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Just outside of Winona, Minnesota, on the Wisconsin-Minnesota state line is where you can find the incredible Prairie Island Campground. This gorgeous spot on the Mississippi River is a dazzling vacation destination with lovely scenery, amazing river frontage, and nearby cities like La Crosse in Wisconsin and Rochester in Minnesota. Minnesota is chock-full of idyllic camping areas, but when you rent an RV near Prairie Island Campground, you put yourself in a position to have the time of your life.
Both primitive tent camping sites and RV sites available at Prairie Island Campground, equipped with electric and water hookups and picnic tables too. Sites can be rented by the day or the month, in case you have a lengthy RV rental vacation planned in this beautiful part of southern Minnesota. The park’s best campsites are found across the paved road from the beaches and riverbanks of the Mississippi River, with great views and the soothing sounds of rushing water to lull you into a restful night’s sleep. Small camping cottages can also be rented for those without tents or campervan rentals.
Besides spacious campsites, Prairie Island Campground provides an all-encompassing experience designed to keep guests entertained. Live events, celebrations, parties, and musical performances are planned throughout the summer, with activities for children part of the fun too. Equipment can be rented on the riverside, like canoes, kayaks, bicycles, and stand-up paddleboards, so you can enjoy the refreshing waters of the Mississippi River. Hiking trails, playgrounds, sandy beaches, a community garden, and a camp store add to the list of reasons to stay at this charming RV park, so don’t miss out on Prairie Island Campground when you plan your southern Minnesota camping trip.
Any part of Minnesota can inspire and enchant with its scenery and mesmerizing landscapes, so there is no wrong place to vacation in the “Land of Ten Thousand Lakes.” When you book a camper rental near Prairie Island Campground, you can explore the stellar parks nearby, like John A. Latsch State Park, just up the road. The riverside park is known for three large bluffs rising above the water, called Mount Hope, Mount Faith, and Mount Charity. Nature trails leading to the top of Mount Charity afford visitors some exceptional panoramic views of the river valley, and there are rustic campsites to use while here.
Great River Bluffs State Park is to the south and also has magnificent bluffs rising high above the Mississippi River. The dolomite and sandstone cliffsides support a fragile ecosystem of plant life, with surreal landscapes nicknamed “goat prairies.” There are a few camping areas, nature trails for hiking or biking, and plenty of river to swim, fish, or boat around in.
Whitewater State Park is also a few miles away from Prairie Island Campground and Winona, complete with a visitor center that describes all the park features in great detail. The Whitewater River cuts through the park, exposing the Paleozoic era limestone and dolomite, further adding to the appeal of this geologist's dream. Fishing for trout in the river is one of the most popular pastimes here, but camping, hiking, and stargazing are also options in this beautiful park.
You won’t need to drive all the way to Minneapolis or Rochester to get some sightseeing in when you're camping at Prairie Island Campground; Winona is a small, charming college town with quite a bit of fun to be had. This county seat is certainly an ideal place to learn about the local history, at places like the Winona County Historical Society. When you book an RV in Winona County, you can learn all about the area, dating back 500 years through the present day. Housed in the old armory built in 1915, there is an extensive collection of old Native American artifacts, early automobiles, and other relevant trinkets from the past.
The Minnesota Marine Arts Museum is a unique depository of artwork in an unassuming building. This small-town museum has a collection of art from legends like Picasso, Monet, Van Gogh, Cassatt, Renoir, and O’Keeffe, among many others.
The Polish Museum of Winona pays homage to the large Polish population that immigrated to the United States in the 20th century. This collection of flags, regalia, and other artifacts is wonderful to see even if you have no Polish ancestry. Assembled by a priest and run for several decades, this place is definitely worth a stop. Dozens of other possibilities abound when you rent a motorhome near Prairie Island Campground.