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Like staying at this park. A number of big changes in the past year though. First and foremost is you must give a social security number (or its Canadian equivalent) to get a camping permit and your number is run through a computer. Although I had no problems, if you have an arrest warrant active in Kansas or owe child support steer wide and clear of the campgrounds as Rangers and State Troopers are never far. I would think this arrangement would add to the safety. They have also added a second well designed dump facility closer to the Scott Creek Campground. Used and its great. Also lake level is down 4-5 feet and shows no sign of coming up anytime soon.

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I am only speaking of the Scott Creek Campground, one of 5 units at Hillsdale SP. Efficient host. Has several lakefront sites on a dead tree arm of lake that make it easy to use a kayak or canoe. Most of the sites in unit are open sky. Unlike a lot of public campgrounds, no streetlights so starry nights abound. The Scott Creek unit is the second least used so getting a site on a non holiday weekend is easy. A mere 15 minutes from Olathe and all necessities.

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Lake La Cygne is the 2600 acre cooling pond for KCPL's La Cygne power station. About 1 mile off Hwy 69 an hour south of Kansas City. The park occupies the western side of the lake and its warmer waters are a year round fishing mecca. Most of the 23 full hookups sites are always occupied. We paid $12 for an e/w site which is a bargain so close to Kansas City. Roads are paved and fair, sites are gravel some being level, and the one bath house has seen better days. Constant noise from power plant and lots of powerboat noise in the early am. Most of campground sits between 2 hills so cellphone coverage is spotty. On air TV reception is poor. Wi-Fi is run by the phone company and although expensive at $10/day, appears good. Some sites drier than others in periods of rain. First come first serve, select site and pay at the marina when open. Overall not bad especially in these frugal times.

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A very nice park with large, heavily treed sites. Can walk to the historic town but will warn you it is a long uphill down and back. Make sure to take the golf cart tour of town. It's a good base for exploring the area. Has outstanding hosts. Like most state facilities upkeep is beginning to suffer slightly.

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Gone is the free swimming, golf, and Wi-Fi. Even the local television LP translators have gone away. This once magnificent campground is beginning to turn the corner in the wrong direction and the deficiencies are starting to overshadow the lake view and easy access to town. Roads are now starting to show their age was the most noticeable aspect for me. Although the rules prefer no lights from campers at night the streetlights left on all night could overpower any Coleman lantern (money the town wastes on electricity). The village has big expansion plans so look for a $40 E/W soon as they balance their budget on the backs of the RV'r. May pass on this place next year.

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Overall a nice place at a fair price. I have been coming to this place for 3 years now and have always found the staff accommodating even when overwhelmed. Yes, it is a little hard to get through on the phone. Contrary to the previous review: this place has 30 some lakefront sites. Even more have partial or full lake views. Maybe its best asset is its location: a short walk to town, 30 mins to Duluth, 20 to Split Rock/Gooseberry, and 75 to Ely make this a good base for the lower North Shore. Plans are in the works for some big rig sites across 1st Street. Town seems to have resisted the temptation to overcharge (so far). I will be back.

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Nice campground on Lee's Summit side of Longview Lake. At the southeast corner of large county park. Two adjoining loops with either gravel or paved pads on well spaced sites (some dual) with lots of grass surrounding them. Rate was 30 amp electric. Some sites are shaded and some are not and all KC TV stations available on antenna. All sites have metal fire pits. Huge playground for kids. Golf course just a mile from entrance. Two hosts available plus patrolled by park rangers. Forget something? New CVS store just up from the gate plus full retail selection just 5-10 minutes away in Lee's Summit. This is the closest public campground to Kansas City. Enjoy while you can as the cookie cutter sprawl of Lee's Summit is fast approaching.

     

Galvin Park

Sheffield, Iowa

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Campground is at southwest edge of town across street from golf course about 7 miles east of I-35 and a mile west of US 65. Restroom shower almost new and well kept up. Gravel road with grass/gravel sites and side by side 30amp hookups. Sites are not exactly level but very shaded and quiet. A good place to stop at a good price.

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This small family run campground is on the south side of Jamesport, a town of about 500 in the heart of Missouri Amish country. It is in town surrounded by small-town houses next to the city park. Owners were friendly and helpful. You can watch Amish buggies passing by, they are more numerous than cars here. Very quiet atmosphere. Walk to restaurants and antique/craft shops just 3-4 blocks away. Amish country shops no more than 3-4 miles in any direction. Good cellular service, fair to poor on-air TV reception. Very little satellite interference. Bathrooms just fair but well stocked and clean. Level grass sites where everything worked fine but they are very close spaced. Devoid of the wood ticks nearby Crowder is legendary for. Some may not like this place but we do.

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Run by the Cerro Gordo County Conservation Board just one mile west of I-35 at exit 180 has 30 amp side by side electric on gravel pads that are pretty much level situated in a loop around a huge grassy area with a playground and picnic pavilion. Water and dump available near the shower building which although dated was pretty clean. A nice campground for a good stopover at reasonable rates.

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Perhaps all the bad reviews are sour grapes over a bad night at the casino, remember folks going to the casino is optional. We had no problems here at all, everything worked from the efficient check in to the voluminous cable channels to the omnipresent casino shuttle busses. Gives a Good Sam discount as well. Of course I'll let the gamblers subsidize my travel.

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Excellent location on the Missouri River under the Centennial Bridge near the junction of 92 and 73 Hwy. Paved roads and nearly level parking for your unit. Abundant generations old trees on riverbank. Litter barrels at every site. Now for the bad, poorly signed and railroad crossing on Dakota St has potentially dangerous angles. Not suitable for larger camping units, grass only present at some sites, side by side 30amp electric poles at most sites. Dump station is headed wrong direction of travel. And the most disturbing aspect for many, despite being on the not so prosperous side of Leavenworth, this city park received not one drive thru by any law enforcement agency. There was a couple that was sleeping in their vehicle and it wasn't a class C self contained. Bath/Shower building was rather old and not exactly clean. Railroad in close proximity. Might stay here again.

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At the foot of the Bellevue toll bridge in a well maintained city park. Caretaker / host friendly and well organized. Immaculate shower house and some very nice kids playgrounds. Nice river walk with fun Lewis and Clark displays. View SAC base from levee. Full compliment of stores and restaurants within 2 miles. Shade or not depending on preference. Good local TV reception. Two dump stations. Extreme water pressure so bring a regulator. Some train noise but I'm a train freak so I don't care. EZ access to zoo, stadium, and downtown. I'll be back.

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I'll keep it simple, this place is nice. 10 gravel pull through WSE sites plus 8 electric only back ins along a circular gravel road. Owner left enough of the mature trees to create abundant shade without interfering with rigs. Brand new shower/laundry house. Has a playground and game room for kids. Diligent and friendly staff. Five minutes to Roaring river, 30 to Eureka Springs. Also features some nice cabins reasonably priced. On top of hill so I got pretty good TV reception. Stayed here four nights and planning a return in fall. I could go on but see for yourself.

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This is excellent for an overnight stop but nothing more. Is at SE corner of Hwy 69 and 20th Street next to City Park and Rec shops. Also may be referred to as Four Oaks or Lincoln Park. Sites are asphalt paved pull through and nearly level. Honor box next to fence at entrance has pay envelopes takes checks and cash. No attendant. Price goes up to $12 after 7th day.