Add a little gambling to your RV travels! White Oak Casino, located along U.S. Route 2 in Deer River, Minnesota could be just the place! It was for us mid-September 2016 as we were headed westbound between Duluth and Bemidji, on our way to our work camping gig with the Sugar Beet Harvest in Western Minnesota.
Like the bulk of our overnight stays, we learned about White Oak Casino using Allstays.com. A one year subscription of around $30 allows customers access to tens of thousands of overnight and extended stays all across the U.S. For a one time fee of about $10, customers can access a sort of Express version of AllStays via app on their I-phones or Androids.
AllStays has been a lifesaver for us on a number of occasions. We can always find locations to stop at on our route if we are tired, seeking a full hook-up campground with ample amenities, low on cash and need a free or inexpensive site, or running empty on propane. Levi created a mini tutorial that outlines the many features of AllStays and helps users locate campsites and resources along their journey.
For us, previous free overnight stays–including other casino parking lots– did not include any type of hook-up, so we felt like we hit the jackpot even before setting foot in White Oak Casino. There are three RV electric hook-up areas available in their parking lot.
As the picture above shows, the electrical boxes are not necessarily located in parking spaces conducive to larger rigs, but after double checking with the casino staff, we were allowed to park alongside the curb, perpendicular to to the parking spaces. We even had extra space to extend the slide outs. We figured they were being lenient since our stay was on a week night, and they weren’t expecting huge crowds.
The security guard, manning the front entrance, handed us a registration form to fill out and return. It took a whole two minutes to complete. The casino basically wants to know who is staying on their property and how to reach them during their stay. The site and electric hook-up are at no cost to campers,but they encourage guests to be patrons at their establishment; that’s the best part!
We were caught off guard upon closer inspection of the electric unit. Each unit includes one 20 amp, 30 amp,and 50 amp outlet! What an added bonus and convenience for any type of rig, size and capacity!
The parking lot was well-kept, litter free. We were parked next to a small fenced-in pond. Our pooch had a little runway of grass where she could relieve herself and a garbage can (regularly emptied) was just a few feet away from our rig
The distance we were parked from the casino was perfect: a small walk to the entrance but far enough to avoid the flow of regular traffic. Occasionally we would hear a car or group of people pass by, but it wasn’t anything that kept us up at night or questioned our safety.
White Oak Casino is a small gambling hall. Of course,this is coming from a couple that lived in Sin City for over a decade, so any casino is small in comparison. Smoking is permitted. Alcoholic beverages can be purchased at the bar.
Coffee, water, and soft drinks are complimentary! We ate at the little cafe to the far corner of the gambling area. It serves your regular American staple food: sandwiches, pizza slices, chicken fingers, and salads.
Our stay at White Oak Casino was all about convenience. Electric hook-ups, yummy food, and entertainment made the stop a much needed recharge.
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