Crow Wing State Park RV & Campground Guide
The Crow Wing State Park is a gorgeous park of almost 3,000 square miles in the center of Minnesota near Brainerd. In 1970, this park was awarded the special honor of being added to the National Register of Historic Places. This park has a wide variety of activities since the weather can go anywhere from freezing temperatures in winter up to the 80s in the summer, so you'll have plenty to do throughout the year, including hiking and wildlife watching.
Spring 15-67 F
Summer 50-80 F
Fall 20-69 F
Winter 4-26 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Crow Wing State Park
If you are traveling in an RV, this is such a convenient way to visit and camp. Crow Wing can have some inclement weather, so having your vehicle right there means you can duck inside if it starts to rain and stay cozy in the evenings when the temperatures drop. If you do not own an RV, you can take advantage of convenient rentals on RVshare.com.
Shady Hollow Resort and Campground
Shady Hollow Resort and Campground offers you a private and serene experience. This is the only resort on Hardy Lake and is the perfect destination for a romantic getaway or a family reunion. The camping rates start at $30 for weekdays on $100 on weekends. The camp spots are small with a picnic table and fire ring. They are close to the swimming area on the lake. The campground has flush toilets and hot showers, and it always stays well-lit for your safety. The campground also offers free boats to use on the water and free games.
Crow Wing Lake Campground
Crow Wing Lake Campground is 30 acres of beautiful older trees right on the banks of Crow Wing Lake. A site with full hookups starts at only $58 during the week and $65 on the weekend. You will enjoy all of the amenities and things to do in the campground. It includes a lodge and game room as well as a large heated pool. Guests can also enjoy a nature trail, a playground for kids and an off-leash dog park. You can participate in activities like boating and fishing on the lake or stay in the campground and enjoy softball, horseshoes, basketball, shuffleboard, golf or beanbag toss. There's even a spot where you can wash your dog.
Gull Lake Recreation Area
The Gull Lake Recreation Area is located at the Gull Lake outlet. It is a great place for fishing as well as swimming, boating, and hiking. You are also sure to experience a wide variety of wildlife. The campsites are well-spaced with electric hookups, picnic tables, and fire rings. Sites start at $28 a night. The campground includes a centrally located shower house as well as a dump station and electricity, sewer, and water hookups. If you like to fish, enjoy the fishing pier and fish cleaning station. There are also interpretive trails and scenic overlooks in the area.
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What to Do at
Crow Wing State Park
Inside Crow Wing State Park
There is plenty to see and do at the park. Be sure to check out the historic Old Crow Wing Town Site where the Mississippi and Crow Wing rivers meet. The site tells the story of the mid-1800s frontier town. In the rest of the 3,000 square miles, there is plenty of room to explore. Hike the scenic trails where you can spot all kinds of birds and wildlife. Canoe on the river or enjoy some fishing. If you like to take pictures, you will find plenty to see.
Outside Crow Wing State Park
Once you have seen the park, you may want to explore some of nearby central Minnesota. There are a few towns nearby with some good restaurants, fun shops, and interesting things to see.
The menu changes seasonally with food made fresh with local products whenever possible. The chefs offer thick sandwiches and take great pride in their Build Your Own Bruschetta.
Location: 15115 Edgewood Dr, Brainerd, MN 56401-6923
This restaurant is located at the Grand View Lodge and serves craft steaks with local produce. The chefs pair their meals with an excellent wine list and beers from Minnesota. They also serve breakfast with fresh juice and coffee and a full menu of all your favorites.
Type: Steakhouse, Breakfast
Location: 23521 Nokomis Avenue, Nisswa, MN 56468-2711
The Lodge offers a contemporary dining experience while still honoring traditional favorites. You can enjoy patio dining, quality wines, and local beers on tap.
Type: Contemporary American, International
Location: 7965 Lost Lake Road, Lake Shore, MN 56472
At Ruby’s, you will enjoy your dining experience in a historic dining room overlooking the lake. You can eat from the a la carte menu or the nightly buffet and enjoy the homemade soup or tossed salad.
Location: 25039 Tame Fish Lake Road, Deerwood, MN 56444-8544
Locals say this is the place for good drinks, good food, and good people. This restaurant offers casual dining in a grill atmosphere as well as sandwiches, burgers, and pizza. The menu is simple and reasonably priced.
Location: 220 Main Street W, Isle, MN 56342
This adorable little shop started out strictly growing wild rice and grew to so much more. Now, it also offers furniture, gifts, decorations, and more. Enjoy the espresso bar and café while you are there. You can shop for gift baskets, recipes, cookbooks, and all kinds of soup.
Location: 14803 Edgewood Drive, Baxter, MN 56425
The Loco Espress Coffee House and Boutique is a charming, rustic shop with a railroad motif where you can enjoy original artwork and relaxing music. Choose from espresso, different kinds of quality coffees, and teas. There is also a light food menu.
Location: 1521 Northern Pacific Road, Brainerd, MN 56401
CatTale’s Books has a wide variety of books about animals and herbs. It also sells quirky little gifts like incense, smudging products, and worry dolls. You will definitely find something unique.
Location: 609 Laurel Street, Brainerd, MN 56401
The Westgate Mall is a strip mall that has beauty, clothing, health care, and recreational shops. Enjoy browsing through Ashley Home Store, Claire’s, Dunham’s Sports, Harbor Freight Tools, and many more.
Location: 14136 Baxter Drive, Baxter, MN 56401
Brekken’s is a store that is passionate about style and locally owned. It offers clothing for all seasons as well as shoes and accessories. It also has formal wear. This company has been in Brainerd for over 60 years, providing a quality variety of clothing.
Location: 14136 Baxter Drive, Suite 37, Brainerd, MN 56401
While you are in the Brainerd area, you will want to see the Safari North Wildlife Park. This place is more than just a zoo; it fosters a lifelong love and learning about animals. Here, you can ride a camel or feed a giraffe. It is fun for kids of any age.
Location: 8493 State Highway 371, Brainerd, MN 56401
The Three Bear Waterpark is provided by the Holiday Inn Express. You can enjoy rides for family members of any age, an activity pool and hot tubs, and there are lifeguards on duty to help with safety.
Location: 15739 Audubon Way, Baxter, MN 56425
This is a place where you're greeted by a 26-foot-tall talking, animated lumberjack. Check out the pioneer village filled with items from the late 1800s. There are also interesting attractions and, of course, rides.
Location: 17553 State Highway 18, Brainerd, MN 56401
The Northland Arboretum is a beautiful property encompassing over 500 acres. Take a moment to relax among the native plants and trees. You can enjoy the paths and trails any time of the year either walking or on skis in the snow.
Location: 14250 Conservation Drive, Brainerd, MN 56401.
Kiwanis Park is a beautiful area between Boom Lake and the Mississippi River. The park is 37 acres with trails, a playground for the kids, and picnic pavilions. There is a dog park for your furry friends. There are also great fishing areas on the lake and river as well as a canoe launch.
Location: 1101 East River Road, Brainerd, MN 56401
How to Get to
Crow Wing State Park
Crow Wing State Park is only 11 minutes south of Brainerd, Minnesota. Take MN-371 south, and then turn right on 60th Avenue SW. From there, you will see the road signs along the way.
Entering Crow Wing State Park
The park is open every day from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.. Make a reservation and get licenses for fishing or boating depending on what activities you want to participate in when you get there.
Vehicle permit : $7
Crow Wing State Park is a beautiful area in the heart of Minnesota listed in the National Register of Historic Places. You can enjoy a historical representation of Old Crow Wing, a town from the 1850s and 1860s. In addition, take some time to explore the trails, observe the wildlife and savor the natural beauty of Minnesota. Also, be sure to take plenty of photos and send them to [email protected], or tag RVshare when you post your pictures on social media.