Date of Stay: October, 2012
Rate represents weekly rate. Water Pressure; Static, 30 PSI; Full Flow, 20 PSI; Surges to 32 PSI at shutoff. Water Quality; 273 PPM Total Dissolved Solids, which is midrange for tap water. Electric, 30A service: No load, 118-122V, Drops to 106-107V at 29A load on a cool (47 degree) morning when no ACs should have been running. The park was fairly full at the time I took the readings, and many units may have been using electric heaters. Wi-Fi is good when the park is lightly occupied. It dies when the park is mostly full. Verizon basic cell phones work well, and good 3G is available on a Verizon data modem. There is little to obstruct satellite TV reception from most sites. This park appears to be an old KOA and infrastructure is old. We have stayed several times in the past. The park has changed hands. The increased interest of the new owners is evident. The reception area has been nicely remodeled. The restrooms and showers have been updated as well, and are clean. Also, 4 small front-load commercial washers have been added to the laundry room. One was broken, and another was having problems. The park has been generally trimmed and spruced up. Some sites have two strips of concrete, laid on top of, rather than flush with, the surrounding ground, instead of a solid parking pad. We have been here in two different motor homes. With both, the jacks were half on, and half off these concrete strips and I had to shim up the center section beside the concrete strips with 2X6 boards that I carry. Of course if you get one of the sites where the concrete was poured truly level, jacks are not a problem. The rest of the sites are gravel, as are the interior roads. The requested 5 ½ MPH speed within the park is generally ignored, resulting in some dust. A few sites are shaded. For the little tykes, the park has a playground with: a swing set with slide, a jungle gym, spring mounted riding toys and a 2 (child size) story structure that could be a fort, or a castle, or a pirate ship, or anything their imagination can conjure up. There is also a picnic ramada adjacent to the playground. The address, 120 Este Es Rd is sufficient to navigate here with a GPS. Park is marked down because of challenged electric and Wi-Fi services, somewhat challenged water system, and unusual concrete strips rather than solid parking pads in some sites. Price is reasonable for the area. We will stay again.
Date of Stay: September, 2012
A nice, flat campground on a strip of land between a creek? and two lakes. The campground is part of a Le Mars City Park. In the park is a WPA common building, (locked) with bathrooms and showers, (unlocked, but I did not check). Behind the common building is a WPA picnic area, with 6 picnic shelters, (3-sided with a roof) large enough for one picnic table, a large, group picnic shelter, all arranged in a “U”, with a bonfire pit in the middle. Beyond the picnic area is the Willow Creek Golf Course, (yes, you can walk from your RV), and the beginnings of two urban hiking trails, one short and one longer. The previous comments about waterfowl are correct. There were lots of them. The geese dominated the larger lake, and the ducks were relegated to the smaller, more secluded and weedier lake. The campground is self-pay. Put the fee into an envelope, (yours) and put your name and address on the outside, and deposit it in the mailbox in front of the host’s RV. If you don’t want to put all the information on the envelope, use a check, (to City of Le Mars IA) with the required info on it. That way the payment won’t get separated from the information, and the information won’t be floating around on an envelope that will be reused. The RV Park has shared power boxes, so make sure you know where your power will be when you back in. Some sites are designated “Tent Sites” and do not have power. Some RV sites have enough of a southern exposure to receive Satellite TV. Basic Verizon phones work fine, and my Verizon modem found 4Glte service, which worked well. During your stay, be sure to visit the marble, tile and oak paneled, two story Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor and company museum, located in a historic building at 115 Central Ave, (not the old barn site by the ice cream plants), which is well worth the visit. We would definitely stay here again if we ever had an occasion to stop in Le Mars.
Date of Stay: September, 2012
The RV park is obviously set up for Fair Carnival workers, and the sites feel somewhat tight. It is about 18’ between the sewer pipes, but each pipe is encased in concrete poured into a vehicle tire, laying flat on the ground, (they must have gotten tired of people runing over their sewer pipes). The extra foot or so taken up by the tire on each side of the site reduces site width to 16’ or less. There is a graveled road that runs across the front of the sites, but the sites are, like the rest of the area, very flat river silt. It might get a little soft in a good rainstorm. About half the sites have a dip in the middle. This dip is no problem for towable RVs, because the wheels are close together. In a motor home, the front wheels are on higher ground, and the rear wheels wind up in the middle of this dip. People must have complained though, because the other half of the sites have this dip filled in. Just park in any vacant site. A representative will come around, after dinner, (in our case) to collect fees. Basic Verizon phones worked well, and 4Gite was available on our Verizon modem and also worked well. There was no obstruction to Satellite TV signal. I couldn’t find an address for the actual fairgrounds anywhere, although it isn’t that hard to locate once you get to town. We would stay here again.
Date of Stay: September, 2012
This is a nice grass and trees campground in a corner of the George Clayton, Hall County Park. RV sites are electric only, 50A is available, with separate power boxes for each site. There is a dump station, and a separate water station. There are only 19 RV sites, and when we arrived there was only 1 vacant. There are also a number of tent sites, many of which could be used by RVs for dry camping in an emergency. County staff is onsite during the day, and gates are locked at night. If you think you might be returning after the gates are locked, a gate card is available for a deposit. I believe that exit can be accomplished anytime, but I did not attempt it, (I didn’t have a gate card to get back in). There are a number of RV sites that have a clear shot to the south, so you can get satellite TV. There are also sites “in the trees” if that is your thing. Two or three sites are ridiculously long, but slightly sloped toward the back, and may not be suitable for a large motor home. The rest of the sites are adequate. Most are back-in. Two or three are parallel to the road and could probably qualify as pull-through sites. There is plenty of space between most sites. There are restrooms with two showers each at the edge of the RV Park, near the dump station. Another, identical restroom building is located at the ball field, just a short distance from the RV Park. Restrooms and showers were quite old, but well maintained and very clean. The shower enclosures are double, with a dressing area, and the shower, but they are on the small side, with no place to sit and 2 or 3 clothes hooks. If you have a small plastic folding chair or stool, you might want to bring it along to the shower. I used the showers every day that we were there. Basic Verizon phones worked well, and 4Glte was available on my Verizon modem. Don’t worry about the raised-grade heavy duty single railroad track that runs right behind the RV section of the park. The railroad is a spur that serves the generating facility about a mile or so south of the park. It would probably be interesting to be in the park when a mile long coal train shows up, but that probably doesn’t happen very often. There is a paved urban hiking trail that passes through the edge of the RV Park, in case you need to stretch your legs. I think the trail would qualify as handicap accessible. The adjacent Stuhr museum was interesting, mostly from an architectural point of view. The displays were well done, but we were disappointed by the low number of actual artifacts. The outside exhibits were closed for the season early, so we could only walk around them and guess what might be inside. The published address won’t get you there, and leaves you in the middle of a busy intersection without knowing which way to turn. We would stay here again.
Date of Stay: September, 2012
Prairie RV park is a level, well maintained, nearly new RV park. Twelve pull-through sites are oriented with the front of the RV pointing basically north. This is my favorite orientation, (for a motor home). The front of the coach, the least insulated part, is facing away from the sun. The back of the coach, the most insulated part of the coach is facing south, into the sun. The entry side of the coach is shaded from the sun in the afternoon, so you can sit out, barbecue etc. in relative comfort. These 12 sites are each separated by patches of LAWN, not prairie grass and brambles. There are about a half dozen trees in this area of the park, one or two of which are large enough to provide some shade. Roads and pads are gravel. Pads are level. The remaining 7 sites in the park are side-by-side, back-in on a level, gravel lot. There is still plenty of room between sites, and there is almost unlimited space in front of these sites, so they can accommodate the longest rigs. These sites are also oriented north-south, and they have a row of trees on the south side. These sites are ideal for RVs that need shelter from the sun at the rear of the coach. All sites have a water hydrant, sewer, and individual electric boxes with 20A, 30A, 50A receptacles in each box and cable TV. The entire park is lighted at night. Water pressure is a pretty steady 50 PSI, (I used a pressure regulator) and tested 300 PPM total dissolved solids, which is well within the range of good city water. Electric power held 120-125V. I could not get any over-the-air TV. Amplified scans turned up…absolutely nothing! Dish could not get me any local channels, although the national channels came in just fine. The cable provided about 60 channels that corresponded to the TVGuide.com listing for Elkhart TV Cable Company (Elkhart) [CableCard], (Zip 67950) channels 2 to 75, (just in case you were interested). Verizon modem had a good 3G signal, no 4Glte service is available, and Verizon EVDO and Rev “A” basic phone connectivity is good. There are no restrooms or showers, and no tables, fire pits or barbecues at the sites, although there is a picnic table in a carport picnic ramada. There also is no attendant. Payment kiosk is directly behind the car wash that is adjacent to, and part of the RV park. My wife and I have a joke that a RV park is always located near; a highway, a railroad track, and / or an airport. This park has all three. However, the only aircraft we saw were prop executive planes. Even though the runup pad at the end of the runway is about 500 feet from the RV park (Google Maps), the occasional ignition disruption of the FM radio signal was far more disturbing than the (very little) noise from the aircraft. The highway runs right in front of the park, but traffic is light, especially at night, and the RR track runs on the other side of the highway. In a week, we never heard a train. This park is probably the finest RV Park in this part of the prairie. Rate of $12.86 reflects the weekly rate of $90.00. Nightly rate is $20.00.