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The Baker Park Reserve Campground is located on the shores of Lake Independence in Maple Plain, Minnesota. The campground is a short 40-minute drive from downtown Minneapolis but retains a classic Minnesota countryside feel, with beautiful wooded campsites. However, while camping at the Baker Park Reserve Campground, you'll still enjoy all the conveniences of being near a large city. The Baker Park Reserve is a popular destination for a number of outdoor activities, including hiking, swimming, boating, and more.
The campsites at Baker Park Reserve Campground are available with or without electrical hookups for your Maple Plain RV rental. There are restrooms and showers available on-site for your convenience. There is an RV dump station within the park as well. Each site has its own picnic table and fire ring, and there are larger picnic areas throughout the park for groups. If you're traveling with children, you can make use of the play area on-site. From the campground, you'll be able to walk to the park's swimming beach, and there are several biking and hiking trails that are accessible from the campsites too.
Within the Baker Park Reserve, you'll find lots of fun outdoor activities to enjoy. In the summer, you can use the hiking and biking trails that run around Lake Independence and through the nearby wilderness. There are also nine miles of trails for horseback riding in the area. Dogs are allowed on the paved trails in the area. Geocaching is also a popular activity here, and you can rent GPS units at the campground to help you find the geocaches on site. The Baker National Golf Course is a popular attraction too. For those who want to go boating, there is a paved boat launch on the lake. You can rent canoes, kayaks, paddleboats, and rowboats at the lake. You can also go boating on the nearby Half Moon and Spurzen lakes, which are smaller. If you want to go fishing while camping in an RV at Baker Park Reserve Campground, you'll find several different species, including bullhead, walleye, pike, crappie, perch, and more.
There are fun winter activities to enjoy in Baker Park Reserve too. There are nine miles of cross-country ski trails in the park, with a range of difficulty levels. You can rent many different types of skis as well as child pulks on site. There are also trails for snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and winter mountain biking, and there is a groomed sledding hill in the park.
A short drive east of the Baker Park Reserve Campground, you will find the town of Long Lake, which is home to two scientific and natural areas, or SNAs. The Wolsfeld Woods SNA has hilly hiking trails for intermediate hikers, while the Wood-Rill SNA has much easier hiking trails. These trails are particularly beautiful in the fall when the trees change colors and temperatures are still mild. Long Lake is also home to several country clubs with golf courses of varying difficulty levels.
When you book an RV in Hennepin County, you'll enjoy the beauty of the Midwestern countryside with the convenience of being close to a big city. The nearby town of Maple Plain has a gas station where you can refuel for your RV camping adventures, and you'll find a grocery store in Long Lake where you can stock up on snacks and other essentials. Long Lake also has a coffee shop and a few restaurants if you would like to eat out.
There are also some excellent things to do in nearby Minneapolis and St. Paul. Shopping lovers won't want to miss the Mall of America, which is one of the largest malls in the world. The mall is home to a vast range of shops and restaurants and even has a theme park inside. Minneapolis also has two excellent art museums, the Minneapolis Institute of Art and the Walker Art Center. The Walker Art Center is home to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden and its iconic cherry sculpture.
Minneapolis also has a growing food scene and a very walkable downtown area that you'll want to explore when the weather is pleasant. North Loop is a particularly popular area for trendy eateries and shopping. In St. Paul, you'll find even more fun attractions, including the Science Museum of Minnesota, the Minnesota History Center, and the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. If you've got kids along for the motorhome rental ride, you may also want to visit the Minnesota Children's Museum.