Open Year-round
Reservations possible?
RV Hookups
Potable water
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The Upper Campground is one of two drive-in campgrounds at Lake Carlos State Park. The Upper campground is located just northwest of the park office. The Upper Campground is not next to Lake Carlos like the Lower Campground. This campground has a total of 47 sites. There are 22 sites that have electric hookups with a mix of 30-amp service or 50-amp service. There is one wheelchair accessible site with electricity in the Upper Campground. In addition to the campsites, there are four camper cabins. The campground is wooded so most of the sites have good shade. In the Upper Campground two sleeping units per site (2 tents or 1 camper and 1 tent) are allowed.  The sites in the Upper Campground have good separation and offer much more privacy than those in the Lower Campground.

Each site has a fire ring and a picnic table. Firewood is available for sale at the park office. All the sites in the campground are back-in sites and many can accommodate RVs up to 50 feet in length. Dogs on a leash are allowed in the campground, except in the restroom and the camper cabins.

The campground has two bathroom and shower buildings as well as a vault toilet near the camper cabins. There is a dump station that serves both campgrounds that is usually available for use from mid-May through mid-October. The campground is open year-round, but the bathroom and shower buildings are only open during the warmer months. Drinking water is available year-round from a frost-free potable water hydrant in front of the solar panel by the Visitor Center. All four camper cabins are open year-round.

In addition to the camping fees, there is a fee to enter the park; a day use or annual permit can be purchased at the park office.  All the sites can be reserved online or by phone. Lake Carlos State Park is a popular park, so camping spots get reserved quickly.

A map of the campgrounds at Lake Carlos State Park can be found here.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)



Frequently full

Parking Pass

State Park Day-Use Fee

Price per night (basic site)

25.00 $ (20.99 €)


Good separation between sites and shady.


Not by Lake Carlos.

Pets allowed

Allowed with Restrictions

Managed by

Minnesota DNR

Reservation phone number

1 (866) 857-2757


ADA accessible
Vault toilet
Firewood for sale
Boat ramp(s)
Family friendly
Flushing toilets
Dump stations
Picnic tables
Near lake or river
Potable water



Total number of sites


Lodging type


Maximum trailer length

50.00 ft (15.24 m)


Nearby Adventures

Nearby Lodging + Camping


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