4 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
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
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 The restrooms/showers were clean but getting outdated.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
Aug 2010 - $15.00
Beautiful park with 3 different campground areas. Most sites are quite large with grass everywhere. There were lots of pull-through sites. The camping area is next to the lake and several sites can park near the lake. We paid $15 for one night. There is a dump facility within the park but none at the campsite. We would stay here again. - Frank M
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
Jul 2012 - $19.00
Hosts very pleasant. Lots of trees and a nice area. We did not notice the Christmas tree and children next door, but they were OK after awhile. Water hook up was a long way, so we used our own. - john rv