Camping in Minnesota
By Alex Murphy
Minnesota, appropriately nicknamed The Land of a 10,000 Lakes, is an outdoor adventurer's dream spot, with plenty of places to explore and a few great cities to visit as well.
While the majority of the state lives in the Minneapolis area, to the north, visitors will find access to Lake Superior and miles of canoe trails in a National Park, while the more rural western half of the state shares a border with the Dakotas.
Visitors will want to grab a jacket as they check out what makes Minnesota known as "the Star of the North."
Minnesota State Parks
There are 67 Minnesota State Parks, and many of them have access for those looking to tent camp or park their RV.
For visitors looking to stay close to Minneapolis, they can check out popular destinations with Great River Bluffs State Park, which sits on the Mississippi River, or Whitewater State Park, a summertime swimming spot with plenty of private campsites.
National Parks in Minnesota
When it comes to land managed by the National Parks Service, Minnesota has a park, monuments, and protected river areas.
Voyageurs National Park covers the northern border of the state and is great for canoeing and kayaking with miles of waterways and protected islands to explore. Campers looking for campsites with easy water access can check out Wooden Frog Campground or Ash River Campground.
Heading south, Pipestone National Monument features unique pipestone rocks often considered sacred to those who have called the area home for generations.
Finally, the St. Croix National Riverway is an area protected by the Federal Government, compromising hundreds of miles of riverways on the Minnesota and Wisconsin border.
National Forests in Minnesota
Superior National Forest is known for its Boundary Waters Canoe Area, which covers more than one million acres and has 1,200 miles worth of canoe routes. The area also has plenty of camping for paddlers at Crescent Lake Campground, with easy access to the Lake.
In Chippewa National Forest, visitors will find more than 1,300 different lakes. Many campgrounds offer sites with lake-views, including Cass Lake Loop.
Minnesota RV Parks
With most of the state outside the Twin Cities being fairly rural, the state has hundreds of Minnesota RV Parks to choose from.
If you're staying closer to Minneapolis and the southern part of the state, you can stay just outside city limits at Minneapolis Northwest KOA.
Free Camping in Minnesota
Finally, the Land of 10,000 Lakes' camping experience almost guarantees water nearby, and finding free camping in Minnesota to enjoy all the water is easy.