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The park is showing its age and the effect of budget cuts. Staffing seems to depend on campground hosts manning the check in booth. Ranger and police presence was very limited. Like all Illinois State Parks, alcohol is prohibited. RV sites were very level and covered with a nice layer of limestone. This formed a driveway ridge and patio area separate from the grassy areas. This ridge became critical and perhaps present by design. We had lots of rain and the campground was covered in pools of water. Being up high at least gave you the opportunity to keep your feet dry. Look for level when choosing a campsite, some of the tent sites looked to be completely on the hill side. RV sites seemed to much better designed. Because of the rain the hiking trails were impassable, but looked very good. Trains were common but far enough distant as to not be annoying. They do use their horns at the nearby crossing at all hours and you will be come acquainted with the two long, one short and one long that will sound with each passing train. The latest I read was 43 trains per day.

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The other reviewers have covered things quite well, I would add an emphasis that this is not your typical COE campground, especially if you compare to nearby Grant River or Thomson Causeway. One of the roads in is now mostly gravel and after a rainfall full of mud holes and after a dry spell - very dusty. With a 21 ft RV I did not find the sites easy to work with, those nearest the water and furthest from the tracks are not going to work with a larger RV, all due to leveling issues. The trains are ever present, the latest figures I saw were 43 per day and 46 oil trains per week. The trains are a minor inconvenience, it is the fact that the park utilizes a crossing of the tracks and the trains have to use their horns. You will become very acquainted with the two long, one short and one long they will use each time passing. If you are attuned to the horn you may even recognize some engineers handle as they add some personal horn flair to their signals. Views of the river are nonexistent from the campground, you can see the water through the trees but good views require a walk to the boat landing. Campsites are sort of marked, they have a numbered stake in the rear. I never could figure out what site I was in, many sites are just a matter of finding a spot on the grass. Do not forget anything, this is off the beaten path.

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This is a very pretty campground on the island that contains the village of Sabula, IA. The Mississippi River is on one side and South Sabula Lake on the other. Access is city streets and a short stretch of gravel road. On a Thursday morning at 11:00 this campground was filled, though nearly devoid of people. There is local dynamic in use at this campground that is only known to the frequent users. I believe this campground works on the good ole boy network, open sites are booked by friends, relatives, neighbors, whoever as soon as something opens up. It is very difficult for an outsider to obtain a site during summer months. There is not a formal reservation system but I believe an underground booking system that limits the sites to insiders. If you were consider a try for a site I would recommend a call to the Jackson County Parks Office at 563/652-3783 to check the status.

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Showers were older but well maintained. Regular staff was gone and the sub could not figure out what to do with us as we did not want sewer. There were plenty of spots that were pull through, as I requested, but ended up in a convoluted tent site that took extensive backing. I thought it was expensive for what one got. It was OK for an overnight stop. At least it had a shower.

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Very reasonable park with excellent wi-fi. Showers were a bit older but clean. Quiet and well monitored. Not in the heart of downtown but a 10 minute drive. We stayed for 4 days and left for two weeks and stayed another 3 days. I do not hesitate recommending it among the choices in Moab and would certainly stay again.

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I wish the prior reviewer had posted before my visit. It was a surprise to find no showers and pit toilets. Just never expected to encounter a campground without showers. What ever, we made do and enjoyed our stay for two nights. It is a very nice facility and area. There are several potable water spigots located around the campground. You need to fill before parking your rig. Dumping is available upon exit. Signs state garbage is pack in and pack out but we were informed by a resident (he had three more days on us) that there is a dumpster that he has been using, next to the camp host. We were in the upper campground and I believe that the only pit toilet was at this upper level, a good hike for someone not in shape. We used the local bike trail network for an interesting ride. The paved bike trail is connected but not well marked. Once we found the Papio Trail we enjoyed the paved surface at levee top. The local lake trail in an easy one hour circle walk or bike-able. The local prairie grasses were abundant and interesting.

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This is a bit of a tongue in cheek review because I did not actually stay at the campground. After spending 2+ hours circling the lake because of the bridge out we finally found the campground. It took three locals giving directions to find it. It is poorly signed. Unfortunately when we finally did find it, it was closed for the season. I had spent time on the Corp of Engineer site, including their blog. No mention of a closing for the season. There has been flood damage, the boat landing was nearly repaired and very serviceable. It was deserted for the entire time we were there. It made for a very comfortable overnight, thus the "special price".

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We arrived on a Sunday and were told they were filled the two nights before. I think the place could be pretty wild when filled. Fortunately cyclists usually have a full day coming and going so may be they quiet down. There were 5-6 other campers present, the RV's are separated from the tents who are usually on bicycle. The bathroom is a cinder block building with painted walls are bare concrete floors. The showers were hot and seemingly unlimited, the dressing area was adequate. For a cyclist at the end of a long day this is antiquate. For a family camping this is poor. The biggest thing to be aware of is there are virtually no services available nearby. The town of New Franklin has a Casey's Gas Station for supplies. Finding even the most basic supplies maybe a treasure hunt. I do not believe there is an eating establishment (aside from the depot - open on weekends) nearby. The RV sites are pull through and in rows with close neighborly contact. Full hookups and very level gravel drives. If you are looking to cycle the Katy Trail this is a great location. The section 20 miles east of the campground is very nice.

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This campground has three loops, each with a separate name. The warm weather meant the Corp of Engineers had to open the third loop. It was nearly filled. Other nearby COE sites had already closed for the season thus the reason for the crowds. When I say crowds I do not mean crowded. The sites are nicely spaced and quite private. Lots of mature oak trees so the acorn fall was in full swing. Fortunately they tend to fall during the day. We had planned an overnight stay but liked the location so much we ended up staying three days. A fair number of fishermen interspersed with other campers. The new visitor center at Canon Dam had opened days earlier and is worth the visit. We took a two mile hiking trail right off our campground loop. Sites are not perfectly level. These campgrounds are all on ridges, thereby there is a variety of sizes and slopes. It appears most are level side to side but not always front to back. There were sites accommodating motorhomes but not all sites would work. I did not see pull through sites. Water is only available at one or two locations in each loop and the only sewer is at the dumping station near the campground entrance. The dumping station does not have potable water and you will need a hose to fill at the water spigots.

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In late season the camp host will contact you and you return to his/her site and register. Full of mature oak trees and the acorns were falling, made of interesting sounds when the wind picked up. Quite open area but comfortable as a stop when seeing the Historic Site. I would recommend both the campground and the historic site.