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Margaret MacNider Park

Mason City, Iowa


Mason City, Iowa 50401
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Sites: 95
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 43.15870
Longitude: -93.18356

Elevation: 1103' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ 55+ no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup yes
  • Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP)
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • Phone Phone no
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area yes
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault no
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room yes
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing no
  • Beach Beach no
  • Biking Biking yes
  • Boating Boating no
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes no
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts no
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access yes

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34 Reviews

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

Date of Stay: August, 2018 - $37.00
Overall Rating:

The management is the finest we have ever dealt with. This park is friendly and first class. Very safe and we can't imagine how anything could be improved. Highly recommend! We camped at Margaret MacNider Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
B
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 16
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

My stay at this park was work related, from July through mid Sept. The pluses include location convenience, very nice on site management that work hard to keep the park clean and safe. It is comforting to have a bona fide tornado shelter on site, even if not used. I'm writing this review to warn those with respiratory problems (asthma, COPD) from staying at this campground. All the W/S/E sites are sardine-can close together. Your rig will be 10-15 feet away from the neighbors fire ring. I had to leave this campground prematurely because of the immediate next site neighbors incessant smouldering fire and smoke inundating my Class A. I purchased a SECOND HEPA air filter during my stay there and it still wasn't enough. I couldn't keep acrid smoke OUT of my rig. Managers stated that their bosses (City of Mason City) would not consider a camping area without smoke rings for campfires, or, move the neighbors fire ring further from my rig. I think their insurance provider should probably be advised of this, too. After a week out of the smoke cloud that envelopes the park every day, I'm recovering my health....If your health may be worsened by constant smoke inhalation DON'T camp here!! We camped at Margaret MacNider Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
B-7
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 75
States Visited: 31
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $17.00
Overall Rating:

A wonderful place to stay! It is beautiful, shaded with all the conveniences of Mason City. A city swimming pool in the park. Walking trails. We camped at Margaret MacNider Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $17.00
Overall Rating:

The staff, facilities, wifi, everything: was awesome. We walked everywhere we went. Spacious lots were mostly shady. Site surface was gravel and grass, with a fire ring and picnic table.

There is an amazing park, river with lots of foot bridges, hiking trail with wild deer & rabbits, and pool with water slides just next door. Highly recommend. We camped at Margaret MacNider Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Pull through
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Ask a staff member to direct you to the hiking trail & park at Winnebago River. Eat (and drink) at The Quarry. Wok & Roll (not the chain), had some of the best Chinese food we've experienced.

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Review Count: 40
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

City campground, very popular for families on weekends. Residential area. Water park next door. Adjacent to river, not very visible with large mature trees. Some shady sites, some sun. Average size sites, fairly close. B section has paved roads, easy to maneuver. Good water pressure and electric. Hookups within easy reach. Good wifi. Friendly camp host and place well kept. We camped at Margaret MacNider Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
B 6
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Very pretty East Park nearby

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

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $17.00
Overall Rating:

Since they do not take reservations, I called to see if a space was able that would accommodate our big rig. The manager called me right back on a Sunday afternoon. Gave me great directions to easily get to the park. This is a well-kept park and it was very affordable! I'll come back again and visit some of the area attractions next time. We camped at Margaret MacNider Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
D1 the longest site
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Water park. Playground. Walking and biking paths. NICE atmosphere!

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Review Count: 28
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $17.00
Overall Rating:

Park was very clean, super friendly staff, and excellent WiFi. Will definitely stay here again. We camped at Margaret MacNider Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

Excellent rv park, on site managers are great, They moved us to a different site for full hookup when one became available. We had a great time here and will be back. We camped at Margaret MacNider Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
B5
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

A lot to do thete without leaving park which is what we like.

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Review Count: 168
States Visited: 40
Helpful Reviews: 23

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

City owned campground in a city with Frank Lloyd Wright buildings to tour. Access roads in park are paved, sites are gravel & level. No reservations, but if you call the host they will tell you what they have open. While there not 100% full. Some sites sunny, some shaded. This is in a park surrounded by a quiet, nice, residential neighborhood. It is adjacent to a huge aquatics center with multiple pools. It has multiple playgrounds, bike & walking paths, and is on a river. Whole place is clean and neat. One review said it was hard to navigate to, but that is not accurate. Take exit 190 (Calif. Ave) N off Rt 18/ US 27, go N 3 miles, turn W on 12th Street, drive to RR tracks and slow down and take L onto Kentucky Ave. Drive on Ky Ave S for 4.5 blocks to First Christian Church on Right and turn R on Birch. Entrance on Left. You avoid traffic and trees via this route. Kid and pet friendly. This is a real gem. Hosts are wonderful. We camped at Margaret MacNider Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
A8
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Tour the Frank Lloyd Wright Stockman house the Park Inn Hotel. Have breakfast or supper in the hotel dining room. This is the home town of Meredith Willson of Music Man and you can tour the home and square. There is a walking tour of many homes designed by students of FLW. The downtown is beautiful. This town has more than its share of attractions. Off the beaten path, but worth a detour.

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Review Count: 15
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

We just used this for an overnight and it was fine for that. We called when just a few miles away and were told they still had openings. We did not use any of the facilities to know what they were like. The utilities were all the way at the back of the site which was a little inconvenient. We camped at Margaret MacNider Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

Campground facilities average. Does have storm shelter. Sites average size. Roads are adequate. Not a safe place to stay. My $600 secured bike was stolen from campsite while we were present. Cop said that they often have personal property stolen or damaged out of this campground. City street goes by side of campground giving easy access to non-registered campers at all hours. Observed many drive thrus of people who had no reason to be in campground. We camped at Margaret MacNider Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
A11
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Not safe but if do stay request campsites in back of campground so property is not so visible to public

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Review Count: 94
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 10

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

This is a city run campground and hard campground to find from I-35 even with GPS. When you arrive, it is basically a self registration process, even though there is a host here. The campground has been refurbished and is in pretty good shape with mostly level gravel sites with grass in between; they were also spacious. All the hook ups are at the back of the sites so make sure you have enough to reach them. There are only two washers and dryers and usually a line to use them. For the size of the campground, they need more of them; but the room was clean and so were the showers and restrooms. All the pull through sites only have water and electric; back-ins are full hook ups. Most of the sites are shaded so satellite may be a problem for you to receive it. There is no cable, only over the air. There is also some train noise. We stayed here in a 39 foot fifth wheel, but would not stay here again if in the area. We camped at Margaret MacNider Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
B-5
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

The campground within walking distance of the city park, with a pool and playgrounds. Also near restaurants and many city entertainment places. Buddy Holly crash site is near Clear Lake, about 8 miles away.

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Review Count: 22
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 2

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

This is an excellent place to stay when visiting the area. I agree with everything the previous poster said. This was just an overnight stop and we wanted a pull thru and all of the pull-thrus were 30A water and electric only which was fine for a one night stop. We camped at Margaret MacNider Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

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.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Full hookup section
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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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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.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Sand, Grass
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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