Rustic camping

rustic campsite

Rustic campsites in Minnesota's state parks and state forests are drive-in accessible but offer fewer amenities than standard drive-in campsites. All rustic sites are located near drinking water and primitive toilet facilities, and will have a garbage can and a fire ring.

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Regular season: Late spring to mid-fall

Off-season: Dates vary - check with park for details

Check-in: 4 p.m. (sites may be available earlier)
Your campsite must be occupied by 11 a.m. the second day of your reservation or it may be canceled

Check-out: 4 p.m.


Bathrooms: Water and primitive toilet facilities.

Capacity: Up to six people, one tent/RV per site.

Cooking: All sites have a picnic table and fire ring with grill for cooking.

Firewood: Can be purchased at the park office. Only approved firewood is allowed.

Pets: All pets must be kept on a leash of not more than six feet and personally attended at all times.

Quiet hours: From 10 p.m. to 8 a.m.

Rates and locations

Rustic camping is also available in Minnesota state forests, with the same amenities.

State park

Regular season


Carley State Park



Flandrau State Park



Franz Jevne Lake State Park



McCarthy Beach State Park



Scenic State Park



Schoolcraft State Park



Upper Sioux Agency State Park



*Off-season dates vary by park. Check with the park for details.


Call 866-857-2757

October - March
8 a.m. - 6 p.m., Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday
April - September
8 a.m. - 8 p.m., Daily

Call center is closed holidays.
Reservations policy and FAQ

Make a reservation

Online reservations can be made up to 120 days in advance, 24 hours a day, except for the first day a reservation becomes available. On that first day, reservations cannot be made online before 8 a.m.

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A non-refundable reservation fee ($10.00 for call center/$7.00 for web) is charged for each advance reservation. There is no reservation fee for same-day campsite reservations. The reservation fee (if applicable) and camping fees for the entire length of stay must be paid when the reservation is made.