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Old 05-25-2021, 12:47 PM   #1
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Hello All,

I'm planning on heading due North this summer to escape the Texas heat. I've gotten cross-eyed reading all the recommendations on Google. We're thinking Minnesota because Minnesotans are some of the nicest people we've met in our travels. We went to Rocky Mountain, Grand Teton, Yellowstone and Glacier N.P.s last year. We're wanting to go somewhere and pay by the month this summer.

If anyone has a recommendation of an RV park in Northern Minnesota, I'm all ears.

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I may be wrong, but I think you want to take good bug spray with you in Minnesota during the summer.

I've only driven through the southern part, a long time ago, so I don't know of any RV parks there.

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What is it? Mosquito problem like Alaska in the summer?
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I've heard, from friends who have property up in that area, that it's "midges", as I recall. I suspect there are also mosquitos, maybe black flies, deer flies, etc.

I just did a search for northern Minnesota summer insects and found this link, among others: https://www.startribune.com/5-nasty-...mer/423872063/ So yes, mozzies, ticks, deer flies, etc.

I'm not trying to turn you against going, but think you should be prepared. I remember these friends complaining bitterly about the bugs.

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Thanks Jack,

I may have to look further west.
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Grew up in northern Iowa and spent a lot of time in MN. Have great memories of camping and fishing but it's definitely bug central and every bit as humid as Texas.
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Thank You, for your replies,

Definitely the kind of "heads up" I needed before ponying up for a month in advance.

I would be content to just fish all day, but as we all know....."If Mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy."
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Dear U4ic, the north shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota is a stunning place to camp. From Duluth north a number state park campgrounds take up prime waterfront locations and are spotless.

Some of the attractions include canal park in Duluth itself, Split Rock Lighthouse, The Lutsen Mountains, and Iron Mine State Park. The coastline, in my opinion, equals or exceeds that of Carmel and Big Sur in California.
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Just a "heads up" - along the west coast, many campgrounds on or near the coast and in the sierras will be largely or completely booked up for the summer months by now.

We live in CA's central valley (Sacramento), and most often go to non-hookup state, county and BLM campgrounds within 1-2 day's drive. This is the first year we've found that we're frequently limited to picking up one or two night mid-week cancellations or rolling the dice on non-reservation campgrounds (a bit risky when your destination is 4-8 hours away and there's no near-by backup).

California and Oregon both have central reservation web sites for all state park campgrounds - both systems take reservations in a six month rolling window from the current date. CA's site is https://www.reservecalifornia.com/Ca.../Default.aspx;
Oregon's is https://stateparks.oregon.gov/index.cfm?do=reserve.make
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