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Washington County offers two beautiful campgrounds for a relaxing getaway, one located within Lake Elmo Park Reserve and the other within St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park. Find a campsite that suits your needs, from sites with electric and water hook-ups, to group sites, to rustic hike-in sites. Enjoy all the other amenities the parks have to offer, including hiking, fishing, boating, and more.

Washington County Campgrounds are open for the season. Online, in-person, and phone reservations are now being accepted. 

This year, camping season for Lake Elmo Park Reserve will run through October 2 in the modern campground area. Rustic, hike in and group sites will remain open through Oct. 23. St. Croix Bluffs camping season will run through October 23, 2022. Please note that the last nights to book are October 1 and October 22.

  1. Lake Elmo Info
  2. St. Croix Bluffs Info
  3. Campground Policies
  4. Camping Rates
  5. Cancellations & Refunds

Group Campground Features

  • Three sites available for groups of up to 50 people
  • Wheeled cart available for check-out at park office
  • Group Site #2 includes a small picnic shelter
  • Picnic table and fire ring/grill provided at each site
  • Vault or portable toilets available
  • One-day reservations allowed
  • Pets are not allowed

Hike-In Campground Features

  • Five hike-in tent sites - one tent per site
  • Hiking distance from parking lot is approximately 100 to 300 yards
  • Wheeled cart available for check-out at park office with a refundable deposit
  • Modern bathrooms and water available at the Nordic Center
  • Pets are not allowed

Modern Campground Features

  • Eighty campsites, suited for tents, trailers, or motor homes - most sites are back-in
  • Sites 1-58 have 20/30/50 amp with water. Site 59 is 50 amp only (no water).
  • Sites 60-80 are 20/30 amp
  • Camp Host/Work Camper sites include sewer hookup
  • Picnic table and fire ring/grill provided at each site
  • Modern bathroom facilities with flush toilets and hot showers
  • Trailer/RV dump station
  • Play area
  • Handicap accessible
  • One camping unit per site
  • Pets are not allowed

The entrance gate closes at 10 p.m. A gate code is required for after hour entry, available from the park office.

Rustic Campground Features

  • Twenty spacious non-electric back-in sites - one camping unit per site
  • Picnic table and fire ring/grill provided at each site
  • Horses allowed at each campsite
  • Portable toilets available
  • Pets are not allowed

The entrance gate closes at 10 p.m. A gate code is required for after hour entry, available from the park office.

Volunteer Camp Host Information