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How to Pick the Best Campsite Hibbing MN

Having a wonderful camping experience is not completely out of your hands. A good stay at a campground starts with choosing the right campsite for your family. Having a wonderful camping experience is a combination of factors. Some of those are providential, and a few are completely out of your hands. Luckily, there are some you can control. It's impossible to control the weather, but you can keep track of it and update your gear as conditions dictate.

Iron Trail RV Park & Campground
(800) 711-7789
Chisholm, MN
Campground Availability
1-May thru 1-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Ice, Wood, Laundry

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Sinclair Lewis Campground (City Park)
(320) 333-9546
Sauk Centre, MN
Campground Availability
1-May thru 15-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills
Recreation
Playground, Hiking Trails

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Camp Faribo
(507) 332-8453
Faribault, MN
Campground Availability
1-Apr thru 23-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Accomodates Big Rigs, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Grocery, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Coin Games, Pool, Kayaking, Playground, Bike Rentals, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field, REC Open to Public

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Prairie Lake Campground
(218) 326-8486
Grand Rapids, MN
Campground Availability
1-May thru 30-Sep
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Portable Dump, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood
Recreation
Rec Room, Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, Playground, Shuffle Board Court, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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Minneopa State Park
(507) 389-5464
Mankato, MN
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Wood
Recreation
Pavilion, Boating, Canoeing, River Fishing, Stream Fishing, Horseshoes, Volleyball, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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Fond du Lac Campground & Boat Landing
(218) 749-5388
Duluth, MN
Campground Availability
8-May thru 1-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Family Camp, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Wood
Recreation
Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, River Fishing, REC Open to Public

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Pokegama Lake RV Park & Golf Course
(800) 248-6552
Pine City, MN
Campground Availability
1-May thru 1-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Accomodates Big Rigs, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Rec Room, Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Boating, Lake Fishing, Putting Green, Play Equipment, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field, REC Open to Public

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Chengwatana State Forest (Snake River Campground)
(651) 583-2125
Pine City, MN
Campground Availability
10-May thru 1-Nov
Services
Non Flush
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Wood
Recreation
Canoeing, River Fishing, Hiking Trails

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Split Rock Creek State Park
(507) 348-7908
Ihlen, MN
Campground Availability
May thru Sep
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Wood
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, Lake Fishing, Playground, Horseshoes, Volleyball, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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St. Croix Haven Campground
(800) 280-0166
Hinckley, MN
Campground Availability
1-May thru 20-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Portable Dump, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Accomodates Big Rigs, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Grocery
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, River Swimming, Float Trips, Canoeing, River Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Bike Rentals, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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How to Pick the Best Campsite

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Camping Life Corner: How to Choose the Best Campsite




How to Pick the Best Campsite
Tips and tricks to help you get the best site for your money
By Stuart Bourdon

Having a wonderful camping experience is a combination of factors. Some of those are providential, and a few are completely out of your hands. Luckily, there are some you can control. It's impossible to control the weather, but you can keep track of it and update your gear as conditions dictate. And the campground may not always offer many choices, depending upon its size and reservation level. Sometimes you just have to go with the flow and enjoy. The good news—with proper planning, quick and accurate assessment in the field, and some flexibility, you should be able to find just the right spot in any campground.

Private and public campgrounds both have a place on the outdoor destination roster. Which you choose often has to do with your style of camping. Private campgrounds (KOA, Jellystone, etc.) offer a more controlled and manicured park-like atmosphere where the focus is often on activities (movie nights for kids) and recreational facilities (pools, etc.) inside the campground, and are more likely to have full RV-camping amenities (power, water, sewer hookups). Public campgrounds (state parks, national parks and forests, Army Corps of Engineers) tend to deliver a wilder, less controlled experience, and activity and recreation are typically more outdoor-oriented (trail hiking, fishing, boating), and are less likely to provide power and sewer hookups.

Either way, you can improve your chances of an enjoyable, rewarding stay by paying heed to some simple guidelines.

Plan Ahead When Choosing a Campground

An advanced reservation is suggested for any campground, public or private, and for many, it's a must. If you make your reservation online that's fine, it's convenient and almost all campgrounds—public and private—offer online reservations now. Before you do, though, make a point of contacting someone (forest ranger or park manager) by phone (best) or e-mail (second best) to ask questions about the lay of the land. Have a campground map (most have one online) and orient it so you know which direction is North, East, South and West.

When making considering a campground, think about whether it's down in a valley, on top of a ridge, or half-way in between. Campgrounds down in the bottom of deep canyons and valleys can be colder during the day (especially in the morning) because of the lack of sun, and can be damp and subject to ground fog. Ridge top sites can be more exposed to weather extremes and make for a cold blustery camp. Sometimes finding a spot in the middle is best. One that's also sheltered from the wind, but exposed to morning sun, would make it the perfect find in our book.

Ask questions such as: Which way does the prevailing wind blow? Does it chance direction from morning to evening? Where are the trees and other prominent fea...

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