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Old 02-27-2013, 03:05 PM   #1
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Camping in Iowa???

Does anyone have any good sugestions for camping in Western to central Iowa?
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Old 02-27-2013, 03:24 PM   #2
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Does anyone have any good sugestions for camping in Western to central Iowa?
Eastern Iowa I could help sorry.


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Old 02-27-2013, 04:14 PM   #3
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Does anyone have any good sugestions for camping in Western to central Iowa?
Saylorville Lake outside of Ankeny. Camped there last year and will be going back again.

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willow lake recreation area in harrison county. nice clean campground. also do some research on the internet by county there are a lot of nice county campgrounds in western and central iowa
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We were driving up Hwy 69 from Ames to Forest City and there were turnouts to camping the whole way. Little Wall Lake isreally nice for boating and fishing. We like to park and watch the water and let the pups stretch their legs a bit. Basically, in our central Iowa, there are state parks like Rock Creek and the Ledges, and Saylorville Lake, too. Hope to see you around.
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Old 03-30-2013, 07:53 AM   #6
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There are nice campgrounds around and in the Loess Hills of western iowa. The Willow Lake area IS nice per previous post. Blue Lake is a pretty nice state park right off the Onawa exit and Woodbury County Conservation Board has some very nice parks within 30 miles of the Sioux City area. I live in that area, so if you need more info, let me know!
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near Pella is a Corp of Engineers lake with several good campgrounds. We really like the one below the dam (Howell Station). Pella is a small Dutch town with tons of charm.

Also, right by Winterset (Bridges of Madison County) is Pammel Park County park campground, very nice (small but nice). You have to enter from the west across a small river (yeah that's right, but it's fine). The main entrance has a tunnel that's too low for most trailers. Once you are camping there, you can drive in to Winterset, with a great town park and the bridges tour to go on. Very nice.
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My wife and I just went to Howell Station last weekend (4/12-14). Not only is it close to Pella; but the park itself is awesome! Nice walking trails that are both hard top as well as grass trails. Also the bike trails are pretty flat which makes for kid friendly paths.

The camp's shower house was still closed; but there were close vault toilets (if needed) We were less than a football field away from the river. No fish were caught; but it was a nice place to fish with fish cleaning stations close by.

One of my favorite parts besides the above... the sites are level! I got out of the truck and was stoked to see that I honestly did not need to level our PUP in the least bit!
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There's a lot of state parks around western Iowa, Desoto National wild life refuge in Harrison Co. is very nice. Waubonsie state park in Fremont Co., Lake Icaria in Adams Co., and Viking Lake Montgomery Co. to name a few.
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Does anyone have any good sugestions for camping in Western to central Iowa?
Knoxville has a county park on the west side of town that is nice.
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