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There are no formal campgrounds within the national park, but the following links will help you find nearby camping opportunities.
Two state parks that are within 50 miles of the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area have camping facilities. These are Afton State Park and William O’Brien State Park both east of the metropolitan area near the St. Croix River. Please note there is no camping available at Fort Snelling State Park.
Regional Parks with Camping
The Metropolitan Council lists regional parks that also have camping available.
Mississippi River Islands
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources lists primitive campsites on islands in the Mississippi River upstream and downstream of the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area. Primitive camping is available on some islands owned by the National Park Service. See the Superintendent's Compendium (PDF, 3.6mb) for more information on restrictions. Please be familiar with these rules when camping on or visiting these National Park Service properties.