There are a few camping options in rural Hennepin County, both public and private:
Baker Campground (Maple Plain)
Within Baker Park Reserve, Baker Campground is a huge public campground with over 200 sites. Bring a tent, an RV or stay in one of the camper cabins. The camping season starts at the end of April and goes into mid-October.
Nature-based activities include hiking, biking, swimming and paddling on Independence Lake. Canoe and kayak rentals are available here, or bring your own boats.
Just under half the sites have electricity. There are showers and flushies in the campground, too.
An interesting option to explore that’s also within the Reserve: the Baker Near-Wilderness Settlement, an environmental learning center.
Crow-Hassan Park Reserve (Hanover)
Crow-Hassan Park Reserve, off Interstate 94 just northwest of Rogers, has horse camping, a couple of group camping spots and one hike-in campsite.
This park offers almost 20 miles of hiking and horseback riding trails through woods and over rolling prairie. Very beautiful!
Minneapolis Northwest KOA (Maple Grove)
Camping at KOAs is like eating at a chain restaurant—you know what to expect! Minneapolis Northwest KOA has the standard swimming pool (during the summer months), hook-ups and wi-fi, plus mini-golf and a dog park.
It’s open from early April to mid-October to RVs and tents. They also have one Kamping Kabin. KOAs also have showers, restrooms and laundry facilities.
Every KOA is privately owned. This particular campground has a neat story: According to their About page, owners Dan and Joyce Hou emigrated from Taiwan in 1970. This highly-educated couple (Dan has a Ph.D) dreamed of owning their own business—and this KOA is it. Good for them!
Lake Rebecca Park Reserve (Rockford)
Lake Rebecca has a couple of group camping sites great for family groups, youth groups, camping retreats, scout groups…
Other outdoor rec activity options here include hiking, mountain biking and paddling (rentals available).
Elm Creek Park Reserve has two Camper Cabins available seasonally. No flushies or showers, but they have electricity, ceiling fans and heat. Bring your own bedding for the bunks. Go to this page on the Elm Creek website and scroll down to the Camper Cabin section. There are links there for more info and to make reservations.