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Lake Byllesby Campground

In the scenic Cannon River Valley, the Lake Byllesby Campground lies along the northeast shores of the Lake Byllesby Reservoir. It’s the largest lake in southern Dakota County while being on the doorstep of Cannon Falls and just one hour’s drive from the center of Minneapolis.RV camping at the Lake Byllesby Campground includes access to 35 RV sites and 22 tent-only sites, with many offering lakeside views. There are accessible restrooms with showers and a sanitary dump station, as well as picnic tables and fire rings where you can congregate in the evenings.Kids can enjoy a run around in the children’s playground while boaters can take advantage of the boat launch to get out on Lake Byllesby. There are on-site caretakers if you have any issues, and you’re never far from all the services and amenities of Cannon Falls.


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Camping with an RV

Camping with an RV

Have you ever wanted to sleep at the foot of a mountain or wake up to the sound of the ocean’s waves gently crashing on the shore? When on a road trip, do you like to stop at every weird and wonderful roadside attraction? Do you ever just want to take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and get out into the great outdoors? Then renting an RV is definitely for you.

Camping in an RV allows you to adventure on your terms. Whether you’re looking to bond over an open fire with family and friends or you just want to get away for a while, there’s no better way to do it than from behind the wheel of an RV.

How Outdoorsy Works

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Find the perfect RV

Choose your location, dates, and send the owner a request to book.

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Delivery or Pickup

Arrange a pick up time with the owner or have it delivered to your driveway or destination.

Let us help

Most owners have the option to deliver and set up the RV right to your destination.

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Adventure awaits!

Enjoy the freedom of the open road nd the assurance of 24/7 roadside assistance.

After your trip, return the RV to the owner on the same condition you recieved it.

The Great Outdoors

A highlight of RV camping at the Lake Byllesby Campground is birdwatching in the surrounding park, which has been designated as an Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society. Great-horned owls, bald eagles, and downy woodpeckers have all been recorded here, as have cedar waxwings and yellow-rumped warblers. Lake Byllesby is also an angler’s paradise, with black bullhead, channel catfish, and white crappies all for the taking.If you drive east along the Cannon River, you’ll arrive at the Miesville Ravine Park Reserve, which protects around 1,600 acres of biologically diverse land. A network of hiking trails winds through its mature oak, cottonwood, and white pine forests while un-groomed trails for snowshoeing are available in the winter months. Fishing for brook trout is also popular, as is picnicking at the various shelters that dot the reserve.Just over an hour’s drive east of the Lake Byllesby Campground is the Five-Mile Bluff Prairie State Natural Area, which overlooks the meeting of the Chippewa and Mississippi rivers. The prairie sprawls across 300-foot-high river bluffs and attracts a variety of migratory bird species in the spring, with forested tracks of aspen, chokecherry, and staghorn sumac. The Five-Mile Bluff Prairie State Natural Area borders the Nelson-Trevino Bottoms State Natural Area, a large, undisturbed portion of what is the largest delta floodplain forest in the upper Midwest. Pileated woodpeckers, blue-gray gnatcatchers, and broad-winged hawks have all been recorded here, together with myriad native plant species.

Exploring the City

Campsites at the Lake Byllesby Campground are just five minutes' drive from Cannon Falls, where you’ll find a couple of supermarkets for stocking up on grocery supplies. There are also numerous gas stations here if you need to fill up your RV rental and a handful of restaurants for dining out.The campsites at Lake Byllesby Campground are a good base for visiting Minneapolis and its “twin city” of St. Paul, which are renowned for their fine museums and scenic parks. Get your cultural fix at the Walker Art Center where contemporary works are displayed, then stroll through the adjacent Minneapolis Sculpture Garden where Claes Oldenburg’s famous Spoonbridge and Cherry is exhibited. You can delve into the region’s industrial past at the Mill City Museum, then enjoy a walk along the landmark Minneapolis Stone Arch Bridge. Shoppers should head directly to the immense Mall of America, which is home to more than 550 stores and boasts its very own theme park.If you’re visiting St. Paul during your motorhome rental vacation, you can get hands-on at the Science Museum of Minnesota or explore the interactive exhibits at the Minnesota History Center. Green thumbs and animal enthusiasts shouldn’t miss a visit to the Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, which is an ideal destination for families. Also of note is the Minnesota State Capitol building, which was designed by renowned American architect Cass Gilbert in an Italian Renaissance-Beaux Arts style. Join a guided tour to learn about the history of the building and the important decisions that have been made here while admiring the paintings depicting scenes from the Civil War.Drive in the other direction from Cannon Falls, and you’ll arrive in Rochester, which is famed as the birthplace of the Mayo Clinic. Join a guided tour of the co-founder Dr. Charles Mayo’s former mansion, Mayowood, and visit the iconic Plummer Building that dominates the Mayo campus. Another architectural landmark not to miss is Plummer House, an early 20th-century, Tudor-style mansion that was once owned by Dr. Henry Stanley Plummer. It’s now open to the public to explore its period-furnished rooms and landscaped grounds.Whether you want to explore the museums of Minneapolis and Rochester or go birdwatching in the prairies of southeast Minnesota, book an RV in Dakota County and start planning your next vacation.


Whether you’re on or off the grid, you have options when it comes to powering your RV. Here are the pros and cons for each.
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All towables

Trailer

Trailers for all types of towing vehicles, including SUVs and pickups.

Folding Trailer

Trailers you can tow with passenger vehicles or SUVs. A great way to transform average cars into adventure cars.

Fifth-Wheel

Larger trailers that attach to towing vehicles with a gooseneck extension in the truck bed.

Toy Hauler

Living quarters in the front with dedicated space for hauling motorcycles or other “toys” in the back.

Utility Trailer

All other types of towable trailers.

All drivables

Class C

Popular with small families and first-time RV drivers who want a little more room than a van. Comparable to driving a truck.

Camper Van

The smallest and nimblest of fully enclosed RVs. Drives like a van. Loves posing for Instagram.

Class B

A formal-sounding name for camper van, but just as photogenic.

Class A

Drivers should be comfortable driving bus-sized vehicles and dealing with parking limitations. Great for delivery.

Truck Camper

If you can drive a truck, you can drive a truck camper. Makes roughing it significantly less rough.

Other

All other types of drivable vehicles.

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Questions about RVs?

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What type of RV should I choose?

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Start by determining how many people are planning to travel with you. Going on a solo-journey? Choose a camper van or a teardrop trailer. Bringing the whole family along for the ride? Consider a spacious Class A or five-wheel.

You’ll also want to consider amenities. For example, if you’re planning to cook on the road, you’ll want a kitchenette. If your campground doesn’t have public restrooms, you’ll want to search RVs with bathrooms. Check out full descriptions of our models to help you decide here.


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Do the RVs have bathrooms?

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Yes. Class A’s, Class B’s, and Class C’s and five-Wheels typically have bathrooms. Depending on where you plan on camping, you’ll want to double-check the availability of restrooms if selecting a rig without a bathroom. Nervous about renting an RV with a bathroom? Owners can help show you how to clean the tank or will offer to do it for you for a fee.


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How does check-in work?

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Once an Owner approves your RV reservation, you can coordinate a time to pick up your rig or have it delivered to your doorstep or campsite. At that point, the owner will do a key exchange with you and walk you through the RV and answer any questions you might have.