Review: Camping Maplewood State Park
I made reservations for our four night camping trip, October 8th-11th 2015, back in February 2015. I had no specific park in mind, but I wanted to stick to parks in the deciduous forests in the state and hopefully time our weekend with some great fall color. With our kids out of school on Friday, this was a great weekend for us to travel to a park that was three or more hours from our home in the Twin Cities Metro area. I wanted to go to a park new to us, with camping cabin accommodations for six. Reviewing maps and availability, Maplewood State Park was the winner. The Baker cabin cost $60.00 Thursday night, and $75.00 for Friday and Saturday night. There was also an $8.50 reservation fee. We have an annual Minnesota state park vehicle pass, which is $25.00 and grants access to all of Minnesota’s seventy-five parks.
Things we liked about the campsite:
- Well maintained campfire ring
- Picnic table
- Cabin fitted with electricity and a heater.
- Next door to a bathroom and very close to the shower facility.
Things we liked about the park:
- The park is very picturesque. It was especially beautiful to see in peak fall color. However the rolling hills, kettle lakes, and mix of trees and native prairie plants make for lovely views anytime of year.
- The hiking trails are well maintained, and there is a scenic driving tour as well.
- All campsites in the park can be reserved except for the six horseback campground sites.
- It is near the city of Pelican Rapids, which hosts a very large annual Oktoberfest every year. Pelican Rapids had several gift shops, local restaurants, and a nice park with a playground overlooking a dam that houses the largest pelican statue in the world.
Wildlife observed: Native and migrating birds including loon, woodpecker, chickadee’s, and hawks. We saw fish, Monarch butterfly, caterpillars, and ladybugs. We also found evidence of beaver building lodges near some of the small kettle lakes.
Activities we participated in: Hiking, and the prairie scenic drive.
Campsites we observed and would recommend include 48, 50, 52, and the camping cabin next to grass lake.
Maplewood State Park, 39721 Park Entrance Road, Pelican Rapids, MN 56572, tel: 218-863-8383