Endless winter is now delaying the opening of campgrounds in Minnesota

If you were looking to go camping up north in parts of Minnesota in early May, we have some bad news for you, courtesy of Old Man Winter.

As we are all painfully aware, the warm spring weather that we all look forward to every year was not quick to arrive here in the land of 10,000 lakes (still partially snow-capped). And while we’ve had a long stretch of cold temperatures, winds and rain here in Rochester and southeastern Minnesota, at least we haven’t had too much snow this spring (I’m touching drink !)

One of the ‘most endangered’ rivers is here in MN

One of the ‘most endangered’ rivers is here in MN

It’s a different story in much of northern Minnesota, however. In places near the Upper National Forest (in regards to five hours northeast of Rochesternorth of Minnesota’s North Shore), it’s still very wintery, even though the calendar says we’re only about a week away from May.

And that has led the US Forest Service to delay the opening of several campgrounds that were previously scheduled to open on May 1. A post on the Superior National Forest website explains the delays caused by Old Man Winter that still persist this year:

Due to the cold and snow, the Forest is preparing to delay the opening of certain paying campsites later than usual (May 1). Forestry staff expect paid campgrounds (reservation and first-come, first-served) to open between May 6 and May 12. Water services will be activated when temperatures permit and may not be available on opening dates.

One campground that won’t even open once the snow finally melts in mid-May (hopefully!) however, is McDougal Campground in the Tofte Ranger District. It remains closed after the devastating Greenwood Fire that tore through the area last August.

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