Dam Complex COE

Iowa City, Iowa


2850 Prairie du Chien Rd NE
Coralville, Iowa 52240
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Sites: 151
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 41.6822756
Longitude: -91.5960643

Elevation: 677' (approximate)
Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking yes
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • Free WiFi Free WiFi ?
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • ATT, Verizon, Sprint Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers ATT,Verizon,Sprint
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • yes-lake Waterfront Waterfront yes-lake
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping no
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities no
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services no
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access yes
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp yes
  • Marina Marina yes
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) no
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals no
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit ?
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • Sports Field Sports Field no
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games no
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment no
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre no
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake yes
  • Pond Pond no
  • River River yes
  • Creek Creek no
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

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19 Reviews

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: October, 2017 - $26.00
Overall Rating:      

This is an impressive COE complex with lots to offer but they need better signage. We made our reservation on recreation.gov and received an email confirmation with our site number but no specifics on check in procedure. It turns out you need to check in at "The Shack" in West Overlook Campground. We appreciated our paved level full hook up pull-through site in Tailwater West and the recycling. We camped at Dam Complex COE in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
T13
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The Devonian Fossil Gorge is part of the complex. The Gorge was exposed during a flood in 1993. The fossils of this ancient coral reef are remarkable.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: October, 2017 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

Tent camp sites 12 & above are in the trees, more secluded; 11 & below are in more of a grassy meadow with only a few trees. You check in at the RV campground. Clean restrooms & showers. Devonian Fossil Gorge way cool (short visit.) Make sure you have the GPS coordinates to find it. We camped at Dam Complex COE in a Tent.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
C12
Site Surface
Dirt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tips for other Campers:

This is a review of tent camping area. The RVs are very much different area.

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Review Count: 31
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $13.00
Overall Rating:      

First my only complaint. Signage here is really lacking. It is very confusing on getting to your site and how to register. You need to find the West Overlook Entrance Station to register. But don't go there first. First you must find you site then go to the station. I did not see ANY signs explaining that procedure, except at the West Overlook Entrance Station. Going there first, with a large RV could be a mistake. Look for a map of this campground that you can print on www.recreation.gov. Where to register is mentioned on that map. But in VERY small print. The COE really needs better distribute this information. BTW, if you are using the America the Beautiful pass you need to bring that with you when you register. Otherwise you will be charged the full price for a campsite. No pass - no discount! We camped in the Tailwater West loop. Bring a water pressure regulator. The water pressure varied between 100 psi to 125 psi on the input side of my water pressure regulator. Sites in this loop are well maintained, concrete pads and grass mowed. The bath house in this loop was clean, but not up to the cleanliness of other COE campgrounds we have visited. Both Verizon cell and data were adequate, 5.09Mbps download and 2.51 Mbps upload. There are nice walking trails in the area. We camped at Dam Complex COE in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Number
T13
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious, Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 17
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

Beautiful well maintained park. We stayed here in a travel trailer and the price reflects our golden age past. Very quiet, about 6 miles from Iowa city. We were visiting family and will definitely come back. Only electricity is available at the campsite, but fresh water and a dump station is provided and very convienent. We camped at Dam Complex COE in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
34
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 59
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $13.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed at the Linder Point area. Site was long but please watch large limb overhang. If you have a tall unit, as we do, if not very careful it would cause damage. We camped at Dam Complex COE in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
L08
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 169
States Visited: 42
Helpful Reviews: 35

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $13.00
Overall Rating:      

We had a site in the Linder Point campground. It had a cement pad which was just large enough for our camper and the truck. The hookups were all okay and in the right place. We were right at the entrance but were not bothered by any traffic. Plenty of room for us to sit away from our neighbors. We had several OTA channels and access to our data carrier.

Nice campground but there is a newer one along the river that seems much nicer. Would try and stay there on another visit. We camped at Dam Complex COE in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
L1
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

We went to West Branch for the Herbert Hoover NHS. Great history of our 31st President.

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Review Count: 22
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $13.00
Overall Rating:      

Great COE park below the dam on Lake Coralville. Full hookups and 50 amp electric in the area where we stayed, Tailwater West. Beautiful paths to walk on and explore. Don't miss the miles of nature walk off of Linder Point. Lots of people fishing, both campers and day use. Clearly a vibrant recreational area for the people near Coralville/Iowa City. An on site Marina with boat rentals, a nice beach area roped off above the dam, several boat ramps in the lake and on the river below the dam. Just a 5 minute drive into town with a full service mall, including a movie theater and an ice rink, and any restaurant or grocery store that you might need. We would recommend this site to any rv'er that we know. Easy to get to and would be convenient for even an overnight stay. Once in the park, it was slightly confusing how to get registered. You drive directly to your site, then, instructions state to check in to a certain location within an hour. We didn't know that going in. It would've been helpful. The Assistant Director of the park was a great guy and got us all straightened around. We camped at Dam Complex COE in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
T18
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

Rate reflects 50% senior discount. This is a beautiful park, very well maintained, and not far off I-80 near Iowa City. The staff is friendly and anxious to please. We occupied site W-56, which is overlooking the lake. Almost all the sites are back-in, and there are quite a few sites in the non-reservation area that do not appear to be at all level. A number of sites are in deep woods, with no hope of a satellite signal. Two complaints: 1) if you don't have a reservation, you must first occupy a non-reserved site with your rig before proceeding to the office to pay. This can be quite a long walk, or require disconnecting your coach so that you can drive to the office. 2) the only water spigot we could find was up at the dump station, located at the park exit. The swim beach is clean and the water fairly clear. We will stay here again when passing through. We camped at Dam Complex COE in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
W-56
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Visit the nearby Gorge and look for fossils!

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Review Count: 19
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: September, 2015 - $12.00
Overall Rating:      

Several campgrounds to choose from. We stayed at Tail Water West, just below the dam. This area is the only one with full hookups. We happened in on a Sunday afternoon and was able to get a lot for overnight. I doubt that one could get in on weekends without a reservation. The lots were large, shaded and have huge concrete patios. We did not have wifi or cable but for an overnight stay it was perfect. We camped at Dam Complex COE in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Number
6
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 294
States Visited: 42
Helpful Reviews: 43

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $12.00
Overall Rating:      

Visitor Center host couple knew absolutely nothing about the campgrounds. Pay station, at the entrance to one campground, didn't open until 12noon and they were no help. Departure times for campers already on site is 5PM and we got there at 12NOON. We visited three campgrounds before finding vacant sites in Tailwater West, none with full hookups available. There are a total of 16 in the entire complex with full hookups. Dump station is in the midst of it all and easy to access. The sites in Tailwater West are paved, wide and lots of room for patio, all with fire rings. COE staff was helpful, rangers assisted finding us an open site. We were told Tailwater West would be very loud due to heavy traffic in and out of the fishing area but we didn't notice in T-10. Since Tailwater West is at the base of the dam, tucked into the canyon along the river, there is IFFY Wi-Fi, no cell phone and poor TV reception. A good place to relax and just kick back. In spite of all the confusion we would return when in the area. We camped at Dam Complex COE in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
T10
Site Surface
Concrete, Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious, Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Visit the nearby AMANA Colonies. Get the brochure for Devonian Fossil Gorge at the CG and do the walking tour of "A Window into Iowas's Geologic Past," near the entrance to Tailwest Campground.

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Review Count: 149
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 24

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $12.00
Overall Rating:      

Very nice COE park located just outside of Iowa City. We stayed in the Tailwater West area, which is at the foot of the dam. Park was very clean. Electric was steady, water was 80PSI. There are several full hook up sites, some with water and electric only. In other camping loops, there are some with electric only. Plenty of shade, good for fishing. There is a beach and boat launch in the complex, but not directly off of Tailwater West. There is a mix of day use and camping here which we didn't care for, its a bit disconcerting to come out of your camper and find someone fishing or picnicking just a few yards off the back of your site, but we still enjoyed the loop. There is a wonderful fossil gorge that the public is free to explore, the visitors center was very nice and volunteers were friendly and helpful. Plenty of restaurants and shopping nearby. There was a good staff presence here as well. We would stay here again. We camped at Dam Complex COE in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Tailwater West
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Eat at the Hamburg Inn and visit the Natural History Museum at the University of Iowa. Old style museum displays, geological, mammal and bird exhibits were very interesting.

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Review Count: 20
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

Our site was river front below the dam. Park and campground were very clean. The sites are well spaced with grass between them. Sites have concrete pads that are wide, deep and easy to back into. Also had a picnic table and fire pit at each site. Each campground had a fish cleaning station and clean restrooms and showers. Staff was friendly at check in and at the visitors center. There is a gorge that was washed out after two floods that is full of fossils. We enjoyed roaming through the gorge. We would definitely stay here again. We camped at Dam Complex COE in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 60
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $27.00
Overall Rating:      

Bring your bug spray! No staff or station was available upon check-in. Campground was clean and included many trees for campsite shade. Our campsite was level and included a view of the river. Pull-through sites are also available. Verizon phone was able to get 4G signal. Make sure you pick an open site, as we were not able to get a satellite signal (space E13). Campground within 8 miles of the freeway (I-80) and 15 minutes away from the Coralville Mall, which includes; dining, shopping, theaters, indoor ice skating rink, grocery, hardware store (Lowes) and gas stations. We camped at Dam Complex COE in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 24
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a beautiful camping spot, however it is rather confusing to make reservations online. There are 5 campgrounds, very few with full hookups. We couldn't get a full hookup online, only electric, so not sure if that can only be done once you arrive at the campground. It seems that the 'electric only' sites are available when searching sites online. When you get your site number, it is in a shorthand code, so be sure to print the map off their website so you know where to go. There is no legend for the code on their site but it's pretty straight forward. The directions on their site tell you that West Overlook Rd. goes to the park entrance. This is only true if your site is at this particular campground. There was nobody to help at this entrance's office. There was a sign that tells you to 'find your site' then come back to register or fill out paperwork there if nobody is in the office. Many campers don't understand that, especially if they made online reservations and paid online for their spot. We were lucky to find someone from the area that was camping in West Overlook and they led us to our site, which was clear across the other side of the dam. Later in the evening the park ranger came by and told us we had to go to the office to register so that we could get a tag to hang off the rear-view mirror in our car. Needless to say the check-in process was frustrating. That being said, it was a beautiful site (we were in Tailwater East) and campers here were there to enjoy nature. There were no motorized vehicles, other than cars. We would camp here again now that we know how it works. We camped at Dam Complex COE in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 32
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $27.00
Overall Rating:      

Despite multiple thundershowers, had a wonderful stay in this great COE park. Had one of the few full hookup and 50A sites; nice paved site and patio with surrounding grassy area. Poor Verizon cell service, which restricted use of hot spot also. Would definitely return to this park. We camped at Dam Complex COE in a Fifth Wheel.

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