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.
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, 1.8MB) for regulations on island camping within the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area. There is no camping at Coldwater Spring.