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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 10, through October 20, 2019.

Reservations Begin March 4, 2019

Please call for reservations weekdays at: 763-263-2576. Leave a message if no answer. A return call may take 48 hours during peak times.

Online Reservation Requests and electronic payment are now available at Oaks on the River Campground or on Facebook.

Note: If you are a family member or guest, your reservation MUST include the name, phone number, and employee ID of an Xcel Energy employee or retiree for reservation verification.

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 4, 2019 at noon.

2019 Camping Season begins Friday May 10, 2019.

You can visit Oaks on the River Campground or Facebook to make an online reservation request and pay electronically.

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

After calling (see above), please send a $25 non-refundable deposit per each camp site and/or pavilion reservation to the Oaks on the River Campground within five (5) working days to hold the reservation. (See rate information). Make checks payable to Oaks on the River Corporation.

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

PayPal preferred. Credit Cards can also be used (with the additional processing fee added). No cash please.

Pay camp site and pavilion use fees at time of stay.

The balance of your camp site 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/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.; 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 camp sites or pavilions at least 24 hours in advance. You also must pay this fee before you can make another reservation.

Camping & Other Rate Information

2019 Camping Season begins Friday, May 10, 2019 and goes through October 20, 2019. 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 25 and 26, 2019. Free camping for Volunteers April 26-28 and May 3-5.

2019 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 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, $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.

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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