7 Parks near Lake View, Iowa
Sep 2013 - $20.00
A very clean park but sites are very close together. Sites are gravel and easy to get into. Cell phone and internet card worked well. Would stay here again if in area. - ds4006
Jun 2012 - $18.00
We stay here frequently. Playground for kids, sand beach, mini-golf. Sometimes they don't have enough fire rings, but that usually only happens when the place is full. - iowasparrow
May 2005 - $17.00
Interesting minature golf, but it wasn't open yet when we were there. Place needs a little work. Needs gravel in holes in the sites. Needs cable TV since you can't get a clear picture on your TV. I think 17 dollars is a little high for what you get. Cough, cough. Hate the fire rings. Cough, cough. Otherwise a nice quiet place, except weekends. - Tallboy
Aug 2007 - $16.00
Party central . Quiet hours not enforced . Showers were so filthy we decided against using them , they were not cleaned the 3 days we stayed . Restrooms also uncleaned for the whole weekend . Mud everywhere . We left a day early and will not be back . - katt
Sep 2004 - $12.00
For the last 2 years, we have camped at this campground in the fall when visiting the Clay County Fair in Spencer (1 hour drive north of CG). It is a very nice little campground with several electrical sites (60). The showers are clean. What I liked: Very pretty campground on a nice little lake. Plenty of shade and a great atmosphere. In the fall, when we stay here, it is almost empty. In Sept 2003, I showed up on a Thursday and was the only person camping here. 2 other groups showed up on Friday and that was it. Nice restaurant located on the East side of the lake. Clean showers and bathroom. Dump station and potable water available. There is a beach and some near by hiking. What I don't like: The sites are very close together. Not sure I would want to stay here if it were busy. Perhaps it never gets really busy. Its not really near any large cities. Small playground. The lake, like many shallow Iowa lakes, can have a strong algae bloom in the hot parts of the summer and makes the water a little rude. Not sure I would use the beach when the water turns to pea-green soup. Water has been fine in the fall. I do have some pictures if I could post them somewhere - biggoomba
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
Aug 2015 - $23.00
We have stayed for about 20 days last year and again this year. Sites are okay but too close together and not very level. I made reservations ahead and discovered we needed to shorten our stay by one night. The pamphlet states very clearly that refunds will not be given for shortened stays after registration so I made sure I told the person before I registered. He informed me they do not give reservations. I spoke with the manager but she refuse to honor what the brochure says. Obviously, we will not be staying here next summer nor recommending this to any other campers. It is not about the money but about honesty in advertising. - Dr-Bsharp
Aug 2014 - $23.00
Overall this is a great location and nice park but the campers are packed in and the bathrooms are nice but not clean. We arrived at 9:30 in the evening. It was dark and the office was locked up. We did locate one of the camp hosts to let us in and he was very helpful, took us to our site, and helped us get backed in. We did not have a converter for 50 amp, lucky for us they did for a $25 deposit. LOVED the location. Across the street is the lake with a nice bike trail. We were able to walk to the water park and city park. Lots of trees. The sites are only okay, gravel and somewhat level. They allow way too many cars to park in the campsite, it was difficult to maneuver the camper and back into the tight spot. The price was right for full hook-ups and the bike trail right there. I would have given this park a 10 if it wasn't for the tight spots and dirty bathrooms. - User3647
Jun 2014 - $23.00
We stayed here for two weekend nights and the park was virtually full. We stayed in a pull-thru site and it was great, even a good view of the lake. The hosts were nice and Storm Lake police made regular checks. The older part of the campground was really crowded with mostly back in spaces. We would not have liked it as much. But the newer part, with great TV and good WiFi, merit a return visit. - Pigdoc
Jun 2015 - $15.00
Make reservations before arriving. Reservations can be made with Kiron City Hall. The campground is right on the all grass ball field with 15amp electricity available at the light poles. There are no sites, just park where you'd like, in somewhat flat area. A single water spigot is available. My Verizon worked here. We might return. - AluminumCloud
Jul 2015 - $14.00
We found this little gem after discovering that another park was full. This park has many mature trees over a lot of the sites, and godsend during the hot, oppressive weather we endured during our stay. We did not stay over a weekend, so don't know how busy it might be then. The sites included 30- and 50-amp power and water, both of which were strong. The pull-through sites were plenty long for a motor home and car or trailer, and they were gravel as were the interior roads. Our site was level enough to not require our jacks. This place probably would be a perfect "10" with sewer hookups at the sites and walking trails, but there were several trails at other nearby parks, and the dump station was fine for our 3-night stay. There was equipment for kids to play on, and plenty of open areas for dogs to run. We really liked this park and added an extra night. - LowesTravels