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    Thanks for starting this thread. I’m fairly new to hammock camping and I want to start out at State Parks.

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    Does anyone have experience at Bear Head Lake? Specifically BP #3? I wasn't able to find anything recent online. I'm hoping I'll be able to hang...

    Quote Originally Posted by Janette View Post
    Can you check on the group site while youíre there please? Iím on the look out for a group hang site.
    I'll be heading out for a one nighter Wednesday. I'll try and scout it out for you

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    Blue_frost, regarding bear head. My buddy and I camped there in the fall. He was a ground dweller, but I found one really nice spot down by the water using some big branches of a pine tree. There were not any other really good spots right there in the site. Of course it is a beautiful forest, so if you go off path/away from the site a little there are many options.

    If you want to DM me with your number I actually have a 50 second video of walking around the site I would be happy to text you.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MeanderMN View Post
    Blue_frost, regarding bear head. My buddy and I camped there in the fall. He was a ground dweller, but I found one really nice spot down by the water using some big branches of a pine tree. There were not any other really good spots right there in the site. Of course it is a beautiful forest, so if you go off path/away from the site a little there are many options.

    If you want to DM me with your number I actually have a 50 second video of walking around the site I would be happy to text you.


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    Thanks! I've had issues getting videos to display on my phone sent from iPhones, but I'll reach out! I appreciate it!

    Janette,

    The roads in lake maria are open.

    I poked my head into both group camps and saw 3-4 pretty good hanging spots at each. The Oak Hill group camp is almost directly on the trail to some of the backpacking sites, the White Pine site is much more secluded on the other side of the group camping parking lot. Unfortunately I wasn't able to snag any photos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RazorSharp View Post
    Too many to list within 2 hours of the Twin Cities. Along the big lake they call Gitche Gumee, #8 at Split Rock is very nice. Never been to Afton but will check it out some day.

    Frankly, I prefer dispersed camping in the many state forests. I am agoraphobic so my favorite spots are where I don't see a soul for days.
    Do you have any recommendations for dispersed camping?
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    Yes. Anywhere you can!.

    What I tend to do is park at the gate or the head of a hunting/hiking trail in the winter and walk to a nearby campground when no one is there--or just walk into the woods a couple hundred yards. There is a little parking lot near where the Snake River flows into the St. Croix and a state trail gets you to the road into the campground a couple miles away. I had a very enjoyable walk there in Feb. I have also parked at the gate in Nemadji and Chengwana a few times.

    Look on the MN DNR web site for hunting trails. There is always a place to park and you can walk down the trail and then into the woods far enough to be safe from gunfire--which is really not a realistic fear for the most part but better safe than sorry.

    In Southern MN state forests are scarce. I have parked in Kruger Campground and walked into the woods there a few times.

    That should get you started. Do your best to "leave no trace".

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    Quote Originally Posted by lugnut View Post
    Iím going to be at Maria State Park this weekend. Iím taking my 12 year old daughter on her first backpacking trip. Iíll be in spot B1.

    This happens to be really close to my house so I went out yesterday to see what the spot looks like and itís fantastic!

    I also looked at spots B2, B3, and, B6 on the way in and all of those would easily support hammocks.


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    I've stopped there and camped while biking to my cabin.

    Great location, and they'll find a spot for any bikers who need a site.

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    Just found another one. Willow River campground. Most sites have good hanging trees but the high numbered sites have easier access to the river. 21 looked particularly good.

    Didn't stay--just drove thru. No one was there! Not sure if that is the norm or if the blustery weather had something to do with it.

    It is a first come first serve campground so get there early for the good spots.

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