14 Parks near Montpelier, Iowa
May 2016 - $10.00
After passing the kiosk, sites 1 thru 25 are on the left and sites 26 - 56 are on the right side. The left side loop appears more crowed and there is a canopy of trees that encompass many of the sites. There is a play area and a bathhouse with one shower per gender also within the left side loop. Most people like this loop because you can see the Mississippi river. The right side loop has fewer trees, more in the open and no view of the river.
There is a vault toilet within both loops. All sites have a picnic table and fire ring. Water spigots are also scattered around both loops. There are two dump stations with fresh water just before the kiosk.
All sites have 50/30/15 amp electrical service and the electrical voltage was good - hovering around 122 volts. The interior roads are on asphalt and the sites are on concrete. The sites are fairly level but the length of the sites vary. Some are long enough for a large rig (without a tow) while others barely fit a small class C. All sites are back-ins.
There is an active train that runs sporadically throughout the day and night. These trains run slowly so the noise is not too bad. Road noise quiets down in the evening. Verizon air card and cell phone reception was good.
Overall, this is a nice campground. We have a 32 5th wheel. - adsaxs
May 2016 - $10.00
What a great spot along the Mississippi River! Our site has an awesome view of the river. Easy internet reservation. Some of the lots will be difficult to back into with a big rig due to trees or poles, but our lot was great and 80 ft long. No water or sewer but 50 amps and view & grassy lots make up for it. Level concrete pad. We had satellite service but some lots will not. Price reflects National Parks Senior Pass. - Freedom Bus
Sep 2015 - $20.00
This was our first stay at an Army Corp of Engineers' campground and we were delighted! The campground host, Vicky, and her husband were super friendly and helpful.
The grounds are so nice and there really isn't a bad spot. Many, including ours (#5), had a lovely view of the Mississippi river. The campground is situated on the river with easy access to a beautiful bike trail, which we used.
The site had a level cement pad. There is electric at the site and some have a nearby water spigot. There's a nice dump station on the way out. We didn't use the bathrooms or showers, but I did look in the building and it appeared well maintained. We got great phone reception. - Ree Klein
Jul 2016 - $74.00
Nice long pull-thru site on the end but still overpriced. Wifi was not great. - wallysmom
Jun 2016 - $45.00
Wonderful park, lovely sites with a big pond, cement pads with fire pits, table and grass between sites. The pool seemed small for the number of guests that they seem to have, but it sure was popular! They have a nice snack bar with pizza, ice cream and other treats, which is nice too. Everything (laundry, etc) is kept real clean. Never could get on to their WiFi. Cable was OK, not great. Location etc. worked well for us. - MarieB
May 2016 - $75.00
Friendly staff, especially the activities director Robin. We stayed Memorial Day weekend and the campground was pretty full but not packed. We played putt-putt golf; an older "course" but still fun. We swam quite a bit in the pool which was clean and popular. We had wanted to fish in one of the ponds but never got around to it. There are some comments about the staff being sticklers on one point or another (no rugs, quiet time, no outside wood, car tags) and they were somewhat strict but only want to ensure campers are abiding by the rules so that all can have a safe and enjoyable visit. We did hear the train come through once, just after quiet time (at 10 pm) and it was VERY loud; I think the tracks are directly across the street from the campground. But that was the only time we heard the train. They've done some recent upgrades to the park, new tent sites near the pond, jumping pillow, motorcycle tent area which was cute with cauldron-style fire pits, new fenced-in dog park area. Overall nice KOA. Our site was a very spacious pull-thru end site with plenty of room for our puppy and for us to spread out and build a nice campfire. Firepit was large. Our picnic table was old and had been painted with indoor latex paint (not stained or covered in outdoor paint); it was kind of yucky so we didn't use it at all. - EllenT
Jun 2016 - $42.00
It gets more run down every time I come here. The site they put me in had the person next to me using my water. I assume the other water was not working. Not a problem as we did not need to hook up for one night. However they called me the next day to see if I had taken the water splitter. Nope never hooked up.
Probably will look somewhere else next time. Shame as it is convenient. - peddy dick
May 2016 - $40.00
Stayed here as an overnight stop. Just a quick in and out. Staff left instructions because we were a late check in. Met them the next day on checkout. Friendly and well informed. What I saw of the park left a good impression. Site was flat and level in both directions. Didn't even need to un hook. A bit pricey though even with the Good Sam discount. - DXRFLYER
Apr 2016 - $40.00
All recent remarks are accurate. We checked in when office was closed so can't comment on staff. Very narrow sites - one must almost run onto patio to miss pedestals. All gravel interior roads and pads with lots of potholes on entry/exit. Our site was level. Wi-Fi was good. Restrooms were clean and modern. I believe it is overpriced for the services/conditions it offers. But, it has easy access to Interstate which makes it handy for an overnight stop. - kurtk
Jul 2016 - $20.00
Summit Campground is at Gate 1 and this is a very nice campground with gravelled and grassy sites that are nearly level. There are only water and electric available but the dump station is very accessible and convenient. The park ranger comes by in the evening to collect the fee and is very cordial and helpful. The campground host is just as helpful and polite and gave us a few pointers about how the place is laid out. The campground gate is closed and locked at 8:00 PM and is unlocked at 6:00 AM and things were very quiet throughout the night. If we are ever in the area again we would definitely try to stay here. - KC8RXQ
Nov 2015 - $18.00
Nice park but sites are close to each other. Staff was very nice. Clean grounds. - Charles_ Jeannie
Aug 2014 - $30.00
Gravel sites that aren't very level. It's a first come basis. Gates to park are locked 10PM. If you come back after that you leave your car in the parking lot. We stayed at the Park Terrace campground, which is at gate 5. They have full hookups. If you go to Summit, you have to come back to gate 5 to register. Summit has water and electric. If GPS tells you to make a left on 110th Avenue.... Don't, go RIGHT if coming off the highway. Would camp here again. - har-fl
May 2016 - $23.00
Another gem that we have to share, but hate to in hopes that it's not overtaken! Well maintained, lots of room between sites, great rates. Biking, hiking, lakes, pool, golf course (not our thing now but a nice looking course.) Going to extend here a few days for sure. It is so nice that we saw several local folks pull in today, set their campers up, then call their friends to tell them to get out here, then leave. They do this to secure their site for the weekend as this is first come, first served. No reservations. All the staff are awesome, and a lot of ranger presence. Fires allowed in the pits provided. There are four campgrounds here, but Bald Eagle is the one we are in and the only full hookup campground. There is one other one that has electric and water, but would be hard to get level with a motor home or larger fifth wheel. - Ron and Terri
Nov 2015 - $19.00
We stay at the Pine Grove campground when we go to Scott County. They are nice surrounded by woods sites. Tons of trails and playgrounds for kids. They also have a water park within walking distance of Pine Grove but not so close you have alot of traffic. We have stayed here a half dozen times. - Charles_ Jeannie
Jul 2015 - $22.00
This park was immaculate. Lots of room between sites. Very quiet. There was a camp host but we never saw them. All sites are back in. The park employee who took our money was grumpy but got the job done. We stayed here on a Monday and Tuesday night. Only a few sites were available as this park seems to be used by locals. - Weckerly
Jul 2015 - $1.00
We drove in after reading the Good Sam ratings...boy was that wrong! Made a loop and left. We did NOT stay here, the place just did not appear inviting. The cost of $1 was ONLY entered so that I could leave this review, we did NOT stay here.
We were drawn to this RV park by the Good Sam ratings, which were Facilities 9, Restrooms 9.5 and Appeal 9. It was near dark when we arrived at the location and the general appearance was not good. I would rate it at maybe a 5 or 6 for general appearance. Most of the campers appeared to be permanent and there was nobody outside or at the registration area (it was later when we arrived). We were tired and decided to try another park in the area. I will say that when we called earlier in the day to see if there was a site available, the person that I spoke to was very nice. - BuckeyeTravels
Jul 2015 - $25.00
Needed an overnight near July 4th so we had slim pickings at reasonable rates. Location near Iowa City.
Dusty access road right next to I-80. Water hook-up not near my coach connection, so I did not hook up. 30 amp power OK. Dump at top of hill. Office staff OK. Would not stay here again. - john rv
Aug 2013 - $28.00
The highway noise kept us from getting any sleep! The "overnighters" are put in rows literally within a stone's throw of the Interstate highway. We might as well have been parked in the median... We stayed here to have work done on our coach at HWH Industries (leveling jacks/slides); but, we will never stay here, again! - luckydog
Aug 2013 - $35.00
Sites way too close together. Could not get 2 sites together, even though we requested them. - lesbenet
Aug 2012 - $12.00
The rate was PA rate. We had 50A, pull through, is mostly permanent residents, friendly and clean. We would stay again if in area. - 2Germans
Jul 2011 - $25.00
We made reservations 3-4 weeks in advance, after several emails and unanswered phone calls. We finally got a hold of a live person (I assume was the owner) and was told that there was full hookups available and no deposit was needed. After a 3.5 hour drive, arriving after dark, we find out that the campground has been booked for months and the host is given NO INFORMATION on reservations from the office/owner AND that this happens all the time. Also, upon arrival, the campground was very dark, the space numbers were hard to find/read, the sign said host was at space 8 when actually there were in space 7. When trying to call the office/owner, I was unable to get a hold of anyone. Since this is the first time trying to stay at a Passport America campground, I will think twice about using another Passport America campground as this reflects poorly how one does business. I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND OR TRY TO STAY HERE AGAIN. Fortunately the state park around the corner had available sites, yet not the full hookups we originally wanted. - myztique
Jun 2015 - $10.00
This campground has plenty of shade and the sites are long and wide. We enjoyed watching the barges and other river traffic right from the comfort of our campsite. Our Verizon hotspot worked well; our ATT phones did not. Our site had 50 amp service, no water or sewer. This was our second visit to the park and we are likely to return. - codgette
Sep 2014 - $9.00
Nice campground, paved interior roads, slab sites. One clean shower house and one pit toilet at other end of CG. Plenty of trees for shade, sites are well separated. Very close to an active railroad track however after about 9PM I never heard a train. This park is very easy to find being located immediately off the main road and accurately located with the GPS. Nicely located on the banks of the Mississippi River with benches to sit on while watching barge traffic. No mosquito activity at this time, however, mouse activity was an issue...one got into my car and another ate a hole in the tonneau cover of my camper....But in spite of the mice, we would definitely stay here again. - mailman01
Aug 2011 - $16.00
Beautiful park right on the Mississippi river. All the sites appear to have great shade with good spacing between sites. Sites have power only with a common spigot to share with other sites, bring a long hose. We only spent the night but we would go back again. You can sit on the river bank and watch the barge traffic go by, very quite and impressive. Would give a 10 if it had a dump and water at every site. - azal55
May 2014 - $20.00
We stayed here one night while traveling west from Chicago. Our iPhone GPS had a little trouble finding the place, but we got there. The river was pretty high and there was a little slight mud/fish smell, but not horrible - sort of expected along the river. Bath house was acceptably clean. A train rolled through the adjacent tracks in the middle of the night. We don't mind that. The gem of this place is that the next morning we drove to Wildcat Den State Park, just a few miles down the road. Beautiful rock formations, ridges, trails and just long enough to wake us up for a day driving west. No worries here. - User3490
Jul 2007 - $16.00
Had a great time here. Had a problem with the 30A power. It would trip the breaker at the strangest times. I finally swapped with my neighbor and neither of us had any more problems. Camp host was excellent. - camprman
Apr 2007 - $11.00
Pleasant campground right on the Mississippi River. Our site (#36) was about 100 yards from the river bank, with a great view out our windshield. This early (April 10), water wasn't turned on yet. Easy back-in sites for big rigs. Sites were gravel, well-drained and level enough. Central dump station. Lots of trees, so satellite access might be a problem once they leaf out. Surprisingly, we had a good Verizon Broadband (EVDO) connection. Some site are reservable. A definite winner. - Denali
Aug 2007 - $7.00
Great stopover east of Iowa City about 4 miles off of I-80. County park along the Cedar River. Very open with 30 amp service. Relaxing environment if you just want a campsite without any of the extras. $5 for no electric, $7.50 with electric. Can't beat those rates. Watch the river though if there is a significant amount of rain upstream. It can rise rapidly up to the campsite area. - Texas Mooseport