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Big Bog State Recreation Area, MN

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Along with the neighboring Minnesota Upper Red Lake, Big Bog State Recreation Area was formed around 10,000 years ago when the last Great Glacier retreated its way north. The glacier gouged and scraped land out, leaving massive deposits of sand, moraine, and granite boulders in its tracks. Although northern Minnesota was heavily logged in the 1920s and 1930s, the bog region was left untouched because logging companies found it was too difficult - and expensive - to access the trees. Big Bog State Recreation Area was officially established as a state park in 2002 and is also a national landmark because it’s also one of the largest peat bogs in the United States.

Although Wakish, MN, is the closest town, …

Buffalo River State Park, MN

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Buffalo River State Park makes up one of Minnesota's remaining prairies and is a beautiful place to explore no matter the season. As well as the prairie, there is a hardwood forest that runs alongside the river, giving you the best of all worlds. Alongside the Bluestem Prairie Scientific and Natural Area, it protects one of the highest quality prairies in the state and is most popular for swimming and picnicking.

The state park was originally established in 1937. At first it was created to provide recreational activities in an area that had very little. However, it wasn’t until the 1960s that the rarity of the land was recognized. Covering over 6000 acres, it draws people to search for an …

Fort Ransom State Park, ND

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Fort Ransom State Park is set in the Sheyenne River Valley and offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy the North Dakota sunshine. From fishing and canoeing along the Sheyenne River to hiking scenic trails, birdwatching, horseback riding, and camping under the stars, Fort Ransom is a fantastic place to reconnect with nature. The park is named after the 1860s military fort that once occupied its footprint. Today, the land has been transformed into a public recreation area for everyone to enjoy. History buffs will love discovering the park's farmstead heritage.

Planning a getaway to North Dakota? Book an RV in Ransom County and you can enjoy a riverside getaway to Fort Ransom State Park. With a home on wheels, you'll …

Grahams Island State Park, ND

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Situated around the unbelievable Devils Lake, Grahams Island State Park offers first-rate fishing to motorhome campers and locals alike. Originally named "Spirit Water" by Native Americans who considered the lake sacred, the translation was lost on European-American settlers as they mistranslated the name into "Devil’s Lake". There’s nothing devilish about this body of water, though, as it's rated among the top five best fishing lakes in the United States.

Located a little over an hour from the farming town of Edmore, and about 45 minutes from the peaceful town of Starkweather, Grahams Island State Park is a North Dakota gem. Spread across the island’s smooth terrain is rich forestry bursting with songbirds, wildlife, and over 100 plants …

Hayes Lake State Park, MN

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Nestled in the wilderness of northern Minnesota, Hayes Lake State Park is south of Roseau and an hour away from Thief River Falls. The state park is a part of Beltrami Island State Forest. Hayes Lake State Park centers around Hayes Lake, and it is frequented by watersports enthusiasts as well as hikers. The lake was created after the impoundment of the Roseau River. The locals needed more recreational opportunities in the area, and Hayes Lake State Park became a state park in 1967.

Both locals and campers from all around the United States frequent this secluded state park. The magnificent landscapes around Hayes Lake are enough to draw in outdoorsy people looking for a quiet place to fish, …

Icelandic State Park, ND

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Set on the shores of Lake Renwick, Icelandic State Park offers a wide range of recreational activities, including swimming, boating, hiking, and camping. The park was founded in 1964 and recalls North Dakota's homesteading heritage, with a handful of beautifully restored farmhouses, churches, and halls dotted throughout the park's 900-acre footprint. The fishing is excellent, with the chance to reel in northern pike and other game fish.

Dreaming of a lakeside getaway? Book an RV in Pembina County and you can escape to Icelandic State Park. With a home on wheels, you'll also enjoy the freedom to visit North Dakota gems like Theodore Roosevelt National Park and Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park. Extend your road trip to explore neighboring states …

Itasca State Park, MN

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The wide expanse of Itasca State Park is nestled two hours outside of Fargo, North Dakota and four hours north of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Studded with over 100 lakes, rolling hills, and thick patches of forest, this glacial region crowns the headwaters of the Mississippi River as it winds over 2,000 miles south to the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

Opened in 1891, Itasca State Park is considered Minnesota’s oldest state park, but it's refused to slow down in its old age. Activities abound for those in search of adventure, or for those RV ramblers looking to relax and unwind, there's plenty of space to spread out and find a bit of peace and quiet. Keen to …

Lake Bemidji State Park, MN

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Bemidji is an anglicization of a Native American word, “Bemiji-gau-maug,” which roughly means cutting sideways. Mississippi River cuts through the lake on a diagonal, which is how the lake earned its name. Lake Bemidji State Park and its namesake lake were formed by the last great glacier as it scraped its way north on its retreat, some 10,000 years ago.

Heavily logged in the late 19th century, the state park was officially established in 1923, which preserved the last few groves of virgin trees that are hundreds of years old.

The Lake Bemidji State Park campground is close to several other state and national parks, as well as the town of Bemidji, which is about eight miles south. Centrally …

Lake Bronson State Park, MN

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With Lake Bronson at its heart, Lake Bronson State Park offers an idyllic escape from busy city life. Located in Minnesota, near the towns of Karlstad, Hallock, and Greenbush, camping at the state park will give you an adventure that you’ll remember for the rest of your life. The lake was created in 1936 to motorhome camping solve the problem of a drought, while also solving the problem of lack of recreation in the area. Today, the area is a prime recreational destination and is highly popular for those that rent an RV in Kittson County.

At Lake Bronson State Park, fishing, swimming, canoeing, waterskiing are all very popular lake-based activities. During the warmer months, while hiking …

Maplewood State Park, MN

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Located among the glacial hills of Leaf Mountain is a lovely area caped with maple trees, elms, basswood, and oak. Named after its scenic woodland setting, Maplewood State Park protects 9,250 acres of land and attracts campers, horseback riders, hikers, and nature lovers throughout the whole year. The park also boasts pristine lakes and ponds where guests can relax, watch wildlife, or fish.

One of the top attractions during the summer season is definitely the picnic areas and sandy coastline of Lake Lida. During the winter, on the other hand, the park undergoes a transformation. The lake surface freezes and snow completely covers the grass prairies, which makes the place ideal for cross-country skiing.

Maplewood State Park is also near …

Old Mill State Park, MN

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Take a step back through some Minnesota history at Old Mill State Park. A log cabin and steam-flour mill are both significant landmarks from the past and are just one of the many things to see in this Minnesota State Park. Old Mill State Park lies on the banks of Middle River, between the towns of Newfolden, Karlstad, and Argyle. Many people search for an RV in Marshall Country and visit the park to learn more about its interesting past.

Although Old Mill State Park is relatively small, at just 406 acres, there is still plenty to keep visitors entertained. This state park was originally homesteaded by the Larson family back in 1882, but Minnesota bought the …

Red River State Recreation Area, MN

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Make your way to the Red River Valley in northwestern Minnesota on a motorhome camping trip to Red River State Recreation Area this summer. Located in the city of East Grand Forks, the state recreation area is spread out on the banks of the Red Lake River and the Red River of the North. Not too far from here lies the state of North Dakota and the cities of Grand Forks and Grafton. The area came into being after a terrible flood in the area prompted drastic changes that finally led to the creation of a 1200-acre greenway that we now know as Red River State Recreation Area. 

Known for attracting visitors from around the state for fishing, …

Turtle River State Park, ND

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Turtle River State Park is located along Highway 2 in the eastern region of North Dakota, close to its border with Minnesota. Just a twenty-minute drive to Interstate Highway 29, Turtle River State Park is an ideal stop off for anyone driving through the towns of Grand Forks or Fargo.

Established in 1934, Turtle River State Park was one of many new green spaces built in North Dakota thanks to President Franklin Roosevelt's ‘New Deal’ program. The Civilian Conservation Corps set to work during this time constructing bridges, roads, and footpaths that would later be enjoyed by the general public as a space for recreation.

In a state that is so dominated by open prairie land, the 784-acres of …

Zippel Bay State Park, MN

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European explorers and fur traders arrived in the Minnesota region that would eventually become Zippel Bay State Park. Largely, travelers and explorers, there were very few permanent settlers on known records until 1887. A gentleman by the name of Wilhelm Zippel arrived in the area with the intention of creating a fishing enterprise on the Lake of the Woods. A few other fishermen came along, and the commercial operations grew. The fishing industry was so successful that it all but wiped out Lake Sturgeon, and today, it’s extremely rare to catch one (if a fisherman is fortunate, he is advised to catch-and-release it). The state of Minnesota purchased some land along the shores of Lake of the Woods, where the …