2 Parks near Clear Lake, Iowa
Jul 2015 - $20.00
Stopped here for an overnight stay mid-week. Nice, clean, quiet campground. Electric only, although there seem to be a few hookups for the camp hosts. Self-check in. Our Dish would not work because of trees. Be sure to visit the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake. It is the last place Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper played before being killed in a plane wreck in 1959. The museum there is filled with rock and roll memorabilia. - DKL1219
Aug 2014 - $15.00
The good: easy walk to a nice lake through a wooded downhill slope. Not very crowded during the week (stayed on a Wednesday). Basic, relatively good playground equipment for the kids, but they'll run right by it on the way to the water. Quiet, dark and mellow area, about 10 minutes off the interstate. Lots of old big shade trees, half the campground is in the cool shade. The bad: most spots aren't level in varying degrees, and electrical hookups aren't well located, so have a long cord. Not every spot has a fire pit, if that matters. All in all, an excellent overnight or destination campground, would not hesitate to stay here again. - Medford
Oct 2013 - $16.00
Wonderfully located on Clear Lake, a mere block walking downhill through the mature oak trees through park to the sandy beach. The campground is easy to miss; the entrance is right on a curve in the road. The green grassy sites are on a very small slope. No gravel site looked level, needing blocks under one side of the trailer. The long pull-through sites with grassy areas separating the trailers are designed with electricity in the center so that two families can park with doors facing, to share the central space. We stayed after beach season and the campground was quiet. Downtown Clear Lake's small shops of independent retailers is a short drive north. Most weekends feature a festival of some type. The campground is also conveniently located within a few miles of historic Surf Ballroom which hosts local and national talent. The Surf Ballroom is also where 3 talented musicians played their last concerts on night of the 2/3/1959 "the day the music died" - Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper. I will return. - AluminumCloud
Aug 2015 - $30.00
As mentioned the sites are really long in the back area. The front area of the park is basically set up for seasonals.
The only thing I did not care for was the shared sites. You pull in and share utilities with your neighbor. You can be a little close on your utility side but on your door side there is plenty of room. They park you so that your stairs come out on the patio.
The park is kept clean, quiet at night and only a couple of miles from town. We would definitely come back here if in the area. - rv4rob
Aug 2015 - $30.00
Great park! The sites are amazingly spacious. Twice the size as normal. Lovely grounds and helpful staff. Very Quiet. Full hook up. Great Wifi. - sfrantz
Jul 2015 - $30.00
The weekend was busy. (July 2-5) There are LOTS of rules at this campground and if you don't follow them, they will let you know. Some workers in a nice way, other workers weren't so nice. Upon check-in, the woman was very condescending to me as we pulled in to check in. I guess we pulled ahead too far past the check in stop, and she thought we should have known that. She made me feel like I was an idiot for something I did not know about. For being the 4th of July weekend we thought it was incredibly quiet for being packed.
The Wi-Fi was spotty.
Our two families had sites #2 and #3. We were RIGHT at the entrance of the campground. I would not recommend this location for a tent camper especially as there is a bright light that is on all night to light the road and it shined right into our trailer. Also, the road is gravel so every time someone drove in it woke me up.
There was no grass between our two campers. just a nice concrete "porch" and lots of class 5 gravel. The campers are PACKED IN. My husband joked that our daughter on her end of the camper was sleeping closer to strangers than us.
Fire rings are tiny and they bring them to you if you want a fire. We set up our fire area nestled between 3 big rigs and our campers. Wood was $10 for two wheel barrel loads which I thought was kind of expensive; and you couldn't just get one.
There were 4 swings for the kids, and chickens roaming around which the kids found amusing until they were told to not go by them any more. The chickens are not part of the campground. The bathrooms are nothing fancy, but were cleaned a few times a day which was nice.
The building for laundry looked run down on the outside, but it had lots of new looking machines and was very clean on the inside. The "Game Room" upstairs was where old card table and chairs go to die, and people leave their old musty faded games to feel better about getting rid of them.
Not on the lake, about a mile walk to public access. - Camping-with-Kids