Just a 15-minute drive from the heart of St. Paul, the Lake Elmo Park Reserve Campground is a picture-perfect RV park on the edge of the “Twin Cities.” It offers direct access to 2,165 acres of hilly landscapes and lakes that offer everything from hiking to boating and horseback riding.RV camping at the Lake Elmo Park Reserve Campground includes access to 80 RV sites, with 20/30/50-amp electric connections. Most sites are back-in, although there are a few pull-through sites, and some have sewer hookups. RVers can take advantage of the picnic tables and fire rings that are provided at each site while modern bathrooms and water are available at the Nordic Center. Pets are not permitted at the RV park.
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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
Find the perfect RV
Choose your location, dates, and send the host a request to book.
Delivery or Pickup
Arrange a pick up time with the host or have it delivered to your driveway or destination.
Let us help
Most hosts have the option to deliver and set up the RV right to your destination.
Enjoy the freedom of the open road nd the assurance of 24/7 roadside assistance.
After your trip, return the RV to the host in the same condition you recieved it.
While camping at the Lake Elmo Park Reserve Campground, you can get active in the 2,165 acres of protected landscapes that surround the RV park. It’s gradually being returned to its natural state when the land was blanketed in forest and prairie, before the arrival of mid-19th-century settlers. Weasels, red foxes, and white-tailed deer inhabit the park while woodpeckers, cottontail rabbits, and pheasants are also regularly spotted. Boaters can launch their vessels on the waters of Eagle Point Lake and Lake Elmo or head north to Sunfish Lake Park, which encompasses 284 acres of woodland, wetland, and prairie wildlife habitat that’s traversed by hiking and snow skiing trails.A short drive east of the Lake Elmo Park Reserve Campground is the St. Croix Savanna Scientific and Natural Area, which lies on the southern edge of Bayport. It protects one of the best remaining examples of hill prairie along the Lower St Croix National Scenic Riverway, with a bluff that boasts impressive views across the waterway. It’s botanically significant for its documentation of kittentails and James’ Polanisia, which are threatened and endangered (respectively) in Minnesota, as well as featuring a diversity of prairie flowers that ignite during the summer months. If you’re visiting in late autumn, the golden native grasses are quite spectacular, and you may even glimpse swans and eagles migrating down the river.Just across the border in Wisconsin is the Willow River State Park, which centers around Willow Falls that drops 200 feet into a deep gorge. Originally inhabited by the Santee Sioux and Ojibwe tribes, European settlers moved into the area in the early 19th century, establishing logging and wheat farming industries. Today, it’s one of the most visited state parks in Wisconsin, with boating and fishing both popular on the waters of Little Falls Lake. You can stretch your legs along the Hidden Ponds Nature Trail or the longer Burkhardt Trail, which offers impressive views above the falls from its overlooks. Swimming is also permitted on the southern shore of Little Falls Lake, while rock climbers can tackle the bolted sport climbs on the gorge walls.
Campsites at the Lake Elmo Park Reserve Campground are just 10 minutes' drive from the shops and services of Woodbury, where you’ll find a Walmart and large supermarkets where you can stock up on grocery supplies. There are also gas stations here and in neighboring Oakdale if you need to fill up your RV rental and a wide selection of fast-food restaurants and eateries if you don’t feel like cooking.One of the reasons the Lake Elmo Park Reserve Campground is so popular is its proximity to the “twin cities” of Minneapolis and St. Paul. St. Paul is home to the Science Museum of Minnesota, which is packed with hands-on exhibits and dinosaur specimens, as well as the Minnesota History Center and the Cass Gilbert–designed Minnesota State Capitol. Architecture enthusiasts shouldn’t miss a visit to the Cathedral of Saint Paul, a Beaux-Arts landmark that dates to 1915 or the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory within Como Regional Park.A short hop to the west will see you in the heart of Minneapolis, which is dotted with picturesque parks and lakes. Get your cultural fix at the Walker Art Center where contemporary works are displayed and stroll through the adjacent Minneapolis Sculpture Garden where Claes Oldenburg’s famous "Spoonbridge and Cherry" sculpture is on show. The Mill City Museum is the place to head if you’re interested in the region’s industrial heritage, while the sprawling Mall of America boasts more than 500 stores to satisfy your shopping needs.Whether you want to get cultured in the museums of Minneapolis and St. Paul or escape to the prairies surrounding Lake Elmo, book an RV in Washington County and start planning your next vacation.
What type of RV should I choose?
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.
Do the RVs have bathrooms?
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.
How does check-in work?