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Old 06-15-2019, 11:56 PM   #1
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Last minute camping June midwest

We have not gotten out as much as wanted this year and our plan for a big trip turned into a flight and hotel. I am good to drive 2 long days to go somewhere nice. DW really wants to go to glacier NP but it's a bit late for that as sites are all full and she is a planner so from KC what are available options...

We dont boondock but I have a generator so maybe.
DW is a planner and wants reserved sites but if everything is first come first serve I am open if I can get a reservation nearby.
Private or public campgrounds are fine.
30' trailer
We must have power power.
We can go without water but full hook ups are preferred by DW. She will go 3 days without sewer as she will not shower outside the trailer.
Someplace cool as DW hates the heat.
I can do up 500mi a day so 1000 from KC max as I dont want to drive more than 2 days to get there.
Much of the midwest has flooded so this has become a problem for the near water areas.
I am good with anything but DW wants day trips and things to do. She does not get around great so no hicking or biking.

We did Yellowstone and Rushmore last year in the trailer and just got back from Grand Canyon with family. We loved both but would like some different options and did not have time to plan something.

We looked at Michigan but that is busy season there as well.

Are we just trying to plan too much too late?
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Old 06-16-2019, 12:16 AM   #2
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How would St Louis or the Ozarks work for you?

If I were starting from there and had a bunch of time and already visited the places you've mentioned, I'd think about planning a trip from KC to St Louis to Cave City to Nashville, to Memphis to Fayetteville back home again staying a couple days at each.

I'd think you'd be able to find a place to stay near each. Weekends might be tough but week days should be fine.

Glacier sounds like a big trip but if I were to do it, I'd look for places in Whitefish.

Maybe a trip to Theodore Roosevelt National Forest would work.

Hope some of those ideas help.
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Old 06-16-2019, 02:52 PM   #3
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How would St Louis or the Ozarks work for you?

If I were starting from there and had a bunch of time and already visited the places you've mentioned, I'd think about planning a trip from KC to St Louis to Cave City to Nashville, to Memphis to Fayetteville back home again staying a couple days at each.

I'd think you'd be able to find a place to stay near each. Weekends might be tough but week days should be fine.

Glacier sounds like a big trip but if I were to do it, I'd look for places in Whitefish.

Maybe a trip to Theodore Roosevelt National Forest would work.

Hope some of those ideas help.
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I like the st Louis and Nashville idea.

We have camped all over most of the ozarks and Branson and we save those for weekend trips usually as we can hit them in 2-3hrs and go with friends.

I will also checkout Theodor roosevelt park. That looks interesting.
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Midwest is a mighty big area to ask about . . . how about Saylorville Lake in Iowa. Several campgrounds around it including COE. We stayed at Cherry Glen which is nice.

TR National Park is beautiful! Red Trail Campground is nice but gets really crowded during their annual musical festival so check ahead.

If going to western SD (Black Hills/Badlands) be sure to check on dates for Sturgis crowds.

Many lovely state parks in MN, all typically have electricity, sometimes water too. Some COEs here too. With 1000 mi. budget, you can get up along the "north shore" of Lake Superior along Hwy 61 which is very beautiful, many state parks along there. Or check out Pipestone National Monument in SW MN and nearby Lake Shetek State Park.

Quite a few nice state parks and state recreation areas in Nebraska. We've been to Pawnee SRA twice and it's a nice campground. W&E, dump station.

St. Louis, lots to see and you can go up in the Arch which is now a new National Park. KOA in Eureka will be close enough to drive there if you bring a toad or rent a car.
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Old 06-20-2019, 02:23 PM   #5
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Midwest is a mighty big area to ask about . . . how about Saylorville Lake in Iowa. Several campgrounds around it including COE. We stayed at Cherry Glen which is nice.

TR National Park is beautiful! Red Trail Campground is nice but gets really crowded during their annual musical festival so check ahead.

If going to western SD (Black Hills/Badlands) be sure to check on dates for Sturgis crowds.

Many lovely state parks in MN, all typically have electricity, sometimes water too. Some COEs here too. With 1000 mi. budget, you can get up along the "north shore" of Lake Superior along Hwy 61 which is very beautiful, many state parks along there. Or check out Pipestone National Monument in SW MN and nearby Lake Shetek State Park.

Quite a few nice state parks and state recreation areas in Nebraska. We've been to Pawnee SRA twice and it's a nice campground. W&E, dump station.

St. Louis, lots to see and you can go up in the Arch which is now a new National Park. KOA in Eureka will be close enough to drive there if you bring a toad or rent a car.
Thanks for feedback. What are some good parks in MN to check availability on? This is busy season there too but would like to look up a few there to see if there are options open.

We did black hills last year. There are many more parks to visit but she seems to want to go somewhere else.

We are looking in western Colorado as well but things are tight and finding a park I think is possible but proving a little difficult.

I have a TT so no toad required but I do need at least 30 ft.
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There are lots of parks in MN but Im not sure how many can fit your needs. There should be quite a few!

If you use this site, you can search by date and RV length and it will show you your choices:

https://reservemn.usedirect.com/MinnesotaWeb/

On the closer end, Id recommend looking at Great River Bluffs, Forestville/Mystery Caves, Lake Shetek (large park and recreation lake), and Blue Mounds (bison herd!).

On the longer end Id suggest looking at Cascade River (on a river which does indeed cascade down into Lake Superior), Judge C.R. Magney (It has the Devils Kettle, amazing to see!), Temperance River, Tettegouche, Gooseberry Falls (no electric). The later 3 are all river and falls through parks!
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There are lots of parks in MN but Im not sure how many can fit your needs. There should be quite a few!

If you use this site, you can search by date and RV length and it will show you your choices:

https://reservemn.usedirect.com/MinnesotaWeb/

On the closer end, Id recommend looking at Great River Bluffs, Forestville/Mystery Caves, Lake Shetek (large park and recreation lake), and Blue Mounds (bison herd!).

On the longer end Id suggest looking at Cascade River (on a river which does indeed cascade down into Lake Superior), Judge C.R. Magney (It has the Devils Kettle, amazing to see!), Temperance River, Tettegouche, Gooseberry Falls (no electric). The later 3 are all river and falls through parks!
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Thanks for the link. That will make it much easier!
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Coralville ? sp core of engineers project.



Near Iowa City , Iowa might be something to look at.
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Coralville ? sp core of engineers project.



Near Iowa City , Iowa might be something to look at.
We did lake red rock last month. I will look this one up. What is there to do nearby? DW is always looking for things to see that dont involve hiking and biking.
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This is kinda why we purchased our cabin and acreage last fall. With the spike in RV sales over the last few years, just in our state alone there is now about a 5 to 1 ratio of RV's to campsites. Use to be you could go Friday after work and get a non reserve site for the weekend. Now, if you don't have your RV on a site by Tues, Weds....forget it...they're all booked up. You can find some sites during the week, but forget weekends. Most of our SP's are booked for the summer right after Jan 1st. If you don't have all your stays planned by then, fat chance of getting a reservation later in the year.
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