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Oaks on the River Campground

For Xcel Energy employees, retirees, their families and guests. Oaks on the River is a secluded campground located a short drive from the Twin Cities on the Mississippi River between Monticello and Becker, Minnesota.

The 42-site campground is open to Xcel Energy employees, retirees, their families and guests. Campers can enjoy the big outdoors at Oaks on the River by exploring the hiking trails in the area, or canoeing and fishing on the river.

Oaks on the River facilities include a swimming pool, with a wading pool; three playgrounds, a baseball diamond, horseshoe pits, basketball and volleyball courts. Three pavilions - one large and two smaller - also can be rented on a daily basis for reunions, picnics, and other special events. Other amenities include toilets, showers, and a dump station.

Xcel Energy and Oaks on the River Board of Directors invites employees, retirees, their families, and guests to visit Oaks on the River Campground soon.

Oaks on the River is open from May 1, through October 18, 2020.

Reservations Begin March 2, 2020

 To check site availability and make a reservation visit

Fill out the reservation form completely, including your employee number. Call 763-263-2576 or email with questions.

Additional Information


Oaks on the River offers outdoor winter storage of trailers & RV's.

We have a $5.00 Dumping fee to cover pumping fees. This only applies to trailers & RV's with holding tanks. This fee will be collected on check in.

Please check the rates.

You may want to rent the Cul-De-Sac for family parties or other get togethers.

Please refer to the site table and Map (PDF) when making reservations.


As always, Oaks on the River will begin taking reservations Monday, March 2, 2020 at noon.

Note: March 2-16, 2020 will be for Xcel employees and retirees to make reservations, after that, friends, family and affiliates of employees will be able to make reservations.

2020 Camping Season begins Friday May 1, 2020.

You can visit Oaks on the River Campground (external link) to make an online reservation request and pay electronically. You will receive an email confirmation and a Paypal request for a $27 deposit. Pay either electronically with Paypal link using a credit card, or by sending a check made out to Oaks on the River Campground. 

Mail to:
Oaks on the River
16722 Cty Rd 11 SE
Big Lake, MN 55309
Attn: Scott Ramsdell

Pay campsite and pavilion use fees at the time of stay.

The balance of your campsite and pavilion use fees are due when you check-in at the time of stay. (See rate information). Make check or money order payable to Oaks on the River Corporation.

Check-in is at 4 p.m. and check out time for campsites is 3 p.m.

Please note: You may also call the park manager at 763-263-2576 to arrange for late arrival the next morning; if you do not call in advance - and do not arrive by 10 a.m. the following day - Oaks on the River reserves the right to give away your site.

Check-in time for pavilions is 8 a.m.; check out time is 10 p.m.

If you are unable to keep your reservation date, please call the park manager at 763-263-2576 as soon as possible. You will be charged in full if you do not cancel reservations for campsites or pavilions at least 24 hours in advance. You also must pay this fee before you can make another reservation.

Camping & Other Rate Information

2020 Camping Season begins Friday, May 1, 2020, and goes through October 18, 2020. Only two reservations are permitted at any time. Long term camping will again be available this year for sites 10, 24, 26, 36, and 37. Spring cleanup is scheduled for Thursday and Friday, April 23 and 24, 2020. Free camping for Volunteers April 24-26 and May 1-3.

2020 Campsite Rates

Campground Rates
Daily $27 Additional units $20
Weekly $135 Additional units $85
Cul-de-sac $130 daily $650 week
September 3 through End of Season $20

Long-Term Camping
$390 per month
$135 weekly

Dry Camping/Off-Peak (no water at sites)
$300 per month
$100 weekly
$20 a night

Note: Camping Units include tents

  • If a tent(s) are the primary means of camping then it is considered a camping unit.
  • Other situations will be determined by the Campground Manager.

Maximum stay is 14 days except for long-term campsites.

Long-term campsites can be open at any time.

Other Rates

Large Pavilion
$135 Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays    
$100 Monday-Thursday
Note: Does not include swimming pool

Small Pavilions

Outdoor Winter Storage of trailers and RVs
$125 pull in October, pull out in April

Group Camping (to include nonprofit organizations)
Group camping will be in cul-de-sac sites 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, and 20. The cost will be $130 per day, $650 for a week, payable when making the reservation. This includes the use of the cul-de-sac pavilion for campers' personal use during the stay. See Map (PDF) for locations.

Rules & Regulations

All reservation holders MUST check in upon arrival. Additional campers can register upon request.

Enjoyment for all and the continued use of the campground is conditional upon Xcel Energy employees, retirees, their families, and guests observing the following:

  • Xcel Energy employees and/or retirees are responsible for their guests and their guests' behavior and actions.
  • All damage resulting from camper negligence will forfeit future use of the park and will require the camper to make restitution for such damage.
  • Pavilion Parking in designated area only. Violators may be towed at their own expense.
  • Follow directions given by the Park Manager.
  • Minors must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Any violation of the Oaks on the River rules may result in immediate ejection and/or future forfeiture of Oaks on the River use.
  • Respect your fellow campers and their campsites.
  • The number of sleeping units and people using campsites must conform to the published guidelines. Groups of 20 or more (including children), must be approved by the Campground Manager.
  • Keep your pets leashed and pick up after them. Pets must be leashed and kept within boundary of campsite.
  • Please do not cut trees.
  • No relocating of fire rings.
  • Please dispose of garbage in trash receptacles near the main access road.  NO burning of garbage. (MN Department of Health Violation)
  • Discharge of firearms, B.B. guns, etc., or any fireworks is NOT PERMITTED.
  • Speed limit is 10 Mile Per Hour.
  • Please observe the posted rules of your park.
  • Please observe the posted rules regarding the use of the pool.
  • Use of the pool is for registered campers only, except as noted otherwise.
  • Motorized vehicles (golf carts, ATV, etc.) use permitted on established roads only. Must follow park traffic rules.  Must be 18 or under direct supervision by an adult and follow the state rules for ATV use.
  • ATV/golf carts must be registered at the office at check-in.  A number will be assigned to be displayed on the unit when in use.  The number shall be returned to the office when checking out.

The Waste Water is routed to a drain field. Please be reasonably conservative when using the facilities and help us to keep the unit clean.

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