Mason City, Iowa

Margaret MacNider Park

Mason City, Iowa



Mason City, Iowa
Phone: (641) 421-3679

Sites: 95
Recent Rate: $25 6/2015

Latitude: 43.1586975958724
Longitude: -93.1835567951202

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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) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets no
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $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) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • Verizon Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers Verizon
  • 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 yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area yes
  • yes-river Waterfront Waterfront yes-river
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities no
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services no
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room yes
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access no
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp no
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals no
  • Fishing Fishing no
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) yes
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals no
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit no
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball no
  • Sports Field Sports Field no
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games no
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment no
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre no
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake no
  • Pond Pond no
  • River River yes
  • Creek Creek no
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park yes
  • Casino Casino no

Review Details

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20 Reviews

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NancyLM

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

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a great park located in the Mason City, as a part of a big city park with walking and biking trails. There is a water park adjacent and close to shopping, restaurants, and things to do. The hosts are marvelous people who go out of their way to be helpful, and make sure the rules are followed. The park and restrooms are CLEAN and also the main building is a tornado shelter. The hosts give great information on the area. We have been there for many years and will always stop there when in the area. Lots of shade and grass sites and full hookups available. We camped at Margaret MacNider Park in a Motorhome.

Tips for other Campers:

Be sure to visit the home of "The Music Man" Meredith Wilson and the Historic Park Inn Hotel in Mason city, built by Frank Lloyd Wright.

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Clean Restrooms

Clean Showers

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working

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

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $16.00
Overall Rating:      

Great place to stay especially if you have small children, as there is a water park right next to the campground and a nice trail along the river for biking or just walking. Staff was extremely friendly. Would stay here again if passing through in the future. We camped at Margaret MacNider Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Clean Restrooms

Clean Showers

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campers5350

Review Count: 6
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: August, 2014 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

The campground was excellent. We had a full hookup, pull-through site right next to the restroom and showers. The campground hosts were extremely friendly and helpful. The park is very pet friendly. We would definitely stay here again. We have a 34 foot rig. We camped at Margaret MacNider Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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buffy

Review Count: 77
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

What a lovely campground! We are in a full hookup, gravel site in the middle of a lovely little town. Some of the sites are a bit close, but I would rate it as good or better than most KOAs for half the price. Next door is a very nice aquatic center and park with walking/bike trails. The managers at the park have been exemplary and helped us with travel directions. Call the campground for directions, the GPS does not bring you in the best way. We are 38ft. and had no issues getting in the campground. We camped at Margaret MacNider Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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cinharover

Review Count: 31
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $25.00
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I echo what previous reviewers have said. This is a great park. Quiet with shade trees. I had site B6, which was a full hookup near the bathhouse. This is a very clean bathhouse, with 4 toilet stalls and 3 shower stalls on the ladies side. And, it was heated for us because of the 55 degree evening! The WiFi is excellent. You need to get password from hosts. There is a large security light near the bathhouse, which didn't bother me. And yes, you can hear the occasional train during the day. Loved this place. I thought of staying 2 days and increased my stay to 4. There's lots to do around here as well. I would stay here again. We camped at Margaret MacNider Park in a Motorhome.

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dbcordello

Review Count: 94
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 14

Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $25.00
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What a great park, location, and good deal! Only $25 for a full service hookup in a beautiful city park, close enough to the town to bike into it. The city pool complex is right there to use, and the park managers are friendly and efficient. Mason City has miles of beautiful bike trails that go into town or along the river and creek. The WiFi was strong in our location and we had some shade. Even bought quality t-shirts for only $9. We will definitely stop back here when in the area! We camped at Margaret MacNider Park in a Motorhome.

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driverman41

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

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

We visited family in Mason City and we wanted to be as close as possible. We found this gem on line and it looked good. It's a beautiful park with magnificent oak trees and nice level gravel spots right in the middle of town. Very quiet with a EF-5 rated storm shelter, clean showers and clean laundry facilities. The host was very helpful and accommodating. The only drawback is that some sites are close together but it was still very quiet and relaxing. It's also next door to the city aquatic center which is very nice. We highly recommend this campground to anyone visiting the area. We camped at Margaret MacNider Park in a Motorhome.

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R&S

Review Count: 122
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 13

Date of Stay: August, 2013 - $16.00
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Our rate was for a site without sewer. We loved this campground. Paved roads with gravel sites. Nice spacing between sites with beautiful grassy areas and nice well trimmed trees throughout. Restrooms & showers were modern and clean. No cable, but local stations came in fine. Our Verizon 3G worked well. Camp hostess was personable and so helpful! We loved it here and wished we could have stayed longer. Best deal in many overnight stays for us. We would return. We camped at Margaret MacNider Park in a Motorhome.

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Wannabees

Review Count: 78
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: August, 2013 - $25.00
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What a find! Not being familiar with this area we chose this park based on previous reviews, especially the one who stated a big rig would have no problems and that is true. The hosts were the most pleasant and helpful hosts, we have ever encountered. The utilities are to the back of the site in some sites so extra hose or cord might be needed. VERY WELL maintained and just a nice pleasant peaceful setting. We happened to choose a site that had a big tree blocking our satellite from working but we chose to not move and just enjoy the peace and quiet. I would have liked to stay here longer just to regroup but all good things have to come to an end. The only negative was train noise, especially in the mornings, so if you are a light sleeper this might be a concern. There is a wonderful water park next door if you so desire. We will definitely be back at this park when we pass through IA again. We camped at Margaret MacNider Park in a Motorhome.

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PackerFanRick

Review Count: 51
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2013 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice city owned and run campground. The campground hosts are very nice and very friendly. We came down here Labor Day weekend for 2 reasons. First because I did not have reservations for anywhere else on the busy weekend and they do not take reservation, it is all first come first serve. Second because of the Waterpark next door. The Water Park, known as the Aquatic Center, was closed for the weekend, and we found that out after we arrived, because it is mainly staffed (lifeguards) by college students and they had all went back to school and did not have enough help to open it and run it. Bummer! Other than that the park was very nice with some sites shaded and others not. You pick your own site when you get there and set up. No sites are assigned. A short walk or drive away is a deer farm, a rustic playground, and geese that sit by the river that runs through the area. It was fairly quiet for the most part. You could here traffic going by on the city street but nothing too bad, and you could hear a train go through town about 4 or 5 times a day. The train was a couple of miles away and was just a distant sound. We will definitely be back, only we will do it in the middle of the summer so we are sure that the Aquatic Center will be open. They have Tent sites $12, Water & Electric $16, and Full Hook Up for $25. We camped at Margaret MacNider Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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encantotom

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

Date of Stay: June, 2013 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

We are in a 46' 13' 4" tall coach. We are always concerned if we can fit in a campground or make it in without hitting trees on the top or make the turns. None of that was an issue here. We have a beautiful spot next to the F5 capable storm shelter with amazingly clean interior (showers, bathrooms and laundry). The campground hosts are the best we have ever run across and helped us into our spot and made sure we were ok. It is rainy here lately and in front of our door was a puddle when we left to go see friends. when we got back, they had brought gravel over and filled in the puddle so we wouldn't have to wade through it. Very thoughtful. This park is stunningly pretty. Mature trees, amazing grass and full hookups for a big rig. We have a back in spot, but it was easy to get in and the host helped guide me in. There is a nice city pool right next door and you can get tickets to go for two dollars from the hosts. I walked down to the river and watched the ducks this morning, about 200 yards from our rig. The city park is huge and this is part of it. If you have kids with you it is a great place to go spend time. This is not a resort full of amenities, but definitely a resort feel for beauty and peacefulness. We can't say enough nice things about this place. We have stayed at high end resorts and lowly campgrounds and for our two cents worth, this is one of the nicest. It is not the fanciest, not the most amenities, but tons of peaceful easy feelings as the Eagles used to say. The hosts make sure the guests follow the rules (meaning not allowing things that make it no fun for the rest of us). They show tons of pride in their love of the campground. I would definitely recommend this place. This is my first review on here because it is the first time i have felt I should take the time to do so. We camped at Margaret MacNider Park in a Motorhome.

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mouse1

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

Date of Stay: June, 2013 - $16.00
Overall Rating:      

New managers did an excellent job last year of cleaning up this park and have returned this year with continued efforts. Restrooms, showers, and laundry room, which also serves as a storm shelter, are very spacious and clean. Re-cycle bins are now available. Back-in and pull thru sites are large, mostly shaded but not obstructed. Tree trimming is ongoing in problem spots. Enforcement of the rules seems a priority which makes the park pleasant for everyone. The managers are friendly and helpful and have gone above and beyond most managers to make this park a nice place to stay. A definite improvement from our visit two years ago. We camped at Margaret MacNider Park in a Motorhome.

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rwarner22

Review Count: 103
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: June, 2013 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a great campground! We will be back if we are anywhere close. The campground host was friendly and helpful. Nice first impression. The campground is well cared for and maintained. The sites are level, the grass is mowed and each site has a fire ring. Campsites have plenty of room: we are 40 feet. The laundry is $1.25 wash and $1.25. Very reasonable. The showers, laundry and safe room (for tornados) is the best we have seen. The city pool is 150 yards away and a great deal at $2 for campers. Glad we found this place. We camped at Margaret MacNider Park in a Motorhome.

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bob and phyl

Review Count: 68
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $16.00
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First time stayed in city park. Although the park has self-registration, we were met by the campground host who assisted us in selecting a site. MacNider is an older well-maintained municipal campground with blacktopped interior roads and gravel pads. Most sites can accommodate any size rig. The full hookup sites are closest to the entrance with those next to the road offering the most space. The building that houses the restrooms and laundry is also a FEMA approved emergency shelter. The restrooms were very clean. We will stay here again. We camped at Margaret MacNider Park in a Motorhome.

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kardale

Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2012 - $16.00
Overall Rating:      

My husband and I have stayed at this campground many times for several years. It is very nice. This year is a big improvement with the new managers here. They have cleaned it up and overall it much more enjoyable. We truly appreciate their improvements. We camped at Margaret MacNider Park in a Motorhome.

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