4 Parks near Johnston, Iowa
Jun 2012 - $9.00
This park is very nice, but it has some aging problems. The sights are gravel and mostly level. My wife and I have been coming here for about 10 years. Acorn is a alcohol free park. I talked to the ranger today and ask him why is Iowa's Army Corp parks behind as far as upgrading come pared to others that we have camped in, such as in Texas. He told me its a slow process getting money from the government. My wife and I like this park because its close to everything we see and do in Des Moines why we are here visiting. - Joceil
Aug 2007 - $22.00
I did not stay in the campground, but because it does not have a previous review, this one is being posted. My comments are based on a detailed inspection of the facility. This is a nice Corp campground. It has trees that provide some shade for most sites, but they do not interfere with the sites or the paved access roads. There are only 33 RV sites, the rest are for tents. The separate tent only area is also nice. RV sites are gravel and will accommodate most sized rigs, but the bigger the RV the more front to back leveling will be required on about half of them. All sites are 30A service and only a selected few have water hook-ups. There are community faucets for filling holding tanks. Bathhouses were clean and centrally located. There is playground equipment for the kids. All sites have picnic tables and fire rings/grills. There is a small pond in the campground. This appears to be a very quiet place to stay. - RLM
Aug 2015 - $20.00
Stayed 3 nights in 2 different sites due to availability. Sites in loop near spillway (50 amp / concrete pad) deserve a 7 rating. Easy access to and in the park with our oversized 40'+ Big Rig RV for this section; Wide pads make backing in easy. Sites in main campground loops (30 amp / gravel sites) deserve a 5 or lower rating. Sites in this section have railroad ties defining the sites and bordering each site's entrances making backing into the sites more difficult than it needs to be. High weeds growing through gravel at sites and our site was very unlevel. We would stay in the 50 amp loop again but not in the 30 amp section. - Snidely Whiplash
Jul 2015 - $18.00
Well maintained and level campground. The lack of shade could be an issue on hotter days. - MThome
Jul 2015 - $10.00
Lovely sites along the river below the Dam, flat, paved, 50amp electric. Water nearby to fill tank if needed (we didn't) The river was really high and we enjoyed watching folks Bow fishing, which we had never seen before. I would recommend this park. - housecar
May 2016 - $22.00
We recently stayed at Cherry Glen Campground and enjoyed our stay. This campground has access to the 26-mile Neal Smith Bike Trail, which we utilized quite a bit during our stay. There is no swimming beach access directly from the campground but you can take the trail about 2 miles to get to it by bicycle. I reserved our site two weeks in advance and I checked for availability five days before arrival and it was completely booked.
There was a playground there for our children. It was adequate for them but we found other playgrounds at the other COE campgrounds at Saylorville to be newer, larger and more modern. The bathrooms were always clean. We did not use the shower facilities while we were there. There are a few lakeview sites but were all taken by the time we made our reservations. The campsites tend to be a bit unlevel and we had a difficult time leveling our travel trailer. There is quite a few trees which provided a lot of shade and privacy between sites. Not all sites had this privacy though.
The campgrounds roads were paved which provided great opportunity for easy biking throughout. The speed limit was 15 MPH and many would drive faster than this which was very dangerous, especially with the tight loops and vegetation and vehicles parked so close to the roadway (which would be expected).
We would consider staying at this campground again. However, we checked out Prairie Flower Recreation Area two miles away and would consider that campground before this one.
The staff were very attentive to campers needs and very friendly. Very helpful during check-in and the Park Rangers drove through frequently throughout the day. - Moon8211
Jul 2015 - $10.00
We planned a last minute trip to the area that happened to be during 4th of July weekend. We were in another RV Park that could not accommodate us on July 3 and4. Somehow Cherry Glen had a spot available for July 3 and 4. When we arrived at Cherry Glen, we were surprisingly amazed. This is a beautiful park with plenty of room and plenty of shade trees. The Comfort Stations (bathrooms/showers) were impeccably clean. Sites are large with nice tables and fire rings. If there is one drawback, it would be that the majority of the sites have electric hook up only. If you plan to stay there, fill your fresh water tank before you arrive, or you can fill it just inside the entrance of the park. This will be my preferred location when I visit the area in the future. - Armyret99
Jul 2015 - $11.00
I did a review of this campground a couple of years ago and we still like it a lot. I will mention that one thing I noticed this stay is how many campsites are rather unlevel front to back. I think a larger motorhome might end up with the front wheels well off the ground in the site we had. There are, of course, a number of spots that are level or at least "level enough" but because of our site I began noticing others and realized that several sites are like this. Also, I've learned that, while there are no sewer sites here, there are several water hookup sites scattered around the park. The spigots aren't near the electric posts. Instead, they are stand alone water hookups either along the roads between the campsites or well behind them. There's an extra $2 charge for those campsites. Someone told me that the common practice is for the person in a water campsite to put a "Y" splitter at the faucet so that people can get water out of it even though someone is hooked up to it. My Verizon has a barely-working 3G signal here. It seems to work okay during the day and then as evening comes it slows down considerably. I was able to get satellite TV by putting the dish up close to the road. We still like this campground and will likely make it our place to stay when visiting central Iowa. - nazpaz
May 2016 - $9.00
The sites within Aster and Honeysuckle loops are all on packed gravel had very narrow interior streets, lots of trees and shrubs. Half of the Dogbone sites are on packed gravel, the rest of this loop are on concrete. Coneflower and Blazingstar loops had wide interior streets, few trees and shrubs and all of the sites were on concrete. The entire campground is on the reservation system. All sites are back-ins.
Most of the sites are not very level (including the ones that are on concrete). Water spigots are scattered throughout the campground. Water can also be obtained at the dump station. There are only two dump stations for the entire park. Every loop has a bath house with a couple of showers. You cannot regulate the water temperature and they have a push button that controls the amount of water coming out.
Most of the loops have a kid's play area in the center. Coneflower and Blazingstar loops have 50 amp electrical service, all of the other loops have 30 amp electrical service. Our voltage was good - hovering around 122 volts. The park was not filled so I don't know if the voltage would degrade. Verizon air card and cell phone was on extended network but we did not have a problem with them. Every site has a fire ring and a picnic table.
The Neal Smith bike trail runs right through the park. - adsaxs
Oct 2015 - $10.00
A beautiful Corps of Engineers park. Surprisingly busy for late in the season. Long, paved level sites. Beautiful view of Saylorville Lake. - Katy29
Oct 2015 - $5.00
Popular park. We had no reservation but being midweek we hoped to get any spot. Asked for one with a view of the lake and they found one for our two night stay. #91 through 96 have good views. Water bibs available around the circle. No grey water disposal on the site allowed. Dump and fill station as you leave. Concrete pad with spacious patio with table and fire ring. - easydoesit