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Mn River Valley Sanctuary

6 sites · RVs, Tents8 acres · Franklin, MN
Welcome, we have a small flock of waterfowl and chickens and a herd of goats to interact with, volunteer some time in our organic garden, peer up into endless night skies or use us a s a base camp to go exploring the several county and state parks, Natural and Scientific areas, hiking trails and local communities. We are located about 5 miles from either Franklin or Fairfax and less than 20 minutes to Redwood Falls, Jackpot Junction and New Ulm.
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Stadings Farm & Ranch

5 sites · RVs15 acres · Lake Crystal, MN
Enjoy a peaceful campsite along side a prairie lake in Southern MN, where towering oaks shade and fill the landscape. Walk through the woods and tall prairie grass. Sit by the lake with a campfire as you watch for Bald Eagles and Swans. I have paddle boats and canoe available to explore the lake or bring your kayak or paddle board. My farm is designed for RV's, Campers, any thing that is fairly self contained. Water and electricity are available for an additional $25 per day for both. There is a large...very large garden producing a lot, enjoy fresh lettuce, kale, Cucumbers etc and take some for the road. With a mile of lake shore, you can camp in secluded Grass fields, to Oak Savant's.
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10 sites · Tents8 acres · Westbrook, MN
This property has 4 camp spots. Sites 1 and 4 have a boat landing. All sites have shades trees that can hold hammocks. All sites are right next to the lake. Site 3 has a dock that all can use. There is excellent swimming with a sandy bottom at the south end of the lake. The lake is stocked with perch in 2024 but has walleye, northern, bass as well. It is also close to many lakes that are good for fishing. I have a 14' fishing boat with trolling motor, a paddle boat, 2 kayaks, and canoe for campers to use for free. Firewood is available for $5/day. There is some hiking on the property and much near by. Biking is also good with small lakes nearby to visit. The camping here is very peaceful with wonderful views and the wildlife is awesome! 120 volt power is at all sites and 220 can reach sites 2 and 3. There is warm showers and flushing toilets. Also all sites are drive through on hard ground grass. Grates are provided for cooking over the fire. There is Wi-Fi internet that reaches sites 1-3
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The best camping near Fort Ridgely State Park guide



Golfers and Civil War buffs (also known as dads) will revel in all that Fort Ridgely State Park has to offer. This park preserves the site of the Battle of Fort Ridgely, an important U.S. victory in the 1862 war with the Dakota Indians. Roam the rustic stone structures, wooden bridges, and ruins, and visit the impressive Fort Defenders Monument, which lists the names of all who lost their lives in the battle. You can also take in the green at the only Minnesota state park with a nine-hole golf course (you’ll get two free passes if you stay three or more consecutive nights).

Even if that’s not your scene, Fort Ridgely has a loaded arsenal of fun for the whole fam—enjoy the beautiful valley overlook or explore the hiking trails on horseback, swim in nearby Swan Lake, or ski if the season’s right. The park has a gorgeous chalet for winter visitors, and a renovated farmhouse, both excellent for rounding out your historical throwback experience.

Notable campgrounds

  • Yellow Medicine River Campground: Nestled by the river, this campground offers a tranquil setting for campers.
  • Horse Campground: Equestrian lovers can enjoy direct trail access and facilities catered to their needs.
  • Backpack/Watercraft Campground - Ideal for those seeking a remote experience accessible by hiking or watercraft.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  • Book early to secure your spot, as campgrounds fill up quickly during peak seasons.
  • Check for cancellations regularly, especially close to your desired travel date.
  • Consider mid-week stays for better availability and a quieter camping experience.
  • Explore nearby camping options if your preferred campground is full.

When to go

The best time to visit Fort Ridgely State Park is during the spring and fall when the weather is mild and the natural scenery is at its most vibrant. Summer offers full access to all park amenities but can be busy. Winters are harsh, and some facilities may be inaccessible due to snow.

Know before you go

  • Highway 67 is closed; follow alternative routes provided by the park for access.
  • Check the weather forecast and dress appropriately for seasonal conditions.
  • Be aware of local wildlife and follow guidelines to ensure a safe encounter.
  • Some areas may have limited services; plan ahead for food, water, and supplies.
  • For any inquiries, contact the park office between 8:30am to 5pm for assistance.

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