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States Visited: 2
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Lake Manawa State Park, Council Bluffs, Iowa

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

This was, by far, the worst state park/camping experience we've had. After one night we couldn't get back on the road fast enough. Some of the campsites appear to be used as a junkyard. There was garbage all over the park. The bathrooms were so disgusting that in the morning my children refused to use them; the men's room had fecal matter throughout the stalls. People partied until late at night; the campground was rather noisy. The water and electric loop was a little quieter, but still loud. If we have to make the trip again, we will look for a campground near Omaha instead. We camped at Lake Manawa State Park in a Tent Trailer.

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Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
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Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
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Timberline Campground, Waukee, Iowa

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $37.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed for one night in a pop-up camper. The sites were so cramped there wasn't space for a picnic table between our pop-up and the one next to us unless we didn't need to open our door. There were a ton of people camping who partied loudly and late, without the hosts saying anything. The bathrooms were clean when we arrived but filthy in the morning. The toilet stalls are so small my knees hit the doors. The campground host was nice and helpful, but we would not stay here again due to the party environment. If we had no choice but to stay again, I would pick a 50 amp loop far from the bathroom/pool area. We camped at Timberline Campground in a Tent Trailer.

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Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
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Apple Creek Campground , De Pere, Wisconsin

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $37.00
Overall Rating:

The negative reviews for Apple Creek have really surprised me. My family has stayed at Apple Creek on several occasions and have had nothing but great experiences. This is very much a family campground, with a playground, warm pool, volleyball net, game room, fishing pond (catch & release), movies, water aerobics, tether ball, planned activities, and free crafts. My kids have also successfully fished in the creek, but didn't catch anything worth keeping. The camp store is very reasonably priced with a large variety and there is a large food selection including free coffee and $6 pizzas. Staff are friendly and work hard to keep the grounds clean. As a parent, I appreciate that staff enforce the speed limit and quiet hours. The sites are the typical size for a private campground, but I would probably choose sites outside the 200 loop as that loop seems a bit more cramped. If you don't want to be close to all the action (kids), you'd be best off staying on the east side of the campground, sites 36-61 and 81-100. There is highway noise but it can be easily masked at night by running a fan. There also are not full hook-ups but they will pump you out for free for longer stays. We camped at Apple Creek Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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Tips for other Campers:

Highway UU (to the north of the campground) is great for walks/bike rides. At night there are a lot of fireflies along the bridge between site 61 and the cottage. The wi-fi can be a bit spotty when busy but works well in the office area.

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