4 Parks near Fort Dodge, Iowa
Sep 2016 - $14.00
Great park with excellent access. Easy to navigate and a great place to family camp. Sewer not at site, but available on the way out. - Campers4Life2016
Jul 2015 - $14.00
We stayed in the Horse Park tent part of the campground. There were only 2 tents in the whole area. It was well kept and very private. The bathrooms and shower houses were very nice and clean with hot water. The camp host was kind and helpful. Would definitely stay there again if we are in the area. - Happy Campers from IN
Jul 2015 - $19.00
Stayed here on a Wednesday. Almost no one in the park. Good sized spaces. Some pullthroughs, most back ins. - Weckerly
Sep 2016 - $18.00
This park is nice, the management is terrible. They don't take reservations and many people save sites - for 3 and 4 days. When we came, there were only 3 full hook-up sites left BUT each had a car on them - for 3 days - until finally an RV showed up. We couldn't use these sites, no one else could use these sites and the campground lost $22 per day for 3 days and 3 sites for $198. This happens all the time. We spoke with the hostess but she did nothing. We never saw a ranger.
We'll agree with the previous review - without any management, the park is not always a pleasant experience. - swike
Jul 2016 - $22.00
We camped at Kennedy for 2 weeks around July 4 holiday. Sites are close together and include picnic table and fire ring. Our site #2 was level, some of the sites were quite sloped. The roads are narrow but manageable and trees are trimmed high enough so that was not an issue. Kennedy park does not take reservations, however it is a favorite for locals and they go stake their site out early in the week, placing a tent or vehicle on it. There are only 29 FHU sites and several of them were occupied by tenters consequently self contained rigs had to stay in W/E only sites and use dump station. The park belongs to Webster County Conservation Board. Their foot print consists of a small lake, day use park and campground.They have no apparent presence in the campground other than an occasional drive thru. They had a presence in the adjacent park and lake areas. The campground host works 2 jobs and was rarely on site. With the hands off nature of management the campground is a mess. No one follows the few posted rules. Trash all over sites and blowing around, cigarette butts everywhere, people not picking up after their pets, over crowded camp sites with 3 & 4 autos parked on the grass and speeding cars.
This could be a premier park if they would engage a camp host who is on site and observant and if the management spent at least as much time in the campground correcting problem areas as they do in the park.
If we are ever in this part of Iowa again we would probably stay at Kennedy because it is big rig friendly where some of the other campgrounds are not. - Harley Oma
Aug 2015 - $20.00
We have stayed in this park at least once a year for 3 years and have always enjoyed it. This is a county park but it has so much available to entertain everyone: a marvelous hiking trail around the lake, a nice lake, a golf course, picnic areas, boating, birding blind, dog training area. Just a lot of things available. The pads are rock and, in the 5" of rain that we had over the last night and day, we were high and dry. Each site has a fire pit and a picnic table. We have been there on weekends and weekdays and it has always been quiet though full. You need to get there early in the week for a full-hook-up site during the summer. However, there are ample water/electric sites available. We have a 35' RV and our friends have a 42' motorhome. Neither of us had trouble maneuvering. The best place to hook-up a car to the motorhome is in the parking lot of the functions building. This is a real gem of a campground and we always look forward to staying here. - swike
Jun 2015 - $20.00
I made my reservation over the internet the day before showing up at the park. Sites are supposed to be assigned but there was no assignment on the bulletin board when I arrived. The campground host lady told me to just go ahead and take a spot since the campground was almost entirely empty. The sites are arranged in a clearing along one side of the valley formed by the Des Moines River. There is no privacy between sites but they are spaced about 50 feet apart. There is electric and water service but no sewer. I have a small trailer that would fit just about anywhere but big rigs would have no problems in many of the sites. This park wouldn't be a destination for me but I would stay here again if passing through the area. - Teardrop11
Jul 2012 - $16.00
This was such a find. The Iowa State Park we normally stay in was already full so we took a chance on a Friday afternoon and drove to Dolliver Memorial because of the great reviews. It was cool to descend into a gorge carved by the Des Moines River after driving through flat cornfields for hours. The sites are large. The restrooms were spotless. The ranger was so nice checking in on how we liked our stay. On the weekends, there are kayak rentals available. Cell service is spotty because of being 200' below the cornfields, but it does exist. Would definitely stay here again. - fulltimervtravel
Aug 2008 - $16.00
The campground is small, with only a few sites able to accommodate motorhomes or larger fifth wheel trailers. The dump station does not appear to have been used in sometime - it is difficult to position a motorhome or trailer for use. There are many hiking trails and fishing is nearby in the Des Moines River. The only time we saw the park ranger was when he was checking to make sure the campsite fee had been paid. - JRCII
May 2016 - $25.00
Wonderful Iowa County Park in large forested area. Campsites are spread out and range from full hookups to electric only to tent and no hook ups. Hiking trails, fishing, boating and even golf! The full hook up sites are a bit confusing- look at the map in self- registration kiosk. Many are designed for large or small groups with RV's and circle or square off in wagon train style!
The electric only sites are over a small creek and spaced out a bit more. Weekends are busy with lots of local families camping. - NanciRV
Aug 2015 - $25.00
We arrived mid-week for a one night stay. The campground host was friendly and helped us find a spot that we could drive into and out of (it was not really a drive-through but the ground was firm so we did not damage the grass). The sites with full hookups are $25, electric-only are $20.
The sites are quite level. They are crushed stone. There is a fire ring and picnic table for each site.
Iowa county parks are very nice. This is another one. - skigramp
May 2015 - $20.00
We just stayed for an overnight so can't say anything about the lake or golf course. The campground was very nice and not too muddy even after a heavy rain. - oldmac