Monticello, Minnesota

River Terrace ParkOther reviewers at

July, 2015

The Lowe’s overall rating = 5 out of 10 stars

Lots of permanent structures in parts of the park, but these folks were quiet during our stay
The mature trees were a big help on hot days

Noise level and overall “feel” of the park?
This park had sites facing the Mississippi River, but it was
booked during our stay.  The other section was more in the
middle of the park, and it was fairly quiet with lots of working
folks staying there in RV’s or permanent pre-fab homes.  It
was well-shaded, which was nice during the sunny July days.
The owner was a nice older gentleman, and he was very helpful
when we had the unfortunate experience of discovering that
the sewer provided to our site was totally plugged up.  He tried
to fix it immediately but couldn’t, so we spent almost two days
smelling sewage until he had it repaired.  But it certainly wasn’t
his fault, and he worked to get it fixed as soon as possible.

Road and site access/type?
Interior roads were paved, and sites were gravel.  Some tree
branches were low hanging, but we were able to avoid them
while making our way to the site.

Spaciousness/levelness of sites?
Site spacing was fairly tight, and we were glad that we had no
neighbor on our “front yard” side.  Our site (#22) was long
enough to accommodate the motorhome with the car in front,
and room to spare.  We were level enough that jacks were not
needed, but many sites were out of level.

Utilities and WiFi/cell reception?
The quality of our boosted hotspot unit fluctuated from fast
to very slow, probably due to competition for Verizon
bandwidth from within the park.  The full hookup 50-amp
power was good, as was water pressure.  The sewer worked
fine after they had it reamed out.

Picnic table and/or fire pit?
Both, although the sewer smell prevented us from sitting
outside to enjoy them.

Bathrooms/showers/laundry room?
The bathrooms were very old, and not desirable.  It looked
like there was an attempt to keep them clean though.

Pet and/or kid friendly?
Not really.  We saw only a couple of kids and dogs while
here, and there didn’t seem to be activities to make them
happy.  The pool was decrepit and empty, probably forever.

Bicycle/walking trails nearby?
Nothing directly within or leading out of the park, but we
walked out onto the main street and down a ways to the
county park where we got in a nice 4+ mile walk.  The trails
in the county park were also set up for biking.

Grocery stores and other services nearby?
The Cub grocery store was about 10 minutes away by car, as
were several restaurants and small businesses.  Minneapolis
is about 40 miles from this park, and of course any other
services could be found there.

We tried to disregard the sewer problem when selecting our
rating.  Although it certainly put a damper on our stay, it’s
highly unlikely to affect future campers.  This was a decent
place to stay beyond the bounds of the big city, allowing us
to drive less than an hour to spend a day there and then
come back to the quiet park for the night.  We lowered the
rating by one number because we thought $37.00 per night
was a bit steep for what the park offered, as compared to
other parks we’ve stayed at in this area of the country


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