18 Parks near Indianola, Iowa
Aug 2016 - $18.00
The roads and sites are very tight and not conducive for big rigs. We moved four different times to get a semi-level site which still maxed out our leveling system. Difficult to get satellite. Park people were nice. - The DnD Adventure
Sep 2013 - $16.00
This is a very nice, clean park which we really enjoyed. The sites are easy to get into and fairly spacious. The park is on a beautiful lake with many activities including hiking trails, fishing, boat rentals and swimming. We stayed here over labor day weekend and although the park was full, it didn't feel crowded. The restrooms were clean and well maintained. Will definitely stay here again when passing through. - User3145
Jun 2011 - $18.00
Plenty of room to hike and bike. Be careful on the upper camping area, the turns on the west side on very tight. Cutbacks have affected Iowa campgrounds as some of the picnic areas are not being mowed, just paths to and around them. - stetwood
Aug 2012 - $15.00
We were here during the Indianola Balloon Festival. It is on Hwy 92, a few minutes from Balloon field. It is a first come, first serve, you pick your own spot and pay daily so you can extend your stay as long as you wish. Nice, shaded spots and we managed to keep it cool inside despite the 100 degrees outside. We picked a spot with the playground right outside, our daughter loved it. It is at a fairground though, so you might want to check their schedule as we had a very loud Figure 8 spring car race our last night, but noise doesn't bother us too much. It is also on Hwy 92, which is a little noisy. Internet was however spectacular, which is one of our priorities so we were happy. - Fulltime2kids
Dec 2007 - $10.00
Nothing fancy, but the price is right for water/electric hookups. They have a dump site at the park. The park is located on the west side of town on HWY 92 across the highway from an excellant grocery store, try the meat counter. - Crop Guy
May 2016 - $30.00
Great place! Large yards for dogs to play and run. Way out of town down a very long dirt road which kicked up dust all over our vehicles. If you don't like to get your vehicles dirty don't camp here. We thought it was worth it. Mostly permanent campers. Very friendly staff and owners. The owners started this camp 40 years ago. We were lucky to get a site and the one we got had a spectacular sunset view of the Des Moines River and the Des Moines skyline. - juustright
Sep 2012 - $26.00
First problem was 4 miles of very dusty gravel road to get to park. They encourage you to wash your RV after you get there it is soooo dust covered. The interior streets are paved but the sites are gravel. The sites were huge but our "pull thru" was not a pull thru because of low hanging limbs. The other problem was the extreme variance of voltage (from 108 to above 132) which caused our surge protector to cut the power off many times. - consort
Aug 2012 - $30.00
Loved it - would come back. The park is grassy and lots of shade trees with large sites. The owners are very friendly and helpful. Laundry room is great. Convenient for Des Moines and Knoxville. - Oregon1963
Jul 2009 - $13.00
Stayed here for a week at $100. Very nice campground. We realized going in they did not have water and sewer hookups, but still enjoyed the place. Friendly campground host, came to our site and visited - got acquainted. Would certainly go back again. - AZHusker
Apr 2016 - $14.00
What a treat. Full hook-ups, lovely peace and quiet, the Raccoon River and tons of bird species nearby. - Mrs.Picky
Nov 2015 - $14.00
This campground is a gem--beautiful sites with concrete pads and patios. Some have full hookups. Close to Des Moines. I noticed another reviewer said to be careful of the low hanging branches on Walnut Woods Drive, but they must have been trimmed because we did not have a problem. I would recommend this campground highly to anyone. Very big rig friendly. - kwikkeys10
Aug 2015 - $14.00
This is a great value at $14 for 50 amps and w/s. The roads are narrow and tight for big rigs and due to this fact there is a lot of mud and ruts from people driving on the grass. It is very quiet with lots of trees - no satellite reception. Concrete pad with large concrete patio. Roads getting here from 63rd St are a little confusing as the names of the streets have changed. Beware of overhanging trees on Walnut Woods Dr. They beat the top of our rig as we passed. No charge to enter state park. - Freedom Bus
May 2016 - $28.00
We stayed at the fairgrounds for 20 nights, and we are glad we did. Cheaper than other local campgrounds. They were having trouble with the water in the areas with 50-amp sites so we stayed in a 30-amp site. It was chilly so didn't need to have both A/Cs running, so we were fine with that amperage. Quiet, except for train whistles a few times a day. Had 2-4 bars of AT&T cell service.
Ultimately - camping here out of the busy fair season...great! If a very big event or the fair was happening...I don't think you could pay me to stay here.
If the all the sites in a section are being utilized, it will be VERY tight and driving down the roads of the different sections may not be possible if you have a bigger rig. We have a 40' 5er and drove through other grass sites to get in and out of the spot we picked to avoid the steep entrance to section FE.
We parked at the end of the middle part of section FE. Very nice overlook of the city. Since there were only 2 other rigs in our section for the majority of the time there, we spread out a bit and parked our truck and SUV next to the 5er instead of in front or behind, so we were actually taking up 3 sites (that's how close these sites are). Site was pretty level; we did use one extra board under most of the jacks when leveling.
Be sure to call the day you're driving in to see which entrance of the fairgrounds is open. We went to the 'official' campground entrance according to the map on their website but it was LOCKED! Called the office and they said "oh yeah that's locked for safety, you have to come in another way." The entrance on Grand Avenue is pretty much always open day/night. If you're coming up from the south to Des Moines I would take the Hwy 5 bypass around town and come through Pleasant Hill instead of I-235.
They didn't mow around our site while we were there so the grass/weeds got pretty tall in some spots. I understand some folks get fussy about mowing around their RV, but we wish they would have. They might have if I asked them to. - FrozenWaters
Sep 2015 - $28.00
Stayed here 2 weekends. First weekend in section 2. Second weekend in section 11. Overall, a decent place to stay. Nice and quiet. Nothing special or fancy. Plenty of spaces to choose from due to it not being fair week. W/E/S all worked well. Decent access to I-235. Be careful of what section you stay in. Most section 2 sites were nice and level, and from what we saw, most of the 50amp sites were as well. However, Section 11 had, maybe, 1 spot level enough to accommodate our 28' motor-home. A previous comment mentioned ski slope, and section 11 would qualify.
The addition of WiFi would boost my rating, but there are no plans to add it any time soon. - BounderPounder
Sep 2015 - $28.00
This review is for off-season camping (non-fair dates). They don't take reservations, but Labor Day weekend was nearly empty. Even with 2,300 sites, it took over half an hour to find a suitable FHU, and we had to park the truck in an adjacent spot. As other reviewers noted, the terrain makes most sites undesirable if not downright unusable. It's like they had a contract to install a certain number, so they made them short, narrow and crammed in as many as possible - even if it meant putting some on a 40-degree slope. This wouldn't matter with so few RVs, except they tend to huddle together on the few patches of level ground. 50 amp sites don't have sewer.
A fair amount of train noise/whistles, but otherwise very quiet. Call for directions because the fairgrounds are a maze, the only campground signage was in front of a locked gate, and the campground office was not staffed. Nice hilltop views, but I expected better TV reception given the transmitters are only 14 miles away. Strong Verizon and AT&T signals. - TheRollingJones
Aug 2016 - $35.00
Stayed here for just an overnight. We had a pull in blackout site. Had an odd layout, but it was fairly quiet and seemed as though we had seasonals around us. Had a dog park and a nice pool. It is right next door to an amusement park. Hookups were all good. - PackerFanRick
Aug 2016 - $35.00
Exceptionally clean park with lots of attendants throughout our weekend stay. Plenty of open space to walk our dog. We were attending a convention, so the park being next door to the convention center made it very easy to let our dog out often enough for her comfort. (Now if she'd just been that cooperative getting back in the coach!)
We were right next to a large open area so there was plenty of room to walk her and not be bothered by other dogs (room for 4-5 dogs to exercise without interfering with each other). Almost all spaces appeared to have reasonably tall shade trees (most appeared to be a bit above the height of the coaches/trailers). Each site seemed to have a picnic table and fire pit.
We stayed in the J loop on the perimeter of the park. These parking loops were really well-designed to pull in past your space and back straight in with no difficulty. If pulling a dolly, recommend asking for a 50-60' space. We had a 35-40' space that was just long enough for our motorhome plus a car. Had we towed a vehicle, there would not have been room for a dolly or trailer.
With the amusement park next door, we expected to hear lots of noise, but we didn't! There is a border of tall trees between the park and the amusement park that dampened almost all the noise and what we heard sounded distant. Easy access to the casino and convention center.
Rated Satisfactory on service for three reasons: the attendant who greeted us was rather gruff in response to my query about senior or military discounts. ("We don't have to with the casino and amusement park next door.") There appeared to be no convenience store in the park itself, and internet service was awful. The attendant told me they hadn't upgraded the service in 6 years. I believe it; we regularly had difficulty getting online, often got bumped offline, and could not get a signal after 11:00 p.m.
Fix the internet and provide a small convenience store and this would be a superior place to stay. - Dobiedaddy
Aug 2016 - $35.00
We stayed here one night while visiting family. The campground adjoins Adventureland Amusement Park, a popular Des Moines area park. A trolley runs from the campground to the park. Facilities in the park (bathrooms, access roads) are due for updating but were satisfactory. Newer dog runs were close to our side of the campground and were very convenient. - gbburgess
Jul 2016 - $40.00
Very quiet, shady. Close to town but in rural area. - LindaGarrard
Jul 2016 - $40.00
This campground is beautiful with nice mature trees providing a lot of shade on a hot July day! Grounds sit inside a section of land, well off the beaten path and free of road noise. Still close enough to the city to find shopping, groceries, fuel and dining choices. Grounds were well maintained and if needed, staff was available to show you to your site. We did have to back our tow vehicle in at an angle to get off interior road. - MamaLyn
Jul 2016 - $42.00
Clean & quiet, far enough off the freeway there is no noise.
Looks like it is busy and crowded on weekends but we were there on a weekday.
We'd certainly stay there again. - wetterwashington
Jul 2016 - $30.00
One of the best laid out, cleanest parks we have ever stayed in. It is actually a reason to go back to Iowa. $30 is the best deal we've ever seen for a park of this quality.
Huge sites, vast grassy areas to walk dogs, wide paved streets, etc.
I'd give it a 10 if the WIFI was free (it is very strong) and if the utilities were positioned for motorhomes instead of 5th wheels.
We stayed in site C5, a pull through easily long enough for our 43' coach plus dolly plus minivan, but the utilities were in the back corner, so by the time I was fully in the site I had to run ~30' of cable and 25' of sewer hose. The site slope was such that the sewer would not drain by itself, either. Next time, we'll unload the dolly and put it and the car in front of the coach and the services will play much better.
There is no office. You have to call ahead for a reservation secured by a credit card. When you get there, you call the owner and she gives you very clear directions on how to reach your site. She charges the card and you leave whenever you are ready. - bobcovey
May 2016 - $28.00
Reservations are required, as owners office / management is off site and not overly friendly. The residents are mostly seasonal horse track and casino employees. Well keep units and full, level concrete pads. Wifi additional cost and not mentioned for a one night stay. Our receipt was placed on the windshield wiper after we settled in. Full service at site and friendly neighbors. Very nice club house with laundry, exercise, kitchen, tvs and a basement storm shelter. Sites have easy access for big rigs. Sites are pretty close. Traveling through spent only one night. We would stay again. - Jeannie and Eddy
Apr 2016 - $30.00
Reservations are needed as there is no office at this beautiful and uniquely designed RV park so call before 5pm as we did to determine availability. The park is in a very quiet location with spacious concrete sites and as website states, they prefer long term but have daily. Park is very clean and well maintained. Big rig friendly, great utilities, paved streets and concrete sites. Will definitely stay again when in the Des Moines area! - RJourney
Jun 2016 - $20.00
We called ahead to ask about the campground and reserve a site. No reservations accepted, unless you are bringing a large group or coming for the weekend. OK, so we asked how full the campground was currently and were told there were plenty of sites just go in and pick one, fill out the paperwork and deposit it and payment at the self service kiosk. We asked if the park could handle a 45' motorhome and were told no problem the sites are all 70 feet.
The park has 34 camp sites with 20/30/50 provided at every site: 22 sites have full hookups (E/W/S), 11 have E/W only and 1 has E only. All sites are back in and according to the campground brochure they are 15' X 50', there is no extra parking anywhere. We arrived at 12:30 PM on a Tuesday, only 1 FHU site was available for our week in Winterset as the site reservations were not until June 28 according to the sign. Most sites were reserved beginning the next day, Wed, or Friday. Come in prepared to go somewhere else if the no-reservation system is working like it did for us.
With that being said, this is a great little park! Quiet right on the south east side of town. The city park it is attached to is a wonderful place to walk, bicycle, have a picnic and enjoy nature. It is a quick drive to visit the "Bridges of Madison County" and the John Wayne Birthplace and Museum. - Harley Oma
Jun 2015 - $17.00
This city park campground is a real gem; the city park service that administers this campground is a real credit to their profession. As city campgrounds go, this one should be rated an 11! The full hookups were adequate; the water faucet is placed between two spaces so make sure you come here with more than a 25 foot fresh water hose. The only improvements that could make the park absolutely perfect would be to add more gravel to areas that can become muddy when heavy rains come and the park should add co-mingled recycling. You really do need to call ahead if you wish to stay on a weekend or holiday during the prime spring and summer season. There are lots of things to see and do in the area; so, plan to stay a while if you can. We would definitely stay here again. - Kent and Margaret
Aug 2014 - $19.00
This city park is very clean, well-maintained, and quiet. The gravel road loops around to all the gravel back-in sites. Sites are rather wide, as the trailers are stagger-parked on each side of the loop. Restrooms were clean with 2 shower stalls that were spotless. As the county seat of Madison County, the town's small businesses are alive and well - many within a longer walk around the town square. Right at the park is a fun corn maze, and a 1-mile trail to historic stone Clark Tower. Good Verizon phone and MiFi connections. - AluminumCloud