Johnston, Iowa

Bob Shetler Campground COE

Johnston, Iowa



Johnston, Iowa
Phone: (515) 276-0873

Sites: 67
Recent Rate: $20 8/2015

Latitude: 41.7024248584654
Longitude: -93.6865344910156

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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) ?
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers ?
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station ?
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash ?
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking ?
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Water Water no
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service ?
  • Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers
  • 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 ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • 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) ?
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Beach Access Beach Access ?
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp ?
  • Marina Marina ?
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals ?
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Golfing Golfing ?
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) ?
  • 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 ?
  • Creek Creek ?
  • Ocean Ocean ?
  • Water Park Water Park ?
  • Casino Casino ?

Review Details

Ratings overview

24 Reviews

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Snidely Whiplash

Review Count: 111
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 10

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $20.00
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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. We camped at Bob Shetler Campground COE in a Fifth Wheel.

Tips for other Campers:

Use website directions if coming from I35, but instead of NW 37th St the correct turn is onto NW 84th Ave which immediately turns into NW 37th St.

Also, Site #12 borders the spillway parking lot for fisherman. Apparently the area is available for fisherman at all hours. Many vehicles and loud motorcycles late at night and early in the morning were a nuisance for us while trying to sleep.

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housecar

Review Count: 57
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $10.00
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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. We camped at Bob Shetler Campground COE in a Motorhome.

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MThome

Review Count: 8
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $18.00
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Well maintained and level campground. The lack of shade could be an issue on hotter days. We camped at Bob Shetler Campground COE in a Travel Trailer.

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Joceil

Review Count: 62
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $9.00
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Bob Shetler is a nice park below the dam. It only has electricity at the camping sites. There several water faucets throughout the park to fill your fresh water tank. The park does have a dumping area on the far east end of the park. The camping sites are large and there is a lot of room between sites. We camped at Bob Shetler Campground COE in a Motorhome.

Tips for other Campers:

The park is located by a large lake, and is on the Des Moines river. There are several gas station/convenience stores, Grocery store, a big mall, and several restaurants near by. Plus Des Moines area has a large casino/racetrack, and a amusement park all located next to each other.

There are 3 other Corp parks that have camping sites located on Saylorville Lake.

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normav

Review Count: 23
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: September, 2014 - $24.00
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We loved this park. It was beautiful, quiet and fairly easy to maneuver. We had some difficulty finding the park, but it was worth the effort. The sites are mostly level, spacious and covered with a fine gravel. Restrooms and showers are conveniently located. The camp host was not very friendly, but that was not a game changer for us. Verizon was OK. Our stay was quiet and enjoyable and we would stay again. We camped at Bob Shetler Campground COE in a Travel Trailer.

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Joceil

Review Count: 62
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: May, 2013 - $10.00
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My wife and I camped in the section right along the river. All the sights along the river are paved. They are back ins, but very nice. Some shade and easy to get your satellite dish lined up. The sights come with really nice picnic tables and fire rings. Our rate was based on Golden Age discount. We camped at Bob Shetler Campground COE in a Motorhome.

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outdoorman

Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2011 - $8.00
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Nice facility. Well kept and well patroled. Most sites have adequate room . We camped at Bob Shetler Campground COE in a Motorhome.

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Mariah

Review Count: 17
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2011 - $18.00
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Busy family park: very few full hook sites. Most electric only 30 amp. Poor signage coming into park as the check-in gate is at only one of the loops. Low hanging trees need trimming, we had to move around on the road and wait for cars to pass to avoid tree limbs. The sites are nice, wide and have good views. Access pass would make this price $9. We camped at Bob Shetler Campground COE in a Fifth Wheel.

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adsaxs

Review Count: 175
States Visited: 32
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: June, 2011 - $18.00
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This is a nice park. Some of the loops are wooded; others are just shaded while other loops are in the sun. Most (not all) sites can accommodate large rigs – without the tow. There are plenty of parking spaces for the tow. Some sites are on gravel and others are on cement. The interior roads are on asphalt. Only Tailwater West has FHU with 50/30 amp service. All other sites have 30/20 amp service only. The electrical voltage was good. Fresh water can be found at the dump station. The loops near the boat dock can be a little noisy. There is also a very large beach area. The bathroom/showers are the typical state park facilities. They are clean but not very appealing. Verizon air card was a little weak but usable. Verizon cell phone had 2 – 3 bars with Broadband access. We would definitely come back here again if we were in the area. We camped at Bob Shetler Campground COE in a Fifth Wheel.

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docj

Review Count: 152
States Visited: 42
Helpful Reviews: 12

Date of Stay: June, 2011 - $12.00
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We stayed at the Sugar Bottom Campground which is part of the Coralville Lake complex. Contrary to what was stated in one of the previous posts, about a third of the sites at Sugar Bottom have full hookups and many can be reserved. This is one of your typically great COE campgrounds. The rate shown reflects the federal senior discount pass. The full hookup sites are fully paved; the electric only sites are gravel, but all interior roads are paved. The sites are partially to fully wooded; we had no trouble getting satellite reception on ours. Many people are using over-the-air antennas. Verizon service was weak but usable (we do have an external antenna and amplifier). The only slight downside is that the access road is a bit "challenging." It is only a little over a mile long, but there are some tight turns and steep climbs. The good news is that there isn't much traffic, and the road is short! We camped at Bob Shetler Campground COE in a Motorhome.

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DonF

Review Count: 12
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2011 - $22.00
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New sections have best big-rig access. T & L loops in the Tail Water West and East sections, respectively. Great COE facility with THREE campground areas. The Dam Complex has FIVE major loops, plus Sandy Beach and Sugar Bottom. All told, there are well over 300 sites, AND at least 25% are saved for first-come, first-served (off the reservation system). They honor the senior-pass (aka, Golden Age Passport) for half-price camping! We camped at Bob Shetler Campground COE in a Fifth Wheel.

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Diane Yeager

Review Count: 126
States Visited: 37
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2010 - $12.00
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We stayed at Linder Point, with a shady, level, paved site. On walks we noticed that only the first eight sites had full hookups. Other sites had water & electric only, or dry. Our site was a generous 50 feet. Reservations would be a must, especially for football season. We felt very fortunate to find a 2 night opening. We camped at Bob Shetler Campground COE in a Motorhome.

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Teacher's Pet

Review Count: 328
States Visited: 40
Helpful Reviews: 10

Date of Stay: July, 2010 - $9.00
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Nice sites in loop W, not paved, but good level small gravel. Some sites flooded when we were there. Did not see any full hookup sites other than camp hosts. 30 amp electric with water available at dump station and the center of the loop. We camped at Bob Shetler Campground COE in a Motorhome.

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Go West

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

Date of Stay: July, 2010 - $18.00
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Beautiful place to stay. Our site was right on the water. Clean showers and restrooms. Very clean park. Would stay here again. We camped at Bob Shetler Campground COE in a Tent Trailer.

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mom2britydaw

Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2010 - $17.00
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We love this place. We go every year and get a lakeside view. You can rent boats which we try to do depending on the weather. The people are very friendly. Have nothing bad to say about this place. We camped at Bob Shetler Campground COE in a Motorhome.

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