Chester Woods Campground in Olmsted County


May 10, 2018
Rochester, MN
We like this place because it's only a few minutes from home, so it's easy to pop out for a weekend trip and if the weather or anything else goes bad (or I forget the coffee) it's easy to get back home.

It's fairly small, ~45 sites around one loop. Most sites are shady with either grassy or mulch surfaces and gravel parking pads. Most sites have electric hook-ups (20/30/50), no water or sewer hook-ups but there is a dump station. There is a central bathroom and shower building that is clean and easy to get to from anywhere in camp.

This is a very nice campground for families with small kids (or anyone who just wants peace and quiet) because they are pretty strict on keeping things from getting too rowdy. There are several hiking and horse trails next to the camp and a nice playground within walking distance. It's next to a small reservoir with excellent fishing (panfish, perch, bass), kayak and canoe rentals, and a small beach. The lake only allows electric trolling motors, so it's a nice place to let kids paddle around without fear of them getting run over.

Firewood is restricted. They do sell wood in camp but the hours are odd (5-6pm and 7-8pm), so if you cook over a campfire like we do you need to plan ahead for breakfasts and lunches. There isn't a camp store, but there is a Kwik Trip in Eyota just a couple miles down the road and Rochester is just 10 miles the other way.

Reservations are online only. It can be a bit of a pain to get set up the first time, but after that reservations are really easy. You can usually find several spots to choose from if you look a couple weeks ahead of time (except holiday weekends).