters, Lanesboro is home to the wonderful Commonweal Theatre which offers professional theatre for much of the year. We would definitely stay here again. - StillBill
Oct 2018 - $32.00
Large campground with plenty of spots for over night camping. Sites are large and grassy. Campground is tiered. The lower part appears to be newer with smaller trees. Bar and restaurant on site. Friendly staff. The only drawback I found was they have pay showers. - Juniper94
Sep 2018 - $35.00
Beautiful, clean, quiet location on the Root River Bike Trail. Park has a covered pool which can be closed in during cooler weather. Very nice pub with good food. Convenient to Preston and Lanesboro. Golf. Hostel style accommodations for overflow. Very nice park with friendly staff all the way around. - Todd Fogelberg
Sep 2018 - $35.00
We attended a rally. Very nice restaurant on site. A bit dusty and the entrance road was a mess. The last 100 feet were very narrow and no way could two vehicles traveling in opposite directions make it through. Cell reception is poor or non existent for ATT. Verizon was better. No WiFi except at the Barn. OTA TV channels were hard to come by too. - Karen Fredrickson
Oct 2017 - $30.00
Sylvan Park Campground is part of River View Campground. River view is directly across the street from Sylvan. At River View, there are no restrooms, and only 2 portapotty's in poor condition. The road into Sylvan is torn up to replace a sewage line into the elementary school which shares the same parking lot as Sylvan's campground and city park. Neither campground had a host, and we were in desperate need to assistance when on the first night camped there, a major tree limb fell on our 5th wheel. The old restroom at the Sylvan Park was poorly kept and unclean. No showers. - mitig8er
Jun 2015 - $39.00
This park is in town and close to everything the town offers. They do not take reservations and they fill up fast on weekends. During the week the bathrooms are kept acceptably clean, but on weekends it doesn't appear that they are maintained; sinks and countertops were dirty. Will stay here again for the convenience. - Camping Luvr
Sep 2012 - $25.00
We found this to be a very nice campground. Only about 1 block from the heart of the downtown district, so we walked or biked to our activities. The campground is part of a city park. The main campground road was paved, the sites are gravel and most seemed to be level. It was quiet and friendly. No reservations taken, first come first serve. Restrooms were not as modern or clean as we would have liked, although the 2nd set of restrooms/showers at the community center were much cleaner and more modern; they are located at the park entrance. Farmers market at the park on Saturday, and several Amish vendors all day Fri/Sat, so we had lots of fresh veggies and bakery items. We would stay here again. - skate
Sep 2018 - $27.00
This is an old mobile home park converted to rv lots. The lots are large , so easy to get a larger rv into. I found a lot that had satellite view, most lots have mature shade trees. The old gravel pad from mobile home is not exactly where you want to park but just move over to what works. I did not want to get a 40,000 lb mh to far off in grass so I had to use an extension on my electric cord. The electric was a good clean 50 amp, only a couple of lots had 30 amp so have an adapter if needed. Had a strong Verizon signal , the tower is just up at top of bluff. The town is just a short walk and has several places to eat. The bike trail that runs through this area is right along side park. The manager walked out and helped everyone I saw come in. I plan on going back and spending more time in this area. The owner of park should invest in some gravel so rv pad is alongside sewer and water and extended back so electric is within reach. - what next