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Afton State Park, MN

464 RV rentals

The Great Lakes Region of the Upper Midwest is known for its rolling farmlands and spatterings of major cities. But just outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota, between Duluth and Rochester, is the small town of Washington, MN. Located on the border of Minnesota and Wisconsin on the St. Croix River is Afton State Park. Only about 1,600 acres, this park is on the smaller side, but if quaint is what you’re looking for, then this is your place.

In 1969, the state of Minnesota selected the area that would soon be known as Afton State Park to be conserved and maintained by the state. The park is made up of a combination of large ravines, oak woodlands, and open …

Banning State Park, MN

358 RV rentals

Just a few miles north of Sandstone, surrounding the banks of Kettle River in Minnesota, is Banning State Park. The park protects over 6,000 acres of Mille Lacs Uplands, an area that still bears the scars of the forest fires and growing industry of the 19th century. Even though the land is still recovering, the birch and aspen forests, along with the sounds of songbirds and running water, transformed this place into a true garden of tranquility.

With Kettle River and its rapids as the park’s focal point, some of the favorite activities include kayaking and fishing. Banning State Park campgrounds are lovely and decently equipped, so RV campers often book them in advance, as there's only a limited …

Bear Head Lake State Park, MN

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Northern Minnesota is a gorgeous place to visit, and when you book an RV in St. Louis County, you’ll have unbridled access to everything this part of the state has to offer. A great place to camp during your visit is Bear Head Lake State Park, which is near to the towns of Tower and Virginia. RV camping at Bear Head Lake State Park can be the start of a great adventure in northern Minnesota, especially for those who enjoy being outdoors.

The state park can trace its roots back to the early 1900s when a sawmill was built in the area. This sawmill was in operation for about a decade before fires raged through the area and …

Beaver Creek Valley State Park, MN

78 RV rentals

In the southeastern corner of Minnesota, sits Beaver Creek Valley State Park, an underrated, often-overlooked gem. Fed by the “Big Spring” found upstream, the water is exceptionally clear and cold. The banks are lined by moss-clad stones and gnarled old oak, basswood, and walnut trees.

Once inhabited by Native American tribes that roamed this part of the state, the first European settlers arrived in the area in the mid-1850s. Though they had intended to take advantage of the rich soil by creating farms, they found that the terrain was too steep and rocky, and thus Beaver Creek was preserved. Beaver Creek Valley State Park was officially established in 1937.

Surrounded by industrious farmlands growing a variety of crops ranging from …

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, …

Big Stone Lake State Park, MN

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Stretching for 30 miles across Minnesota is Big Stone Lake State Park. A beautiful area of land that offers visitors countless opportunities for fun and recreation in the great outdoors. The lake itself is the source of the Minnesota River, and this lake is one of the biggest draws to the area.

Those that rent an RV in Big Stone County can enjoy walking through Big Stone Lake State Park's native prairie or can head out on the lake, and enjoy a quiet sunset and sleep by the water’s edge. Those that camp here often combine their trip with the many nearby attractions in towns such as Watertown, SD, Willmar, MN, and Brookings, SD.

Blue Mounds State Park, MN

57 RV rentals

People tend to flock to Blue Mounds State Park to catch a glimpse of the magnificent bison herds that call the park home. RV camping at Blue Mounds State Park in Luverne is an excellent way to spend a weekend watching the bison roam and enjoy hiking through the park. Don't have your own rig? No problem. Browse the affordable RV rentals in Rock County and then drive over to the park’s campgrounds.

Blue Mounds State Park is located on the western edge of Minnesota and is only about a 45-minute drive to Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The lovely town of Magnolia is only a 20-minute drive southeast of the park and offers quaint shops for visitors to browse …

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 …

Camden State Park, MN

53 RV rentals

Camden State Park can be found along the stretch of Route 23 that runs between Marshall and Pipestone, MN. Located just a ninety-minute drive from Sioux Falls, SD and less than three hours from Minneapolis, Camden State Park is the perfect city break.

Before the state park was established in 1935, the area was home to a small village named Camden. Camden thrived as an agricultural community and steadily grew to encompass a blacksmith, several gristmills and many general stores. Unfortunately, Camden was not chosen to be part of the railroad route in the mid-19th century. As a result, its population began to decline, until it was nothing more than a picnic area in the forest.

Realizing its …

Carley State Park, MN

325 RV rentals

In the southeast corner of Minnesota, near the border that it shares with Wisconsin and Iowa, is Carley State Park. This state park is a wonderful place to visit when you book an RV in Wabasha County, as it provides an easy way to camp with an RV in the area. Carley State Park can trace its natural history to over 450 million years ago, back to when a shallow sea covered large sections of North America.

Carley State Park in modern-day covers over 200 acres and was founded in 1949. The recent human history includes that of the Dakota Native Americans, who once hunted, farmed, and sustained themselves on wild food found throughout the Whitewater River Valley. In …

Cascade River State Park, MN

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A few miles from the border of the United States and Canada in the northeastern tip of Minnesota lies the Cascade River State Park. Located in Lutsen within the vast Superior National Forest, this state park has the towns of Schroeder and Grand Marais for its neighbors. This park is an excellent choice for lovers of the extreme outdoors due to its remote position on the map and the rugged, rocky terrain. What are you waiting for, search for an RV in Cook County and cure your wanderlust the way you know best, hopping from one campground to another as you go camping with an RV.

Originally called Cascade River State Wayside, the park rests on the northern shores of …

Crow Wing State Park, MN

262 RV rentals

Crow Wing State Park is a rustic, 3,000-acre recreation area ideal for RV camping, fishing, hiking, or simply relaxing over a friendly picnic. With a diverse landscape and wildlife, there's no shortage of fun activities here. The valleys of the park are characterized by conifer bogs and wet prairies. The forests are brimming with pine and hardwood trees, and eagles and hawks can be seen soaring across the blue skies.

Crow Wing River, one of the park’s main attractions, was most likely named after the shape of the island, which resembles a crow's wing. However, there are also claims that it was incorrectly translated from the Ojibwe word for raven or possibly raven feather. You can find out more details …

Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area, MN

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Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area lies in central Minnesota, close to the towns and cities of Ironton, Aitkin, and Brainerd. The area was once one of the most prolific mining areas in all of Minnesota, and as a result, the land is peppered with pits and waste rock. These pits have slowly filled with water over the past decades and created a picturesque landscape of lakes and mine ponds. This unique landscape makes Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area an ideal place for lake fishing, nature watching, and hiking through some of Minnesota’s best countryside.

This long list of recreational opportunities makes Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area the ideal place to take an RV rental. Making your way …

Father Hennepin State Park, MN

419 RV rentals

Located on the shore of Mille Lacs Lake in the heart of Minnesota, Father Hennepin State Park is perfectly placed for exploring the beautiful rugged northern part of the state. Less than a two-hour drive east in your rental RV is the city of Duluth, on the edge of Lake Superior and to the north is a maze of lakes and forests waiting to be discovered by on your outdoor adventure.

The park, named after a French Franciscan priest, Louis Hennepin, visited the area in 1680. He was captured by Dakota Native Americans, but released after eight months. During this time, he wrote many journals about the area.

Although the park only covers around 320-acres, it gives easy access …

Flandrau State Park, MN

414 RV rentals

Flandrau State Park is located right across from the city of New Ulm, Minnesota. The gently flowing Cottonwood River flows through the park, and it was after this river that the park was first named when it came into being. From wooded river bottoms to oak-shaded bluffs to oxbow marshes and open grasslands, the park has a very diverse terrain that attracts campers from far and wide. For this very reason, book an RV in Brown County to explore the area and its offerings. You could also check out the nearby cities of Mankato and Saint Peter in your rental RV, as they are not far off.

Flandrau was first used as the site for a Works Project Administration camp …

Fort Ridgely State Park, MN

402 RV rentals

Motorhome camping while exploring Minnesota is a wonderful way to see the Land of 10,000 lakes, and when you book an RV in Nicollet County, you’ll be centrally located to explore southern Minnesota with ease. In Nicollet County is Fort Ridgely State Park, which has a rich history both in human and natural events. The park’s natural history can be traced to over 12,000 years ago when the last glaciers covering this section of Minnesota retreated, leaving behind sand, gravel, and rocks known as glacial till.

RV camping at Fort Ridgely State Park will allow you to explore this unique landscape, which sits atop two distinct layers of the aforementioned glacial till. In more recent times, the area the …

Fort Snelling State Park, MN

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Fort Snelling State Park is situated in the southeast portion of Minnesota near the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers. The park is best known for containing Fort Snelling, which was used by the U.S. Army during the 1800s to manage the local fur trade. Besides its historic structures, this state park also features stunning landscapes that range from forests to meadows.

This area of Minnesota is somewhat warm during the summer, although winters can be brutally cold. Fort Snelling State Park is located near cities such as Minneapolis and Burnsville.

Franz Jevne State Park, MN

7 RV rentals

Nestled in the wilderness of northern Minnesota, Franz Jevne State Park is one of the most picturesque places along the Rainy River. This state park is located close to International Falls and two hours away from Bemidji. The landscapes at Franz Jevne State Park are breathtaking, with changing terrain and dense pine forests that line the shore. This 118-acre park was donated to the state of Minnesota by the Jevne family. The land became a state park in 1967.

Today, visitors make the best out of the untouched nature and the Rainy River that flows through Franz Jevne State Park. Various outdoor activities are available here, depending on the time of the year. Fishing, hiking, and picnicking are incredibly …

Frontenac State Park, MN

420 RV rentals

Learn about Hopewellian culture and history, explore hardwood forests and prairies, or just spend time fishing for catfish, crappie, and bluegill. This is just the tip of the iceberg of what awaits those who go RV camping at Frontenac State Park. The park is located on the Mississippi River, some seven miles away from Lake City, 11 miles away from Red Wing, and 24 miles away from the town of Wabasha. The park's proximity to an array of attractions and amenities only makes it more alluring for outdoor enthusiasts on a motorhome camping vacation. Don't have your own RV? No problem — you'll find a wide selection of affordable RV rentals near Frontenac State Park.

The park …

Glacial Lakes State Park, MN

186 RV rentals

Tucked away in the lesser-visited Leaf Hills area of western Minnesota is Glacial Lakes State Park. Its location just off Highway 29 provides easy access to the closest big towns of Starbuck and Benson, while I-94 provides great access to Minneapolis and Fargo, ND, respectfully two hours to each.

Glacial Lakes State Park was originally established in 1963 in a bid to preserve some of the last remaining prairie habitats in Minneapolis. Glaciers that receded thousands of years ago carved these diverse landscapes, and, as a result, the state park has become a site of historical and geological significance.

With the park encompassing nearly 2,500 acres of land, there are plenty of rolling hills, lakes and marshes to …