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Pammel Park

Winterset, Iowa

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Arriving at the park's main North entrance, we pulled through the rock tunnel with ease. NOTE 12-1/2' height limit here, taller RVs should use the 4 mile gravel road entrance on the park's East side. We met up with a friend of ours, and stayed in the shady back-in spots. Another friend opted to stay in the wide open full-sun campground loop that has pull-through concrete pads and good satellite reception. All the campground roads are gravel. Our almost-level gravel site was well spaced with a picnic table. The 30 amp electricity was nice for running our air conditioner. The water spigots are located between sites and have a "Y" for both trailers to use at the same time. We did have afternoon sun on our patio side, while sites across the road had morning sun on their doors. A storm the day before left the sites covered with small branches, which we used as kindling for our campfire. The park's ford was washed out from the rain, so we did not wade or play in the water. The other roads were open for walking. Verizon MiFi worked some times during the day - OK by me. We will return.

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The outer campground itself is a grid of gravel - roads and sites. Ours site was 100% flat and level, no need to unhook! The back-for-the shower-house-area of the campground is terraced so the sites also appear to be mostly level. During our weeknight stay, there were few other campers. The entire campground is surrounded and canopied by trees. Our site was a bit damp from the earlier rain, but without puddles. My Verizon did not work here - ok by me. With no time to spend in the park, we did not get to explore, so we would return.

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Spacious wide green grassy sites, parking on the almost level pads was a breeze. The blacktop road in the campground is very well maintained. The camp host was delightful, arriving to see if we needed help settling in, and again after we'd set up camp. He was happy to bring us firewood and ice too. The sites are shaded with well-trimmed trees. The camp was quiet, and friends liked the shower house. My Verizon did not work here - ok by me. We would return.

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Make reservations before arriving. Reservations can be made with Kiron City Hall. The campground is right on the all grass ball field with 15amp electricity available at the light poles. There are no sites, just park where you'd like, in somewhat flat area. A single water spigot is available. My Verizon worked here. We might return.

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A brand new campground, this replaced an old KOA in the area. Everything is perfectly manicured, with shrubs for a bit of privacy between the closely spaced parking lot style sites. Concrete roads and concrete level pull-through sites were nice at the end of a long driving day. The beautiful new building has space and a large kitchen for meetings/meals/rallies. A shuttle is offered to the nearby casino. So glad to have recycling bins! Thank you!! Sadly the lighting storms kept the hot tub and beautiful saltwater pool closed - safely closed. My Verizon coverage was okay. When traveling in this area again, we absolutely would return.

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Arriving without a reservation on a Sunday afternoon, we were assigned a spot in a small loop - but encouraged to choose any site we wanted. We kept our assigned site, so nice! The gravel loop-road and our gravel site were well maintained and almost level. The wide sites with shrubs and trees provided nice shade and privacy. Having water and electricity on site was wonderful. The park has a nice trail for hiking between the upper and lower falls. More trails were available for biking, walking and biking. Families were swimming near the falls, and were fishing further down the trails. While close to Austin and it's wide variety of music, the campground is quiet. The gates are locked at 10PM, no late check-in is available. We watched downtown Austin's million bats emerge from their bridge home for night time feeding, and still enter after hours with our already paid-camper code. My Verizon coverage was okay. We would return.

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Nice place! Cypress Row CR19 - great downhill view of the lake from our front window. Our site was a bit damp from the previous night's rain, but without puddles. We parked on the leaf-covered site, on what might have been a bit of gravel - far from the next sites. Our well-pruned tree-lined site was almost level side to side, but the front of the trailer needed to be lifted - not a concern for us. Other sites appeared more level. A few people were fishing off the dock, while we took a nice walk around the campground's 3 loops. The camp was quiet, nestled in the high-canopy trees. As we were setting up camp, the hostess stopped to welcome us. She wouldn't let us stop to pay her, as she promised to stop by later. Having only one night to spend here, we left early, leaving payment at the host's camper door. My Verizon did not work here - OK by me. We would return.

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The widely spaced back-in sites had more room and privacy than the pull-through sites. The trees provided cooling shade. Dog friendly, we took the well maintained path to the waterfall, which is beautiful. Described as strenuous (not really), we continued on the more rustic trail looping around back to the campground. When traveling in this area again, we absolutely would return.

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We stayed with a group of friends and their friend - rallying together. What fun! Each site had full hook-ups. This also made pack/leave morning easy-peasy for our large group. The gravel roads and gravel sites were mostly level and wide enough for awnings or tents. Trees were trimmed up, but cast nice shade for almost all the sites. Using their garden and eggs, much of our resort-catered meals were produced on the ranch! Some full time residents are located on the perimeters. Each night was quiet. I'd recommend reserving a site. My Verizon coverage was good. We would return.

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We've stayed in some nice places before, but with our trailer we usually don't stop at the cement-paved road and parking pad campgrounds. Our site was perfectly level. The concrete was spotless. The green grass was without a weed and was immaculately manicured, and rather wide. Everyone was quiet, the other campers were really kind when I needed to use the (rather ordinary) laundry room after hours. The heated pool had an infinity edge overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. The hot tub was pleasantly warm. Located a bit away from road called Seawall, we took short drives into town. We did not notice any road noise. Walking out the side gates, we walked down the access road and onto the beach. Walking on the sandy beach along the Gulf to the East Point was a wonderful 7 mile round trip. $50.00 per night weekdays. $60.00 per night Friday & Saturday. Ask about lower costs for staying longer. My Verizon coverage was very good. In a word the place was perfect. It was a fun place to stay for a few days. We would return.

     

Jester Park

Granger, Iowa

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The lower campsites have had a major upgrade. Now widely spaced, the sites have clearly defined picnic and fire ring areas. Most of the newly seeded grass is taking well. The lower sites now have electricity too, but no trees. This lower area can flood when the reservoir fills in wet years. We stayed in the upper camp ground with gravel roads, gravel sites, well-used fire rings, and lovely mature trees. Our site was completely level. The park's trails make a pleasant and quiet hike, the gold course borders the park, the fishing pond is tiny, the children's natural playground is wonderful, and the bison and elk viewing area is newly improved. Verizon phone and wifi coverage was strong. We will return.

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Our first stay at this campground will not be the last. The gravel road led to our gravel reserved site on the circle loop which was long and the upper area was almost level. We chose a site with electricity, water was "available" at a distance for each loop, and to fill tanks use the potable water at the entrance/dump station. (water is shut off mid-late October). Ringed with trees, our loop had a large open area with a couple mature trees and a number of newly planted trees. None of the park's sites have a view of the lake. The campground was quiet and most sites had a campfire smoking in the provided ring. The multi-use trails were a fun walk for us and the horse riders, but the low spots were muddy after the previous week's rain. Verizon phone and wifi coverage was strong. We will return.

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Sites vary in size, most are available with electricity. Water is available in the campground, fill up before you park. Sites on the south loops of the park are grass, and you are welcome to park anywhere in the wide site. Our chosen location on the wide site was mostly level. Trees shade many sites, but there are no privacy bushes. Sites that back up to each other can put you close to your neighbor, and there is no vegetation for privacy. Nice playground. Boat rentals are available at the marina. Boat trailer parking is near the campground entrance. Few people use the multi-use trails, we met only four runners, and two ladies on horseback. Our dog enjoyed her run, and brief wades into the lake. The park is a reasonable 20 mile/25 minute drive to one of the few remaining Drive-In Theaters - this seasonal theater is located in Newton, IA. Verizon phone and wifi coverage was strong. We will return.

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We had a wonderful weekend here with friends...once we got into the park. The roads into the campground are closed with gates at 10pm. We arrived as soon as possible after work on a Friday night and the park ranger who drove up to the gate would not let us in to join the other xxx-brand trailers. We boon-docked at a nearby Cracker Barrel Restaurant, and drove back in the morning. While the asphalt road have eroded to be 45% gravel and potholes, our gravel site was completely level. The areas between sites are average size, with nice green grass and large mature walnut trees. About 20% of the camper sites used their fire rings. All campsites are first come, first served,: no reservations. Seasonal pool in the park is available at extra cost. Horse back riding in the park is available at extra cost. Park rangers kept the park quiet, and enforced the 3pm checkout time. We would return...before 10pm.

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Dump station additional $7 and must get a key from the Maud Campground host. Peaceful and quiet with only the sound of rustling aspen trees or an occasional jet airplane. Change - now can be reserved online, which we did not do. So we could only pay for one night at a time, which was not a problem when we stayed after Labor Day weekend. Made private by small trees and bushes, the large gravel sites - some are more open to the sun, with beautiful views to the lake. Others sites further up the hill are shaded in the trees. Most sites are not level front to back due to the hillside location of the campground. Nearby fishing access to the Gold Medal Waters of the Frying Pan River (special regulations). No Verizon phone and MiFi connections. We will return.