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Welcome to, home of affordable summer vacationing on beautiful Smith Lake in Douglas County, Minnesota. 


About Shady Oaks Campground

Located on the northwest corner of Smith Lake, between Alexandria and Osakis, MN, Shady Oaks features a full array of recreational opportunities, on a 240 acre natural setting.

Good fishing, boating and water sports, swimming beaches, children's play areas, hiking and biking trails, all in an easy to get to location.

We have over 4500 feet of shoreline for hiking, fishing, or just relaxing and enjoying nature. Have a picnic, a volleyball game, or take in some sun on our sandy beach.

Feed the ducks, watch deer, go paddleboating, or take a pontoon out on a lake cruise. Set up for the week, or for the season. We have full hook-ups for RV's, and ample green space for primitive camping and tenting.

We also have bathrooms and showers available for campers, as well as a fish house to clean your catch.

Come stay with us and you'll agree, it's the best campground in Central Minnesota!

Aerial view of Shady Oaks Campground


Meet Us

Denise and Chris

We are Denise and Chris Drown, the owners and operators of Shady Oaks Campground since 1999.  Please explore our website, complete with pictures and descriptions of our accommodations. 

We have consistently improved our resort over the years, and we invite you to spend some time with us!

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Where We Are

We are located on the northwest corner of Smith Lake, approximately 2 miles south of Nelson, just off of MN Hwy. 27; in fact, we're basically halfway between Alexandria and Osakis on MN Hwy. 27.

Check our mileage table below for approximate distances from selected cities.





St. Cloud, MN


Fargo, ND


Minneapolis/St Paul, MN


Duluth, MN


Sioux Falls, SD


Des Moines, IA


How to Contact Us

Spaces are open for both seasonal and overnight camping, subject to availability - contact us today!

Telephone / Reservations and Information: 1-320-763-7694

Postal Address......Shady Oaks Campground / 3139 Cty. Rd. 78 / Osakis, MN 56360

E-mail / Reservations and Information: Click here to e-mail Denise!

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Site Last modified: July 08, 2011.