ENJOY THE OUTDOORS
Get ready to roast marshmallows and enjoy the outdoors! Owatonna offers three scenic options for camping. Let the adventure begin by staying at one of our local campgrounds or at the nearby state park. River View Campground is a Good Sam Park nestled along the Straight River and includes a heated swimming pool and miniature golf. Hope Oak Knoll Campground, also a Good Sam Park, is a quiet and shady place to camp, with horseshoes and a game room. For seasonal camping, head over to Rice Lake State Park. Rent a canoe or kayak from the park office and paddle across the lake for a more secluded camping experience.
HOPE OAK KNOLL CAMPGROUND
Location: 9545 County Road 3 | Phone: 507-451-2998
Operations: Open April 15 – October 15
Hope Oak Knoll is a Good Sam park located six miles south of Owatonna. Amenities include 92 campsites, a snack bar, laundry and shower facilities, and a camp store.
Long ago, American Indians harvested wild rice from this lake where today, the shallow waters and marshy edges of Rice Lake attract many waterfowl during migrations. Rice Lake is a major wetland in the area. Visitors enjoy photographing spring wildflowers, picnicking, and bird watching. Winter activities include cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking and snowmobiling on the trails. For a more secluded camping experience, paddle across the lake and camp in a canoe campsite (camping available April-October). Located 7 miles east of Owatonna, the park is open for day-use activities year-round.
River View Campground is nestled among giant oaks on the Straight River two miles south of Owatonna. 125 naturally shaded campsites, tent sites and full hook-up sites are available. Amenities include a heated swimming pool, miniature and frisbee golf, horseshoe pits, a playground, a video game room, laundry and shower facilities, an all weather pavilion, a camp store and more!