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
Aug 2015 - $32.00
We arrived late afternoon and were met by a very courteous and helpful staff member. It is easy access, just off the interstate but noise is not an issue. Would definitely stay here again. - dewwood
Aug 2015 - $34.00
A nice campground for an overnight stay! The owners are very friendly and helpful.
Sites are relatively level. All utilities worked fine including the Wi-Fi.
Noise from I29 is constant, especially when the trucks run over the rumble strips. - jnateg
Aug 2015 - $38.00
We stayed at ON-UR-WA campground for one night. It is conveniently located off I-29. The staff was very friendly and helpful at check in. I appreciated that the owner escorted us to our campsite and took a minute to be sure we had everything we needed. The sites are large, shady and level. The roads are easy to maneuver and we didn't have to unhook our towed vehicle. The WiFi worked reasonably well and the local TV channels worked good. The showers and restrooms were clean and well maintained. The Dairy Queen across the street was a bonus on hot day. I would recommend this campground to anyone visiting Onawa or just looking for a good overnight stop. - Freelander1
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
May 2014 - $36.00
We had two long days of driving and needed a place in between Iowa City, IA and Platte, SD to spend the night. I knew our two girls would be bored after 7+ hours on the road and it had been close to a week since we had stayed in a campground with laundry, so the KOA seemed like a safe choice. I called ahead to verify they had 24x7 laundry which they verified. This was important, as we did not know when we would arrive; luckily, for us we arrived at 3:00 PM, which gave us enough time to explore the campground. The campground was packed; it was the KOA's Free Night of Camping promotion. It appears our space was the last available space in the campground. Our neighbors were quiet and respectful, although I wish the spaces had more space. The laundry room was well maintained and inexpensive. The playground was perfect for our two girls who played their hearts out for an hour and a half. The dog walk area, along the underused road was perfect for our dog. It was long, grassy, and had trash bins strategically placed. There is water, electric, and sewer hookup. There is no cable and for the first time in a long time, we skipped testing the Wi-Fi. Would I recommend this park? Yes. Would we come back? Yes. Informational: Our RV is 36' long. - Dr. Moreau