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Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area

Palo, Iowa


4530 McClintock Rd
Palo, Iowa 52324
Phone: Click to view

Sites: 69
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 42.11908
Longitude: -91.80638

Elevation: 886' (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 yes
  • 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 no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault yes
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Beach Beach yes
  • Biking Biking yes
  • Boating Boating yes
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes ?
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts ?
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access yes

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7 Reviews

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $16.00
Overall Rating:

There are multiple loops in the campground area. Loop 1 is idea for Motorhomes and Travel Trailers. Each campsite has exceptional grass space and all are long/wide enough for any length. The park provides access to fishing, kayaking, and swimming when the beach is open. Currently the water level is about 50% of what it normally is because of a drain of the lake last fall for clean-up. This didn't keep us and our families from kayaking, camping, and having a great time. We camped at Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Loop 1
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
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
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

I would suggest staying in loop 1 if you have an RV. The roads coming in to the park a little bumpy in spots, making for a noisy ride in a motorhome if all of your utensils are not properly locked down. We love the park and take advantage of the "no-wake lake" to kayak. The camp sites are exceptionally spacious compared to others we have been, and there is plenty of grass space for playing and letting the dogs run.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $16.00
Overall Rating:

The park itself was nice and overall the stay was good. Inconsiderate campers with dogs off-leash ruined it for us. We keep our dog on a cable at all times and others let their dogs run loose. DNR comes by and warns them but takes no action and when dogs ARE on a leash, they're dragging it behind them with nobody holding it. Ridiculous that people can't follow rules and DNR is either powerless or unwilling to enforce them.

Overall, the park is clean. It should be noted that the lake has been temporarily drained to complete work on the shoreline.

We stayed on Memorial Day weekend and although there were many campers, and all sites were taken, it didn't feel overcrowded. Sites are relatively spacious and the condition of the sites was good - grass was lush and healthy so no muddy footprints in the camper. We camped at Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
60
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: 63
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 23

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

The views are great and the recreation park is large and very friendly. They have a full beach, are very fisherman friendly, and boat docks with lots of paddling opportunities. The campsites were only $16 for the night (50 amp electric only) and they have an envelope system where you pay cash and select your spot. You can also reserve online. The camp hosts were very friendly and the people who stayed there around us were considerate. There is no WiFi but the AT&T cell coverage was ok. We stayed in site #19 which is a very long pull through. Site #69 is a little smaller but has the best views in the park. Would have liked to stay here longer and definitely will come back. We camped at Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area in a Fifth Wheel.

Site Details

Site Number
19
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

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

Cedar Rapids is close by

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: September, 2014 - $12.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed while at a soccer tournament for FC United. It was a nice 15 minute drive. Sites were nice. Restrooms were very clean. The lake at this campground was very nice in September. During the warmer months a lifeguard is on duty. We spent quite a few hours there. The bike riding area list 12 miles of trails. This is not in the campground but about 10 miles away. We did ride around the park on bikes but it was on a road. We camped at Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 19
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: March, 2013 - $11.00
Overall Rating:

Stayed for several nights. Very quiet park, love to walk. Beautiful lake. Nice sites. The restrooms were closed so we used our own. I will be back again for sure. We camped at Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2011 - $11.00
Overall Rating:

Price reflects Iowa camping coupon price. We stayed 12 days. We love this campground especially loop 1, which are all pull-through sites and all are very large. There is a beach for swimming and good fishing. This campground was very busy on the weekends, but was very quiet during the week. We camped at Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2006 - $16.00
Overall Rating:

Nice DNR park, clean, well maintained. Fills up on weekends. 15 minutes from Cedar Rapids. Beach for swimming, boat launches, fishing from shore. Bathrooms are clean. Hiking trails are nice. We camped at Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area in a Fifth Wheel.

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