Camping: The Locals Call It "Chipmunk Park"

The State Forest Campground in Willow River has been known locally as "Chipmunk Park" since it was built back in the early 1970's. Although you won't find any mention of that name by the Minnesota DNR.

This is a very popular and beautifully natural campground. Lots of pines along the lake created by the Willow River Dam. We say 'the lake' because we're not exactly sure what its name really is. Many maps and the DNR refer to it as Zaleski Lake. Willow River area Old Timers call it Stanton Lake. It has also been dubbed Willow Lake by some.

The campground is considered a 'primitive designed' facility by the DNR offering only the basic needs of the camper. The campsites consist of a cleared area, fire ring and picnic table. In addition you will find vault toilets, garbage cans and drinking water from hand pumps provided. Several of the campsites are along the lake. A group camp is also available for up to 50 people. All sites are on a first come, first served basis.

There are 36 drive in sites, 2 handicap accessible sites and 1 group site. There is a paved boat ramp to access the lake.

For a map to the Campground Click Here.

The approved fire wood vendor for the campground is:
Sue's Firewood, 86872 County Hwy 61, Willow River, MN 55795. 218-372-8449 Take County 61 north out of town for approximately 3 miles. You will find Sue's Firewood on your right.

Other Area Recreation Links:

Banning State Park

General Andrews State Forest

Moose Lake State Park

Willard Munger State Trail

Photos by Todd Liljedahl
Summer 2014