8 Parks near Smithland, Iowa
Sep 2012 - $18.00
No reservations accepted, walk-in only. Quiet peaceful campground with walking trails through beautiful wooded area. Walking/horse trails are not for the weak or frail! These trails have some very steep hills. Trails are well marked and wide. Water is not the best, so we did not use it in our camper, definitely would need a water filter system if you hooked up to the hydrant. I boiled water to make baggie omelets, and had a good amount of sediment in the bottom of my pan when I dumped it. Restrooms/showers were rustic, but clean and had good pressure for showers. Road entering campground is dirt and very steep and had large washed out ruts along the side of it. I would worry about getting out pulling a camper if it rained very much. Small pond for fishing. I would definitely come again, very nice place. - livin'the_life
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 2016 - $32.00
I love this place. Been here 3 times this year and will definitely come back. It is a friendly place and the owners are great, will do whatever they can to make your stay a good one. On Labor day weekend they put on a dinner where they provided all the food. Little touches like that make the park special. Site sizes vary a lot, but they have a row on the south long enough for anything. Some sites shaded, others open. They stay fairly busy, so it might be a good idea to reserve, especially weekends. - JA1800
Aug 2016 - $28.00
Close to interstate so easy to find. Good price. Friendly host. Great for 1 night stay. Plenty room for pets. Level was good. Very little noise! Will stay again. - bradensouthcarolina
Aug 2016 - $32.00
Nice clean, well managed little park. They take you to your site, nothing fancy, well kept. A great place for an overnight stop or a few days. Very friendly helpful couple running the park. - GOTTOYS
Aug 2015 - $20.00
Big place so bring a bicycle or drive there. It's quite a ways from the swimming beach to the campsites. You can tent camp closer to the beach / fishing pond but RV pads are farther. Two nice playgrounds for kids. Overall it's a nice place, we would go back. - iowasparrow
Sep 2011 - $18.00
If you come through the main drag of Correctionville, you will need to do a 1/2 block jog. This is a correction in the survey lines and 3 townships meet at this corner. Playground equipment is located near the campground. Four camping cabins are available for rent as well. Approximately 50 non-electrical campsites are located on the west side of the lake with access to modern restrooms and showers. The Union Bridge Trail connects the park to the town of Correctionville with a ten foot wide concrete path that winds through scenic areas and crossing the Little Sioux River with a spectacular bridge. The 10-acre lake has angling opportunities for large-mouth bass, bluegill and channel catfish. Only electric trolling motors, oars and paddles are allowed on all county owned lakes. There is a designated swimming beach area. Hiking trails offer opportunities to explore the marsh, native trees, shrub plantings, native prairies and food plots. - stetwood
Aug 2014 - $17.00
Nice county park. Most of the sites have a view of the lake. Nice long trail that goes around the whole lake, take some water, it's quite a hike. My dog kicked up about 40 pheasants on our walk. There are sites with electric only on the top level and electric and water on the lower level as well as tent sites. There was a camp host trailer there but no host was around. Nice swimming beach. The main highway between Ida Grove and Battle Creek was closed so I had to drive around to find the best way to the campground. Would definitely stay here again. - taddyport
Aug 2016 - $45.00
This park is a tired old KOA. All the best water front sites seem to be permanent and taken. Our pull through was plenty long and level, but needed gravel. Didn't want mats on grass, but we just had dirt which turned into mud after rain. Some gravel for a patio area would be nice. Turn into park had metal posts at border of driveway which made it hard to turn into drive without going way over into the next lane of the road, then onto the grass to avoid hitting the post. They were there on exit drive too, so fortunately nobody was coming from the direction we were turning so we could take the entire roadway to keep from hitting the post. I think the price was too high for what you get - no cable and slow wifi. I made a reservation on their web site for a 30&50 amp pull through site but when I told them I needed 50 amp upon checking in, they asked for more money. - padre
Jun 2016 - $39.00
Nice journey Campground on a lake. - GFoxH
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 2016 - $26.00
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. - RBD-FL
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 2015 - $15.00
An easy overnight stop 3-4 miles west of I-29, with no road noise. The casino has 20/30/50 amp hookup spaces in parking lot at north end of property. No water that I saw, but there is a free dump station. Wide, long parking sites, in which we were able to easily park our 40' motorhome and toad. Short walk to casino, which had a daily soup and salad bar available in the buffet from 5-9pm for $3.99. The convenience store on the casino grounds had diesel fuel for 15-20¢ a gallon less than the fuel stops we saw that day, while on I-70 and I-29 for 350 miles. The access to the separate "truck pumps" from the RV parking area is very easy. - Teacher's Pet
Sep 2014 - $15.00
Excellent for what it is. 50 amp electric only. Wide paved level spaces and power is adequate. Appears to be security presence. They park idling semis away from the RVs, which is nice, but the truckers are in an unpaved gravel and mud lot. Not nice for them at all. On the other hand, they don't have to pay for the privilege. There are no restrooms in the RV area. There is a dump available but did not use it. You are parked in a parking lot, not a golf course. A little expensive for a casino, though. They raised the price on the sites. Only 2 were occupied when we were there. Lots of semis though. - bluesnugs
May 2013 - $10.00
Great stopover spot. Electric only in paved lot. Check in with teller cage and security for unlocking of power pedestal. - Teacher's Pet