14 RV Parks near Kalona, Iowa
May 2017 - $20.00
We visited folks in the area. The sites are end-to-end sites with a back-in requirement if not the first to that lane. Very close to the other sites. Electric 30 amp service was good. A single dump station for the area, which is hard to find. It is located at the corner of the check-in podium. You check-in by filling out a form and putting money in a pole with a slot. Internet is available for a fee through the area provider. No cable. About a dozen air channels available. Good for kids, as it is right in a park. Playground near by. Casey's nearby with the best pizza from any gas station. Very narrow aisles and it will block your ground satellite dishes. Price is right for passing through town. Would stay again. - Redtime21
Jun 2014 - $20.00
Stayed here for 4 days through the weekend. Park was quiet except for the cows in the auction barn on the next street over. Local park pool with hours of operation and Amish stores in the area. Showers were better than most for a park location. - Roger W
Sep 2013 - $18.00
Since this park hasn't had any recent reviews this year, I wanted to provide an update to previous reviews. This is an excellent campground for the price. There were only 4 campsites taken the day we were here. The park is well kept, albeit self service. It's a great place to camp if visiting Kalona. The only thing confusing is trying to figure out what site number you're in. I'd definitely camp here again, if in the area. - jodykay50pub
Sep 2016 - $14.00
We stayed here in a tent on Labor day weekend. Park itself is just okay. They have a lot of level sites, but everything is grass. Our campsite was rutted from an RV that either got stuck in the mud, or just sank in. They only have electricity to each camp site, no dumps. The dump site looked like it would be a challenge to get into, if it was at all muddy.
There are a number of campfire rings around, but not one for each campsite. I saw a few picnic table spread around, but again, not one for each camp site.
The worst part of this camp ground is the bathrooms. They do have high iron in the water, but that is no excuse. It has been a long time since I stayed in a park with such terrible bathrooms. They were filthy dirty, and didn't look like they had any attention for quite some time. The bathrooms appeared to not have had any maintenance for a long time, and certainly no upgrades.
I also didn't see any staff around. That being said, I didn't spend much time at the park, so they could have been in later on.
We will not be staying here next year, if there are any other options available. - John316
Aug 2016 - $18.00
Let me start out by saying this park does have WiFi, however you have to pay to use. There are 4 sites per electric pole but only room for 2 rigs. Parking is on grass, but fairly level. Dump station a different set-up, it's a pull in and back out. It's not user friendly. Stayed there with a club, as a single unit I would not return. - rving4fun
Jun 2017 - $15.00
We need a stopover point on a trip from St. Louis to Minneapolis and this was perfect. It's just off Highway 218, easy in and out driving through the small town of Hills, IA. Our Verizon phone and mifi worked fine. The campground sits right along the river, and a few people pulled in for fishing in the evening. A couple other transient campers came in and out during our mid-week stay. It's first come first served, and self pay. When I called the number listed a helpful woman told me based on fees they collected that there should be space - and there was. - Roaming Together
Oct 2017 - $14.00
Tent camp sites 12 & above are in the trees, more secluded; 11 & below are in more of a grassy meadow with only a few trees. You check in at the RV campground. Clean restrooms & showers. Devonian Fossil Gorge way cool (short visit.) Make sure you have the GPS coordinates to find it. - CleanAndSafe
Oct 2017 - $26.00
This is an impressive COE complex with lots to offer but they need better signage. We made our reservation on recreation.gov and received an email confirmation with our site number but no specifics on check in procedure. It turns out you need to check in at "The Shack" in West Overlook Campground. We appreciated our paved level full hook up pull-through site in Tailwater West and the recycling. - Our Rolling Home
Aug 2017 - $13.00
First my only complaint. Signage here is really lacking. It is very confusing on getting to your site and how to register. You need to find the West Overlook Entrance Station to register. But don't go there first. First you must find you site then go to the station. I did not see ANY signs explaining that procedure, except at the West Overlook Entrance Station. Going there first, with a large RV could be a mistake. Look for a map of this campground that you can print on www.recreation.gov. Where to register is mentioned on that map. But in VERY small print. The COE really needs better distribute this information. BTW, if you are using the America the Beautiful pass you need to bring that with you when you register. Otherwise you will be charged the full price for a campsite. No pass - no discount! We camped in the Tailwater West loop. Bring a water pressure regulator. The water pressure varied between 100 psi to 125 psi on the input side of my water pressure regulator. Sites in this loop are well maintained, concrete pads and grass mowed. The bath house in this loop was clean, but not up to the cleanliness of other COE campgrounds we have visited. Both Verizon cell and data were adequate, 5.09Mbps download and 2.51 Mbps upload. There are nice walking trails in the area. - Rufas
Oct 2017 - $49.00
Water has been turned off at length twice since we arrived. Noise from Hwy 80 is very loud. Bathroom showers (women) are rusted and very dirty. The problems cannot be resolved because no one is in the office. And we're completely prepaid (months ago) so we can't even withhold payment. Very frustrating when you want a nice weekend. Can't even flush the toilet. Will not stay here again. - Fran in Wisconsin
Aug 2017 - $32.00
We have a self contained unit so we did not take a shower. The restroom was ok clean, not great, not awful. The grounds are well kept. Decent area to walk around. The small lake. Nice play area and lots of outside games, activities for kids on saturdays. IMPORTANT TO KNOW - they have FIXED any sizeable ruts in the road as of the end of Aug 2017. We had no significant problems bringing in our 5th wheel. Many of the sites are on a hill but the sites are reasonably level. It is near a highway, but the site we had away from it got no road noise. It has cheap quick laundry (1.50 & .75). It felt very safe here and people were pleasant. Lots of people were vacationing for the weekend but we heard no unreasonable noise. We would stay here again. - nancyfromnorthshore
Aug 2017 - $45.00
Stayed here 3 nights, got a long pull thru, easy to park in and set up. This place is BUSY! We saw tons of campers roll in at dusk, stay the night and move on. Not noisy at all from campers, some distant interstate noise. Has a really nice pond, a pool and lots to do for kids. There were a lot of families here. The office is open 8-8, but there is self check in for after hours. Over all an excellent stay. The facilities (shower, bathhouse) could use an update. - Mads01
May 2017 - $20.00
We stayed here for 4 nights while visiting family in the area. The North Loop was closed but the park was not crowded. There are pull-through sites as well as back-in sites. We chose a pull-through near the showers. We did need to use Lynx Levelers under the rear tires in order to get level but that was no big deal. The park is convenient to Coralville and Iowa City. The host was very friendly and welcoming. It is a beautiful park with lots of recreation areas - we viewed the prairie area and it was beautiful, even though it was early Spring. They are restoring the lake and that area was interesting to see. You do hear some highway and train noise but that didn't bother us at all. We would definitely stay here again. - Ravengirl
Oct 2016 - $20.00
Nice park but.
Most sites are very unlevel and not suitable for a motorhome with slides. There is just no excuse for this other than gross mismanagement and/or design.
Trailers or fifth wheels are a little more adaptable but even some of them require side leveling.
Also a few more sites could have clearing for satellite service. - Nick2
Sep 2016 - $20.00
Pretty, quiet park off Hwy. 6, between Oxford & Tiffin. Roomy, gravel sites with 30/50-amp electric; water & dump available. Park is in a hilly area, so many sites require leveling. There is a playground for the kids, and plenty of room to walk our dogs. We camped in Site #65, a pull-through that was roomy but needed some leveling. We would stay here again. - FranM
Apr 2014 - $33.00
ALERT: This campground will be closing permanently on June 1, 2014.
We wish every park had their 4 individual restroom/shower combination. Nice, clean, large, good pressure, etc. Small, quiet, lovely park with great friendly staff. Between Cedar Rapids & Iowa City & lots to do. Hookups were good, roads & grass with trees. We would return. - 1yearusa
Aug 2013 - $32.00
If you want a campground that is excellent this is it. It's not a resort with all the noise just a clean, friendly, quiet campground. - DUKE459
Jul 2013 - $35.00
We stayed overnight in this campground when returning from vacation. I requested and was provided a long pull-through so that I did not have to unhook my camper. Campground was clean and well cared for and the office staff was friendly, making this a good campground for an overnight stay. The campground does have one strange feature : The entry road to the larger sites is before the office making it necessary to back up to make the turn into the road. While it is a straight back-up with longer units your camper will end up backing onto the main road so it is important to watch for traffic (fortunately it is a rural road with little traffic). - Greg and Kim
Oct 2016 - $10.00
Had a great site W49 at this COE campground. Situated on Coralville Lake, IA, this was a great pick for an overnite on our cross country trip on I80. This campground would be a great camping destination. 2 bars on Verizon. Our site was electric only. Gravel site with paved interior roads and grass between sites. We backed up to the lake for a gorgeous view. - smitty12
Jun 2016 - $11.00
Level site, clean power, very nice campground. Did not use bathrooms or showers. Easy drive off of I-80. Excellent value with America The Beautiful card. - be rob
Oct 2015 - $20.00
This is another great COE park. The staff was courteous and helpful. If you do not have a COE book, get one. The parks can be difficult to locate. The standard fee here was 20$, but with a "Geezer Pass" it was 10$ and if you are eligible and don't have that card, get one. We were only looking for a shower and an overnight with electric as we didn't or want anything more. The setting is beautiful. - Matt_C
Jun 2017 - $22.00
We were lucky enough to get a site here after we had to leave Lake MacBride Campground because of a tight turn around. This area is beautiful. The sites are large and the park is quiet and clean. There are numerous trails for walking and biking. There was easy access to the lake in several areas. This park is big rig friendly and the check out is 5:00 pm! First park I have been to with a 5:00 check out. Check in is at 6 so you need to know that if you arrive early. Lots of shade trees. - JulieLH
Jun 2017 - $26.00
There is a lot more to this campground and surrounding area than we imagined! We only were able to stay one night as we drove through Iowa on our way home to Ohio. Had we known about all there is to do we would have stayed longer! The campground is just one part of a large waterway and park complex. The waterfront, beach, boating areas and overall area gave things a real resort feel. Our site, which included full hook-ups and 50amp service, was easy to find and easy to access. The park was very full and there was a lot going on with groups and families but things settled down in the evening and it was very quiet overnight. Overall a very nice stay and one we would gladly repeat. - reofinadv
Jun 2017 - $10.00
Neat very large COE park, which has some sites which are walk-up only and cannot be reserved, but this park fills up, so reservations or timely arrival is recommended. We came in on a Friday late afternoon and were expected to find it full, but they had just opened the group areas to individuals to we found a spot that was level for our truck camper and were set for the weekend. Folks doing the check-in were pleasant and with a 50% discount for the same Golden pass you use at the National Parks, it meant we were staying for $10.00 a night so this was a super bargain. The sites are all electric only and ours was 30 amp which was all we needed. Lots of folks who camp here bring their boats as this campground is on the lake, although only a few sites are really right down next to the water. The stores for supplies was a good drive away so come in with a full fridge. The dump station is also a ways from some sites, so come in with empty dump and full water tanks. In addition to boating, this campground also has a small sandy beach for swimming, a good walk from many of the sites, but the entire park is nicely maintained. The shower set-up is weird except in the sections closest to the water where they all have their own entrances. In the one we used there are two side-by-side shower stalls entered to a common area by a swinging door. The problem is some folks feel the need for privacy and lock the door to the common area meaning there are two stalls, but only one person at a time using them. Not the best use of space or time. Water sports are the dominate play at this campground, but some folks were biking, and we did not take time to explore the entire area. Overall we like this park and would stay again without hesitation. - rvtech
Aug 2015 - $35.00
The campground is part of a popular marina on the shores of Coralville Lake, and the setting is lovely. We were there on a busy summer weekend when all sites were taken, so that we had neighbors close on either side of our site. While other aspects of the campground were fine, the restrooms were not; they were dirty and did not appear to be cleaned during the entirety of our stay. The showers were especially bad. The on-site restaurant has live music on weekends, and the noise on a Saturday night was intrusive. In addition, trash had to be hauled quite a distance from the site and there were no recycling bins. - kvdvirginia
Jul 2015 - $33.00
Park has great deal of seasonal residents, not leaving many sites for visitors. Staff that checked us in did not know which sites were 30 or 50 amp, didn't clarify that we wanted sewer with 50 amp (we were staying couple days), sent us to 3 different sites (2nd site we had already leveled on blocks before we realized it was 30 amp). Ended up that we took site without sewer, which was gravel, fairly level (previous site was not) and spacious, plenty of room for motorhome and towed and 4 slides. Site had beautiful shade trees which were very helpful for comfort, but blocked our DirecTv signal. Verizon service very good. This park really caters to locals who come in for weekend with their own watercraft, nothing is available for rental. The neighbor says they have entertainment on the weekend. I don't think you'd get in on weekend without reservation but Mon-Wed ok. Park was quite a ways from interstate which made the setting serene. - CupcakeRIA
Sep 2014 - $31.00
This is a beautiful shady campground on Coralville Lake. There is a busy marina and a popular bar/restaurant on site. The campground has a playground, sand volleyball courts, and horseshoe courts. The sites that are on the lake have full hookups, but those sites are reserved for seasonal campers. We were on site W 13 which was water/electric and had a nice view of the lake. All sites are long and shaded. The bathhouse was clean and modern. However, there is only one, and it is not in the overnight camper section. Lots of campers have their own golf carts. We enjoyed drinks and lunch at Bobbers, the bar and restaurant on site. The seasonal campers were very friendly and welcoming. We will definitely return. - shayerk