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Deparcq Woods Campground, Camp Ripley, Minnesota

We departed Dakotah Meadows and drove northwest to a National Guard Post just north of Little Falls, a 58,000-acre military reservation named Camp Ripley and more specifically the Deparcq Woods Campground. I’d never heard of Camp Ripley and we were surprised at how large the camp was and how active the airfield was while we were there. It was a very nice campground, we had cell service, 50A service, water and there was a dump station near the campground. They also provided free firewood. We arrived mid-afternoon and found the billeting office and registered. We were informed that the host […]

Dakotah Meadows Campground, Prior Lake, MN

After our stay in Mason City, Iowa we continued north toward the Twin Cities. We planned on a week at the Dakotah Meadows Campground, however, when I called 8 weeks out, they were booked. However, a last minute call, a few days before, got us a reservation for a couple nights. This campground is part of the Dakotah Indian properties which also includes the Mystic Casino, stores, an RV wash and a diesel/gasoline station. We arrived just after noon and due to the on and off showers, as we were driving north, Ike was in need of a good cleaning. […]

MacNider Campground, Mason City, Iowa

We departed the Lakeside Casino heading north to MacNider Campground, a city campground in Mason City, Iowa. It was a very nice campground and surrounded by a large city park along the Winnebago River. It had a very large aquatic center, pictured below. Mason City was a friendly city and we enjoyed our short stay in the area.

Lakeside Casino – Osceola Iowa

From Cameron, we continued north to Osceola, Iowa and the Lakeside Casino RV Park. We arrived early afternoon and found the RV Park to be a self-service affair. Park wherever you’d like and drop your payment in the box. We found a nice FHU site and for $20 a day it was a great deal. We visited the casino, had a nice meal at the Buffet. We enjoyed our stay, the campground was relatively quiet and we would return.

Elks Lodge #2615 in Cameron, MO

We joined the local Elks Lodge this past winter while in Florida. As a member, we can stay at Elk Lodges around the country that have accommodations for RVs. Our first opportunity to try a Lodge stay was along Highway 35N in Missouri at a very nice active lodge near Cameron. We called and learned that they had a Benefit Concert scheduled for the weekend that we wanted to stay there. They said it might be a bit noisy and crowded, but welcomed our stay. They said they had a 50 amp site and would provide us a water connection […]

Forbes LOA at Lake of the OZARK near Edwards, MO

We arrived at the FORBES Landowners Association (LOA) campground just before Memorial Day. We didn’t realize till after we arrived, that this campground was very remote. As least more remote than we were accustomed to. This campground is available to any of the landowners within FORBES LOA. It has 30amp power, water, restrooms, showers, tennis and basketball courts and a dump station. They have recently begun charging $5 a day, you pay in advance at the LOA office which is about 6 miles from the campground. We arrived just as the Memorial Day crowd was gathering filling the campground for […]

Laura Ingalls Wilder Campground & Museum

As we worked our way northwestward, we decided that a stop at the Laura Ingalls Wilder Campground which is just across the road from the Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home & Museum. Stephanie has always been a tremendous fan of the Little House on the Prarie TV show, so it seemed like we should visit Laura’s home and museum in Mansfield, Missouri. The campground is on a hillside and has been there for a few years.  It is managed by a family that has owned the campground for a few years. They are very laid back and couldn’t have been more gracious […]

Bootheel Campground, Hayti, MO

After our Natchez Trace adventure, we decided to head northwestward toward Missouri. We had scheduled a stop at the Bootheel campground for a couple days. We arrived on Sunday and the office was closed, no one could be found, so we just picked an available site and made ourselves at home.  We only stayed the one night and as a place for a quick stop over the campground is adequate. 

Thousand Trails Natchez Trace Preserve, Hohenwald, TN

We continued north on the Natchez Trace Parkway stopping along the way and enjoying the scenic uncluttered parkway. Our trip from Tupelo sliced through the corner of Alabama and into Tennessee.  Due to an 11′ underpass at the Napier Rd exit, we continued north and near milepost 337 we exited onto highway 20 and proceeded back onto Napier road for about five miles south to arrive on a Sunday afternoon at the Thousand Trails Natchez Trace Preserve. We had booked a week long stay via their website months earlier. We have an Elite membership with Thousand Trails, and it has been a struggle to […]

Campground at Barnes Crossing, Tupelo, MS

About midway north, on the Natchez Trace Parkway, we booked a few nights at the Campground at Barnes Crossing.  We had emailed them via the contact info on their site and had received a call back confirming site availability. They booked the site, without a credit card, which I thought was different. We arrived at about 1500hrs on a Wednesday and we were greeted by the host and his dog. He had our reservation and informed us they only have discounts for “Good Sam”, which I refuse to join, and military which we received. He also informed us that they […]