Shevlin, Minnesota

Camp ItascaOther reviewers at

July, 2015

The Lowe’s overall rating = 7 out of 10 stars

That’s Betsy on the right, and the dusty road through this small park runs right up the middle in front of her
These are their 30-amp electric-only sites, and there are other areas with no utilities for tenters

Noise level and overall “feel” of the park?

Well, this was certainly a quiet campground during the first
two weekdays of our 4-night visit.  It’s a small park that had
a lot of long-term RV’s sitting empty.  On Friday afternoon
those RV owners showed up, along with many more RV’s
and tents, making it a very busy place indeed.  External road
noise was minimal, but the single road through the park was
busy.  The owner was very friendly and helpful, and she let
us look around to select any available site when we arrived.

Road and site access/type?
The driveway into the park and the interior road were gravel,
and terribly dusty no matter how slow folks drove.  A couple
of trees could have used a trim, but we were able to navigate
around the branches and avoid contact.  The sites were all
back-in, and utilities varied from none for tents to a few full
hookup sites.

Spaciousness/levelness of sites?
Our electric/water site (#24) was fairly level and received
partial shade from a nearby tree.  Many of the other sites
were not level.  We had room for the motorhome with the
car parked in front, but spacing between sites was fairly

Utilities and WiFi/cell reception?
The 50-amp power and water at our site were strong.  The
dump station was located behind a building that required
backing in to use – probably the most difficult dump station
we’ve ever accessed.  The Verizon signal to our phones and
boosted hotspot was adequate but not strong.

Picnic table and/or fire pit?

Bathrooms/showers/laundry room?
The facilities were dated but clean.  We did not use the
small laundry room and can’t report on its condition,
but they do have one which is nice since this place is
fairly isolated from any nearby towns.

Pet and/or kid friendly?
There were some places where dogs could be walked, but
not any large fenced areas.  No equipment for kids, but
there were several there who seemed happy to yell while
riding up and down the road.

Bicycle/walking trails nearby?
This gives the park extra points.  Although we were too
busy in the state park to try them out, the owner advised
there were several trails accessible directly from the RV

Grocery stores and other services nearby?
Just a small convenience/liquor/gas store across the
street.  The state park had a decent restaurant that we
tried, and there was another bar/grille just east of the
RV park that we did not visit.  Not sure what city of any
size would have extensive services in this area, it’s
pretty isolated.

We rated this park perhaps a bit high because it was a
good value for the money, had excellent access to the
north entrance of Itasca State Park, and because it had
walking trails right out of the property.  Folks who stay
here during the week and find a level site will probably
be happy with it, but the dust and noise on summer
weekends got a bit tedious for us.


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