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Lena KOA

Lena, Illinois

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This park is pricey (but it is a KOA so there shouldn't be any surprises there) for what you get. The people are nice and the store was well stocked with all the essentials. Pros: Well maintained, nice park with thoughtful little things (like the dog walks having waste scoopers and trash bins to make cleaning up easy, or the recycling program). Cons: Sites are tight, water pressure wasn't spectacular and the shore power tripped our GFCI's in the trailer. They, of course, said it must be our trailer. Never had that problem before, and didn't have it since, hmmm.

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This park has large lots that are pull through if you are the first one there and then back-in behind the other site. Originally designed as a place to hold large agricultural shows (like the Farm Progress Show), it is large and mostly flat. They acknowledge that there are few trees and they are trying to correct this with new plantings. They are also adding more full hook-up sites. This campground hosts many dog-related events so if you are opposed to dogs or dog barking, it would be best to check they're schedule of events before booking. Our dog really enjoyed the company. While there are not many amenities at this park, it really is designed to be convenient to the Amana Colonies which has plenty to keep most people busy. There are lots of shops and great family style meals and the RV park even gives you coupons and gift certificates for the area shops on check-in. I would have rated this a ten if they had other amenities (pool, playground for kids, etc.).

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Overall this is a good overnight stay but not a destination. You need to get there early for a pull through site. Once the front half of the pull throughs are full they back in people behind you. Noise from HWY 54 is pretty steady considering that it is only a two-lane blacktop, there was traffic pretty much all night long. Behind the park is a set of train tracks, there were only two trains that passed by, not really loud but you should know that if you are not a sound sleeper. They appeared to be about half full of seasonal campers but they were in good condition. Park was clean and had laundry facilities and an ice cream stand open from 12 to 7. They also had a miniature golf course (but I never saw anyone use it) and the pad markers were unique, bowling balls on top of three foot high red posts. We would stay here again on our next trip through this area.

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Quiet clean park with easy access but far enough from highway to keep down the road noise. The sites are not exactly level, most of the trailers in the area we were in required at least one set of blocks under the tires to level. Most sites had at least some grass, a few did not. They were making improvements while we were there (adding block walls and more grass). The walking trails are a little tough on the feet (a lot of loose LARGE rocks, although that is typical of the area of Missouri they are in) and the walk to the lake made me think a twisted ankle was possible. Wear some good boots. We would definitely stay here again.