The best camping near Hayes Lake State Park

Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Hayes Lake State Park adventure.

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Top-rated campgrounds near Hayes Lake State Park


Top of the Ridge Camp

3 sites · RVs, Tents1 acre · Warroad, MN
A quiet place to spend a night or more. Less than 4 miles from Warroad and Lake of the Woods while still offering seclusion and privacy! Great place to stay while ATVing in Beltrami State Forest or fishing on Lake of the Woods. The two Campsites have power hook up, water and sewer and should accommodate everything from a tent to a 5th wheel.
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Diamond Willow Escape

2 sites · Tents20 acres · Roseau, MN
20+ acres of willows, Meadows and lowland. 40+ years ago it was a gravel pit, Pete soil, and black dirt. Now it's over grown by trees, willows, canary grass, cattails. Inhabited by white tail deer, game birds, rabbits, coyotes and so much more, including the elusive star nose mole.Learn more about this land:Primitive survival type areas. We try to keep it as secluded as possible for those who want to test their survival skills or get in touch with nature. Similar to surviver, dual survival, naked and afraid. Pending time of year, mushroom hunting and foraging training available. As we progress I will continue to improve the area with your suggestions.
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Bad Rabbit Resort

1 site · Lodging2 acres · Williams, MN
This home is a one bedroom with a full kitchen and bath. We have a large yard with fire ring and raised bed garden. We are conveniently located 15 minutes from Zippel Bay state park on beautiful Lake of the woods. We are also conveniently located near Beltrami Island state forest, which is over 700,000 acres for mushrooming, birdwatching, hiking, snowmobiling, or riding ATV.
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The best camping near Hayes Lake State Park guide



You can never have too many places to swim—this isn’t Minnesota’s state motto, but it should be. The lake at Hayes Lake State Park, like so many others in the state, was formed by building a dam on the Roseau River because the area needed more water recreation, and recreation, they got! Swim or canoe the beach and lake, search for orchids & blueberries on the walkway weaving through the park’s enormous bog, or try your hand at angling on the fishing pier. Tons of trails connect to the Beltrami Island system, great for bikers, hikers, snowmobilers, and horseback riders.

You’ll need to pack the heavy duty bug spray with all this water around, but Hayes has a screened-in picnic area to protect from critters. The lake comes right up to the edge of the northern untamed forest, so you could see moose and heron within moments of each other—bring the good camera.

Notable campgrounds

  • Yellow Medicine Campground – A serene spot for campers seeking a peaceful retreat amid nature's splendor.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  • Book early to secure your ideal campsite, as spots fill up quickly during peak seasons.
  • Consider visiting during weekdays for better availability and a quieter experience.
  • Keep an eye on cancellation policies for last-minute openings.
  • Explore nearby camping options for alternative accommodations if the park is fully booked.

When to go

The best time to visit Hayes Lake State Park is during the summer months when the weather is warm and all park facilities are fully operational. Spring and fall offer cooler temperatures and fewer crowds, ideal for those seeking solitude. Winter can be harsh, with limited access and activities, making it less ideal for visits.

Know before you go

  • Check the park's website for the latest updates on road closures and detours.
  • Remember that GPS apps may not have updated information on park access routes.
  • Prepare for a remote experience, as some areas of the park are only accessible by a significant detour.
  • Ensure you have all necessary permits and adhere to park regulations during your visit.
  • Contact the park office for any inquiries and up-to-date information on available facilities.

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