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Howell Station COE

Pella, Iowa


1081 198th Pl
Pella, Iowa 50219
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Sites: 143
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 41.36323
Longitude: -92.96748

Elevation: 708' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • 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 no
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup no
  • Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP)
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • Public Phone Public Phone no
  • Water Water no
  • 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 no
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter no
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault no
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 no
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts no
  • Pickleball Pickleball no
  • Water Access Water Access yes

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17 Reviews

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

Date of Stay: August, 2018 - $22.00
Overall Rating:

An excellent place to stay. Seniors with national park pass get in for half price. This one of the best setup experiences I've ever had in 3 years of RVing; the site was dead level front to back and side to side. We camped at Howell Station COE in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
23
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade, Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Biking - trail passes through campground. Fishing - river adjacent to campground; boat ramp too. Lake Red Rock is nearby. Pella is a town settled by Dutch Immigrants and there is much to see and do in town. Do check out the bakeries and meat shops. Tulip Time is in May every year.

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Review Count: 25
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $11.00
Overall Rating:

We spent two nights at the Howell Station Recreation Area in May 2018 in our 39' fifth wheel. We really enjoy COE campgrounds and this was the best we've stayed at. The campground is absolutely gorgeous with many mature trees and lush grass. There is a large amount of space between sites. The Des Moines River runs along the campground and there are well-maintained walking trails beside it. The campground is quite big rig friendly. All the sites are back-ins but the road is fairly wide so backing in wasn't too difficult. Although all the sites have 50 amp electric, there is no water nor sewer connections at the sites due to the many trees. There are large dump stations by the entrance and drinking water is available there. We would definitely return to this campground if in the area. We camped at Howell Station COE in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
63
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 219
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 42

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

This is an excellent campground. Sites are well spaced and quite large. Biking path is great and can be taken all the way into Pella. Campsites are well-maintained and easy to get into. It's an easy walk to the river and the boat launch is close by. We had good reception on phones (AT&T), MiFi (Verizon) and Dish TV. There are 4 dump stations with fresh water available. Hosts are friendly and helpful. We camped at Howell Station COE in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

Sites are easy to access on paved roads. Lots of grass, trees and shade. There is ample space between campers and the facilities are clean and well maintained. We camped at Howell Station COE in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
66
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Nice 5 mile bike ride on paved bike trail to the old Dutch town of Pella. It is a fun place and caters to tourists with coffee shops, shopping, and really nice bike shop if repairs are needed. Be sure to see the working wind mill in the old down town. It is an exact replication of a real one a actually built by a Dutch company. The clock downtown is fun to watch as it displays 8 different carved puppets when it rings.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

We have stayed at this park several times, it is very clean an well mowed. The campground hosts have always been very friendly as this is a State Park. Blacktop roads and very large sites so you are not cramped next to somebody else. Lots of bike trails through campground and all the way to the town of Pella, which is very tourist friendly. I will come back. We camped at Howell Station COE in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow 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
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Go to Pella and experience the tulip festival and Dutch bakeries.

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

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $18.00
Overall Rating:

Loved it. Pella is only 4 miles. Sites were close to level. Staff was very friendly. Dump station was okay with fresh water. Showers were clean. I would stay again. We camped at Howell Station COE in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
40
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

Catholic Church is behind Walmart. Cannot see it from the road. Several great bakeries are in Pella and they were great, open at 5:30am.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

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

No full hook ups, but this is a beautiful, spacious campground.

Campsites are huge. Nice bike trail, and close to quaint town of Pella with fun shopping. We camped at Howell Station COE in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
33
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

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

Racing at Knoxville, Shop beautiful Pella, Bike trails

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: September, 2014 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

Very nice COE park. Well managed and huge campsites. Bike trails are extensive and scenic. Large wooded areas and if you have a roof mounted satellite dish you have to be careful where you park. We stay here often and always look forward to coming back. it is peaceful, scenic, and close to Pella to get anything you need. We camped at Howell Station COE in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
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Review Count: 13
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

We were able to use our Golden Age Pass to get the $10 rate. We camped in loop 1 and there were large sites and we were within walking distance to the water. Lots of paths throughout the park. Great place for biking. Many trees throughout the park. We did not have reservations but arrived early on a Friday morning and got a spot. They seem to fill up on the weekends. Many families here and lots of kids enjoying the outdoors. Pella is a great town to visit; good bakeries and meat markets. Don't miss the Dutch Village. One more tip: we paid for 3 nights but only stayed 2 nights. We were told we would get a refund on our credit card for the night we didn't stay. They can't do that if you pay cash. We camped at Howell Station COE in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

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

This place has great big sites, very clean and the people there are helpful. They enforce 10pm quiet time which is great when you are up at 4am to fish. Nice lawn care and the showers are great; better then most in Pella Iowa. Thank you and camp on! We camped at Howell Station COE in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 24
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed here while attending the nearby Knoxville Nationals sprint car races. This is a fantastic COE campground. The sites are extremely spacious and situated among large mature shade trees. The roads are paved and the pads are well maintained gravel. Our kids loved the bike trails and access to the river. There are also playgrounds situated around the park. The various hosts we dealt with were very friendly and helpful. My only suggestion would to be to add some more bathrooms/shower houses as they did get busy during peak times. We camped at Howell Station COE in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 63
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: August, 2011 - $8.00
Overall Rating:

A nice campground with limited views of lake. The sites are electric only with water and dump available. We camped at Howell Station COE in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 20
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2011 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

We loved this park and can't wait to go back. There is a lot of space between the sites, large trees and nice green grass. Paved walking/biking trails are a plus. We camped at Howell Station COE in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 131
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 26

Date of Stay: August, 2010 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

This is one of seven COE parks on Lake Red Rock that has camping and arguably the best of the lot. It sits along the Des Moines River and has three different loops. Every site in all three loops is first come first serve. The road is paved and sites are gravel. Very large trees provide shade, but hamper satellite reception in all sites except along the river. TV reception, cell service, and voltage are good. The hike/bike trail is paved and connects most of the other campgrounds around the lake. There is playground equipment and each site has a picnic table and fire ring. Access and Golden Age cards honored. We camped at Howell Station COE in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2009 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

This campground is delightful as many of the COE's are. It has a great bike trail running through it. The cost of $10 was with my Golden Age Pass. I am a single woman and felt very safe here. It was quiet and relaxing. We camped at Howell Station COE in a Motorhome.

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