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Lewis & Clark State Park

Onawa, Iowa


21914 Park Loop
Onawa, Iowa 51040
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Sites: 112
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 42.03718
Longitude: -96.16363

Elevation: 1053' (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+ Only 55+ Only no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • 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
  • Public Phone Public Phone no
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • 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 ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault ?
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room ?
  • Casino Casino ?
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Beach Beach yes
  • Biking Biking ?
  • Boating Boating yes
  • Golf Golf ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes yes
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf ?
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts ?
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access yes

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24 Reviews

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Review Count: 92
States Visited: 41
Helpful Reviews: 21

Date of Stay: September, 2018 - $19.00
Overall Rating:

Very nice park, We just stayed the one night....sites are large and level, we had full hookup and services were great....didn't use restrooms or showers....the park was very clean and in a beautiful location...the keel boat was very nice and interesting.....would stay here again if in the area..... We camped at Lewis & Clark State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
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
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $19.00
Overall Rating:

Very attractive park next to lake. Nice L & C display of replica full-size keelboat. New visitor center (closed when we were there-4:00 or 4:30 PM closing time). Campground was nice and flat with sites right up to lake. Would definitely stay again. We camped at Lewis & Clark State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $19.00
Overall Rating:

Sign said campground was full, but the ranger found me a site that was not to occupied until the next day. Very helpful. Nice Keel Boat display. We camped at Lewis & Clark State 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
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 53
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $19.00
Overall Rating:

Very nice state park. No one to check you in (guess that's the norm now for state/fed parks). We had reservations so just went directly to our site, which was a nice long pull-through (asphalt) with a huge gravel patio. Plenty of space between sites. View of lake from all sites it seems. Quite lovely! We were in a 40' RV with tow. We camped at Lewis & Clark State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
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: 3
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

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

Clean, well-laid out park. Easy in and out from interstate. Great rate and easy and fast check-in. Sewer connections at each site made showers and RR use unnecessary. We camped at Lewis & Clark State Park in a Motorhome.

Site Details

Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Space
Not big enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
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Review Count: 43
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 8

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

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. . We camped at Lewis & Clark State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Tips for other Campers:

Town of Onawa is close with a grocery store, pharmacy, etc for supplies.

There is a 1930s Civilian Conservation Corps day-use lodge for wedding receptions, family reunions, etc that can be reserved online for a fee. A floating replica of Lewis & Clark's keelboat 'Discovery' is on display at the park. A new Lewis and Clark State Park Visitors Center has several nature displays and several boats, including a replica of Lewis & Clark's 55-foot keelboat/barge 'Best Friend'

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Review Count: 29
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

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. We camped at Lewis & Clark State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

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

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

The nearby Musical instrument museum in Vermilllion is fantastic.

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Review Count: 106
States Visited: 37
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

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. We camped at Lewis & Clark State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 45
States Visited: 25
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $16.00
Overall Rating:

On a lake, very quiet and pleasant campground. We stayed in an electric only site. The bathhouse is older but up to usual state park standards. We would stay here again. We camped at Lewis & Clark State Park in a Tent Trailer.

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Review Count: 161
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 19

Date of Stay: April, 2014 - $11.00
Overall Rating:

An excellent state park. Lots of waterfront sites (but not the Missouri River). Paved, fairly level sites. Hardly anybody there in mid-week. Quiet but easy access to/from I-29. A few antenna TV stations, and we picked a spot on the south end so our sat TV would work. It did. Verizon cell worked fine. Rate is for electric only. We camped at Lewis & Clark State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 123
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 21

Date of Stay: August, 2013 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

A nice park just a few miles off I-29 with waterfront sites you can reserve ahead, modern and clean restrooms with showers, and a replica of the Lewis & Clark keelboat in the water within walking distance. No Wi-Fi. Got over-antenna TV channels well. There seemed to be a lot of units near us facing the lake with no occupants, so we guessed that they come out on weekends. We would return. We camped at Lewis & Clark State Park in a Motorhome.

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

Date of Stay: June, 2013 - $37.00
Overall Rating:

Late night check in with directions were very clear and easy to follow. Restroom and laundry facilities were very clean. Lake was beautiful. The pool looked clean and very inviting, although we didn't have time to swim. Large trees provided shade, but weren't located such that it was difficult to park. Very small 'store' that sold some necessities including ice. We would return if in the area. We camped at Lewis & Clark State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 22
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 4

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

This was our 3rd stay here and there have been many physical changes for the better. However, there used to be a park attendant to take the money and oversee the grounds. Now, there is an envelope payment system which is very confusing. There is a "host camper" during the evening to sell wood. People are allowed to come and pay for a site but don't have to occupy it. This is a nice park with lots of shade trees and grass. It is easy to find and close to the interstate. We camped at Lewis & Clark State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 27
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2010 - $19.00
Overall Rating:

After reading the reviews we expected a very nice state campground and were a bit disappointed. We had to move to 3 different sites trying level and never really were able to get leveled. The showers were filthy and we were told the water only ran hot so we didn't use them. The campground has a lot of trees which provided shade but they were so thick there was not the slightest breeze which made it muggy. We used this as an overnight stay but would find someplace else next time. We camped at Lewis & Clark State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 102
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: August, 2010 - $16.00
Overall Rating:

We pulled in early on a Friday afternoon and there were plenty of sites available (all types) although it became very full for the weekend later in the day. There are several very large pull-through sites and also sites directly lake front and backing up to the woods. Only problem were mosquitoes! Was self-pay; did not see hosts. Electricity was good; water throughout the park. The Lewis & Clark Visitor Center to be opened here in the future. Could be rather noisy with lots of kids, boats, bikes, etc. Close enough to I-29 for an overnight. We camped at Lewis & Clark State Park in a Motorhome.

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