Gooseberry Falls, Duluth, MN
Summer is finally here. Since ALTAI® is based in Minnesota, we experience all four seasons throughout the year. As anybody in similar climates can tell you, sometimes the cold winter months seem like they will never end. So, when it is finally warm enough for outdoor swimming and other activities, it is no wonder so many of our 10,000 lakes are hot spots for nature lovers from all over the country. Thousands of Minnesota residents own cabins near lakes and enjoy summer living with their friends and families. There are also plenty of state parks, hiking trails, and campgrounds to be enjoyed. From camping, hiking, boating, and more, the following Minnesota nature destinations offer unique experiences and beautiful areas to spend your summer days. If you haven’t yet, be sure to subscribe to our newsletter for more insider tips, as well as access to ALTAI® Exclusive for deals on gear!
Before heading out to any of the following camping destinations, be sure to check their websites for booking information. Many of these campgrounds are currently operating at partial capacity due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A gorgeous camping destination, Banning State Park is located near Sandstone, MN. The park features canoeing, kayaking, and over 17 miles of hiking trails along the Kettle River which features interesting sandstone formations.
Located about an hour to the southwest of the Twin Cities, Clear Lake Park is quite small and overlooks the lake and has camping areas with lots of trees. Affordable and unique, the campground has primitive campsites with picnic tables and fire rings. Be sure to bring your bait and fishing poles because there is also a fishing pier that extends 60 feet into the lake.
Big Falls Campground & Horse Camp
This campground is known for its large pine trees and is located by the Bigfork River in Big Falls, MN. The amenities here are plenty with indoor showers, electricity for RV camping, a horse campground and trails, as well as ATV trails.
Located at Chester Lake, this county park offers exciting opportunities for fishing, canoeing, and experiencing wildlife. The park is home to many species of ducks and other birds, as well as diverse nonaquatic animals.
Located in Hastings, MN, Afton State Park offers rugged hiking opportunities overlooking the St. Croix River. There are many highlights of this park including camping, fishing, swimming, and skiing in the winter.
Whether you are a Minnesota resident or a tourist from out of state, you may want to consider these parks for your camping needs. To learn more about camping in Minnesota, click here.
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