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9 RV Parks near Guthrie Center, Iowa
Aug 2008 - $16.00
Only lack of on-site water connection keeps this from the highest rating. In wooded area about 8 miles NE of Guthrie Center and 6 miles west of Yale where we came to bicycle the Raccoon River Valley Rail Trail. Appears park gets heavy weekend use from families, but suspect the middle of week would be empty. Park features trails, wildlife, and a 17 acre artificial lake with beach area and boat ramp. All sites are fairly level gravel, have tables and fire rings with grills. Park is well cared for lots of green grass and trees. This was an unexpected delightful find and we would most definitely return. - tillie
Oct 2016 - $15.00
Beautiful county park, our campsite was on a raised gravel bed with a big fire ring and nice picnic table. Was also beautifully shaded and near a clear rushing River. Electric only, we were in a motorhome. - Hamilhome
Sep 2015 - $15.00
Spacious, wooded county park 35 miles W of Des Moines and 6 miles N of Stuart (I-80 exit 93). Gravel roads and pads, back in sites looked like 30 feet or so. Next to the Raccoon River, with canoeing access advertised (River looked pretty fast to me). Also walking trails. Very peaceful and pretty. - Creigh Gordon
Aug 2016 - $15.00
This is a first come, first serve campground located in the city park. It's a nice, quiet area. The posts all had 20, 30, and 50 amp electrical outlets. Water pumps were available approximately every 3-4 campsites, so a 50 foot water hose would easily reach for anyone needing to fill up. There is an available dump station.
The park was clean, and it had a nice selection of playground equipment. We did not use the showers, but we did take a look in the bathrooms to see what was available. It was your typical park showerhouse/bathroom with painted block walls and concrete floors. The women's was clean, but my husband said the men's could have used some cleaning. A dump station is also available.
The sites were nice & level, but they are pea gravel, so it made chocking the wheels a bit difficult. The chocks just wanted to move around.
Also, they sit right on the street, although it's not a busy street by any means since it's such a small town.
When choosing review options, I chose the sites to be "just long enough for my RV and tow vehicle," but in reality it was just long enough for our 40 foot 5th wheel. We did disconnect the truck and park it off to the side. Overall, it was a nice little spot, and we will definitely return again in the future as we travel through the area. - rcrka
Jul 2011 - $15.00
I wanted to list this location because it may come in handy for an I-80 traveler looking for an overnight or two. We stopped on our way east from the Grand Tetons and saw a sign on the Hwy for camping. The city park in right in the middle of the small town. It's a self serve site and you pay with an envelope through a slot in a door. There's a small park here and a lighted ball field where people were playing night time softball. You feel safe here (we saw the local police officer come and check for the payment envelope after turning the lights out for the night.) The wife took a shower here and reported them clean and free, but there's a button you have to push after a few minutes. There is a dump station available. Like I said, it's good for a short stop with electricity and a low price. - Parrothead Mike
Sep 2016 - $17.00
We pretty much had our pick of spots... Only 3 campers including us at this secluded gem! Connection to power and water was not close and at this time our 50' hose was not long enough. Beautiful lake view with clean bathroom. Only reason I didn't give this campsite a 10 is because there is absolutely NO reception for cell phones or electronic devices unless you purchase a local tracker phone. But that could be a positive also! - Murray Mathew
Oct 2014 - $20.00
Great county park. Some sites have sewer and some 50 amp. Some sites a little on the short side for a 40' rig but most will handle a big rig. Limiting factor on the sewer sites is the sewer connection is in the center at the back of the site. Other than that, this is a great little park. Campground manager very nice. On a small lake with a separate beach. Verizon works good, and some sites are satellite friendly. If you come from the east on Littlefield Rd - do not turn by the park office sign. You will end up in the managers back yard. Go another 1/4 mile and turn is on the left. Several small towns nearby for shopping. Registration is on the honor system. - SouthernNights
Jun 2017 - $20.00
This little park was a pleasant surprise. We were traveling cross country, but decided to take an extra rest day here. It is several miles off I-80, but worth the trip. The last mile is down a well-maintained gravel road. There is a nearby lake and room to roam. It is extremely peaceful and a great respite from the usual "campgrounds" you find along the interstates. - Camping Granny
Aug 2016 - $21.00
I loved this place! The owner was super cool, it was exactly what we were looking for...zacardias, lightening bugs, full moon, friendly peeps, and quiet, lovely and Awesome!! - Deb Kytle
Jul 2008 - $16.00
Way off the interstate, poorly marked, no one at the check in station. Note on drop box not to use because someone is stealing the money! We were dead tired, got set up and ready for bed, when there was a knock on the door and the attendant wanted their money. Luckily we stayed only one night (well 4 hours). Would not stay here again. - BIGBUBBA1959
Sep 2018 - $21.00
Not a big rig friendly park. There are just about six spots that you can try and back a big rig into. The problem is that road is the width of your rig with no ability to swing and follow the trailer in. They are on tiered bluffs that quickly leave your tow vehicle over the edge on soft grass. Big mud pit when it rains. Gravel just turns to soggy cement. Cross this off our list. - Mleeder
Jun 2018 - $19.00
Beautiful park just a few miles off of I80. We stopped for a single night on a larger trip. The lake and view was nice. - 4n6
Jun 2018 - $16.00
The lake is what brings water lovers and anglers from all over Iowa here. When you drive in there isn't an official check in gate, but signage points you towards the campground. Once you enter there is self check in kiosk as well as a printed sheet listing all the reserved sites. The campground has a mixture of full hook up sites, sites with only electric and a tent camping section. If you need to take on water like we did, you'll actually have to drive through the campground and follow the exit and then come to the dump station where there is a fresh water fill. Most of the sites for RVs are a bit tight but most all of them provide nice views of the lake. The lake has a great paved 4 mile trail around it, which we enjoyed on bike a couple times and in the morning you'll love watching the rabbits, deer and the amazing number of birds along the path. There is also a bike/hike trail that goes into the small town of Anita. The swimming area was well maintained and quite popular on the days we were there. - Two Lanes of Freedom
Apr 2017 - $15.00
We were looking for an interesting place to stay in the general area to break up a long drive. We're self contained and don't use the facilities except for an occasional shower. We visited in April. This is a nice small campground. The fee is $15 per night. There are 40 relatively small, flat sites with full hook ups. Most are partially shaded. There's a small bath house with hot shower. There's no wifi. Verizon cell coverage was ok. There is no ATT coverage. - dsvt
Oct 2018 - $46.00
Neat, fairly open. We prefer trees. Nice facility overall. We would return for an overnight in the future. - Debra Zillmer
Sep 2018 - $51.00
I like this park. It is easy to maneuver in and out. My satellite works and with the new sites it is/feels less crowded. It is a ways from Des Moines but not that far. - peddy dick
Aug 2018 - $69.00
We stayed here 10 days while visiting family and friends in central Iowa. We elected to get a patio site (more $$ but includes concrete patio, 6 chairs, table and gas grill). There were numerous activities at the campground on weekends and even a preschool group visiting one weekday to use playground and "mini shuttle" facilities. Staff is hard-working and friendly. Sites are gravel and mostly level. They have added 30+ sites in a new section during the past year. This KOA is 2 miles north of I-80. Road noise is not a problem. - gbburgess