Planning For Your Camping Trip
Nothing says summer like roasting marshmallows over a campfire and sleeping under the stars. While we are excited to be able to provide these experiences at Three Rivers this year, things will look a little different. To protect the health of our staff and guests, we have made some updates to our campground operations — and there are a few things you can do to help.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has provided the following guidelines to help you prepare for your next camping trip.
When you are able, make reservations and purchase permits online before you arrive on site. We recommend purchasing ice and firewood once you are at the campground. Signage with instructions for purchasing ice and firewood are posted at the campground office. Cashless and minimal-contact transactions are becoming a common operating procedure in many establishments to avoid lines and person-to-person interactions. This will help protect you, other visitors and staff.
At Three Rivers, you can reserve campsites online or by calling 763.559.6700.
Be prepared to be as self-contained and self-sufficient as possible. For example, arrive prepared with your own soap, surface disinfectant supplies, hand sanitizer, paper towels/hand towels and toilet paper just to be sure.
Socially Distance Yourself
To ensure that social distancing can be maintained, it is best to set up your campsite—sleeping, campfire and eating areas—to maximize distance from adjacent campsites that host people from different households.
Only share a tent, camper or RV with people from different household if you can maintain social distancing at all times. Social distancing is also important in bathrooms, campground offices, around campfires, on trails and any other areas where you may encounter people from different households.
Know Before You Go
Be prepared for lower levels of service and public contact. Plan ahead for your visit. Ensure that you have maps of the area downloaded or printed before you leave home. Many programs and facilities will be canceled or closed, so check online resources for updated information about rules changes and closures so you know what to expect when you arrive.
At Three Rivers, campground offices will be closed to guests, but staff will be available by phone or through a service window. We will send you a copy of our guidelines and a campground map with your campsite reservation confirmation. These materials will not be provided on site.
Campground maps are also available online to print at home or download to your device:
- Baker Campground (Baker Park Reserve)
- Lake Auburn Campground (Carver Park Reserve)
- Basswood Campground (Cleary Lake Regional Park)
- Red Pine Campground (Cleary Lake Regional Park)
- Elm Creek Camp Cabins (Elm Creek Park Reserve)
Naturalist programs will not be offered this year.
Follow the Rules
Follow all campground rules and instructions, whether given in writing or verbally, that protect your safety and the safety of others. View Three Rivers camping policies.
Be Well Informed
Stay informed of the latest Three Rivers COVID-19 updates. Continue to consult Minnesota Department of Health guidelines for up-to-date information on keeping yourself and your family healthy. Visit the Minnesota DNR website for up-to-date Outdoor Recreation Guidelines.