Remotely located among the riparian confines of Lake Maria, this campground's numerous walk-in style, primitive campsites offer backpackers the ultimate distraction-free outdoor experience. And, make sure to bring a pair of comfortable hiking boots because each site’s at least a mile’s hike from the place's parking area. Once you're in, though, nature is all yours to enjoy.
Campsite area
Bring your own tents
19 sites
Up to 50 guests per site
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.

Horseback riding
Snow sports
Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Lake Maria Campground.

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Hipcamper Sammi
Sammi C.
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June 21st, 2015

Great cross country ski trails in the winter!

Lake Maria in late August, unbelievably green! Lake Maria CampgroundGreat cross country ski trails Lake Maria Campground
Hipcamper Arielle
Arielle C.
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June 27th, 2016

For Twin Cities dwellers, this park is a backpacker's paradise close to home. It's less than one hour from Minneapolis, and offers 17 secluded backpack sites, with covered latrines. You only have to hike-in between 0.5 and 2 miles to most sites, but it offers the privacy and peacefulness of a much more remote camping spot. There are plenty of hiking trails, although some overlap with horse trails (so watch out for poop!). Just don't forget to bring toilet paper :) This site is also habitat for many amphibians and reptiles, including the endangered blandings turtle. I highly recommend.

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Paula B.
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February 20th, 2017

If hiking to the cabins in the winter , don't forget to bring water and wearing ice cleats or yaktrax is very helpful as some of the trails that lead to your destination will have icy inclines .

You'll stay cozy warm in this cabin , nestled in the woods of Lake Maria State Park . The cabins here are heated by a woodstove .  There is no electricity but a solar powered light is available if you need it . It is a short hike with some inclines .The cabin we stayed in had no running water or electricity but a wood stove to keep you warm and a latrine just up the hill ! Firewood is cut and split , free of charge for the wood stove in the winter months . Be prepared to stoke the wood stove in the middle of the night to keep the chill away . Once stoked , you will be stripping your clothes though.  You know you're almost there when you reach this little bridge over the lake.  Watch for deer dance across the lake at dawn . Venture into the woods around the lake and you see how hard the beavers are working to build their homes .
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Lake Maria State Park
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45.313° N, 93.948° W
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Tent Only - Hike In: 17 Sites
(Up to people per site)
Tent Only - Group: 2 Sites
(Up to 50 people per site)