Another great Iowa county park. Located south of town on an old farm property, there is something there for everyone. First campground with an 18 hole golf course with club rentals. Canoe rentals, river trips, and hiking trails. The campground has an unusual layout. There are several circle group sites with back-ins around the outside. Some shade. Good free air TV and Verizon signal.
As others have mentioned, a nice park conveniently located to SE Topeka. Looks like a popular local gathering place. Definitely a good value for the money. A nearby treasure is Lonnie's BBQ. Look it up. It's incredible.
Given its location, well away from an Interstate or a major tourist stop, it is quite nice. An older park (17 years) it is in excellent condition. Park owner (?) is quite nice. Sites are level with well located utilities. Well lit for late arrivals. Despite repeated efforts we could not connect with the WiFi. Be careful when approaching the park; it is on the right (east side) of the highway. The sign is quite faded and hard to read. On entry, stop in front of the house. Do not turn to the left side of the house.
There is evidence that this park has had better days. Everything they claim is there is as long as you include dandelions in their description of grassy sites. Some evidence of gravel is visible on most sites. Did I mention none of them appears to be particularly level. The rate ($30) is high for the condition of the place. On the flip side they have a very short season to break even. Of the three options available, this place is the least offensive. One is very close to a very busy rail yard and the other is in a bar parking lot.
We've been doing this for more years than we want to admit to, and in all that time we have never seen cleaner restrooms and laundry. We're talking Q tip clean, literally. Very friendly staff. Good location off I-90. Level sites. Facilities all as advertised. We will stay here again.
I may get in trouble with the regulars for posting this State Park. If you're into fishing this place is amazing. No motorized, lots of bank fishing with embarrassingly good results. Fish cleaning station. Park is busy on the weekends but not during the week. Sites are arranged so you aren't on top of each other. One loop of dry sites, two loops of water/electric. WiFi is free for 20 minutes, $3 per day. You can make reservations online but if you call direct they have a whole raft of discounts that ReserveAmerica will not tell you about. IE retired half price. No dump stations in the park, but the city of Winchester has one to use free of charge.
A resort in the making but not quite there yet. If your focus is on rafting a beautiful river in some spectacular country this may work for you. As an RV campground for overnight or as a base for touring, not so much. Rates get you a grassy spot near a power post. Available water is marked Non Potable. If there is 50 amp we missed it. The 30 amp we had could not keep up with our A/C. Popped the post breaker repeatedly. Buildings are remnants of a bygone day, tired and worn. Despite being 2 miles North of I-90 it's amazing how much traffic noise there is. Having said all that the folks working to make a go of it are good hearted and hard working.
Rate reflects a Good Sam discount. A very good choice for a quick overnight stop off of I-29. Once the town finishes their infrastructure upgrades and the the street gets repaved access will be that much nicer. Easy access Cenex station on the way back to the Interstate. Nice folks, new facility. Wi-Fi is ok.
This place is a hidden gem. Located stream side on the SW side of town away from the Interstate. Lots of grass, shade and space. The number of sites reflects the "primitive camping" locations. They claim up to 300 tents during Sturgis Week. This year the Sturgis Rally is Aug 8-14. This place will be full. Showers/restrooms well cared for. Regular police patrols.
What started out as a fish camp in the fifties has grown to a lakeside resort. The older parts of the park with most of the 3 point hookups are a mixed bag of permanent units of varying sizes and available spaces. It's popularity leaves some pretty iffy spots for overnighters. They have a newer section of 2 point only hookups that are easier in/out and more spacious. That said the staff are hard working and nice. The restaurant located on the property is amazing. Wi-Fi is slow. Laundry and showers are well kept and relatively new.
Very nice city owned park. Little bit of a trick to find. On M203 just West of city beach. Like the others we stayed at site 51 on the river. Great view. Not to busy with boaters coming and going. Spacious site. Friendly staff. And yes they do take out of state personal checks.
Perception can be a personal thing. Sure the campground is simple. But there are full utilities with over 100 cable channels and Wi-Fi. RV sites are not piled one on top of another. Ranger J is a unique individual. If you spend a little time getting to know him. His wife operates the onsite fudge factory. And she's meticulous in how she keeps the "factory". Fudge is good too. Showers are rustic but clean with plenty of hot water.
Stayed here in the past. They've built a new shower/restroom/group shelter mid park. Nice facility. Functional, not fancy. Park is located off the main highway and across the road from Lake Michigan. Rocky beach but the Granddaughter caught a nice 2.5lb bass from the shore. Laundry room small but adequate. Machines in good shape.
The entrance is through the main gate on 38th St. Just East of Meridian St. Once on the fairgrounds take the first left. The parking spots are basic with all the necessary stuff. Lots of night security lights. The 170 count is for those occasions when they really cram them in. Questionably if there is enough room for much in the way of slide outs. Fortunately this is rarely the case. So there is usually adequate room between units. As mentioned the campground is central to everything. The sites on the South end are deeper and more level. Up at the North end the sites are shorter with a drop off. Mostly gravel with few trees for shade.
Typical military FamCamp. Some shaded sites some out in the open for satellite users. Cautions about being in the right lane at the gate did not apply at this time. Went straight through. Directions given at the main (Shiloh) gate vary. No matter what they say turn left at the first light around the end of the runway past the golf course. There is a small sign on the right pointing to the left for the FamCamp turn off. Reservations recommended.
Nice clean park. Nice hosts. Easy access from US50. Quiet except for the occasional "Sounds of Freedom" from the next door neighbor: Whiteman AFB home of the B-2 bomber. For those with access to Whiteman AFB this is as close to a FamCamp as there is, as Whiteman AFB does not have one on base.
For those who have not yet stopped at a Corps of Engineers park, this is the place to start. Lots of shaded sites, fishing lakes, swimming lakes and pleasant hosts who take good care of the park. Fees are $19-22 and eligible for Golden Age, Golden Access etc. discounts. Easy access off US75. Online reservation system is the only challenge to using this park. Convoluted fee added procedure. With the exception of major holidays, the park always has space for drop in's. Next time that's what we'll do.
Older park, getting a little worn around the edges. Staff are as nice as they can be given he has 2 bad knees. Comes in two sections. Ask for the back section. Well back off the highway so only the occasional train to break the quiet. All utilities worked well. Strong WiFi.
Park is a "winter over" project. So as time and finances permit, improvements are made. This year so far, trees have been planted in many places with drip irrigation to each. For a high desert park, it is quite nice. Owner is very pleasant to deal with. All utilities worked well. WiFi signal strong. One channel of HBO included with cable TV service. Earlier comments about goat heads proved not in evidence. No challenges walking the dog. Would stay here again.
Overall their improvements have been top notch. They now offer "Premium" sites with concrete patio's, landscaping and a fire ring. AT&T cell service is reported as OK. Verizon is not available. Wi-Fi is good all over the park. Close to US 50. Campground is 6.5 miles West of Canon City as are all but one of the listings for Canon City. Keep a sharp eye out for the park signs particularly coming from the West.
The previous rater said it all nicely. 9 months later his write up is quite accurate. I would only add 14 channels of free air digital TV. The fishing pond is well stocked with large (15") trout. Made for a bargain supper. The rate shown reflects a Good Sam discount.
Rate paid reflects Good Sam discount. As others have mentioned, nice folks. While there are "some" shaded sites, this is the high desert after all. Sites further back in the park have more shade. The restrooms and showers are older but well maintained. Well off the Interstate but there is the railroad not too far away. Many of the sewer hookups are well forward in the sites. Dog runs: there are 2 which are well built, well maintained and clean.
Nice park. Friendly staff. Freeway accessible without all of the noise. Spaces are pretty tight, maybe 20' apart. As previously mention the sewer hookup is well forward. A better fit for 5th wheels. Lots of shade trees, some with low hanging branches.