Cool Camper

Here’s how to have a little adventure and a lot of family fun!

Busy schedule? Don’t let that stop you from enjoying the outdoors this summer.  Especially when there are so many “up north” locales right here in the metro!
So trade the RV for a tent, pack your kids in the car, and check out what Minnesota has to offer in a 30-minute drive or less.

Lebanon Hills

With kayak/canoe rentals, geocaching sites, and a 12-mile bike trail through the woods, Lebanon Hills is a mecca for summertime family fun.
And did I mention it’s right off Johnny Cake Ridge Road?

Bring your tent and camp for $20 per night, or rent a six-person cabin for $70 per night. Amenities include laundry facilities, showers, onsite caretakers, children’s playground, running water, and even WiFi!

A mere 20-minute drive from the cities, Lebanon Hills truly is camping without the hassle.  It’s easy, close, and the kids will love it.

12100 Johnny Cake Ridge Road, Apple Valley.,

Baker Campground

Golf, fishing, and interactive workshops such as log rolling demos are just a few of the activities your family can enjoy during their stay at Baker Park Reserve.  And with 203 campsites, (98 of which have electricity) overbooking is hardly an issue.

Campsites range from $21-$29 per night depending on electrical service, with amenities including a restroom facility with showers, dishwashing sinks, and changing rooms.

Cabins are also available and are rated at $70 per night.  They include electricity, heat, overhead lighting, fans/outlets, a screened-in porch, table, benches, and bunk beds with mattresses.
Three cabins sleep up to six people, while the other two sleep up to five and are accessible to people with disabilities.

While there’s nearly always a campsite available, cabins go fast so be sure to book in advance!

2309 Baker Park Road, Maple Plain., 
(763) 694-7860

Cleary Lake

Having spent numerous weekends out on the lake this summer, myself, I can safely say that Cleary Lake is an awesome way to enjoy the outdoors.

While the kids entertain themselves at the swimming beach, parents and teens can enjoy the driving range, bike path, archery range, or simply the scenic respite of a paddleboard trip around the lake (rentals are available on site.)

A total of 20 campsites are available at the daily rate of $16.

Sites include a picnic table, fire ring, wheelchair-accessible pit latrines, and a water pump.

However, be aware: there are no showers on-site, so plan accordingly!

18106 Texas Avenue Prior Lake.,

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