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It is a very rural setting, and could make a good destination, not just a waypoint in a trip. The grounds are pretty and the lake looks like it would be fun during a hot summer. The campground is in the Ozark hills - and so the roads are steep and windy. The main entrance road is well cared for - but steep. The roads within the campground varied from fair to poor because of soft ground and insufficient gravel. The road down to the "H pads" is quite steep and was soft enough due to rain I was rather concerned my two-wheel drive truck wouldn't be able to get the trailer out.

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The pads are concrete, level, and are within 30 ft (10 m) of the Mississippi River, just below Lock and Dam 20. The barge tows pass within 40 ft (12 m) of the shoreline. This makes for a fascinating closeup view of the passing tows. The towboat engines do make a bit of noise, but not enough that our sleep was disturbed even with the windows open. The trains running by less than 100 ft (30 m) behind the pads were much louder and did disturb our sleep, though fortunately, it was typically multiple hours between trains. The kids enjoyed the playground. Everyone enjoyed watching the barge tows going by, and the price was very nice. We were pleased at the effort the city put into cleaning and clearing the park so soon after the river flood water had the park submerged. If the river stage is above 16 feet it would be a good idea to check if the park is open. Current and forecast river level is available at: