Minnesota DNR:Reservations due soon for seasonal and monthly camping

Those who want to stay longer than a week or two at a Minnesota state park should act now to nab one of the few campsites available for longer stays, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

At a limited number of state park campsites, visitors can stay for a whole month or even a full season. Reservations for these opportunities in 2015 are due by Saturday, Jan. 31.

For pricing and other park-specific information, or to submit a request to reserve a site, prospective visitors can call the phone numbers listed below or check the DNR website at
www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/extended_stay.html.

Nine Minnesota state parks have monthly and seasonal openings for camping in 2015.

  • Big Stone Lake State Park (320-839-3663) in Ortonville will offer monthly and seasonal camping from May 1 to Sept. 6 at two sites with an electric hookup.
  • Hayes Lake State Park (218-754-2200) south of Roseau will offer monthly or seasonal camping from May 8 to Sept. 6 at seven sites with electric hookups.
  • Kilen Woods State Park will offer monthly and seasonal camping from May 22 to Sept. 6 at three sites with electric hookups. Call Phil Nasby at 507-831-2900, ext. 225, for information.
  • Lac qui Parle State Park (320-734-4450) in Montevideo will offer monthly or seasonal camping from May 1 to Sept. 6 at three electric campsites and one with a full hookup to water, sewer and electricity.
  • Lake Bronson State Park (218-754-2200) near Hallock will offer monthly or seasonal camping from May 8 to Sept. 6 at five electric sites.
  • Myre-Big Island State Park (507-379-3403) in Albert Lea will offer monthly or seasonal camping from May 1 to Sept. 6 at four campsites, three of which have electric hook-ups.
  • Old Mill State Park (218-754-2200) near Thief River Falls will offer monthly or seasonal camping from May 22 to Sept. 6 at seven sites with electricity and water. 
  • Rice Lake State Park (507-455-5871) in Owatonna will offer monthly or seasonal camping from May 1 to Sept. 6 at three campsites, two of which have electric hook-ups.
  • Upper Sioux Agency State Park (320-564-4777) in Granite Falls will offer monthly or seasonal camping from May 1 to Sept. 6 at two campsites, both of which have electric hook-ups.

If demand exceeds availability at a particular park, a lottery will be held on Monday, Feb. 2, and the park will notify applicants whether or not they were selected. If sites are available after this date, they will be administered on a first-come, first-served basis. No preference will be given to monthly or seasonal campers from prior years.

For monthly campsite reservations, the entire monthly fee is due by Friday, April 17. For seasonal campsite reservations, a one-month down payment is due by Friday, April 17, and the remainder of the seasonal fee is due when visitors arrive to check-in.  If a lottery is not necessary and sites are available after Jan. 31, the monthly fee must be paid at the time of reservation to hold the site.