Camping Policies

Making a Reservation

Reservations can be made online or over the phone by calling 763-559-6700. If calling to make a reservation, please specify the campground, date and your desired site. Please also have alternate dates and sites ready.

Reservations must be paid in full at the time of the request. Mastercard, Visa, Discover and American Express are accepted.

Weekend reservations during the peak camping season (Memorial Day weekend-Labor Day) require a two-night stay.

The maximum length of a stay at all Three Rivers Park District Campgrounds is 14 days within a 30-day period. The maximum length of stay in camper cabins is six nights within a 30-day period.

Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund when cancelled eight days in advance of check-in
  • 50% refund when cancelled 4-7 days in advance of check-in
  • No refunds for cancellations less than four days prior to check-in

A $7.50 non-refundable service fee (sales tax not included) is charged per site at the time a reservation is made. No refunds are given based on weather conditions unless the park facility has been officially closed due to severe weather. Refund requests must be submitted by calling 763-559-6700.

Information for Your Stay

  • When you arrive, proceed directly to your site. You no longer need to check in at the office. Camper cabin guests will need to stop at the campground office to pick up the key fob for their cabin(s). Bring a copy of the guidelines sent with your confirmation (these include a map of the campground).
  • Campsite check-in and check-out times are:
    • Baker Campground: check-in time is 4 PM; check-out time is 3 PM.
    • Lake Auburn Campground: check-in time is 4 PM; check-out time is 3 PM
    • Cleary Campground: check-in time is 3 PM; check-out time is 1 PM
    • Camper cabins: check-in time is 3 PM; check-out time is 11 AM.
  • Each site can accommodate two tents or one tent and one RV.
  • Please be respectful of your fellow campers by staying on the roads and walkways throughout the campground.
  • Beer and wine are permitted. Hard liquor, kegs or other bulk containers are not allowed.
  • Campers under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Leashed pets are permitted and must not disturb neighboring campsites.
  • Pets are not allowed in camper cabins, with the exception of trained service dogs assisting persons with disabilities.
  • Quiet hours are from 10 PM–7 AM. Use of generators during this time is prohibited. The C Loop at Baker does not allow generators at any time.
  • Electrical adapters are not allowed at Baker Campground. 30-amp sites will not accommodate 50-amp units. If you need a 50-amp electrical site, please make a reservation in H or J Loops.
  • Cars may not park on any grass/turf surfaces. All vehicles, including tent-trailers, must park on the gravel pads or in overflow parking lots. 
  • Boat trailers may be parked on the grass if conditions are dry and the ground is firm.
  • All boat trailers parked in the designated launch area are required to display a boat trailer parking permit, except Lake Auburn, Zumbra and Parley. Permits can be purchased at the campground office, online or at the on-site drop box for $8 (tax included).

Firewood Policy

Campers must review the Firewood Policy before bringing firewood to the campground.

All firewood at Three Rivers Park District campgrounds must be Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) certified wood. DNR-certified firewood is no longer accepted.

Three Rivers Park District is working to protect Minnesota forests from invasive pests, like the emerald ash borer. As part of this effort, we have a policy prohibiting visitors from bringing in firewood from unapproved sources into any Three Rivers Park property. Similar programs have been implemented on a state and federal level.

Firewood options available to park patrons include:

  • Firewood is available to purchase at the campground office. This firewood is not MDA-certified or intended for use outside of the campground where purchased.
  • MDA-certified firewood. This wood must be accompanied with a receipt and the MDA-certified logo.
  • Untreated, unpainted and unstained dimensional lumber (such as 2x4 or 4x6 scraps from a building project) free of metal or other foreign substances. Pallet wood is not approved firewood. 

Additional information on MDA-certified firewood is available on the MDA webpage.


Three Rivers no longer accepts plastic bags in recycling containers. If using plastic bags to collect recyclables, please dump the recycled materials from the bags into the appropriate bin and reuse the plastic bag or throw it away. Learn more about this policy.