Outdoor Adventure

by | Feb 2021

Camping during winter hiking in Carpathian mountains


Winter camping could provide the peaceful paradise you crave.

Winter camping may be just the vacation adventure you need to reconnect with nature. Serene scenes of fresh snow and a crackling fire are the stuff of peaceful dreams. If you dress for the weather and plan accordingly, you can enjoy a unique travel experience without traveling far. Afton State Park in Minn. and Willow River State Park in Wis. are open year-round for camping and other seasonal activities. Afton State Park has rustic backpack campsites, camper cabins with heat and electricity and two 7-person yurts with firewood, indoor wood stoves, skylights, bunkbeds, tables and chairs. Willow River State Park has 30 unplowed walk-in campsites; 12 have electrical hookups.

A few winter camping tips from the Sierra Club:

  • Dress in layers
  • Stay dry
  • Bring a cold weather rated sleeping bag and pad
  • Steep coffee grounds in boiled water, then tap the pot to settle grounds
  • Pack extra containers for late night bladder relief (gross, but useful)

Afton State Park
6959 Peller Ave. S.; Hastings, Minn.

Willow River State Park
1034 County Highway A; Hudson, Wis.


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