It was day number 5 of our camping trip through northern Michigan, but that meant it was time to start driving west and head for home. We had one more night to camp somewhere and chose to camp along the Mississippi River in Minnesota at the Great River Bluffs State Park. This park was about 8 hours from our campsite in the Upper Peninsula, but due to the time change, we gained an hour of daylight making it to the campground at 6:30pm on Friday night.
The ranger was very pleasant and allowed us to drive through the campground before paying to choose our site and make sure this was where we wanted to stay. I wish she would have mentioned the mosquitoes, however, and little did we know that our great campsite was going to turn into a painful experience.
Getting there; Approximately 20 miles southeast of Winona at the junction of U.S. Highway 61 and Interstate 90. Park entrance is accessed off of County Road 3. Coming from the west or southeast via I-90, take exit 266 and follow park signs. Coming from Winona, south on Hwy 61 (just past mile marker 15), take a right on County Road 3 for 4 miles to the park entrance.
The Journey; I was worried many of the sites would already be taken after arriving at 6:30 on a Friday evening, but fortunately there were about 6 sites left. Many were already reserved, even though several people did not show up to claim their reserved spots. The ranger gave us the still available site numbers and we drove the 8 minutes down a dirt road to the campground. I hoped all of the good sites weren’t taken at this late hour, especially after the very close and crowded Fayette State Park the prior evening, but all of the campsites were secluded with maximum privacy. Nearly every site has woods surrounding it; some of the inner sites were located close to each other, but all sites had trees separating it from the next site. It was by far the most secluded campground from other campers this far along our journey.