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12 RV Parks near Sandstone, Minnesota
Jul 2016 - $28.00
First, I would like to say do not believe the GPS directions from Minneapolis heading North to Banning. Look for the Brown State Park sign. We were directed into the city of Sandstone, which actually took us to the Federal Prison and south most part of the park. After being blocked by two security guards cars, we were questioned and directed to the next exit for Banning State Park. We're still laughing. The park is right off the highway, but it's a rather long and bumpy ride into the campground. The park somewhat small, but is very well maintained and the bathrooms were clean. We also stayed in site 13E, right next to the bathroom trail. There was a vault toilet across the road too. Just as we got there it started to rain, so we could not have a fire and did not experience any bugs. We stopped here halfway to Temperance River, so we did not get to check out the hiking or any activities. We will definitely return as the park was very nice. - brendajoro
Aug 2012 - $30.00
I stayed Sunday night, so many spots were open. The $30 cost was for the $25 electric site I chose ($5 less for non-electric sites) and included the $5 daily park pass. A State Park Season pass is available for more frequent MN State Park users. My site 13e was roomy. I unhooked to level my 25' RV front to back on the gravel sites. Trees surround each site, making neighbors hard to see. Watching the sun set through the trees was beautiful. A number of people were walking, and the trails are well marked. Two large dump stations are located near the campground entrance and office, which is a lengthy 1-1/4 mile one-way walk on the gravel road back to the campsites. The friendly ranger stopped by and offered to bring me firewood. There is some distant road noise, but it was not disturbing even with all the windows open wide. At sunset all other campers were quiet. Dogs are welcome on the hiking trails. Many of the trails lead to the river's rapids and falls. Due to recent flooding, the trails are in the process of repair, so I don't know the normal level of care. No mosquitoes were seen during my stay. Inside the park, the closed sandstone quarry was the source for many years of quality building stone, including that used on the Des Moines downtown public library building. I will stay again when in MN. - AluminumCloud
Sep 2009 - $30.00
Nice campground. The staff woman who checked us in was very friendly. Other than the mosquitoes... that was the only negative..but given it's Minnesota.. what can you do about that? Hiked the trail to the falls and that was nice too. The ranger came though many times so I liked that too. - spankurmonkey
Aug 2018 - $41.00
Excellent park. Lawns are well manicured, water pressure was excellent as was the WiFi signal strength. Lots of room between sites. Well placed trash cans. We have a 43 foot fifth wheel and had no problem backing into our spot. Pad was paved and level. Plenty of room on the paved streets for maneuvering big rigs. Would definitely stay here again. - BBGuy
Jul 2018 - $35.00
Great park, very roomy. Clean and well manicured grounds. Nice setting with a country feel. Good golf course and casino next to park. Only complaint was at our space the sewer drain pipe was about 1 foot above ground which made my drain flow up hill. This was not the case in all sites but more than just mind. - 69 scotty
Sep 2017 - $35.00
If you arrive before 2PM and do not wish to pay the $10 early check-in fee, you can leave, or sit in the parking lot until 2pm. We decided to pay the $10, and it was reflected on the receipt. What burned me, and I didn't find out until I got my bank statement, they charged me twice for the early check-in. When I called them to contest the charge, they referred me to my receipt.
The campsite we had was difficult to back into as there was a campsite marker light on one side and a trash can on the other. The hook-ups were centered on the site for easy access, included water, electric, sewer and cable tv. Leveling wasn't a problem - JBu
Jul 2010 - $20.00
This was the worst campground we visited during our two week camping vacation. We traveled through 7 states and this was by far the worst campground. No money is put back into this place to keep up the grounds or restrooms. It felt very unsafe as we drove around the park to find a place to camp. The sites were very crowded and the people staying at the campground looked shady at best. The pictures on the website and the wonderful review given on their home page is totally misleading. We were told there was primitive camping available on the river, but no restrooms available on those sites. When asked what people do in the middle of the nigh, we were told they just use the area by a tree - WHAT??? Do we really want to camp in someone's bathroom area - NO! We left immediately and looked for a hotel instead. I would never recommend this campground to ANYONE! - Dilyte
Sep 2017 - $35.00
We loved our stay here. The park is huge. Our site was just big enough for our MH, but had lots of trees and some shade. We felt pretty private and away from other campers. The staff are wonderful. Lots of walking paths. We will definitely be back, hopefully sooner that later. - jejmjj5
Nov 2016 - $25.00
Excellent fall weather and a great time to camp. Campgrounds resemble a parking lot with sites packed so tight there is little or no privacy. However the crowds are minimal in late fall and the bugs are gone. The water is turned off except at main lodge where there are heated restrooms but no showers. So glad to have this park open all year long. Trails are great for long hikes and the rivers and bluffs offer great views. Lots to explore. Don't miss the fire tower and Kettle river high banks. - loopy1954
Aug 2015 - $25.00
This is a very nice State Park located next to the St. Croix River. They are electric only sites. The park is very well maintained. We stayed there 2 nights. We did pop a breaker with the a/c running (one unit) and when checking the wattage, we had low wattage coming from the post. The gnats were very thick so we didn't get out too much, but both days we were there, they had activities going on. It is a very popular kayaking/canoeing destination and tour companies use the launch ramps. Plenty of shade. Nicely spaced sites. Walking trails. - jacknpeg
Jul 2017 - $1.00
As stated in previous reviews, this is a membership park. The resort is very large with most of it being developed into private leased / owned lots. These have park models placed on the lots and are used by the owners on week ends and holidays. The guest sites are on grass with electric and water. The guests must use the dump station. The facilities are in great shape with the pool being the main attraction and is crowded on week ends. The previous reviewer is correct about the use of golf carts, ATV, and motorcycles. The resort has a driving class for 12+ year old children and then they are allowed to drive in the resort. As a result week ends is like living in the middle of a drag strip. Water pressure and electric were strong. I found the guest sites were on the most part easy to maneuver into. They have two shower and toilet facilities which are kept clean and serviced. As mentioned there are flies and other flying pests to contend within the morning and evening. The front office attendant appeared to be lost when I asked normal RVing questions. It appears that they cater mainly to the owners and potential buyers. - A hitch and hop
Aug 2016 - $10.00
For the most part I concur with the previous reviewer. Very clean well maintained grounds. However, the participation in RPI seems to be an after-thought to raise some extra money. The park emphasis is plainly on seasonal site owners. Although the "guest" sites are roomy pull-throughs, they are heavily wooded making satellite TV reception impossible. An over-the-air scan produced no watchable channels. The description of an RV unfriendly entrance is accurate. You must also put down a $10 deposit for a gate key fob as you need it to both exit and enter the park after normal business hours (e.g., there is no key pad on the gate). No WIFI was available. The mosquitoes were present day and night (kind of expected in Minnesota). Apart from the negatives, the sites have good 50 amp electric service and the price is right for an overnight stay. - rjohnso3a
Aug 2015 - $10.00
What to say? The grounds are lovely; the facilities are great. We hated our stay.
This is now called Pathfinder Resort. It is set up for the permanent residents. We outsiders are treated like second class citizens. They are allowed to use ATV's and Golfcarts but outsiders aren't. And they race around with them at high speed day and night. There are loud parties.
They put us in a space we couldn't fit in; we went to the office to ask for help. She told us she had no idea the size of spaces or what was at each one. She didn't know and didn't care. The map they gave us was inaccurate and useless.
The entrance is not designed for RVs; there is no place for you. Cars can pull over to register; motorhomes with a tow will block everything. The residents then zip around you and give you nasty looks. It was dangerous. Visitors are treated like interloper - sfrantz
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 - $36.00
We have stayed here in the past and would return again. All staff were friendly and helpful. Lots of things to do in the park: playground for the kids, golf course, pool and lake access. - JMarr1
Jul 2017 - $22.00
Lots of rules but no enforcement. This place fills up on the weekends with party goers. Smokey campfires are encouraged, burning trash is acceptable as are rugs, parking on the grass, barking dogs, fireworks and staying outside late. None of these are "allowed" but nobody is there to enforce them. Pretty quiet on the weekdays. Friendly staff. Some of the lots got very wet with no drainage during storms. Cater to seasonal campers. Rates were very high for what was provided. We have no plans to go back. - GOTTOYS
May 2017 - $36.00
No boat or canoe rentals. Hard to fish on docks because of seasonal pontoon boats take up all space. Sites are too close together but are full hook up. No planned events for families with kids except bingo while we were there. - Rjpruden
Aug 2018 - $55.00
While this is a membership campground, they do allow public camping. The set-up of the campground is unique and most sites are large. Very clean park, well maintained. Listed as a resort but no resort amenities. Given a list of rules upon check-in that no one seems to follow. While most staff is friendly, they are unable to enforce rules. Management problem? People drive too fast, 4 wheelers, pool is nightmare, dogs off leash. 25 miles from Hinckley, 6 miles from Danbury, WI. - LivinLife16
Aug 2017 - $1.00
As previously noted, this is a membership resort and most of the activity is on weekends (Friday & Sat) as campers come in for a 2 day, 2 night free sales promotion. The sites near the entrance are a mixture of cabins and RV sites used by the resident workers. Most of the rest of the resort is on grass and used by tent campers. Power was good, did not fluctuate. Not all sites have sewer. You will need an extra hose and the water hook ups are shared and are located at the front of the site.
Sunday afternoon most of the park is vacated by the campers. The social activities are primarily to entertain the children while the parents attend a sales presentation.
Besides river activities and ATV riding, there is not much happening at the Resort. No planned activities during the two weeks we were there except for those to entertain kids. It is very quiet. Best time to come is Monday through Thursday when the Resort is almost empty.
Bring your bug spray as the Deer Flies are very bad if you venture out of the sites and the smoke from your fire. - A hitch and hop
Aug 2015 - $1.00
First time stay. Camped under ROD. Back in site. 30 amp. Water and electric at site. Dump station near office easy to get to. Electric and water located between every other site at the front. So you would need a 25' + cord to hook up depending which site you were in. Indoor pool clean and well maintained. Very friendly tubing and kayaking company (Parduns) in Danbury (6 miles). Casino also in Danbury. ATV trails nearby. St. Croix state park about 14 miles. Judy at the front was very friendly and helpfull. Manager not so much. Wouldn't even make eye contact. - Rlachermeier
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 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