Shades Of Sherwood Zumbrota
Where is it at?
Shades Of Sherwood
14334 Sherwood Trail
Tel: 507 732-5100
Where are we going today?
A campground with a host of water fun? Yes please! Shades of Sherwood in Minnesota is more than just a campground. It's a water park too!
Located on the Zumbro River, Shades of Sherwood is 77 acres of rivers, creeks and woods that the whole family can enjoy and explore. Located 45 minutes south of the Twin Cities area, it doesn't take long to get into the beauty of nature!
The campground has created an experience that is as family friendly as you can get. There are a number of activities and amenities that you can enjoy, as well as fun themed weekends, and even tubing down the river!
There is SO much to do! If you have a competative streak, you might be interested in the Horseshoe Tournaments that are held every weekend. Then you can celebrate in the 80 degree heated pool!
FREE with your stay you can enjoy wagon rides every Saturday night, two large playgrounds for those active kids to climb, crawl and hide in, and even some sand volleyball to play when you have that little bit of extra energy left!
The water park and train rides are an additional cost to your stay, but a wristband lets you enjoy the water park, as well as tubing, the fun jumping pillow, pedal carks, space ball and even mini golf!
Shades of Sherwood also has the amenities that you could want from a family campground, including laundry facilities, picnic tables and fire rings, groceries, and bathrooms.
So much family fun to be had at this campground AND water park!
Let's make a splash!
What is there to do?
There is SO much to do! There are fun events across the season, inclding Easter Egg Hunts, garage sales, beach parties and BBQ dinners! There are also wagon rides, kiddie train rides, mini-golf, horseshoes, pancake breakfast, pedal carts, space basketball and tubing (weather & river conditions permitting)
How much does it cost?
- Full hook up Electric/water: $28 - $53 seasonally / day
- Tents $24 - $45 / day
Facilities on site
They have laundry facilities, playgrounds, picnic tables and fire rings, firewood, ice, dumping station, electric and water hook ups, and plenty of grassy sites just for you!
When can we go?
April to October
They occasionally have events like BBQs and tasty treats, but they also have groceries for sale one site.
Need a little extra help?
If you have special needs, just give them a call to see how they can help you! .
There isn't a lifeguard on duty at the pool or waterpark, so make sure your kids are accompanied. Kids must also be potty trained or use a swimming diaper. .
What people are saying?
by Kristi Synsteby
We rented one of the little cabins at the campground. It was filthy! There were huge, well-established, cobwebs on the ceilings in the bedrooms and kitchen. When we turned the air on, an unbelievable number of bugs came out of the unit. The area rugs were so dirty that I would not walk barefoot on them. The drop-leaf on the kitchen table was broken, so only 2 people could possibly sit at it. The front "porch" was dingy and foreboding. I would not rent this place again if they paid me.
by Jeannie Vargas
Great experience here. Had a secluded camp lot. Tubing down River was great, pool, themed activities.
by Jason Seitz
Very good campground! Needs some updating but new ownership should help that. Our kids loved the swim pond. A little more expensive than what we're used to but it was worth it. We will definitely be back and might look into a seasonal spot.
by Shawn Garetsky
My family and I decided to camp close (about an hour) so we went to SHADES OF SHERWOOD this weekend – we should have just camped at WE Fest! Look, we’re experienced campers, have owned a number of pop-up campers and travel trailers and have camped at NUMEROUS campgrounds around MN, Iowa and WI – this place ranks in the bottom 2! DON’T CAMP HERE! Now, before I go on a tear about this “Hillbilly Hideaway” you should know there’s some PROS, first the “wipeout course” (although NONE of the floating obstacles move or shoot water etc....Read More
by Gerald Stapf
Nice Place great fun for the kids. Very relaxing. No road noise. The new pond was a lot of fun. Bathrooms need work otherwise a great place to camp.
by Shawn Garetsky
My family and I decided to camp close (about an hour) so we went to SHADES OF SHERWOOD this weekend – we should have just camped at WE Fest! Look, we’re experienced campers, have owned a number of pop-up campers and travel trailers and have camped at NUMEROUS campgrounds around MN, Iowa and WI – this place ranks in the bottom 2! DON’T CAMP HERE! Now, before I go on a tear about this “Hillbilly Hideaway” you should know there’s some PROS, first the “wipeout course” (although NONE of the floating obstacles move or shoot water etc. ”as-seen-on-TV”) is enclosed in a clean, sandy pond (albeit across the gravel road from the campground). There are no lifeguards, just a few campground employees with an obnoxious bullhorn. The pond DROPS off dangerously (I swam in it and it has to over 20 feet deep) – which is unnerving for parents with young kids, although life jackets are provided. That said, many of the “resident” campers tend to drift over on their golf carts (I’ll get to these folks in a moment) from the campground loaded down with blue Budweiser cans, where they wade into the pond (standing or sitting in camp-chairs) and drink the day away; oddly I never saw too many of them leave and use the port-o-johns located outside the fence-line. On a hot day the pond area quickly becomes crowded and annoying; I recommend just buying a day pass WITHOUT camping and going on a weekday. There is another MUCH SMALLER concrete pool that has seen better days inside the campground, but on a hot day campers are packed in like sardines and the Budweiser flows like….well…..Budweiser. We paid $20 extra for each child so they could use the extra “amenities” (the Wipeout course, mini golf, the jumping bag-thing-in-the-ground, etc.). Now, here are the CONS – you’re getting CONNED! This rundown campground straddles farmer’s fields and chocolate colored water accessed (poorly) on a gravel road. You CAN go tubing, but the water quality is suspect at best. As a “WEEKENDER” camper, you cannot use a golf cart in this camping Stephen King nightmare; HOWEVER the Blue-Bud-Can-resident-Campers can own and operate these obnoxious machines. Most full-time residents are relegated to the cool shade of the outer rim of the campground; weekenders are mostly confined to the hot, flat and often messy middle areas. The full timers on their obnoxious golf carts zoom to and fro (*well past the posted 5mph speed limit) – Budweiser cans NEVER far from reach – at ALL HOURS (late at night and crack of dawn – REGARDLESS of what management weakly enforces). These unfriendly residents (not many will smile and wave) cruise past weekend campsites (or through them) gawking at the “outsiders” with unbridled curiosity; like seeing a Panda in a zoo for the first time. On two separate occasions my two older kids told me they were almost struck by these golf-cart-morons. The full-time residents roar past in the daytime and the evening in a wash of dust (gravel roads), headlights and music blaring with little courtesy for their fellow temporary camper, American flags (or the occasional pirate flag) rippling from behind their machines as their ample bottoms shift in cracked leather bench-seats, cigarettes dangling limply from fingers, eyes red from one too many Blue-Bud-Cans with horns beeping, cackling laughter and drunken hoots. The Mini-Golf course is a mess! Simply it’s run down and pathetic. The garbage dump (across the road) is poorly maintained and overflowing – as is the dump site (see photo – that old hose was left lying there for days). The staff either does not care or…well…..just don’t care (one staffer decided to use the empty space next to us to clean his golf cart) – so just drive past, throw your cash out the window and keep going, you’ll be better off – and let the Blue-Bud-Can-residents KEEP this pathetic campground.