4 Parks near Onawa, Iowa
Jun 2015 - $16.00
LCSP is located on 250-acre Blue Lake, called an 'oxbow' because it was formed by the meanderings of the Missouri River years ago. This Iowa DNR (Department of Natural Resources) campground has level, paved roads, lots of lawn space and was well maintained. The campground felt safe and secure with full-time camp hosts as well as DNR rangers present. The RV sites were all level gravel with a fire ring and picnic table. Large cottonwood trees shade most of the campsites. There is an older but modern, well-ventilated rest room/shower house that plays weatherband radio broadcasts 24 hours a day. No WiFi. Good antenna TV reception from both Omaha & Sioux City. Several hydrants are located around the park for drinking water and there are two dump stations.
There are 100 electric only back-in sites and 12 full hookup, pull-thru sites. Over 50 of the sites backup directly onto the lakeshore. Half of the campsites are available on a first-come, first-serve walk-up basis. Advance campsite reservations can be booked through the Iowa State Parks Reserve American campground website. With the fees for camping in Iowa's state parks being so reasonable, it gets full quickly on weekends and holidays, so get there or book early.
LCSP also has a beach, a dock with double boat ramps, more than 30 acres of picnic grounds, hiking trails and a playground. . - OTR-again
Jun 2015 - $20.00
We arrived without a reservation. Directions unclear on how to sign in but host was helpful once we found her. Signs confusing and had hard time figuring out if a site was occupied. Beautiful sites along the lake. Not sure why previous reviewer had leveling issues - many sites flat and easy to access. Utilities were fine. Pretty walk along the lake. Nice kids area. Lots of sites labelled as occupied are, in fact, available. - rudyhehn
Jun 2014 - $20.00
Beautiful park with trees. Good spacing between sites. Nice lake views. Close to interstate but no road noise. Looks like it could be rowdy for the weekends. People check out whenever they want, ignoring checkout time. Fire rings full of garbage and left over food. - southernsky
Jun 2014 - $15.00
Nice and new! Quiet. The green-grass campsites are very wide; another trailer could fit between each site. Built in 2012, the campgrounds on the northwest corner of the fairgrounds is not yet on Google maps. But you can see it from Google Earth - just use the address 105 15th Street North. Trees have been planted, but none are large enough to cast shade or privacy yet. Picnic tables can be requested. Fire rings are also available on request. There is no on-site campground host, so calling ahead would be a good idea. The campground is flat, the gravel road is flat, and the gravel campsites are flat. Being new the gravel depth is more shallow than old campgrounds, but is very well maintained. Each back-in site is oriented west-east and is long enough for a big motor home with a towed vehicle. The sites on the west side of the main road have a small curb on the west end, and could be used for pull-throughs for some trailers. All sites have electricity for anyone staying - 50 amp and 30 amp and 20 amp. Water to fill your tanks is available only at the south east corner and a hose there may not be available. Bathroom without showers is available on the fairgrounds, not in the campground - AKA "quite a hike". No dump station at all. Outside of town there are 3 options -- 1) Lewis & Clark State Park. 2) KOA. 3) on Interstate I-29 and just SOUTH of Onawa at the rest stops (both North and south bound). Children and dogs are welcome, but there are not play areas for them. Nearby attractions include Lewis & Clark's keelboat Museum and replica boat on lake. Within a short drive are the Loess Hills made from centuries of windblown dirt. North is Sergeant Floyd Monument (only person to die on Lewis & Clark expedition) and Sioux City's famous Palmer Candy Company. One thing to note, the campground supervisor has another job preparing taxes. So if you need help in April, be persistent and have patience. We will return. - AluminumCloud
Sep 2015 - $33.00
This is a little gem of a park tucked into tall poplar trees. It has good access for big rigs and reception for Dish was fine. The owners were great and we loved the minimal, common sense rules that showed they care about their customers and are very welcoming. - pckc
Sep 2015 - $32.00
Just off I-29 - easy check in. The friendly owners work hard to make this a top notch RV park. Long level gravel pull thrus. There are tall mature trees shading the whole park. All the utilities worked fine. Wifi and cable TV was great. There is a small clean fenced in dog area. Owners had a "wine tasting" on Friday night which was fun. Then on Sunday night before Labor Day, owners invited all campers to BBQ chicken and hamburgers cookout. Definitely would return when in the area. - pasco1215
Aug 2015 - $32.00
Very clean park. Friendly, courteous owners. Easy access from highway. Would definitely stay again. - Scenic Cruiser
Aug 2015 - $8.00
Rate reflected was by using KOA points. This is very nice park, in a beautiful setting, right on the lake.
Three things are needed here, and they are, by no means, the park's fault.
1. Water pressure regulator for very high water pressure.
2. A very good water filter. The water is orange, and even double filtering for us did not work.
3. Bug spray. TONS of mosquitoes. Hubby got eaten alive, and I was killing them in the RV, even with peppermint oil on all the screens.
We arrived a day early, and the very sweet hostess was kind enough to accommodate us.
We had a HUGE pull through, by an alfalfa field, that allowed us to get rooftop satellite. The park was easily maneuverable with our 35' fifth wheel, and long bed dually.
A negative of this park is, the county road out front has pretty heavy traffic at times, and vehicles drive very fast on it. It didn't bother us much, as we were in a spot away from the road.
They have a pool, a .50 cent a game pool table, and horseshoes, none of which we used.
We would definitely return! - Mr&MrsFulltimers
Aug 2015 - $36.00
We were here for a week and it was nice and peaceful. The sites are gravel with some grass. The rain does create large pools of water that turns to mud, however fortunately it dried out quickly. The one way system doesn't quite work in this park. We were in a pull through where there was only one way to exit, yet people were constantly driving the opposite way through open campsites the wrong way to exit the park. When all the sites were full people did u-turns to get back out. The laundry facilities were adequate. - Tony Connie and Rusty
Jul 2015 - $39.00
Sites were level, but neighbor's sewage hookup was so close to our site that we had to be careful not to drive over it when pulling in. Nice laundry facilities and playground. - KyKampers