Camping at Rice Creek Chain of Lakes Park Reserve

Lino Lakes, Anoka County • Daily or annual park pass required

campsite rice creek
Many of the spacious campsites at Rice Creek have nice shade trees

Rice Creek Campground is one of two public campgrounds in Anoka County. A large campground with spacious sites, Rice Creek Campground is an ideal spot to spend a few days away from urban life.

Located very near the center of Rice Creek Park Reserve, it’s surrounded by over 5,000 acres of water, wetlands and forests. Although you’ll have lots of neighbors in the campground—especially during the summer months and weekends—you’ll be able to relax away from the noises of the city.

Spacious Campsites

Rice Creek Campground is well-situated with lots of trees, adjacent to both wetlands and open prairie. There are campsites and loops for tents only, for tents and small RVs, and loops for larger RVs only.

As with most public campgrounds, the campsite fees are very reasonable. 2018 prices show $20 for rustic sites (no electricity or water) to $32 for water and electric hookups. To make reservations online, add another $8.

wild turkeys at rice creek campground
A few wild turkeys hanging out in the campground during the off-season

The campground also features laundry facilities, showers (by no means a given at a public campground!) and a playground.

There’s also a group campsite here that can accommodate up to 60 people. If you have a family reunion, church group, youth group, scout group or other group that likes camping, consider spending a few days together here. $75 fee per night, with water and electric.

Camper Cabins

There are also two Camper Cabins here at Rice Creek. For $55 a night, also a good deal. They have bunks, and you bring your own bedding.

camping cabin rice creek
One of two Camping Cabins available

Reservations are Recommended

Reservations for sites are recommended, especially for weekend camping, but even during the week once school is out for the year and through Labor Day.

Click here to see the campground map and to make online reservations. You can even include which amenities you’d like as it searches for availability.

Other Activities at Rice Creek Park Reserve

Rice Creek is known for its great paddling opportunities. Bring your own canoe, kayak or standup paddleboard, or rent a canoe or kayak from Wargo Nature Center, also in the Park Reserve. There are several lakes here, so fishing is also an option, of course.

There’s a swimming beach on Centennial Lake not far from the campground. Also plenty of multi-use trails for hiking and biking.

Chomomix Golf Course is just on the other side of the Reserve (you have to drive around by car to get to it).

campsite rice creek
If you prefer a sunny campsite, you can find those, too

How to Get There

Rice Creek Campground is accessed off Highway 14 between 35W and 35E in Lino Lakes. Take the entrance that leads to the Visitor Center. Here’s the map.

Besides the campsite fee, you’ll need either a daily or annual vehicle pass. This pass covers all the regional parks in Anoka, Washington and Carver Counties.

Click here for other camping options in Anoka County.

Sharon Brodin
Like what you see here? Please share!