Minnesota is known for the stunningly beautiful shores of Lake Superior, and the innumerable small lakes just outside Minneapolis, but one area that doesn’t get a whole lot of attention is its southern third. Down along its border with Iowa is a completely different side of the state. In the region known as the “Driftless Plains,” you’ll find deep valleys cut by the Mississippi River and angular hills that were passed over by the glaciers that smoothed out the rest of the state. It’s a place of unique beauty, and one of the best places to go camping with an RV is Lake Louise State Park.The park spans over 1,000 acres, encompassing vast expanses of grassland in addition to the 25-acre human-made lake. When you choose a campsite at Lake Louise Campground, you’ll have access to electrical hookups, hot showers, flush toilets, and a dump station. As would be expected from such a large state park, there’s also a wonderful network of hiking and biking trails, a swimming beach, and a ramp for launching your boat into Lake Louise.One of the best parts about RV camping at Lake Louise Campground, though, is its accessibility. Highway 56 runs along the park’s southern border, and Interstate 90 is only half an hour’s drive away. If you need a good day trip, Rochester is about half an hour's drive away, and La Crosse is 90 minutes' drive from the campground. No matter what you plan to do during your Lake Louise Campground camping trip, it’s almost sure to be close by.
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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.
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Enjoy the freedom of the open road nd the assurance of 24/7 roadside assistance.
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You’ll probably spend at least a few days of your motorhome camping trip exploring Lake Louise State Park, but if you’re in need of more outdoor spaces, southeastern Minnesota has plenty to choose from. One of the more popular attractions is the Quarry Hill Nature Center in nearby Rochester. Formerly part of the state hospital, it has been turned into a large city park with a beautiful network of trails to enjoy. In the winter, there’s even a groomed cross-country skiing track set up at the center.Rochester also has a bevy of great golf courses to choose from. The state of Minnesota has the highest number of golf courses per capita, and even their municipal courses are as good as some of the country clubs in other parts of the U.S.When you book an RV in Mower County, MN and are looking for a peaceful place to enjoy nature, try Masonic Park, outside Spring Valley. The massive rock face is the main attraction, but many visitors come here simply to take in the tranquil scenery and the sounds of a babbling brook. It’s a wonderful place for a family picnic or a nice place to read a book by yourself.If cycling is on the agenda, the Douglas Trail outside Rochester is a fantastic choice. The trail runs for 12.5 miles along the old Chicago Great Western Rail Corridor, passing the towns of Douglas and Pine Island in the process. It’s all paved and nearly flat, making this a great option for those that would like a relatively easy adventure. Bicycles for rent are found in several Douglas shops. For some variety, there’s also the Cannon Valley Trail between Cannon Falls and Red Wing. It’s not too far away when you camp in an RV near Rochester and adds another 20 miles of cycling adventure.
The closest town to Lake Louise is Le Roy, on the Iowa border and just outside the state park. It has a gas station (through the truck stop on nearby Highway 63 is another option), a restaurant, and a small grocery store, but little else to attract visitors. Most people camping at Lake Louise Campground travel to the city of Rochester when in need of entertainment and urban amenities.If you’ve heard of Rochester, it’s almost certainly in the context of the world-famous Mayo Clinic, which is headquartered there. The hospital isn’t the only thing attracting people to this corner of the state, though; those wanting an ethical zoo trip will love the Zollman Zoo, with it’s 30 or so species – all of which are native to Minnesota and have injuries that would make it impossible to release them back into the wild.Fans of auto racing should check out Deer Creek Speedway, rated one of the most state-of-the-art tracks in the Midwest. It’s a dirt track, but with high banks and fast-paced races. Check the track’s schedule to see if any events are happening during your stay at the campground.
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.
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