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11 RV Parks near Centerville, Iowa
Jul 2018 - $10.00
We found this campground while on the road en route from northern IL to Kansas. Rate reflects national Senior pass. It had walk-in sites available for the 3 nights we could stay, and we called ahead to confirm it. When we arrived the volunteer hosts drove us around to check out the sites that were available to us, which was very helpful. They were really nice! We chose F4 in the F loop that was separate from the loops where the shower buildings were located. There were only 16 sites in that loop. Our back-in site was long enough for our trailer and rig, and we could even open the ramp and get out the motorcycle. There was a dump station and across the road a bathroom with shower along the road to the F loop, but the bathroom was full of bugs and spiders - I wouldn't have been able to shower there! In the loop there were pit toilets. The other loops had nice shower buildings that were more than adequate, but we had enough water to be self-sufficient for our three nights. Electric only in our loop, make sure you have water on board. The lake is really nice, and we had beautiful views of the water and the fantastic storm clouds that were visible at sunset across the lake. There are other campgrounds around the lake administered by the Corps of Engineers. We checked them out and they seem nice as well. This is an out-of-the-way spot that's peaceful, quiet, and beautiful. And the volunteer hosts that were here during our stay were kind and helpful. The actual loop in F section seemed kind of tight for a rig of our size - 45' fifth wheel and HDT, total 68' connected. Our site was between the road and the "loop circle". We chose to head for the loop and go part way, then back up and leave instead of trying to go around the tight circle with all the vehicles in the way. That worked out ok. We hope to return and spend enough time to take out the paddle boards.
Electricity options vary based on the site - pay attention to the descriptions on recreation.gov
Dump stations available - the ones in the larger loop area are easier to get into for larger rigs so that's where we dumped on our way out. The dump station on the way to F loop seems to be designed to dump as you arrive, not as you leave. - Denise and Glenn
May 2016 - $10.00
Rate reflects Access Pass Discount. This COE campground is pristine. Grounds and restrooms are very, very well maintained. Camp host was extremely helpful even when we arrived on his day off. There are many sites with water views. Reservations can be difficult to obtain for weekends, however, during the week it is very peaceful and quiet. Our only complaint is for a large rig it is difficult to find level sites. We would not reserve site unseen on line due to this fact.
There are other COE campgrounds (Island and Bridge View) in the area which have more level sites for big rigs.
Verizon Cell phone signal was good. - Wgcamper
Sep 2015 - $18.00
I believe we were overcharged for a 30amp, and no discounts were offered (guess we should have asked as we do belong to a couple groups). Loved it though. Spots are big and level, so peaceful (busier during summer I imagine as it is a beautiful lake for water activities). Close to Centerville for some shopping or even a movie. Do wish, however, that it had full hookups. We will be back, and have our spot picked out! - Enjoying_Retirement
May 2012 - $17.00
Nice paved roads with gravel sites. Has fire rings at each site and baths are conveniently located. Nice lake for boating and fishing. Close to Honey Creek Resort state park which has a motel, restaurant, water park and golf course. These are all accessible without a park vehicle day use permit. Wish there were some walking trails. - rhadley6
May 2013 - $15.00
This park used to be a state park that has been taken over by the county. The only amenities you get are electricity and peace and quiet. For us, that is the attraction of this park. You can't beat it for a relaxing weekend getaway. There are hiking trails down to the Chariton River and a huge stone shelter house with the largest fireplace I've ever seen. Fire wood is available at the entrance also. There is a nature center and some deer fenced in for kids to admire. Location is 2.8 miles east on Hwy. 2 from the intersection of Hwy. 5 in Centerville. Turn south on 248th Ave. (gravel) for 3/4 mile, then east on 250th Ave. for 1/2 mile. All sites are gravel as are the interior roads, but there are tables for each site and plenty of trash cans around. We found the sites to require some leveling of the trailer but not too bad. This park is best for units under 40 ft. At least 2 sites are pull through. There are pit toilets and no showers, but there is water and a dump station at the entrance. - bipeflier
Jul 2016 - $10.00
Picnic tables were in need of repair and/or replacement.
Park appeared well maintained.
Rules were not enforced by park attendants. Basic rules of park like no parking cars on grass areas of camping site, more than allowed number of tents, etc., on a single campsite were not followed. Patrols by ranger, law enforcement & attendant did not address these issues. - Iowa Native
Aug 2016 - $18.00
This campground is great for views of the lake; however, the gravel road leading in to the campground is TERRIBLE. Not sure if we would come back here just because of the 3+ miles of very bad gravel roads. Our motor home was throwing stuff all over because of the very uneven surface and poorly graded gravel.
The restrooms on property were the worst smelling I've ever been to.
The positives almost outweigh the negatives though: great views, close to the lake, walk down an embankment to sandy beach (technically not supposed to swim from, but we did anyway).
There is a small playground for kids, no swings. We stayed in Loop A, which was about 1 mile down from the entrance. This park is VERY big. Also close proximity to the boat dock. Once in the park, the roads are paved and in good condition. Our only issue was the few miles of gravel road to get TO the park. - Travelaire
Sep 2011 - $9.00
Great Corps of Engineers park. Fairly typical services for a COE park. No water available in the "A" campground but spigots around in "B". Rate is the "Senior" rate. Very pleasant and very quiet. - User988
Sep 2014 - $19.00
This is the state park, not the expensive resort with the same name only 3 miles down the road. There are 28 full hookup pull-through (50 amp) grass/gravel somewhat level sites. There are other tenting and electric-only sites. The park is rustic and not as well maintained as other state parks, but very nice. There is a fire ring/grill. The other sites would be considered lake view. Did have issues with the tiny bugs coming in when you open the door. The location is remote to major cities and I would come with supplies. We would return if in the area. - westie0506
Aug 2013 - $19.00
This park is awesome! Concrete circle drive around campsite and concrete biking along the roads which is scenic and deer are visible. We were able to pick up AT&T E for an Internet connection. Showers were clean. Only down side we found were thick swarms of gnats under the trees especially at night. We want to come back, loved the easy/scenic biking this park provided! Full hook ups at $19, can't beat it!! - joebren
Jun 2013 - $19.00
Nice state park with pull-through full hookup sites. Nice fire ring with swinging grill for cooking. Close access to the beautiful lake. Our site was roomy and shaded. The bugs are bad this summer so have bug spray with you. Check for ticks if walking the trails because they were thick. - truckn2gether
Aug 2013 - $49.00
The resort itself is beautiful, The campsites has all concrete pull through sites with full hook ups. However, there is no shower house, no shade, no Wi-Fi. The pool and water park is at least half mile away. For the price not worth it to us. Don't be misled, another State Park is a short distance away w full hook ups, see the reviews. - joebren
Apr 2013 - $44.00
Stayed here, as we have for the two previous years. The experience was 'consistent'. Virtually no other RVers, great site near the lake, lots to do here for us and our dogs. The golf course is a great experience, and no rain this year helped. My wife got to 'track' her dogs and really enjoyed it a lot, except for the ticks. Still no cable TV and internet was almost non-existent. Still a very good time. - Pigdoc
Aug 2012 - $49.00
Love this resort. The staff is employed by an consultant agency and not DNR state employees. They are not knowledgeable in the activities that go on with the resort and will not offer you any information. Research the resort on the website for their activities before you go. Campground is clean, needs more readable signs for directions to some of the sites. There are no bathrooms or shower house available for campers. All activities require you to drive to them. We camped for 3 nights with a small dog. Our 11 year old loved the water park. - cybrsynrgy
May 2008 - $16.00
We had a spot right on the lake - but it was being drained. This is an old CCC park that has some wonderful facilities, but the campgrounds need some updating. Roads are tight but doable. Restrooms were fine, but limited. It was OK for our visit, but I'd hate to see it at capacity. But they say there are some improvements in the works. - LEHogie
Oct 2007 - $11.00
Very nice park with a lot of the sites having at least a partial lake view. The roads were wide enough to accommodate larger RV's. The sites are somewhat terraced and seem to become more level farther from the shoreline. Although there was no water on site, the spigots appeared to be spaced good enough so that with a few sections of hose you could refill without moving your RV. The deer were pretty thick within the park and on the area roads in the late afternoon and early mornings so be cautious while driving. - RKL
May 2006 - $16.00
Good fishing lake with very clear water. The campground is family friendly and has a playground. The bathrooms are very clean. There is a 7 mile wooded hiking trail around the perimeter of the lake. The park also has a nice swimming beach with a bathhouse, restaurant and boat rental. Many of the sites are not level. If you reserve on the Iowa DNR site it will indicate if the site is level or not. We would go there again. - Cornboy
Aug 2018 - $36.00
A lot of workers living at park. Connected to motel next door where you can use there nice indoor pool. Very basic campground next to the highway. Pull thru sites. - Bjb1775
Aug 2015 - $34.00
The only downside side is proximity it to highway and railroad. Very pleasant management, restaurant and bar on premises. Level, gravel sites. - Farmer Joe
Jun 2015 - $32.00
First time here. The park and the motel are run together. We have a pull thru in which we were able to remain hitched. The sites are none too level. Hwy 34 passes between the motel and the rv park. We called earlier and made a reservation. Because of that we just pulled into our appointed site and then walked across the highway to register. We were given two coupons for free drinks at the adjoining restaurant. We went there for dinner and were able to have a very nice meal for less than $20!! There is a rail line behind the park which is active. We are not bothered by train noise. We would return, and would recommend this park to friends. - shovelguy