Great River Bluffs State Park, Minnesota

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This was from our third trip back to Great River Bluffs State Park.  The first couple of times we stayed, we were tent camping.  This was the first time with the camper.  I was not sure how well it was going to work out, since most of the sites are better suited for tent camping, but it worked really well. 

Just a couple of things to note about this campground.  First, there are no electrical sites and I do not know what their policy is on generators.  So if you are planning on visiting the park with a camper, be prepared for off grid camping.  Secondly, all of the campsites are reserveable.  If you are planning a trip to this park, reserve ahead of time.  This weekend, all of the sites had been reserved and trying to get one on first come first serve, would not have worked.    

I would like to point out some of the features of this park as well.  There are many great trails for hiking, and several of them lead off to some really good overlooks of the Mississippi and surrounding valleys.  We have not tried it, but the park is also set up really well for cross country skiing.  We are thinking about trying it some winter.   It also has a great location.  It is only ten or so miles from La Crosse, Wisconsin, and about twenty miles from Winona, Minnesota.  Lake City and Lake Pepin are also just up the road from the park.  If you are up for a nice day trip along the river, you have great access to the river road that runs north and south along the Wisconsin side of the river, and a nice drive through the valleys on the Iowa Minnesota side. 

Camping Etiquette

The arrows on the map below indicate the location of the photo, as well as the direction that it was taken.  The map of the campground below is from July of 2013.  If you would like a more recent map, or have any questions about the campground, please follow the link below to the official website.

Great River Bluffs State Park Campground

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