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“Private Campsites close to the City”

Lake Maria State Park
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Owner description: Home to the Blandings turtle, a threatened species, the rolling terrain of this scenic park is perfect for hikers, backpackers, horseback riders and cross-country skiers.
Saint Louis Park, Minnesota, United States
Level 4 Contributor
22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Private Campsites close to the City”
Reviewed September 2, 2013

This park has great forest camping with very private sites with small lakes/wetland views. You must backpack in all of your food, water, firewood & gear to your site. The trails are hilly, but not too long, so a reasonable amount of fitness is required. Our site overlooked at wetland, but surprisingly, the mosquitos were no worse than our own back yard in the cities. Because it is only 30- 40 minutes outside the city, it's great for out of town travelers with limited time who want to experience backpack camping in an old growth, North American hardwood forest. We brought our canoe, tried fishing and only caught bullheads, but were able to paddle into adjacent Silver Lake to swim. The flora & fauna are the main attractions here, with trumpeter swans, wetland birds, eagles, hawks, deer, turtles, small snakes visible each day. We visited over Labor Day weekend, and there was none of the business that one experiences in other MN State Parks on holiday weekends. We plan to visit again and try one of the other backpack sites or camper cabins that are available.

Visited August 2013
1 Thank Lisa F
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Saint Cloud, Minnesota
Level 5 Contributor
77 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed October 14, 2012

It's nothing special. Poor campsites, algae covered lakes, poor fishing. Nothing to do... Luckily we just went there for a day trip to fish... Nothing even nibbled.

Visited July 2012
1 Thank M P
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Cottage Grove, Minnesota
Level 5 Contributor
86 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Great Backpack Camping!”
Reviewed June 3, 2012

I've been cross country skiing at this park but never camping. It was a nice visit in the early summer. We went kayaking, (they have kayaks and canoes to rent but we had our own.) Saw lots of birds including Bald Eagles and their nest! Very cool! We also went fishing and then we hiked to our campsite. Nice 3/4 mile hike and very secluded. Seemed like we had a lake to ourselves. Will be back to this park for sure.

Visited June 2012
3 Thank Trevor D
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Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Nice hiking trails”
Reviewed May 28, 2012

Trails are well marked and wide. Interesting things to see along the way. If you are a trail runner, this is a wonderful park to train at because there are so many rolling hills. It is a state park, so there is a $5 fee if you don't have an annual state park sticker.

Visited April 2012
2 Thank deniseb200
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Fargo, North Dakota
Level 5 Contributor
63 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Can't say enough about Lake Maria!”
Reviewed March 13, 2012

We stayed here in the winter and rented one of the cabins... It was amazing. There is no electricity, except for a box that keeps the light on for a few minutes at a time. The cabin was heated by a small fireplace, which we had to stoke every few hours... normal. The scenery and tranquility was incredible, fantastic, amazing, and beautiful. The cross country ski trails were fabulous and plentiful. I had a blast and can't wait to go back again in the summer time.

1 Thank heb14
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