Please do not call us for additional COVID-19 Updates. Right now, all the information that we currently know is posted below.
We will be handling the COVID 19 pandemic the same way we try to handle all situations at Kamp Dels: The safety of our guests and our staff is our #1 priority. We are reading advice from experts and having internal discussions every day on how best to handle this difficult situation.
Please review the Visitor Guidelines Set by the Governor of MN.
Before choosing to come to Kamp Dels, please review the MDH Visitor Safety Check List . If you check off any of the boxes, PLEASE STAY HOME. There is nothing more important than the safety of our guests and our staff.
July 23rd, 2020 Update
On July 22nd, the governor of MN announced that starting on Saturday July 25th executive order 20-81 (Requiring Minnesotans to wear a face covering in certain settings to prevent the spread of COVID-19) will be in effect.
We have worked hard to come up with a plan that allows Kamp Dels to continue to operate and offer all the FUN amenities we have. BUT we need ALL your help! In order to continue to provide a safe, yet enjoyable experience for everyone, and to comply with the governor's recent executive orders, the following changes will be in effect starting on Saturday, July 25th.
Understand that these new requirements are not Kamp Dels' requirements, but rather requirements put in place by the governor.
Kamp Dels' job is to educate you on the new requirements and ask that everyone comply.
Everything from the July 5th update below is still in effect with the following additions.
- The order states, whenever it is difficult to maintain 6 feet of social distancing outdoors masks are strongly encouraged but not required. Kamp Dels will strongly encourage the use of masks where recommended. You will hear more frequent announcements reminding you to practice safe social distancing and to wear a mask. Please help encourage your children to practice good social distancing when in line for the slide or the diving board. You will not get to use it any faster by crowding the line.
- Everyone coming into the Barn (Office)/Snack Shack will be required to wear a mask.
- All passengers riding the tram will be required to wear a mask.
- Bathrooms/Shower houses will remain open for emergency use only. If you have an emergency and need to use the facilities, a mask will be required in the building.
- Though Masks will not be required at the petting zoo, it is HIGHLY recommended to wear a mask. The governor’s orders state that if proper social distancing cannot be maintained, then a mask is required. The petting zoo may become busy at times and wearing a mask is a good idea.
Weekend Entertainment will continue to be available. Masks will be MANDATORY to attend. Even if you are in your lawn chair sitting out in the crowd, we want you to have a mask on. If we cannot properly socially distance and refuse to wear masks, the weekend entertainment will be removed.
Stay tuned for updates and changes.
July 5th, 2020 Update
At this time there is no new information available.
Our pools are still open at 50% capacity. Our alternating wristband schedules are working great. Everyone is still able to use the pool facilities at equal times while still following the governors orders at 50% capacity. Over the 4th of July weekend, we separated out into 3 colors but extended our waterpark hours so that everyone still enjoyed 4 hours in the pools.
Visitors are still welcome but are not guaranteed pool access.
We have suspended our Day Passes to outside guests. We will continue to evaluate the pools on a daily basis and Day Passes will be available when we have not met our capacity. Day passes will be available by reservation ONLY. You need to call ahead to reserve your passes. Day passes are not available unless posted available on our Facebook Page.
Everything else is open and our sanitizing measures are in place.
June 23rd, 2020 Update
No new information is available at this time. Our pools are open at 50% capacity and we have an alternating wristband schedule in place that seems to be working very well. At times when we are less busy, we are allowing all wristband colors to use the facilitiy. We are counting the number of people in the pool and on the decks often. If we feel we are getting close to our 50% capacity, we are asking for the alternate wristband color to leave and come back at their scheduled time. Visitors are welcome, but are not guaranteed pool access. If pool capacity has not been met, visitors are welcome to use the pool facility, but are the first to leave when capacity is met.
During the week, we have had no problem with capacity limits and our Pools remain open. Day passes are available. Campsites available during the week.
Everything else is open and operating.
Though this is a difficult time, we are happy with how things are going right now. We have procedures in place to continue to sanitize all the recreational items. The safety of our Guests and our staff is and will continue to be our #1 Priority. We look forward to opening up at higher capacitys safely in the future.
June 8th, 2020 Update
As many of you may know, Governor Walz spoke on the opening of his Phase 3 Stay Safe MN Plan that has allowed for pools to be open at 50% capacity this Wednesday June 10th.
We have worked hard to come up with a plan that will allow us to open our pool as SAFELY and as FAIRLY as we possibly can. Please be patient with us as we navigate through this unfamiliar time. We believe we have a plan that will work, but we will continue to evaluate our approach and make changes as we see fit.
With all of this new information and throughout this uncharted summer, we have to remember that we are all in this together as one big Kamp Dels Family. Until we can open everything to 100% capacity, it will be the selflessness and cooperation of everyone that can save this summer! Working together and following the guidelines set forth by our government will only allow us to accelerate the opening of things around us. Which is ultimately what we ALL want.
Starting on Wednesday, June 10th our pools will be open at 50% capacity. (See mobile app for pool hours)
During the week (Monday - Thursday Non Holiday Weeks) Day visitors will be allowed to use the facility for $16/person plus a vehicle pass. Day Passes will NOT be allowed on the Friday - Sunday. If Capacity limits are reached, day passes will not be allowed. Call for Availibility before you come.
Guests visiting campers on the weekends are not guaranteed pool access. They will be given a different colored wristband that will not have pool access. If we have not met capacity limits and there is room for visitors to swim, we will allow visitors into the pool.
We have come up with two groups of time slots available for weekend campers. The color of wristband will determine the time slot you will be able to use the pool facility. The time slots will be alternated each day. (See mobile app for pool hours and time slots when they become available). So if you have one time slot one day, the next day you will have the other time slot. We are required to balance these time slots as equally as we can. So not everyone will be able to be in the same time slots. We have a set number of wristbands that each time slot will be able to hand out. If we hit the max number of bands for that time slot, you will be required to choose the alternate time slot. We ask that you coordinate with your friends ahead of time to ensure you match your time slots together. **Keep in mind that depending on demand, we may be required to issue your time slot selection.**
All recreation and playgrounds are OPEN!
Shower houses are open for emergency uses only.
We are taking heavy call volume for overnight camping reservations. If you would like to skip the wait, you may BOOK ONLINE .
June 5th, 2020 Update
We now have received permission from County officials that we are Okay to open Playgrounds. At this time, all playgrounds are open.
Today, Governor Walz spoke about public pool facilities being able to open at 50% capacity on June 10th. This is exactly what we plan to do. We are working very hard to come up with a plan for this to happen. Our priorities are to create a plan that is SAFE and FAIR for everyone. Allowing everyone an opportunity to use the pool facilities. Please be patient as we work towards the best solution. We will be posting an update soon.
June 1st, 2020 Update
At this time we have no new updates to share. Our pools and playgrounds are still closed until the Minnesota Department of Health deems them safe to use. When will that be?.. unfortunately, at this time we do not know. We are optimistic that it will be sooner than later. We will continue to press our state representatives for answers. As soon as we find out more information, we will share it here first.
The campground/cabins are open for overnight use. All our other facilities and recreation are open and ready for use.
If you are looking to cancel your reservation due to the pools being closed, please remember that this announcement to open can come at anytime. Our cancellation policy is a full 7 days to receive your deposit back (less handling fee). If you are up in the air and waiting for news on the pools, just hang tight and cancel/change your reservation 7 days in advance.
If pools are mandated to stay closed, your rate will be discounted 15%.
May 20th, 2020 Update
With the recent governor order, overnight camping WILL be allowed starting on June 1st. There will be extra sanitation measures and distancing procedures we will need to enforce.
Visitors will be allowed. Visitors will need to register in the main office and acquire a car parking pass.
Groups of 10 or more will NOT be allowed.
Playgrounds & Pools will remain closed until MDH deems them safe. If pools are closed, your camping rate will be discounted 15% off your entire balance.
At this time, shower houses will remain closed. Available for emergency use only.
Laundry facilities will remain closed. Available for emergency use only.
ALL other recreation will be available. Including sports courts (bean bag boards, shuffleboard, tennis courts, sand volley ball court, basketball courts, etc.), Mini Golf course, driving range, Tram will be out and about on the weekends, Petting Zoo, Lake equipment (Paddle boats, Aqua Trikes, Canoes, Kayaks, Paddle Boards, and Pontoons), and as much weekend entertainment as we can provide.
The snack shack and main office will remain open. Social distancing practices will be in effect. We will have our full snack shack menu available with everything you have come to know and love.
May 7th, 2020 Update - Memorial Day Weekend Overnight Campers/Cabin Rentals
We wanted to update all of our overnight campers that may be curious on how we will be handling our upcoming Memorial Day weekend.
We realize everyone is dealing with these unprecedented times. There are difficult situations out there for everyone, but we know we can get through this together. Our family and staff will do everything we can to offer as many amenities as allowed by the government. Our number one concern is your family’s safety and the safety of our staff.
Up until now, we have waited for guidance from the government and felt we had time to make decisions and hoped we would not have to develop a plan based on hypothetical scenarios. However, we understand you need and deserve answers. Therefore, we have developed a plan for you and your family that hopefully gives you some guidance and clarity.
• If the government mandates that we are closed to our overnight campers, we will issue a full refund for your stay.
• If the swimming pools are required to be closed, we will be discounting your entire stay by 15%.
We ask that if you, your family, your friends, or if those close to you are not feeling well to please stay home. For the safety of yourself and the others around you. Please take responsibility for yourself and your children to take the appropriate steps to sanitize and safely keep your distance from others around you. It is an unprecedented time for everyone right now and the best thing we can do is work together to keep everyone safe.
We want you to know that if you and your family want to come and explore the outdoors here at Kamp Dels, that we have thought through a plan that allows you to book your upcoming stay with confidence. You know and are aware of your options up front when booking.
April 30th, 2020 Update
Today Governor Waltz extended the business closure orders until May 18th. This means there are no modifications for our businesses in terms of re-opening, including onsite amenities that must remain closed. If anything changes between now and then, we will update you as soon as we know more.
April 20th, 2020 Update
We will update this when reliable information becomes available. Please check back often.
Seasonals: The state discourages travel but does allows seasonal guests to use their trailers. Seasonals can use their trailers now, but all facilities are closed. No office, snack shack, shower houses, or recreation of any kind. Guest must continue to use the social distancing rules. Campfires by families who live together are allowed. No groups.
Overnight guests: Kamp Dels is closed to overnight guests at least until May 4th.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation through this difficult time. We hope to see everyone soon.
Guidelines for Visitors Consistent messaging will help visitors effectively plan and prepare for their visit. Campground operators should ensure their customers receive this information. Information distribution methods may include social media, news releases, e-mails sent to campers, and on-site postings, among other methods. When camping, visitors should follow these recommendations:
1. Plan ahead. When you are able, make reservations and purchase permits, firewood, ice and other items online or by phone before you arrive on site. Cash-less and minimal-contact transactions are becoming a common operating procedure in many establishments to avoid lines and person-to-person interactions. This will help protect you, other visitors, and staff.
2. Be self-sufficient. Be prepared to be as self-contained and self-sufficient as possible. For example, arrive prepared with your own soap, surface disinfectant supplies, hand sanitizer, paper towels/hand towels and toilet paper just to be sure.
3. Socially distance yourself. To ensure that social distancing can be maintained, it is best to set up your campsite—sleeping, campfire and eating areas—to maximize distance from adjacent campsites that host people from different households.
4. Recreate with your household. Restrict use of your individual campsite/campfire to only those in your immediate household.
5. Know before you go. Be prepared for lower levels of service and public contact. Plan ahead for your visit. Ensure that you have maps of the area downloaded or printed before you leave home, in case they are not available on site. Many programs and facilities will be canceled or closed, so check online resources for updated information about rules changes and closures so you know what to expect when you arrive.
6. Follow the rules. Follow all campground rules and instructions, whether given in writing or verbally, that protect your safety and the safety of others. These rules and instructions will likely include facility-specific direction about things such as:
➤ Wearing face masks in public settings, such as within bathrooms, shelters, and ranger stations and around kiosks
➤ Observing cleaning protocols for self-service facilities and amenities before and after using them.
➤ Leaving furniture, such as picnic tables and chairs, as you find them—they were likely appropriately spaced by the campground operator to encourage social distancing.
➤ Restricting use of your individual campsite/ campfire to only those in your immediate household.
➤ Following directional signage – e.g., wait your turn and capacity limits – that will promote social distancing in buildings, at overlooks, and around other confining spaces. 11. Be well informed.
➤ Continue to consult MDH Guidelines for up-todate information on keeping yourself and your family healthy at www.health.state.mn.us/ diseases/coronavirus/index.html
➤ Visit the Minnesota DNR website for up-to-date Outdoor Recreation Guidelines at www.dnr.state. mn.us/aboutdnr/covid-19-outdoor-recreationguidelines.html
Kamp Dels is one of Minnesota's favorite campgrounds just waiting for your family and friends to come and enjoy Southern Minnesota Camping at its best. We are located one hour south of the Twin Cities, tucked one mile north of Waterville on the North Shore of beautiful Lake Sakatah.
Kamp Dels is a family-oriented campground that offers many recreational amenities directly on site. We feature pools, interactive waterpark, horseback riding, pony rides, our famous petting zoo, three large playground structures, minigolf, basketball and volleyball courts, racquetball court, fitness center, driving range, tennis, catch and release fishing pond, fishing, pontoons, boats & motors, paddleboats, and much, much more!