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Oaks on the River Campground

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 campground is available for use by Xcel Energy employees, retirees, their families, and guests.

Campers can enjoy the big outdoors at the 42-site campground by exploring the hiking trails in the area, or canoeing and fishing on the river.

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


Oaks on the River is open from April 28 through October 22, 2017. Reservations are accepted beginning March 1, 2017.

Please call 763-263-2576 for reservations Monday through Friday. Please leave a message if no one answers. During peak times, it may take up to 48 hours to return your call.

You can also make reservations online and pay electronically at (external link) or on Facebook (external link).

Additional Information


Oaks on the River offers outdoor winter storage of trailers & RVs.

We have a $5.00 dumping fee to cover pumping fees. This only applies to trailers and RVs with holding tanks. This fee will be collected on check-in.

Please check our 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.


Oaks on the River will begin taking reservations Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at noon.

The 2017 camping season begins Friday, April 28, 2017.

You can visit (external link) or Facebook (external link) to make an online reservation request and pay electronically.

You can also call the Oaks on the River Office for reservations at 763-263-2576 Monday through Friday between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Only two reservations are permitted at a time. Pay reservation fees in advance. This includes multiple sites for the same day.

After calling (see above), please send a $25 non-refundable deposit for each camp site and/or pavilion reservation to Oaks on the River Campground within five working days to hold the reservation. Make checks payable to Oaks on the River Corporation. PayPal is preferred, although credit cards can also be used (with an additional processing fee added). No cash please.

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

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

Check-in/check-out time for camp sites is 4 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. and 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 & Rates

The 2017 Camping Season begins Friday April 28, 2017 and goes through October 22, 2017. Only two reservations are permitted at a time. Long-term camping will again be available this year for sites 10, 24, 26, 36, and 37.

Spring cleanup is scheduled for Thursday & Friday, April 20 & 21. Free camping will be available for Volunteers.

2017 Campsite Rates

Campground Rates
Daily $27 Additional units $20
Weekly $135 Additional units $85
Cul-de-sac $130 daily $650 week
Sept. 5 through End of Season $20

Note: Camping Units include tents

  • If a tent(s) are the primary means of camping then it is considered a camping unit.
  • If a tent(s) are used in conjunction with an RV and the occupants of the tent(s) are members of the RV unit, then the tent(s) are considered part of the RV unit and not a separate unit.
  • Other situations will be determined by the Campground Manager.

The maximum stay is 14 days except for long-term campsites.

Long-term campsites can be open at any time.

Additional Rates

Long-Term Camping
$390 per month
$135 weekly

Dry Camping/Off-Peak
$300 per month
$100 weekly
$20 a night

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

Small Pavilion

Swimming Only
$3 per person Monday-Thursday ONLY (not available the week of July 4) – Children (under 12) must be under direct supervision by an adult. Only Xcel Energy employees, retirees, their families, and guests may use the swimming facilities.

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 or $650 for a week and is payable when making the reservation. This includes the use of the cul-de-sac pavilion for campers' personal use during the stay. Please see the Map (PDF) for locations.

Rules & Regulations

All employees and guests MUST register.

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 is available in the 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 employee.
  • 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 kept within the campsite boundary.
  • Please do not cut trees.
  • You cannot relocate fire rings.
  • Please dispose of garbage in trash receptacles near the main access road. No burning of garbage is allowed.
  • Discharge of firearms, B.B. guns, etc., or any fireworks is NOT permitted.
  • No motor-bikes are allowed.
  • The speed limit is 10 miles 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, ATVs, etc.) are permitted on established roads only. You must be 18 years old, or under the direct supervision of an adult, and follow the state rules for ATV use.

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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