Summer Guide 2020: Camping

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Summertime during a pandemic is a great time to GTFO of town and enjoy some nature. 

So pack up your gear, hop in the car, and head on out. Don’t have supplies? Check out our story with tips on renting and purchasing equipment on a budget.

But first, here’s some handy links to our other Summer Guide coverage:


Where to canoe, kayak, paddle board, and more (plus rentals)

Bike trails and rentals

Ready to rebuild? These groups and businesses could use your help

Black-owned/run arts orgs in the Twin Cities to support right now (and always)

Black-owned restaurants in the Twin Cities to support right now (and always)

GoFundThem: Where to donate to save Twin Cities restaurants

Farmers markets

Classes and workshops

Now, onto where you can camp:

Afton State Park

Park has 28 all-season backpack camping sites, plus hiking trails. 6959 S. Peller Ave., Hastings, 651-436-5391;

Baker Park Reserve

More than 200 public campgrounds and group campsites. Reservations: 763-694-7860. 2301 2309 Baker Park Rd., Maple Plain, 763-694-7860;

Banning State Park

Featuring 33 drive-in campsites, 11 electric, and one cabin. With canoeing and trails for hiking. Hwy. 23 and I-35, Sandstone, 320-245-2668;

Carver Park Reserve

Public campground and four group campsites, many available year-round. Call 763-559-6700 for camping information. 7200 Victoria Dr. (Lake Auburn Campground), Victoria, 763-694-7650;

Charles A. Lindbergh State Park

38 drive-in sites and 15 electric sites. With wildflowers, picnic areas. No reservations necessary. 1615 Lindbergh Dr. S., Little Falls, 320-616-2525;

Cleary Lake Regional Park

Public campground; one group campsite year-round. Call 763-559-6700 for information. 18106 Texas Ave., Prior Lake, 763-694-7777;

Crow-Hassan Park Reserve

Group campsites available spring/summer/fall. Call 763-559-6700 for reservations. 12595 Park Dr., Rogers, 763-694-7860;

Elm Creek Park Reserve

With a swimming pond, picnic areas, hiking and bike trails. Two group campsites; one available all year. Call 763-559-6700 for reservations. 12400 James Deanne Pkwy., Maple Grove, 763-694-7894;

Hyland Lake Park Reserve

One group campsite. Reservations: 763-559-6700. 10145 Bush Lake Rd., Bloomington, 763-694-7687;

Interstate State Park

37 drive-in campsites; 22 electric sites. Closes at first significant snowfall. For reservations call 1-866-85-PARKS. 12 US Hwy. 8, Taylors Falls, 651-465-5711;

Lake Maria State Park

Lake Maria features three heated log cabins; 17 backpack-in sites, available year-round. 11411 Clementa Ave. NW, Monticello, 763-878-2325;

Lake Rebecca Park Reserve

Two group campsites. Call 763-559-6700 for reservations. 9831 Cty. Rd. 50, Rockford, 763-694-7860;

Minnesota Valley State Recreational Area

With hiking, horse trails, 25 drive-in campsites, eight walk-in sites. This park links Fort Snelling State Park with the Minnesota Valley Wildlife Refuge. 19825 Park Blvd., Jordan, 952-259-5774;