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5 RV Parks near Jefferson, Iowa
Jun 2012 - $15.00
My wife and I have camped at Spring Lake several times and have always enjoyed our stay. This lake is great for people who like to kayak and use paddle boats. The lake is not very deep. Most of the camp sights are on the lake. This park is great for kids. If you like to go berry hunting in the spring, this park is great for that. I found about 1 pint of black raspberries yesterday. Should be better next week. Spring Lake is well run by the county, very clean, sight are mostly level. They are grass. - Joceil
May 2007 - $13.00
Nice park with lots of large spaces. Clean lake for swimming and has a roller skating rink. Fishing is not real good (very small fish). Jefferson is only 5 miles away if you need to run to the grocery store. Park is clean and very well maintained. - pjm
Jun 2006 - $15.00
This place is a blast from the past. The roller rink is the center of activity in the evenings. Our family opened and closed the roller rink both nights we were there. It is first come first serve, however, that was not a problem for us. We arived at 8:00 PM on a Friday night and had our pick of many good sites. - Cornboy
Aug 2008 - $16.00
Only lack of on-site water connection keeps this from the highest rating. In wooded area about 8 miles NE of Guthrie Center and 6 miles west of Yale where we came to bicycle the Raccoon River Valley Rail Trail. Appears park gets heavy weekend use from families, but suspect the middle of week would be empty. Park features trails, wildlife, and a 17 acre artificial lake with beach area and boat ramp. All sites are fairly level gravel, have tables and fire rings with grills. Park is well cared for lots of green grass and trees. This was an unexpected delightful find and we would most definitely return. - tillie
Oct 2011 - $15.00
This is a city park with full hookups. The sites are back-in, but fairly level. View out the rear window is buildings. No showers or restrooms we were aware of. A nice city park is right out the front door. There is a large grass area for dog walking. Well worth the price. - RedSoloCup
Aug 2018 - $18.00
There was no one when we arrived at the park, except a full timer couple who were out walking. They filled us in on where to park, etc. Park is a nice place. We would stay there again if we were in the area. - BertD
Sep 2017 - $16.00
The campground has 3 sections, we stayed in B section. It is all grass, sites are fairly spacious in A section and has several pull through sites. There were 3 camp hosts in B section. It is very close to Boone and the railroad museum and train ride. Also close to Iowa State University. The Reiman Gardens which has a butterfly wing, which is home to about 800 live butterflies. We happened to be there when they released about butterflies. There are statues all over the garden that is made up of trash that came from the ocean, or along beaches. The statues were amazing to see, a huge lesson of pollution of our oceans and rivers. We camped here in a 5th wheel and would stay again. - DBT
Aug 2012 - $15.00
For the price this was a pretty good campground. We were here over a weekend so it was very crowded. There are water outlets available at several locations, but not at every site. The restrooms/showers were clean but getting outdated. The sites were on grass so getting level was a little bit of a problem, but not serious. We would probably not stay here again. - SteveCampsTx
Jul 2017 - $19.00
So, this is a hard park to comment on. Let me say first that the camp hosts were great. The lake and the surrounding green space areas are very nice. You can rent canoes, paddle boats and kayaks just a short walk from the RV sites. And, in the part of the RV park that we were in (upper level), there were great old trees giving us fantastic shade. We wanted a full hookup and got the last site available (the park is first come - no reservations). The sites are all gravel with a picnic table. So, this is where it gets hard to explain. We had to pull in truck first (pulling a 32' fifth wheel) to have the utilities on the correct side. But, the site was not a pull through! And, we needed to unhook to go into town. If the row of sites in front of me had had campers in them, I would not have been able to get my truck out after unhooking. But I was able to pull out because a couple of the sites were still open in front of our site. When I returned a couple of hours later, only one site remained open. So, I entered through that site and got my truck into position so that I could hook up and then back out, the next day, the way that I originally came in. There was a small space running between my row of sites and the ones in front. That is why I was able to get my truck back into position so that I could hook back up. When we left the next day, all the sites in front of us were filled. The only way to leave was to back out, which was really tough because the people in the sites behind me were now parking their vehicles partially in the road, which was pretty narrow to begin with. Most of the sites in the park are not full hookups. And, if you don't need full hookups, there are some better sites than what we had. The park sites are small and just not designed for the larger RVs being used nowadays. The town of Carroll (about 10,000 pop) is about 3 miles away and has plenty of amenities. Swan Lake in total is nice and I would still recommend it, even with the RV site challenges. - littleapple
May 2016 - $18.00
I believe this county park caters to the residents of Carroll County. Check-in time is 5:30 AM and check-out time is 6:30 PM. We have seen a number of people drop off their rig early in the morning then go to work. Then come back to this park after work with their family, have dinner then leave. At least a quarter of the sites had rigs on them but not used. I would image that during the summer almost all of the sites would be taken by local residents.
As you drive into Swan Lake the lower level campground will be on your left. This loop is mostly treeless and near the water's edge. This section has water and electrical (30/20 amp) utilities but no sewer. The upper loop is at the top of the short hill. The upper loop is treed (well pruned) and has FHU with 30/20 amp electrical service. A dump station was just built but not very well thought out.
The lay of the land is unusual. There is gravel road in the middle of the loop but you would not know it unless you look very closely. All of the interior roads and sites are on gravel and none are level. The sewer in the upper loop is flush with the ground and difficult to find. The water spigot and electrical box is shared between two sites. The electrical voltage was good - hovering around 121 but there were not many people using it. All sites had a picnic table and a fire ring. There was good Verizon reception for both WiFi and phone service. Swan Lake has WiFi but it was very weak.
There are two bath houses, both located in the upper section of the park. This was the standard brick building with one shower in each bath house. The showers were on a timer via a push button and the water temperature could not be regulated. We chose not to us the bathrooms.
It rained heavily for a few days during our stay but there were very few puddles. There was some train noise but not bad. It was quiet and dark at night. We would only come back to this campground off season. We have a 32 foot 5th wheel. - adsaxs
Jul 2012 - $12.00
Stayed here for a month in July, 2012. Site host was great. Long-term spaces are pull through, but most are very tight for a 36' 5er (getting out was a You-Tube moment), internet was just fair, TV reception was OK, but not great, really nice neighbors mostly, pet friendly. The best camping site are mostly tent sites or not full service sites, but lake is great with beautiful evening walks. - Pigdoc