Nestled just north of Duluth, off the scenic Highway 53, Red Pine Campground has emerged as a beacon of the Northland, attracting outdoor enthusiasts with a myriad of upgrades and innovative amenities.
The campground has seen improvements since Josh and Amanda Hansen assumed ownership in 2020.
The Hansens have spearheaded substantial enhancements that fuse modern conveniences with the park’s rugged allure.
Today, their bustling campground boasts high-speed internet, ensuring visitors can stay connected even as they immerse themselves in nature’s splendor.
They have also introduced Culligan soft water to the campground, further augmenting the comfort and quality of the camper’s experience.
Beyond these utilities, the duo has unveiled fresh attractions at the campground. The latest additions are a newly constructed pergola and a GaGa ball pit for kids. These innovations serve both to enrich guests’ experiences and to add fresh appeal to the campground.
Amanda announced, “We added 10 new sites this year, with power and water hookups, that are more rustic and private.”
These sites represent a thoughtful expansion of the campgrounds, promising an enchanting escape for those seeking solitude amid the wilderness.
Demonstrating a commitment to community collaboration, the Hansens recently invited Fairhaven Farm to the campgrounds for a unique ‘Pizza in the Park’ event. This innovative concept reimagines the traditional farm-to-table dining experience, offering handcrafted pizzas featuring home-grown ingredients from Fairhaven Farm.
John Beaton, co-owner of Fairhaven Farm, emphasized their excitement about this collaboration, stating, “It’s a way to diversify. We make our own sauce. We use our own veggies and source from other farms.”
His wife and fellow Fairhaven co-owner Emily added, “Our vision for the farm was always to be a gathering place. We’ve been working on this for a long time. So we are really excited to see it coming together.”
These developments at Red Pine Campground provide key insights for other private campground owners and operators.
They exemplify how innovation, modernization, and a strong sense of community can collectively drive the success of a campground business.
Furthermore, the integration of locally-sourced, culinary experiences within the campground setting, as demonstrated through the ‘Pizza in the Park’ event, hints at the potential for creating unique, experiential offerings that differentiate a campground in a competitive market.
According to its website, formerly known as Ogstons RV Park, Red Pine Campground is home to 100 full hook-up sites, meticulously arranged around several beautiful water bodies.
The park offers a range of amenities, including fishing spots, a large covered pavilion for social gatherings, and picturesque hiking trails.
It also houses a well-equipped clubhouse with full bath and shower facilities, coin-operated laundry, vending machines, books, movies, and a pool table. For those yearning for a more traditional camping experience, there are brand-new tent sites set amidst the peaceful north woods.
Just minutes from Duluth, yet far enough to offer a tranquil retreat, Red Pine Campground represents the ideal blend of modern amenities and rustic charm.
Featured image from Red Pine Campground.