Kruger Recreation Area (County Road 81; 651.345.3401) has 19 large but primitive sites in a heavily-wooded area with a common water source.
The Big River Resort (1110 Hiawatha Dr. E.; 866.565.9932/651.565.9932; WiFi) has 14 large sites, all with water, electric, and sewer hookups.
The Wabasha Municipal Campground (Main & Church; 651.565.4568) has a few sites available for overnight rental on a first-come, first-served basis in a crowded but shady area.
Pioneer Campsites Resort (64739 140th Ave.; 651.565.2242; WiFi) is a large campground near the backwaters with cramped sites set in deep shade amidst tall pine trees.
The Big River Resort (1110 Hiawatha Dr. E.; 866.565.9932/651.565.9932; WiFi) has 10 clean, bright rooms with cable TV.
The folks at the Big River Resort (1110 Hiawatha Dr. E.; 651.565.9932) built a cabin in 2010 so you know it’s in great shape. The Park Model home has a full kitchen with grown-up size appliances, a flat screen TV, and a bedroom with a queen bed.
Turning Waters Bed, Breakfast, and Adventure rents five lovely rooms in an old Victorian mansion. They actively encourage, even help arrange, a variety of ways to get outdoors and experience the natural wonders of the surrounding area (kayaking, hiking, bicycling, snowshoeing, etc.).
The Coffee Mill Motel & Suites (50 Coulee Way; 877.775.1366/651.565.4561; WiFi is extra) has 21 rooms in a variety of styles and sizes, all with cedar walls and ceilings, cable TV, coffee pot, microwave, and fridge. Standard rooms are downstairs and have lower ceilings; the chalet rooms are basically the same as standard rooms just with higher ceilings; suites have king beds (and two have hot tubs) but aren’t much larger than standard rooms and are decorated in themes that barely register. Unless you really plan on using a hot tub, the best deal is to stick with the standard or chalet rooms; they also rent an apartment that has a fireplace and full kitchen that could comfortably sleep six. Check their website for special package deals, especially in winter.
Lofts on the Mississippi (212 Main St. W.; 507.261.1450; WiFi) are two units that would serve anyone well as a home: a one-bedroom unit on the second floor with a deck that has river views; and a two-bedroom unit on the third floor with features like French doors and a Jacuzzi tub. Each unit has nice touches like wood floors and exposed brick, walk-in showers, fireplaces, full modern kitchens, and cable TV.
America’s Lofts (800.482.8188/651.565.3509; WiFi in most) consists of eight units in recently rehabbed historic buildings in downtown Wabasha; while the amenities vary from unit to unit, most have full kitchens, balconies or patios, a fireplace, and a Jacuzzi tub.
Eagles on the River Vacation Rentals (800.482.8188/651.565.3509; WiFi in most) has six fabulous rental units on the riverfront; most have cable TV, fireplace, full kitchens, grills, washer and dryer, and boat docks.
The old Anderson House Hotel (333 Main St.; 651.565.3509) has been through its ups and downs since it opened in the 1850s, but it is welcoming guests again with its Victorian-themed rooms; please note that there is no elevator.