Hipcamp host Daniel C.,
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During the summer months through August 15, campers can check in as early as noon on the day they are arriving as long as they make arrangements for the time with us.  This is due to Jane's summer work schedule.

First, we would like to thank the dozens of wonderful campers we had last year and those that helped NRPines be selected as a finalist for being the Best Hipca


During the summer months through August 15, campers can check in as early as noon on the day they are arriving as long as they make arrangements for the time with us.  This is due to Jane's summer work schedule.

First, we would like to thank the dozens of wonderful campers we had last year and those that helped NRPines be selected as a finalist for being the Best Hipcamps in Minnesota. We look forward to many more memorable family experiences. The River Farm was nicknamed by locals as the “Jewel of Waseca County”, because the stunningly scenic 40-acre property overlooks a pond,  and the Le Sueur River Valley where no houses/farms can be seen from most of the North Ridge Pines property.  Skylines magnify the very diverse topography of rolling hills, majestic pine & oak forests to wetlands and is full of prairie grasses, wildflowers & wildlife.  Meet “Red”, our Tennessee Walker gelding, that likes to get his picture taken with children.  Whitetail deer live next to the creek along with countless variety of song and game birds. Audubon picture  photo opportunities exist for those with a love of birds. 

Our focus has been quality over quantity by having only few private campsites located to maximize peaceful tranquility.  North Ridge Pines is not a congested party campground, but a quiet and private family escape location with campsites being kept visually and audially far apart from other campers. We check the grounds to assist as needed and to help ensure safety and amenities like firewood. Each campsite offers a firepit and their own private enclosed latrine accommodations and other amenities as requested. For many guests having the option of complete privacy is one of the things NRPines can provide for those only looking for quiet and covid-free solitude. Hosts have been covid vaccinated and we follow covid procedures for your safety.

For those with a more adventurous spirt the Creekside trail offers criss-crossing trails through a variety of changing terrain.  Local communities offer a variety of things to do  nearby that includes waterfalls and buffalo near Mankato, biking through lake country on the MN State Trail, and we have 3 bikes, a canoe, kayak, paddle boat, and games free of charge along with a daily supply of firewood that is left near the camp-rings and more tarped at the property. Limited electrical hookups, generators, cookstoves are available, but the bringing of any pet would need to be cleared prior to booking.

Based on the time of year, for those interested in  farming opportunities about hydroponics, woodcrafts, & etc. we are able to share about activities we doi including boiling down sap to making aronia syrups and beverages from our organically grown crops. NRPines offers free kayaking, canoeing, paddle boating and has a 20-foot deep 4-acrepond at this MN Grown aronia-berry family farm. Owners are full-time educators that are in the process renovating a traditional barn to offer future outdoor related classes varying from homesteading to baking and woodcraft instruction. Our 27' Forest River Camper (sleeps 8) is available should you chose not to bring your own camper and is listed as a separate listing. 

Historically the land itself was once owned by Ulysses S. Grant & purchased from former MN Speaker of the House Rodney Searle who had congressional gatherings back in the 1970's & who was a conservationist far ahead of his time.

Please read the rules for your safety and to respect others. To keep prices down we ask you pack out the trash you bring in. Life jackets are kept by the dock and feel free to call for any questions or clarification concerning check in times during the week verses weekends.  Looking forward to a meaningful, relaxing and memorable visit.   Dan and Jane

Campsite area
Tent or RV sites
3 sites
Up to 10 guests per site
Up to 3 vehicles
Wheelchair access
RV Information
Travel trailers, Fifth wheels, Toy haulers, Pop-up campers, Class A RVs, Class B RVs, Class C RVs, Campervans, and Cars allowed
Vehicles under 45 feet allowed
Pull-through site
Accommodates slideouts
Surface type: grass-or-field
Surface levelness: requires leveling
Generators allowed
Hookups: No electricity, water, sewage, or TV connection
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
No pets
Potable water available
Picnic table available
No kitchen
No showers
No wifi
Pack it out
Have a question? Send Daniel a message!
  • Check in: After 5PM
  • Check out: Before 4PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 6 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 20% off

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Hipcamper Inna

Beautiful camping experience

Inna B.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
June 13th, 2022

Beautiful camping experience! Daniel and his wife are the sweetest hosts. They welcomed us onto the property, helped us get situated, made sure we had everything we needed and occasionally showed up to make sure we were doing ok. Property is absolutely beautiful!

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Hipcamper Daniel
Response from Daniel, the Host, on June 15th, 2022

Enjoyed your stay here as well it is always a pleasure to serve such a wonderful family. Dan and Jane

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Hipcamper Amber
Amber T.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
May 27th, 2022

The property is beautiful, we liked the secluded campsite, and Dan was a gracious host as we arrived late but he still escorted us to our site, gave us firewood and made sure we had everything we needed. We wish we could have stayed longer to enjoy the property and little lake!

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Hipcamper terry

A 5 star camping experience

Terry J.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
May 23rd, 2022

We had an exceptional time camping on Daniel’s land. The campsites are spaced to provide plenty of privacy. The view from our campsite (#1) was spectacular.
Our hosts Daniel and Jane made sure that we had everything that we needed including privacy to enjoy our beautiful and peaceful surroundings. Definitely a 5-Star camping experience.

Hipcamper Courtney

Camping under the full moon!

Courtney D.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
May 15th, 2022

We had such a beautiful stay! Dan set us up with a camp spot (5) secluded in the woods with a picnic table, toilet and shelter, fire pit, and firewood! The property is beautiful with trails and multiple ponds. They also offered us alternatives if it rained but the weather was great, full moon! Thank you both for hosting and opening up your land for travelers to enjoy!

Hipcamper Steve
Steve B.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
October 28th, 2021

Super nice people, very accomodating.

Hipcamper Sarah

Quiet peaceful and beautiful!

Sarah L.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
October 10th, 2021

Dan and Jane we are extremely welcoming and accommodating, making sure we had everything we needed right away, then leaving us to our peaceful evening away from the city. Beautiful property, beautiful sunrise view from campsite 1, thanks so much!

Hipcamper Michelle
Michelle D.
recommends this listing.
(Site 4)
September 26th, 2021

Beautiful spot, great host! Thanks Dan!!

Hipcamper Meagan

Great farm

Meagan D.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
September 26th, 2021

We had a great time camping here with alot of children. The host always checked on us to make sure that we are okay or to see if we need anything like water or firewood. The children enjoyed going up and down the hill. They caught frogs, crickets, grasshoppers and monarch butterflies. We also took the kayak for a spin in the pond. I will definitely be back soon.

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Hipcamper Jeffrey
Jeffrey A.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
September 17th, 2021

Had a great time here! The property is beautiful and Dan was very accommodating.


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