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Welcome to Knife Island Campground

Knife Island Campground, a welcoming retreat nestled in the scenic town of Esko, MN. Under the ownership of Minardi Outdoors since the summer of 2022. Our campground offers a serene setting with 40 campsites, catering to all camping preferences, including full hook-up, standard hook-up, and tent sites. Connected to our campground is a picturesque island, a hidden gem on the St. Louis River, perfect for fishing enthusiasts and leisurely hikes. As you explore our tranquil surroundings, you’ll also discover the fascinating history of the area. Step back in time to the 1850’s when the Deetz family opened the Old Slate Mine, which now stands as a testament to the region’s industrial heritage. Marvel at the slate rock formations shaped by ancient glaciers, a reminder of the natural forces that have shaped this land. We are committed to preserving this rich history, ensuring that the land and its historical elements remain undisturbed for future generations to enjoy. Immerse yourself in the beauty of nature, surrounded by abundant wildlife and nearby attractions such as Jay Cooke State Park and its scenic trails. Whether you seek relaxation, outdoor adventures, or a glimpse into the past, Knife Island Campground offers a memorable camping experience that combines natural beauty, history, and modern amenities.

Open May - November

Enjoy camping at Knife Island campground from the months of May through December

Relax and Enjoy

We are committed to your stay being an amazing experience.

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About Knife Island Campground

Known for our Natural Beauty

Set in a natural state, with wooded areas throughout the 30 campsites. From outdoor exploration to rafting the river, Knife Island is a home base for any outdoor adventure.

First time at Knife Island Campground. I was super nervous about this campground because I’ve always camp SE MN. After this weekend (memorial weekend) I would recommend this campsite for anyone. The staff were super friendly and the service provided were phenomenal. I will be back next time!
Kaylah H.
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Locally Owned and Operated

Trust Us To Be There To Ensure you Have the Best Time in Esko, MN.

Amenities we Offer

Spacious, pet friendly, and secluded campsites, porta-potties throughout the park, luxury shower house, warm up hiking trails on the campground, fishing on the island, kayak/canoe launch, playground, gaga ball court, recreational field with variety of activities/sports equipment/dirt track, horseshoe pits, potable water, dump station, pump out services.

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Campsite Information

Immerse yourself in an unforgettable camping experience at our campground, offering a range of accommodation options to suit your needs. Choose from full hook-up sites, standard hook-up sites, cozy bunkhouses, or spacious tent sites. Our full and standard hook-up sites are designed to accommodate a variety of vehicles, including fifth wheels, travel trailers, pop-up campers, motorhomes, truck campers, and vans. Rest assured, we have the perfect spot for your preferred mode of camping. To maintain a harmonious camping environment, tents are to be set up exclusively on designated tent sites, unless prior approval has been granted by our friendly campground staff. Your safety and enjoyment are our top priorities. Embark on an unforgettable camping adventure with us and enjoy the convenience of different accommodation options tailored to your preferences. Discover the beauty of nature while experiencing exceptional comfort at our campground. Book your stay today and create lasting memories amidst the great outdoors.

Full Hook-up

Starting at $70/night

Rustic Bunkhouses

Starting at $139/night

Standard Hook-up

Starting at $65/night

Tent Sites

Starting at $35/night

Stay in our Bunkhouses

Indulge in a comfortable stay at our bunkhouses, accommodating a maximum of 6 people per unit. All bunkhouses are pet-friendly designed to welcome your beloved pets, ensuring a delightful experience for both you and your companions.

Our bunkhouses are equipped with a range of amenities to enhance your stay. Enjoy the convenience of heating/AC, a TV, microwave, mini fridge, and a dining table. The sleeping arrangements include 1 queen bed, 1 futon, and 2 twin beds. Additionally, there’s a loft available for storage or as a play area. Unwind outdoors with a fire pit and charcoal grill, perfect for cozy evenings under the stars.

Please note that if you are bringing a pet, a $20 pet cleaning fee will be added to your final invoice. We kindly ask that you bring your own linens, pillows, and tableware/cutlery as these are not provided.

While we strive to provide a peaceful retreat amidst nature, we want to inform you that Wi-Fi is not available at the campground. Please be aware that if you plan to stream Netflix or other services, we cannot guarantee that your account will remain logged in after your departure.

Experience a serene getaway at our campground and savor the comfort of our well-equipped bunkhouses. Book your stay today and create cherished memories in the heart of nature.

Things to do

Local Attractions

High Ropes Course

Enjoy the thrill of the high ropes course at the High Ropes MN adventure park.


Enjoy professional white water tours from Swiftwater Adventures. With pickup available at the camp, enjoying the river is a breeze.

Jay Cooke State Park

The swinging bridge is very cool and gives you great views of the St. Louis River.

Open for Reservations

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