June 1 recreational camping can opened. We have reviewed the “Industry Guidance for Safely Reopening Campgrounds” developed by the DNR and have made final the needed adjustments. Just to be clear, some services will be limited, and things might look a little different this season.
At the beginning of the pandemic, we developed an operating plan that looked at different scenarios that included our campgrounds and day use parks. Due to this, we can make slight modifications to those plans to fit the new guidelines. Below are some key things you need to know before coming to Schroeder Park & Campground and Collinwood Park & Campground.
Campground offices will be closed to free egress and will not be stocked with the typical ice cream, snacks, bait, and miscellaneous items that we typically have on hand for purchase. Firewood and ice will still be available for purchase. This will take place over the phone by credit card transaction. All firewood and ice orders/purchases will need to be done by 4pm so we have time to deliver it to your site.
All reservations will need to be made online or over the phone in advance. Upon arrival you will need to go straight to your campsite. If you are not familiar with the campground you may stop at the campground office to view a map of the facility, so you can locate your campsite. The campground manager will come around and collect information such as license plate number and type of camper so do not be alarmed if you see them or the staff collecting this information.
Same day reservations/drop-in sites will not be taken for the 2020 camping season. This is something that we typically offer but due to the current situation we are limiting face to face interaction with staff and this is one way that we feel we can do that. These sites will be utilized to spread out campers and allow us to meet the recommendations in the “Industry Guidance for Safely Reopening Campgrounds”.
Camping will be limited to those that are in the same household and to one camping unit per site, no additional tents for children will be allowed. Remember that social distancing guidelines of 6 feet are still in place and groups larger than 10 are not permissible (exception of same household).
Limit people at your fire ring to your same household and do your best to adhere to social distancing guidelines.
Restrooms at both campgrounds will be available. There will be a limit of 2 people in the restroom at any given time (exception for people in the same household). These facilities will be cleaned twice a day to begin with. Please remember that even if we cleaned them every hour, they will only be as clean as the last person that used the facility so please take precautions. The bathrooms will be signed with this information as a reminder.
Shower facilities at Collinwood will be open. They have a dedicated point of entry form the exterior which allows for them to be opened. Again, these facilities will be cleaned twice a day to begin with. Please remember that even if we cleaned them every hour, they will only be as clean as the last person that used the facility so please take precautions.
Shower facilities at Schroeder will be limited to one stall in each facility. They do not have a dedicated point of entry for each shower and this will assist in meeting social distancing guidelines. We apologize in advance for the inconvenience.
Fish cleaning facilities will be open but limited to one person at a time (exception for those that live in the same household). Signs will be posted at the facility as a reminder.
Drinking fountains will remain off during this time so please come prepared with your own water when you visit the parks.
Public beaches are available for use. Swimming buoys are being placed at this time to mark the swimming area. As a reminder we do not provided lifeguards at any of public beaches. They are all swim at your own risk. It is crucial that you treat the beaches the same as any other place and maintain your social distancing. We trust you to use your best judgement when visiting the beaches and help us keep them available, outdoor showers will remain closed. Be courteous. If you have been at the beach for a few hours, we would ask that you move to another activity with your family to allow for others to enjoy the beach as well. If we notice overcrowding or have patron issues we will re-evaluate having this amenity available.
Playgrounds, picnic tables and other shared surfaces and gathering spaces are available to use, but at your own risk and please take precautions to keep you and your family safe if. This is due to cleaning issues. The CDC recommends not to clean wooden surfaces such as picnic tables with cleaners/disinfectants as the wood can hold on to the chemical longer and hold the moisture from it creating more issues such as mold and mildew. If you do choose to use a playground or picnic table, we ask that you do not apply any cleaners or disinfectants yourself to them as they could harm the equipment or tables. Also, if you do choose to use these amenities, we recommend that you use sanitizer per the CDC guidelines before and after use.
Boat accesses will be free of charge at this time for all visitors until further notice. The fee for the boat accesses at Collinwood and Schroeder will be implemented again once we are able to open the office for face to face interaction.
Sanitary dump stations will only be available for use by registered campers, the dump station will not be available to the general public for use until further notice.
We are excited that Governor Walz “turned the dial” for campgrounds. We know that things are going to be different and we thank you in advance for your understanding and patience. Remember, social distancing guidelines are still in place. Please keep 6 feet of distance between you and other visitors and adhere to all other MDH and CDC guidelines in addition to the Outdoor Recreation Guidelines.
You may contact us via email at email@example.com or by phone at either 763-682-7894 or 763-682-7693. If you call it may take us a day or two to get back to you so please bear with us and we apologize for any delays in advance.
Please continue to “Stay Safe Minnesota” as we move forward and welcome campers back to Collinwood and Schroeder.