20 Parks near Waukee, Iowa
Jun 2016 - $46.00
Really enjoyed our overnight here. A couple small fenced in areas for the dogs was nice. Looks like a lot for kids to do as we saw a lot of them running around having fun. Everyone we talked to was in a good mood and seemed to be enjoying themselves. Makes for a fun place to stay.
Owners were very helpful and really wanted to make sure you were happy. Anytime we are in the area looking for an overnight, this will be the stop. Also can see doing a long weekend. It is about 250 miles from us but would be worth it if we can get the grand kids to come with. - Elkhounds
Jun 2016 - $46.00
We always use it as an overniter and find it clean, easy in and out, and sites big enough for a big rig.
The pizza being made in office is handy when we don't feel like cooking or going into Des Moines.
Nice park. - peddy dick
May 2016 - $43.00
Rate reflects KOA discount and was for a 30 amp full hookup site. We'll preface our comments by noting that our stay was for a night as we passed through the area, but over the Memorial Day weekend. The park was full, packed like sardines in a can. Adults walking around with open containers and kids everywhere. The middle row is the 30 amp row with the other rows mostly 50 amp sites and much more spacious than the 30 amp row. We took the 30 amp site as it was all that was available, and we were unable to locate anything else in the area. We had trouble navigating the roads with the escort due to other campers parking out on the roadways in the park. Our single slide almost touched the adjacent site's tow vehicle. The pool was wall to wall bodies and we couldn't imagine it possible to throw enough chlorine in to keep bacteria to safe levels. Purchased the park pizza for supper, inexpensive $12, but nothing to brag about. Tried the Sunday pancake breakfast plus coffee ($3.50 each) no sausage or bacon available, pancakes edible. Seems everyone had to have a campfire that night, smoke almost unbearable, our allergies complaining days later. Reminded me of the pollution in Bejing, China. This park is trying to be a destination park and would expect similar experiences to ours throughout the summer. Not a place for people like us that just want a clean, quiet, safe place to stop for a night along our travels. - Johnson's
Jul 2016 - $38.00
Arrived during a heavy storm and found hook ups basically under water, looked at other sites to try and change but found the same, our main reason here was to visit the theme park so after the water soaked into the ground things worked out. Long pull thru but not real level, seems sites are getting upgraded to concrete but looks like it will take a while. Trolley to park was nice wristbands needed worn to ride trolly and enter the pool area. - DBLR
Jun 2016 - $35.00
Nice campground next to amusement park. Easy to get to from interstate. Didn't make reservation early enough so had to take a 30 amp site. There is a tram to take you to the amusement park. Will stay here again when traveling in the area. We camped her in a motorhome. - Diplomat 07
Apr 2016 - $1.00
This is mainly a work camping park during the spring, summer months. I am a work camper, but have camped here in the past. The park has been here since 1973. They are in the process of updating their sites with cement. There is a big amusement park next to the camp ground, and they have a Trolley to pick you up. There are about 100 sites for the daily use. - Joceil
Jul 2016 - $42.00
Pull thrus for big rig not easy getting in. Or getting out. You also have to unhook tow. They charge a fee for credit card use. Trying to use the dump station, however people park their vehicles in the way, making a turn very hard without damaging your rig, or a big tree. - Sondkr
Jul 2016 - $40.00
My husband and I stayed at Timberline Campground in Waukee IA in July 2016. The check-in process was quick and efficient, with a friendly staff person helping me. The park is very clean and the sites were large enough for our 34-foot fifth wheel, although they are a bit close together, but still maneuverable. We stayed on Lot 50, which is a pull-through site with a level gravel pad. We stayed here to be close to Raccoon River Sports Complex in Des Moines, which was only 15 minutes away. We would stay at Timberline again. - Krissy r
Jul 2016 - $40.00
Picked this as just as a spot to get off the road 4th of July weekend, we had reservations in Colorado on the 5th.
Nice older park with mature trees - forget about using your satellite dish. Owners very nice and helpful. Trees are well trimmed and no interference with a big rig on the roads. Roads look tight coming in, but it is doable.
Hilly with narrow sites. Most sites are long enough, but RV's are very close side to side in most areas. Our site was wide open on the right side, probably five feet from the trailer on our left! Plenty of pull throughs.
This was one of the quieter places we have ever stayed! Even on a holiday weekend. Lots of families and kids, but not a lot of noise even during the day and dead quiet after 10 PM. Quite a few tent campers scattered through the park.
Unlike some other reviewers we did not hear anything other than a handful of pops from the skeet range.
Most sites have full hookups, we moved to one without sewer to try to get satellite to work, no luck. - Dennis M
Jun 2016 - $20.00
We called ahead to ask about the campground and reserve a site. No reservations accepted, unless you are bringing a large group or coming for the weekend. OK, so we asked how full the campground was currently and were told there were plenty of sites just go in and pick one, fill out the paperwork and deposit it and payment at the self service kiosk. We asked if the park could handle a 45' motorhome and were told no problem the sites are all 70 feet.
The park has 34 camp sites with 20/30/50 provided at every site: 22 sites have full hookups (E/W/S), 11 have E/W only and 1 has E only. All sites are back in and according to the campground brochure they are 15' X 50', there is no extra parking anywhere. We arrived at 12:30 PM on a Tuesday, only 1 FHU site was available for our week in Winterset as the site reservations were not until June 28 according to the sign. Most sites were reserved beginning the next day, Wed, or Friday. Come in prepared to go somewhere else if the no-reservation system is working like it did for us.
With that being said, this is a great little park! Quiet right on the south east side of town. The city park it is attached to is a wonderful place to walk, bicycle, have a picnic and enjoy nature. It is a quick drive to visit the "Bridges of Madison County" and the John Wayne Birthplace and Museum. - Harley Oma
Jun 2015 - $17.00
This city park campground is a real gem; the city park service that administers this campground is a real credit to their profession. As city campgrounds go, this one should be rated an 11! The full hookups were adequate; the water faucet is placed between two spaces so make sure you come here with more than a 25 foot fresh water hose. The only improvements that could make the park absolutely perfect would be to add more gravel to areas that can become muddy when heavy rains come and the park should add co-mingled recycling. You really do need to call ahead if you wish to stay on a weekend or holiday during the prime spring and summer season. There are lots of things to see and do in the area; so, plan to stay a while if you can. We would definitely stay here again. - Kent and Margaret
Aug 2014 - $19.00
This city park is very clean, well-maintained, and quiet. The gravel road loops around to all the gravel back-in sites. Sites are rather wide, as the trailers are stagger-parked on each side of the loop. Restrooms were clean with 2 shower stalls that were spotless. As the county seat of Madison County, the town's small businesses are alive and well - many within a longer walk around the town square. Right at the park is a fun corn maze, and a 1-mile trail to historic stone Clark Tower. Good Verizon phone and MiFi connections. - AluminumCloud
Apr 2015 - $11.00
Cutty's is a membership park, we are members again. We used to be members, but moved to another state. There are a lot of upgrades since we left. In the clubhouse there are new washers and dryers. They are upgrading the roads between campground sites. They have also upgraded the electricity. They now use smart cards to get into the park. The one negative thing about the park, to many golf carts. Cutty's is a great place for kids, there a lot of activities for the young ones during the summer. - Joceil
Jul 2013 - $10.00
Past reviews are pretty much current. The WIFI is very slow and only available at the clubhouse. Sites are gravel and need maintenance. The internal roads are dated and rough. Spaces are very tight. The campground is filled with many long term campers. I would stay at a near by COE CG before I would stay here in the future. My C to C Premium rate was $0.00 - A hitch and hop
Aug 2012 - $10.00
The rate was a Coast to Coast rate. This is an older, member owned park and as such is very well kept. The gravel interior roads are dusty but everyone we saw was considerate and drove slow. The on-site camping store had a lot of commonly needed parts on hand. The electrical system is new and offers 20/30/50A on each post. The only drawback for us was being at the end of the park beside I-80 so noise was loud. Next time we will ask to be in a back-in site away from the highway. We will camp here again. - geysergazer
Jul 2016 - $30.00
One of the best laid out, cleanest parks we have ever stayed in. It is actually a reason to go back to Iowa. $30 is the best deal we've ever seen for a park of this quality.
Huge sites, vast grassy areas to walk dogs, wide paved streets, etc.
I'd give it a 10 if the WIFI was free (it is very strong) and if the utilities were positioned for motorhomes instead of 5th wheels.
We stayed in site C5, a pull through easily long enough for our 43' coach plus dolly plus minivan, but the utilities were in the back corner, so by the time I was fully in the site I had to run ~30' of cable and 25' of sewer hose. The site slope was such that the sewer would not drain by itself, either. Next time, we'll unload the dolly and put it and the car in front of the coach and the services will play much better.
There is no office. You have to call ahead for a reservation secured by a credit card. When you get there, you call the owner and she gives you very clear directions on how to reach your site. She charges the card and you leave whenever you are ready. - bobcovey
May 2016 - $28.00
Reservations are required, as owners office / management is off site and not overly friendly. The residents are mostly seasonal horse track and casino employees. Well keep units and full, level concrete pads. Wifi additional cost and not mentioned for a one night stay. Our receipt was placed on the windshield wiper after we settled in. Full service at site and friendly neighbors. Very nice club house with laundry, exercise, kitchen, tvs and a basement storm shelter. Sites have easy access for big rigs. Sites are pretty close. Traveling through spent only one night. We would stay again. - Jeannie and Eddy
Apr 2016 - $30.00
Reservations are needed as there is no office at this beautiful and uniquely designed RV park so call before 5pm as we did to determine availability. The park is in a very quiet location with spacious concrete sites and as website states, they prefer long term but have daily. Park is very clean and well maintained. Big rig friendly, great utilities, paved streets and concrete sites. Will definitely stay again when in the Des Moines area! - RJourney
May 2016 - $28.00
We stayed at the fairgrounds for 20 nights, and we are glad we did. Cheaper than other local campgrounds. They were having trouble with the water in the areas with 50-amp sites so we stayed in a 30-amp site. It was chilly so didn't need to have both A/Cs running, so we were fine with that amperage. Quiet, except for train whistles a few times a day. Had 2-4 bars of AT&T cell service.
Ultimately - camping here out of the busy fair season...great! If a very big event or the fair was happening...I don't think you could pay me to stay here.
If the all the sites in a section are being utilized, it will be VERY tight and driving down the roads of the different sections may not be possible if you have a bigger rig. We have a 40' 5er and drove through other grass sites to get in and out of the spot we picked to avoid the steep entrance to section FE.
We parked at the end of the middle part of section FE. Very nice overlook of the city. Since there were only 2 other rigs in our section for the majority of the time there, we spread out a bit and parked our truck and SUV next to the 5er instead of in front or behind, so we were actually taking up 3 sites (that's how close these sites are). Site was pretty level; we did use one extra board under most of the jacks when leveling.
Be sure to call the day you're driving in to see which entrance of the fairgrounds is open. We went to the 'official' campground entrance according to the map on their website but it was LOCKED! Called the office and they said "oh yeah that's locked for safety, you have to come in another way." The entrance on Grand Avenue is pretty much always open day/night. If you're coming up from the south to Des Moines I would take the Hwy 5 bypass around town and come through Pleasant Hill instead of I-235.
They didn't mow around our site while we were there so the grass/weeds got pretty tall in some spots. I understand some folks get fussy about mowing around their RV, but we wish they would have. They might have if I asked them to. - FrozenWaters
Sep 2015 - $28.00
Stayed here 2 weekends. First weekend in section 2. Second weekend in section 11. Overall, a decent place to stay. Nice and quiet. Nothing special or fancy. Plenty of spaces to choose from due to it not being fair week. W/E/S all worked well. Decent access to I-235. Be careful of what section you stay in. Most section 2 sites were nice and level, and from what we saw, most of the 50amp sites were as well. However, Section 11 had, maybe, 1 spot level enough to accommodate our 28' motor-home. A previous comment mentioned ski slope, and section 11 would qualify.
The addition of WiFi would boost my rating, but there are no plans to add it any time soon. - BounderPounder
Sep 2015 - $28.00
This review is for off-season camping (non-fair dates). They don't take reservations, but Labor Day weekend was nearly empty. Even with 2,300 sites, it took over half an hour to find a suitable FHU, and we had to park the truck in an adjacent spot. As other reviewers noted, the terrain makes most sites undesirable if not downright unusable. It's like they had a contract to install a certain number, so they made them short, narrow and crammed in as many as possible - even if it meant putting some on a 40-degree slope. This wouldn't matter with so few RVs, except they tend to huddle together on the few patches of level ground. 50 amp sites don't have sewer.
A fair amount of train noise/whistles, but otherwise very quiet. Call for directions because the fairgrounds are a maze, the only campground signage was in front of a locked gate, and the campground office was not staffed. Nice hilltop views, but I expected better TV reception given the transmitters are only 14 miles away. Strong Verizon and AT&T signals. - TheRollingJones
May 2016 - $9.00
The sites within Aster and Honeysuckle loops are all on packed gravel had very narrow interior streets, lots of trees and shrubs. Half of the Dogbone sites are on packed gravel, the rest of this loop are on concrete. Coneflower and Blazingstar loops had wide interior streets, few trees and shrubs and all of the sites were on concrete. The entire campground is on the reservation system. All sites are back-ins.
Most of the sites are not very level (including the ones that are on concrete). Water spigots are scattered throughout the campground. Water can also be obtained at the dump station. There are only two dump stations for the entire park. Every loop has a bath house with a couple of showers. You cannot regulate the water temperature and they have a push button that controls the amount of water coming out.
Most of the loops have a kid's play area in the center. Coneflower and Blazingstar loops have 50 amp electrical service, all of the other loops have 30 amp electrical service. Our voltage was good - hovering around 122 volts. The park was not filled so I don't know if the voltage would degrade. Verizon air card and cell phone was on extended network but we did not have a problem with them. Every site has a fire ring and a picnic table.
The Neal Smith bike trail runs right through the park. - adsaxs
Oct 2015 - $10.00
A beautiful Corps of Engineers park. Surprisingly busy for late in the season. Long, paved level sites. Beautiful view of Saylorville Lake. - Katy29
Oct 2015 - $5.00
Popular park. We had no reservation but being midweek we hoped to get any spot. Asked for one with a view of the lake and they found one for our two night stay. #91 through 96 have good views. Water bibs available around the circle. No grey water disposal on the site allowed. Dump and fill station as you leave. Concrete pad with spacious patio with table and fire ring. - easydoesit
Jun 2012 - $9.00
This park is very nice, but it has some aging problems. The sights are gravel and mostly level. My wife and I have been coming here for about 10 years. Acorn is a alcohol free park. I talked to the ranger today and ask him why is Iowa's Army Corp parks behind as far as upgrading come pared to others that we have camped in, such as in Texas. He told me its a slow process getting money from the government. My wife and I like this park because its close to everything we see and do in Des Moines why we are here visiting. - Joceil
Aug 2007 - $22.00
I did not stay in the campground, but because it does not have a previous review, this one is being posted. My comments are based on a detailed inspection of the facility. This is a nice Corp campground. It has trees that provide some shade for most sites, but they do not interfere with the sites or the paved access roads. There are only 33 RV sites, the rest are for tents. The separate tent only area is also nice. RV sites are gravel and will accommodate most sized rigs, but the bigger the RV the more front to back leveling will be required on about half of them. All sites are 30A service and only a selected few have water hook-ups. There are community faucets for filling holding tanks. Bathhouses were clean and centrally located. There is playground equipment for the kids. All sites have picnic tables and fire rings/grills. There is a small pond in the campground. This appears to be a very quiet place to stay. - RLM
Aug 2015 - $20.00
Stayed 3 nights in 2 different sites due to availability. Sites in loop near spillway (50 amp / concrete pad) deserve a 7 rating. Easy access to and in the park with our oversized 40'+ Big Rig RV for this section; Wide pads make backing in easy. Sites in main campground loops (30 amp / gravel sites) deserve a 5 or lower rating. Sites in this section have railroad ties defining the sites and bordering each site's entrances making backing into the sites more difficult than it needs to be. High weeds growing through gravel at sites and our site was very unlevel. We would stay in the 50 amp loop again but not in the 30 amp section. - Snidely Whiplash
Jul 2015 - $18.00
Well maintained and level campground. The lack of shade could be an issue on hotter days. - MThome
Jul 2015 - $10.00
Lovely sites along the river below the Dam, flat, paved, 50amp electric. Water nearby to fill tank if needed (we didn't) The river was really high and we enjoyed watching folks Bow fishing, which we had never seen before. I would recommend this park. - housecar