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When planning hiking or camping trips, it is vital to keep track of what’s happening weather-wise. Without knowing what the short- and long-term trends are, you might inadvertently travel into the path of a storm.

Dick's Sporting Goods
(763) 315-5377
11361 Fountains Dr
Maple Grove, MN
 
Sports Authority
(763) 420-2857
12530 Elm Creek Boulevard
Maple Grove, MN
Services
Golf Day Shop, Golf Hitting Cage, Golf Trade-In Program, Hunting and Fishing Licenses, Delivery & Assembly
Hours
Monday - Saturday: 9:00am - 9:30pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 8:00pm
Holiday hours may vary.

Sports Authority
(763) 427-2669
Riverdale Mall, 3420 124th Avenue Northwest
Coon Rapids, MN
Services
Golf Day Shop, Golf Hitting Cage, Golf Trade-In Program, Ski-Snowboard/Bike Tech Shop, Delivery & Assembly
Hours
Monday - Saturday: 9:00am - 9:30pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 8:00pm
Holiday hours may vary.

River Terrace Park*
(763) 295-2264
1335 River Street West
Monticello, MN
Campground Availability
Apr 01-Oct 30
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Storage, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry
Recreation
Rec Hall, Coin Games, Boating, Canoeing, River Fishing, Playground, Bike Rentals, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby

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Ham Lake Campground
(763) 434-5337
Ham Lake, MN
Campground Availability
1-May thru 1-Nov
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Control Access Gate, Partial Handicap Access, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Age Restriction, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, Pond Fishing, Playground, Shuffle Board Court, Bike Rentals, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Sports Field

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Dick's Sporting Goods
(763) 323-8611
Riverdale Village
Coon Rapids, MN
 
Maple Grove REI Store
(763) 493-7861
11581 Fountains Drive
Maple Grove, MN
 
Sand Dunes State Forest (Ann Lake Campground)
(763) 878-2325
Zimmerman, MN
Campground Availability
Apr thru Nov
Services
Non Flush
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Wood
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Lake Fishing, Hiking Trails

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Minneapolis NW KOA Campground*
(763) 420-2255
10410 Brockton Ln N
Maple Grove, MN
Campground Availability
Apr 01-Oct 15
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Portable Dump, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Groceries, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Coin Games, Pool, Playground, Mini Golf, Shuffle Board Court, Horseshoes, Basketball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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Country Camping RV Park
(763) 444-9626
Isanti, MN
Campground Availability
1-May thru 1-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
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, River Swimming, Float Trips, Canoeing, Kayaking, River Fishing, Playground, Planned Group Activities, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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Weather Tools to Know about When Camping

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February 15, 2010 by Camping Life Magazine · 1 Comment  

camping weather tools help you know the weather

Article Courtesy of Camping Life Magazine.

Forecasting the weather is a combination of art, science and luck — which is why weather reporters always deal in percentages rather than absolutes. Even though the process isn’t perfect, it’s still wise to listen to the broadcasts and pay attention to the clues about what’s coming. At the same time, it’s also good to keep a “weather eye” on the sky to look for local or fast-developing atmospheric activity that distant forecasters may not even be aware of.
When planning hiking or camping trips, it is vital to keep track of what’s happening weather-wise. Without knowing what the short- and long-term trends are, you might inadvertently travel into the path of a storm. So, along with packing the hot dogs, pop and ice in the cooler; filling the vehicle with fuel and making sure the sleeping bags and tent are aboard, be sure to make tapping into weather information part of your pre-trip checklist.

CAMPING TRIP WEATHER PLANNING IS EASIER TO DO
Thanks to modern technology, obtaining the 411 on weather has never been easier. For about the same amount of money it takes to fill your gas tank, you can buy a compact, battery-powered weather radio that continuously broadcasts National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather reports all across the country. There are seven channels on the NOAA system, and the frequencies are broadcast nationwide by local reporting systems.
When traveling cross-country, simply change from one channel to another to continue receiving information on current conditions, forecasts, severe weather warnings, travel advisories and other emergency information for the region you’re in.
If you have Internet access, you can log on to the NOAA website at noaa.gov and follow the prompts to search for local weather information. The Weather Channel (weather.com) is another bookmark-worthy site, and lets you input the city and state, or simply the zip code, of the area you’re concerned with to quickly access weather info. Not only can you obtain a relatively long-term forecast, but you can also look at satellite images that show the movement of clouds and storm systems over a particular area.
Don’t overlook the evening news or local newspapers. And don’t forget to recheck that information on the morning of your departure. By accessing these sources, you will have a better chance of planning your trip around bad weather and being prepared for what is coming. Don’t be shy about postponing your plans when inclement weather looms large.
The weather can also take a sudden and unexpected turn for the worse. So once you’re out there camping and having a good time, it’s important to pay attention to what’s going on around you. You’ll be able to witness local atmospheric activities that may have eluded remote forecasters.

WATCH FOR CLOUD SIGNS AS YOU TRAVEL
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