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Pinetree
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09/09/2017 08:12PM
 
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09/09/2017 10:50PM
I can't wait to spend a weekend up there. It has been a long time coming for sure!
09/10/2017 07:06AM
I am planning on camping there the first night if I can. There are 11 campsites still available of the sites that are ready. I already drove in last week to check it out. The day use area is open, picnic grounds, but I got chased off the campgrounds so I didn't get to see what is open. Report will follow!
OneMatch
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09/10/2017 08:32AM
Looks like a great new park -- but $31 is a pretty hefty "camping fee".
09/10/2017 09:10AM
quote OneMatch: "Looks like a great new park -- but $31 is a pretty hefty "camping fee". "

Totally agree. A few miles more, and you can have Quetico for a better price!
Pinetree
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09/10/2017 10:07AM
I wonder if all sites are that high. Most of the state fees are like $15-23.

I think they went a little too modern for some and that is what others wanted:Campground users will find a facility unlike any built so far at a Minnesota state park. All 33 of the facility’s individual campsites come equipped with electricity and Wi-Fi, while the three large group camps come with screened picnic shelters. All of the campers will have access to modern shower and bathroom buildings, designed with a focus on energy efficiency and a light carbon footprint.
09/10/2017 10:51AM
Group sites are $150-$300/night, significantly higher than any other park. Personally, I do not need/want wifi when I camp; I can get that at home. It is a park I will visit, but I would never pay those prices to stay at a State Park.
Pinetree
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09/10/2017 12:52PM
quote Frenchy19: "Group sites are $150-$300/night, significantly higher than any other park. Personally, I do not need/want wifi when I camp; I can get that at home. It is a park I will visit, but I would never pay those prices to stay at a State Park."

agree 100%,you go camping to get away. They did it for the younger crowd to get them outdoors.
09/10/2017 12:58PM
Actually, a local person from Ely told me that this was a new RV park, hence the electric and wi-fi, I believe. There is an option for full rv hookups when you go to the reservation page. More info is required.

I agree $31 is too much for tent camping when I don't usually use electric. I hope this isn't a sign that other parks will raise the rates. State park vehicle fees went up as well this summer.

mastertangler
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09/10/2017 01:02PM
Well stated Pinetree. If a family wanted a "camping" trip and had teens along who might be horrified at the prospect of not having their phone along it makes perfect sense. Of course these modern amenities come with a price.
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09/10/2017 11:05PM
Not only the park development but the bike trail connecting the campground to Soudan and Tower should be a nice bump for the economy of those towns.

We camp at Bearhead Lake State Park now and then and often wish there was a bike trail connected to the park.
Pinetree
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09/11/2017 07:15AM
quote thistlekicker: "Not only the park development but the bike trail connecting the campground to Soudan and Tower should be a nice bump for the economy of those towns.


We camp at Bearhead Lake State Park now and then and often wish there was a bike trail connected to the park."


I seen the bike trail it is very nice trail.
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09/11/2017 08:19AM
Minnesota parks were weak on this type of camping. This is a good addition, for a family $31 is still a cheap option from a cabin rental. I tend to think this will be very popular. My sister and I went down to New Orleans last year for Mardi Gras, and all the parks down there were similar to this one, wifi and pull in RV type amenities.

Daniel
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09/11/2017 12:12PM
With the current state park reservations system, having wi-fi at your campsite is a big help with scoping out your next move. Especially if you are traveling the North Shore parks up and down 61. Having spent a dozen or so consecutive June outings at Split Rock's cart-in sites, I can say that it is often a good thing to be connected. You either reserve the whole trip a year ahead and live with what seemed to be a good idea, or you live dangerously and scramble to locate good phone service to secure a reservation for each day as it comes.
09/11/2017 12:50PM
quote Hawbakers: "Actually, a local person from Ely told me that this was a new RV park, hence the electric and wi-fi, I believe. There is an option for full rv hookups when you go to the reservation page. More info is required.


I agree $31 is too much for tent camping when I don't usually use electric. I hope this isn't a sign that other parks will raise the rates. State park vehicle fees went up as well this summer.


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Correct me if I am wrong, but along with the $31 per night camping fee there is also a reservation fee of 8.00 if done through the website or 10.00 if done over the phone. This adds to the cost as well. We still use and enjoy state parks but the cost does become a factor.
09/11/2017 06:04PM
There is beauty in the dance where not everyone agrees! I look forward to seeing this park, but I would not camp there. Some like the wifi, some not! If everyone was like me, I would not want to be around very long...
Pinetree
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09/11/2017 07:14PM
I plan to bike there and always could go to Bearhead State park and camp. Also in time the camping areas will expand and more variety of sites will come available I assume.
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09/12/2017 12:59PM
Maybe it's just me (and a few other folks), but camping is not synonymous with electric hookups, wifi and modern shower facilities. Sure, there are different camping strokes for different kinds of camping folks, but I'd call this camping as much as I'd call the AWA wrestling.... some commonalities, but far from the real spirit of the thing. After hearing the report on MPR this morning, my wife and I made a decision that we will not be staying there.

Your mileage may vary, of course.

Mike
Pinetree
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09/12/2017 02:17PM
quote MikeinMpls: "Maybe it's just me (and a few other folks), but camping is not synonymous with electric hookups, wifi and modern shower facilities. Sure, there are different camping strokes for different kinds of camping folks, but I'd call this camping as much as I'd call the AWA wrestling.... some commonalities, but far from the real spirit of the thing. After hearing the report on MPR this morning, my wife and I made a decision that we will not be staying there.


Your mileage may vary, of course.


Mike "!$/i
schweady
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09/12/2017 03:03PM

I just noticed that it is not staffed full time. Rather, someone comes around (once a day?) to check on things. How long, do you suppose, the $6/day for unlimited firewood will last?
09/12/2017 07:01PM
quote schweady: "
I just noticed that it is not staffed full time. Rather, someone comes around (once a day?) to check on things. How long, do you suppose, the $6/day for unlimited firewood will last?"

I know, right. Most other state parks it is $6.00 a bundle.
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09/13/2017 08:53AM
Given that all of us here are particularly fond of BWCA type camping its not much of a surprise that this park wouldn't appeal to the majority here. However, as camping goes we're probably in the minority and most other people would enjoy some of these amenities.

I was at Savanna Portage State Park a few weekends ago tent camping in a drive in site and that's about as modern as I care to go. But in the next site over a couple pulled in driving a $200,000 motorhome. We both probably called it camping and both probably had a good time. Although I did have to go over and tell them to turn down the surround sound on the movie they were watching at 11pm.

There is plenty of room for all styles of camping, just stick to the kind you like best.
nofish
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09/13/2017 08:53AM
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09/13/2017 09:36AM
I hope DNR builds some camper cabins there and develops cross country ski trails. If they do, reservations there would be a hard ticket to get in the winter.
Pinetree
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09/13/2017 11:15AM
quote emptynest56: "I hope DNR builds some camper cabins there and develops cross country ski trails. If they do, reservations there would be a hard ticket to get in the winter."
That is getting more common with building hurts with a wood stove in them. Cuyunna in Crosby has two of them and they are booked solid.
Yes groom ski trails and some not would complement Ely's ski trails. Winter is the best.
Pinetree
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09/13/2017 11:18AM
quote nofish: "Given that all of us here are particularly fond of BWCA type camping its not much of a surprise that this park wouldn't appeal to the majority here. However, as camping goes we're probably in the minority and most other people would enjoy some of these amenities.


I was at Savanna Portage State Park a few weekends ago tent camping in a drive in site and that's about as modern as I care to go. But in the next site over a couple pulled in driving a $200,000 motorhome. We both probably called it camping and both probably had a good time. Although I did have to go over and tell them to turn down the surround sound on the movie they were watching at 11pm.


There is plenty of room for all styles of camping, just stick to the kind you like best."

Savanna is a nice little park I visit in the fall and winter.
09/13/2017 06:38PM
quote emptynest56: "I hope DNR builds some camper cabins there and develops cross country ski trails. If they do, reservations there would be a hard ticket to get in the winter."

I would love ski trails. They have the paved paths already, so they would have to get the groomers and to staff them, then they would have great skate skiing. The original description of the park said that there would be skate skiing, so lets hope!
Basspro69
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09/14/2017 08:21AM
Wi Fi and camping I just don't get it .
Pinetree
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09/14/2017 08:34AM
quote Basspro69: "Wi Fi and camping I just don't get it ."
I agree,
but I seen in the news more millennials generation age range are buying these big RV mobile homes andhuge camper trailers than any time in history for this age group. I just wonder where such a young group get the money?
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09/14/2017 09:52AM
quote Pinetree: "quote nofish: "Given that all of us here are particularly fond of BWCA type camping its not much of a surprise that this park wouldn't appeal to the majority here. However, as camping goes we're probably in the minority and most other people would enjoy some of these amenities.



I was at Savanna Portage State Park a few weekends ago tent camping in a drive in site and that's about as modern as I care to go. But in the next site over a couple pulled in driving a $200,000 motorhome. We both probably called it camping and both probably had a good time. Although I did have to go over and tell them to turn down the surround sound on the movie they were watching at 11pm.



There is plenty of room for all styles of camping, just stick to the kind you like best."

Savanna is a nice little park I visit in the fall and winter."


It was my first time there. My 4 year old daughter and I met my buddy and his 4 year old son there for a weekend of camping. We both agreed it was a really nice little park. I for sure plan on heading back, I want to explore that little trout lake they have.
 
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