Thank you to the Minneapolis Northwest KOA. My presumption is this is the same one at Maple Grove. What a great stop. The people there were quite friendly and pleasant even though we rolled in around 9:30 pm. (We had been on the road all day and had been told by St. Paul East RV that I could not get in after 8 pm even though I had reserved a spot.) I was so glad to find a place to camp. Not only were they open here at NW KOA but as I mentioned they were very pleasant and even had a later check out time that worked great with our travel plans. The place was clean, I had a pull through site with shade and it was quiet.
I made reservations for three families camping back in the winter and the owner made a recommendation for the sites to stay in that were terrific. I found them very helpful on email in making the arrangements. We had a good stay here for a week. Since we stayed for a week there was a good discount. Although a lot of the sites were tight since we were a group of three things worked out fine. We were overlooking the Yellowstone river and looking onto Yellowstone itself. This campground is only 4 blocks from the Mammoth Hot springs entrance. The employee who directed us to our site was friendly and made a few suggestions for local eatery's. The location with the conveniences was a real plus. There was no shade on our sites so the couple of days we were home during the day and it was hot there was no place to go. Some of the sites were very tight. The wifi would drop out every so often. Overall this made for a pleasant visit to Yellowstone.
The owner was very friendly and directed me on the pull through site so that I was level right off. The campground was quiet, clean, and very convenient to the highway. A perfect overnight stop on a long journey.
WE DID NOT STAY AT THIS PARK. I am writing as a warning to others that this campground has a hard and fast gate closing at 8pm. I would recommend that on their confirmation letter at the top in bold they write their gate closing policy. I had reservations at this park for Friday night. I was coming into Minnesota from Medora, ND. After a side trip it was clear we were running later so we called the camp around 5:15 to let them know we would be there about 10:00. I was advised that the gate would be closed, and they would have left for home and that I could not get in until 7am. I was extremely disappointed at the lack of concern for customer service. This was the first campground I have come across that locked the gates at 8 on a Friday night. When I made a reservation I was told 8 pm, but assumed they had late registration - like I said I was so surprised to find out 8 pm gates were locked. I spoke to the owner and no resolution to the issue could be made, such as partial reimbursement, coming in late, etc. Fortunately we found the Minneapolis NW KOA (Maple Grove) more than adequate with some of the friendliest staff that I have encountered.