Campgrounds near Alexandria, Minnesota

Campgrounds near Alexandria, Minnesota
The area around Alexandria, Minnesota, has been called an angler's paradise, with seven freshwater lakes---Victoria, Jesse, Geneva, L'Homme Dieu, Carlos, Darling and Cowdry--making up the Victoria Chain. Forests and open prairie surround the lakes. Boat rentals, marinas, docks and launches are plentiful, making it easy to get on the water. Visitors can also hike or bike the Central Lakes Trail, a rail-to-trail that runs 55 miles from Osakis to Fergus Falls, or the nearby Glacier Ridge Trail. There's skiing, ice fishing and snowmobiling in the winter. Alexandria is one of the hubs in the area, with a variety of restaurants and shops.

Big Foot Resort

This bustling campground, located about eight miles from the center of Alexandria, sits on the shores of Lake Mary, one of the region's popular fishing lakes. The property includes two swimming pools, beach, 18-hole miniature golf course, game room, bathrooms with hot showers and laundry and kitchen for guests to use. The lake, measuring about five miles long and 1 1/2 miles wide, is home to walleye, northern pike, yellow perch, bass, and more. Boats, including pontoons, are available for rent. RV sites have full hookups; cabin rentals are also available.

Big Foot Resort
8231 Highway 114 SW
Alexandria, MN 56308
(888) 239-2512
bigfootresort.com

Broken Arrow Resort

Set on Lake Victoria, one of the seven lakes in the Victoria Chain, this campground is popular with anglers. Boats and motors are available to rent. The campground has 17 campsites, with full hookups. There are also cabins for rent but no tent sites available. Most sites are in the open and within about 200 feet of the water.

Broken Arrow Resort
3408 E. Highway 27
Alexandria, MN 56308
(302) 763-4646
brokenarrowresort.com

Shady Rest Resort & Campground

This longstanding campground, open since 1966, is nestled on the shores of Lake Amelia, less than 20 miles from the center of Alexandria. The campground includes more than 30 acres, with a sandy beach, swimming raft and dock. Campsites are tucked under trees or in the open grassy area. Each has a picnic table, firepit and free Wi-Fi. The 940-acre lake is popular with anglers, casting for pan fish, northern pike, walleye, yellow perch, large-mouth bass and bluegill. Motor boats and pontoons are available to rent at the campground. The property also includes two tennis courts, horseshoe pits, volleyball, badminton, shuffleboard, bocce ball and basketball. A game room houses arcade video games and a pool table.

Shady Rest Resort & Campground
16953 142nd Street
Villard, MN 56385
(888) 706-0422
shadyresort.com

Article Written By Pamela Wright

Pamela Wright is a freelance writer, author of more than two dozen guidebooks, and hundreds of articles. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications, including "National Geographic Traveler," "Family Circle," "Family Fun," "Backpacker," "Hemispheres," "Cooking Light," "Yankee" and more. An active member of the Society of American Travel Writers, she holds a Bachelor's from Michigan State University

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