7.3 Good
     
Fort Dodge, Iowa

John F. Kennedy Memorial Park

Fort Dodge, Iowa


1415 Nelson Ave
Fort Dodge, Iowa 50501
Phone: Click to view

Sites: 100
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 42.584551629007
Longitude: -94.189245700836

Elevation: 1106' (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 no
  • 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 yes
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • 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 ?
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • Free WiFi Free WiFi no
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • Verizon Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers Verizon
  • 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 ?
  • yes-river Waterfront Waterfront yes-river
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Business Center Business Center ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Beach Access Beach Access yes
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp yes
  • Marina Marina ?
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals ?
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Golfing Golfing yes
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) yes
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals ?
  • Hiking Hiking ?
  • Spa Spa ?
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit ?
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • Sports Field Sports Field ?
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games ?
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment ?
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre ?
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf ?
  • Billiards Billiards ?
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong ?
  • Lake Lake ?
  • Pond Pond ?
  • River River yes
  • Creek Creek ?
  • Ocean Ocean ?
  • Water Park Water Park ?
  • Casino Casino ?

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8 Reviews

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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

This campground DOES have WiFi!! It's awesome, too! We thoroughly enjoyed our 2 night stay. The only downside is that they do not take any reservations, and we were fortunate to get the last full hook up spot. There are 29 FHU's! You must like kids, as this park was full of them, and they aren't cautious around all of the rigs and vehicles, so you have to watch out for them. My kids would have had a ball here when they were younger. Be sure to pack something for them to ride on, with wheels. Razor scooters seemed to be a popular choice. The restrooms were clean and the showers were nicely laid out for privacy, showering and changing clothes. You could even put your foot on the bench to shave your legs! One set of neighbors were very friendly and helpful, while the others kept to themselves and their group. There were many younger parents who still partied outside after the 10:30 quiet time, but with your A/C on, you couldn't hear them. I would go back here in a heartbeat! I went with my hubby, son (11) and our dog. Just wish they took reservations!! If you golf, bring your clubs as the course is right next to the campgrounds. 10 minute, easy drive to Fort Dodge and Walmart, Target and restaurants. If you come from the East, stay on highway 20 to Fort Dodge, don't go through Webster City...it's really not faster and it is more narrow roads. We camped at John F. Kennedy Memorial Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
3
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

Really Beautiful park on golf course. Spots are level. Has a museum. We liked Frank A. Gotch Park (15 minutes away) better. We camped at John F. Kennedy Memorial Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
16
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Close to shopping in Fort Dodge, Walmart, Target, Hobby Lobby, & lots more.

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Review Count: 156
States Visited: 41
Helpful Reviews: 40

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at John F. Kennedy Memorial Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Not Convenient
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Review Count: 17
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at John F. Kennedy Memorial Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Number
2
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 156
States Visited: 41
Helpful Reviews: 40

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at John F. Kennedy Memorial Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
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Review Count: 156
States Visited: 41
Helpful Reviews: 40

Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

A very nice county park. We have stayed here and will stay again. The sites were nicely sized and fairly level, most were shaded and each had a fire pit and a picnic table. There are lots of activities available, hiking around the lake, picniking, boating, fishing and there is a golf course on one side of the campground. Weekends during the summer are busy and sometimes late on Sunday, the bathrooms have a bit of sand in them. A larger rig might have a bit of trouble maneuvering but our 35' motorhome had no trouble at all. For all the people here on a weekend, it was very quiet in the evenings. We camped at John F. Kennedy Memorial Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2011 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice enough setting but we were disappointed upon arrival at the actual RV park. Wall to wall campers, very tight fit for a 40' M/H. As with many county parks minimal supervision (never saw a ranger or host) often leads to abuse of the rules. Too many rigs per site and rowdy kids ignoring the quiet hours. Perhaps an OK stopover in the off-season for smaller rigs. We camped at John F. Kennedy Memorial Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 156
States Visited: 41
Helpful Reviews: 40

Date of Stay: May, 2010 - $17.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a very nice family friendly county park in Fort Dodge, Iowa. We stayed on a Memorial Day weekend when all the sites were full and were pleasantly surprised when we noticed how quiet it was in the evening. The park has a golf course, a lake for swimming, fishing and boating (no gas motors allowed), picnic areas, hiking trails and a memorial amphitheater on one side of the lake. The sites were level, grassy and a picnic table and fire pit were at each site. They have wi-fi available, but it costs. They take no reservations, and it is difficult to get a spot on a holiday weekend since those in the know put a vehicle or fill in the paperwork to get a site early in the week to reserve this site for the weekend. We were lucky to get the last electric only spot on a Thursday morning and were able to switch to a full hook-up on Monday, Memorial Day, after some others had left. We have been here before and would definitely stay again. We camped at John F. Kennedy Memorial Park in a Motorhome.

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