Lake Elmo Regional Park Reserve is like an emerald isle tucked away in the upscale community of Woodbury Minnesota. We decided to spend four days there to visit family before heading to the Wisconsin Dells. We had no idea how much we would enjoy our stay here.
The main road in is a great appetizer to what follows. The park reserve is big, 2100 acres and built around a series of lakes, Elmo being the largest by far.
We stayed in the “modern” campsite loop and while we had plenty of room for our big rig, their version of modern means 30 amp power and no water. Most state and local parks opt for more primitive accommodations. Park hosts got the full hook-ups, but everyone else is left with beautiful scenery and not much else.
Still, we had access to the Nordic Center, a modern conference facility just around the corner, with full wifi and nice cafe tables to sit at we could use for email and blogging. Off season rates are great too, in the low $30 range. But you do need to get a seasonal pass for your car which is another $25.
We didn’t mind. Lake Elmo Reserve is close to everything in the Minneapolis area and sits just inside Woodbury, a very upscale community with great restaurants and all the big box retail brands you could hope for. So Lake Elmo is this little retreat from the bustling surrounding city life. We plan to go back next year and do more biking on all the trails in the park.