The Best Camping Spots of the Midwest

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The midwest is home to some of the most beautiful locales in the US. Thinking of taking a camping trip in the heart of America? Check out some of these camping spots to get inspired.

It might be a bit too cold right now for many of these locations— but when the snow melts, you’ll be ready to pack up your Elk Mountain canvas tent and go!

Riverwest Park in Omaha, Nebraska

Sometimes when you’re camping, especially with kids in tow, you need more than just the great outdoors. That’s when a campsite like Riverwest Park is ideal. This site boasts tubing, kayaking and even tanking— which means you’ll be floating along the Elkhorn River in a water tank!

Site rentals range from 25 to 30 dollars with electricity, depending on tent size. Reservation info here.

Kelleys Island State Park in Kelleys Island, OH

Located in Lake Erie, Kelleys Island is an ideal location for camping if you want plenty of water activities, such as boating and fishing and swimming. Plus, the Kelleys Island Wine Company is nearby, a winery and a restaurant. You can make a reservation for a campsite, both electric and non-electric sites, here.

Bison at Minneopa State Park (Courtesy

Land of Memories Park in Mankato, Minnesota

Land of Memories sounds like a dreamy spot for camping, and is ideally located just an hour and a half south of the Twin Cities, making it convenient to get back into the city while still being secluded enough to feel that you’re getting away from it all. But, Mankato also has a few comforts to offer, including restaurants and a small bar scene.

Tent sites are available for a reasonable 15 dollars a day (25 dollars if you need electricity!) and has restrooms and shower facilities.

Mankato has several parks and hiking trails to explore, including the gorgeous Minneopa Falls and you can even check out a bison herd at nearby Minneopa State Park. Make your reservations here.

Photo courtesy of Missouri State Parks

Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park in Lesterville, Missouri

Nestled in among the  St. Francois Mountains, Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park is a spot ideal for families or lone campers looking to find natural beauty to enjoy. Plus, the shut-ins or “nature’s water park” as Missouri State Parks calls them, are great to splash around in, and then there are hiking trails when it’s time to dry off!

Rates range from 13 to 28 dollars and in-season from April 1 to October 31. Reservations are available via the Missouri State Parks site.