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
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
Oct 2014 - $30.00
We stayed here according to reading other reviews, we thought it was a little ways off the interstate (further than we thought). The sites were as stated: big pull-throughs! With tables, Wi-Fi, only about 4 TV channels, which was fine. Gravel roads/pads and we would think a little dirty and dusty during full season. We stayed just passing through, an overnight, and near the end of the season. It was OK, and if needed to stay in this area again would consider it. Quiet and dark at night, not near the highway. - Yamaman
Oct 2014 - $30.00
We stayed three nights here in early October, using the pull-through full hookup sites. The pull-through site was really long, lots of room for the trailer and truck. Width was OK, too. Some shade trees were available and campground hosts were friendly and led us to the site and insisted we park where the steps of the RV folded out onto the concrete pad. There was lots of grass in the site for our dogs and there was room to walk them. The Wi-Fi was really poor, and we were only 50 feet from the router. The website advertises cable TV, but that is not available to short term guests. But local TV reception was very good. - Pigdoc