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Lake Carlos Campground

Ancient glaciers sculpted the impressive natural features at Lake Carlos State Park. Today, visitors can meander around marshes, woodland ponds, lakes, and tamarack bog. These environments give way to a variety of recreational activities. One of the park's primary attractions is Lake Carlos, a clear and deep 2,520-acre lake perfect for fishing, boating, and swimming. Other activities at the park include horseback riding, camping, hiking, and skiing during the winter. If you're into wildlife viewing, Lake Carlos State Park is home to a third of Minnesota's 80 mammals and 150 species of birds at some point during the year.Should you decide to explore the area for longer than a night, you can camp at Lake Carlos Campground. There are over 120 sites that can accommodate all kinds of RV rentals up to 50 feet long. Waterfront camping near Carlos is available in the lower campground while the upper campground is more wooded and secluded. Several of these campsites boast electrical hookups, and some are wheelchair accessible. If you have a horse, there are also seven equestrian sites. While some people like to rough it while camping, others prefer to stay fresh. If you're part of the latter crew, the RV campground delivers. There are four shower buildings, flush toilets, vault toilets, and a dump station. Though there is plenty to see and do at the state park, there are more options to explore beyond its boundaries.



Find the perfect RV for your campsite

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 spot to check out when you book an RV in Douglas County is Glacial Lakes State Park. Similar to Carlos Lake in that glaciers created it, this state park sits where prairie lands of the west transition into hardwood forests to the east. Enjoy rare native species, including Indian grass, prairie clover, coneflowers, goldenrods, and others. If you visit during the winter, you can partake in cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. During the warmer months, the park offers camping, hiking trails, and canoe, kayak, and SUP rentals.If you're traveling with children, be sure to swing by the amusement park near Alexandria. This family-friendly destination has long been a local attraction and features bumper boats, go-carts, miniature golf, batting cages, arcade games, and more. The park also offers various kinds of concessions and a picnic area.Chippewa Park, just north of Brandon, Minnesota, is a 40-acre park situated between two lakes. At the park, you can camp, enjoy a picnic, go for a swim at the beach, or grill out. There are also showers, playgrounds, and other amenities.

Exploring the City

To learn more about the area, check out the Runestone Museum. In downtown Alexandria, the museum has been open since 1958 and includes the Kensington Rune Stone and artifacts related to Middle-Age Nordic explorers found in the local area. You can also check out the Climax fire steel found in Climax, Minnesota. If you're traveling with children when you park your rental motorhome at Lake Carlos Campground, they'll likely get a kick out of the museum's Children Discovery Room. Here, they'll get the chance to play games, dress up, design a Viking shield, learn the Rune alphabet, and load up a wagon, much like the homesteaders would have several centuries ago. The museum also boasts a 40-foot Viking trading ship replica, several historic buildings, and other exhibits that history, heritage, and natural science enthusiasts are sure to enjoy.If you enjoy an occasional glass of wine, check out one of the area's finest wineries in Alexandria, Minnesota. While here, you can embark on a self-guided tour of the winery, which includes a peek inside the wine cave and history of the winery. You could also do a wine tasting and sample over 20 locally crafted wines. Once you're done, swing by the shop and purchase a few bottles for your collection.Who says the fun has to end when it gets cold outside? Not the indoor waterpark in Alexandria! This huge indoor waterpark covers 38,000 square feet and features four-story waterslides, a lazy river, and a whirlpool spa. There's also a lily pad water walk, a 500-gallon splash bucket, water blasters, and geysers. Children and grownups alike will enjoy the thrills, food, and refreshments at the indoor waterpark. There's even an arcade.Lake Carlos Campground is the perfect place to camp and enjoy all that central Minnesota has to offer. Centrally located, you'll be within driving distance to some of the area's finest attractions. Whether you prefer spending time outdoors, exploring local museums, or just enjoying a freshly brewed coffee at a local cafe, you're bound to find something suitable when you book an RV rental near Lake Carlos Campground.


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.