We had originally planned to go on a canoe trip with a group and it was canceled due to the high rivers from a previous week of heavy rain. We went on this site and mn's dnr state parks site and decided to try this place out.
We liked how the restrooms/showers at the white fox campground had good seals to keep the critters out. The camping site we stay at was nice and our tent was on a small hill & we were glad that area wasn't flooded.
We went canoeing and they have a great deal about $15/person for 4 hours. Plenty of time. We were tourists as we canoed around the borders of the lake to view some of the cabins/houses nearby and it was amazing to see how high the water was in relation to these homes.
There is an option to kayak if you don't want to canoe.
We also went on a walk. This park has about 17 miles of hiking which is great! There were so many different kinds of birds and people with amazingly huge cameras to bird watch. It was fascinating.
For firewood we had brought our own fire starters from a previous camping trip. However the wood the park provides costs $6 but it won't catch right away because it's maple and when it does it will be a huge fire that will last for 5-10 mins. This sucked considering we wanted to be like campers and not cheat by having lighter fluid or similar.
By the second night our new neighbors arrived and in 2 mins they had a blazing fire. I begged my fiancé to go find out. They basically brought their own approved firewood and tiki oil (or similar) and their fire lasted for such a long time and they only needed to add more wood if needed. Next time we will cheat, buy our own and an assist!
The insects here were also interesting, we saw fireflies!!! At night their light were so cute flashing all around us. I have only seen/heard of these things in movies.
There were other bugs including lots of spiders. I hate spiders but nature is where they live. So do not leave your car doors or tent open and bags on the picnic table and you'll be fine.
Also at night the raccoons are sneaky. We left some empty paper bags outside and they came right up and made lots of noise grabbing it and looking inside. We did not have any food left for them, but just keep your cooler locked up, inside your car or tent because they will raid it.
At the other camping area called big island campground the restrooms have a billion spiders inside and outside all over. It's not as well kept but they do have toilet paper with air dryers. I do not remember if there were showers but in the men's restroom my fiancé called me in to show me a huge black and white spider almost the size of a tarantula. Ick! Just a warning.
There are about 7-8 miles of biking trails and one that leads to the town of Albert Lea. We did not bring our bike but others did.
We are checking out all the state parks in MN and others for camping, this was a good park and it's on our list to come back in the future.
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