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Bob Shetler Campground COE

Johnston, Iowa


5600 NW 78th Ave
Johnston, Iowa 50131
Phone: Click to view

Sites: 67
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 41.70242
Longitude: -93.68653

Elevation: 842' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ Only 55+ Only no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup no
  • Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP)
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • Public Phone Public Phone no
  • Water Water no
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault ?
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Beach Beach no
  • Biking Biking no
  • Boating Boating ?
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes no
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts no
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access yes

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25 Reviews

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Review Count: 22
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $9.00
Overall Rating:

We stopped here for just one night. The campground has 3 separate areas. I think the older areas have sites 1-11 and 12-22, as they're closer to the river and have more trees. Our site was large: plenty of room to leave our truck hooked up to the trailer and quite private with no one behind us. There was a picnic table and fire pit. Showers were free but small unless you used the handicap one. There was plenty of warm water. Women's bathroom had a vanity with 2 sinks but only one mirror. My husband said the men's restroom did not have a mirror, which made shaving a challenge.

The newer area has full hook ups but very little shade. Check the campsite map to see where you want to be. We would definitely stay here again. We camped at Bob Shetler Campground COE in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
03
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

The river below the dam is obviously a popular fishing spot, and we saw several fish caught.

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Review Count: 484
States Visited: 54
Helpful Reviews: 63

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

Our site was one of the nicest that we have ever had anywhere. We were in the small loop next to the outlet that has sites 12 thru 20. These sites are all on concrete pads and have 50 amp outlets. Our pad was at least 80 feet deep and double wide. The fire ring was integrated into the pad. You could park an 18 wheeler on the site. There is no bathhouse in this loop, but one is available nearby in the large parking lot. Verizon cell, broadband and OTA TV were very good. This loop has some of the nicest sites that we have seen at a COE CG. We camped at Bob Shetler Campground COE in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
17
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 128
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 23

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

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. We camped at Bob Shetler Campground COE in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Tips for other Campers:

Use website directions if coming from I35, but instead of NW 37th St the correct turn is onto NW 84th Ave which immediately turns into NW 37th St.

Also, Site #12 borders the spillway parking lot for fisherman. Apparently the area is available for fisherman at all hours. Many vehicles and loud motorcycles late at night and early in the morning were a nuisance for us while trying to sleep.

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Review Count: 29
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $18.00
Overall Rating:

Well maintained and level campground. The lack of shade could be an issue on hotter days. We camped at Bob Shetler Campground COE in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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Review Count: 76
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 14

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

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. We camped at Bob Shetler Campground COE in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 103
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 21

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $9.00
Overall Rating:

Bob Shetler is a nice park below the dam. It only has electricity at the camping sites. There several water faucets throughout the park to fill your fresh water tank. The park does have a dumping area on the far east end of the park. The camping sites are large and there is a lot of room between sites. We camped at Bob Shetler Campground COE in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
forty one
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

The park is located by a large lake, and is on the Des Moines river. There are several gas station/convenience stores, Grocery store, a big mall, and several restaurants near by. Plus Des Moines area has a large casino/racetrack, and a amusement park all located next to each other.

There are 3 other Corp parks that have camping sites located on Saylorville Lake.

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Review Count: 23
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: September, 2014 - $24.00
Overall Rating:

We loved this park. It was beautiful, quiet and fairly easy to maneuver. We had some difficulty finding the park, but it was worth the effort. The sites are mostly level, spacious and covered with a fine gravel. Restrooms and showers are conveniently located. The camp host was not very friendly, but that was not a game changer for us. Verizon was OK. Our stay was quiet and enjoyable and we would stay again. We camped at Bob Shetler Campground COE in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 103
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 21

Date of Stay: May, 2013 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

My wife and I camped in the section right along the river. All the sights along the river are paved. They are back ins, but very nice. Some shade and easy to get your satellite dish lined up. The sights come with really nice picnic tables and fire rings. Our rate was based on Golden Age discount. We camped at Bob Shetler Campground COE in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2011 - $8.00
Overall Rating:

Nice facility. Well kept and well patroled. Most sites have adequate room . We camped at Bob Shetler Campground COE in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 17
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2011 - $18.00
Overall Rating:

Busy family park: very few full hook sites. Most electric only 30 amp. Poor signage coming into park as the check-in gate is at only one of the loops. Low hanging trees need trimming, we had to move around on the road and wait for cars to pass to avoid tree limbs. The sites are nice, wide and have good views. Access pass would make this price $9. We camped at Bob Shetler Campground COE in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2011 - $22.00
Overall Rating:

New sections have best big-rig access. T & L loops in the Tail Water West and East sections, respectively. Great COE facility with THREE campground areas. The Dam Complex has FIVE major loops, plus Sandy Beach and Sugar Bottom. All told, there are well over 300 sites, AND at least 25% are saved for first-come, first-served (off the reservation system). They honor the senior-pass (aka, Golden Age Passport) for half-price camping! We camped at Bob Shetler Campground COE in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 229
States Visited: 32
Helpful Reviews: 54

Date of Stay: June, 2011 - $18.00
Overall Rating:

This is a nice park. Some of the loops are wooded; others are just shaded while other loops are in the sun. Most (not all) sites can accommodate large rigs – without the tow. There are plenty of parking spaces for the tow. Some sites are on gravel and others are on cement. The interior roads are on asphalt. Only Tailwater West has FHU with 50/30 amp service. All other sites have 30/20 amp service only. The electrical voltage was good. Fresh water can be found at the dump station. The loops near the boat dock can be a little noisy. There is also a very large beach area. The bathroom/showers are the typical state park facilities. They are clean but not very appealing. Verizon air card was a little weak but usable. Verizon cell phone had 2 – 3 bars with Broadband access. We would definitely come back here again if we were in the area. We camped at Bob Shetler Campground COE in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2010 - $17.00
Overall Rating:

We love this place. We go every year and get a lakeside view. You can rent boats which we try to do depending on the weather. The people are very friendly. Have nothing bad to say about this place. We camped at Bob Shetler Campground COE in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2010 - $18.00
Overall Rating:

Beautiful place to stay. Our site was right on the water. Clean showers and restrooms. Very clean park. Would stay here again. We camped at Bob Shetler Campground COE in a Tent Trailer.

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Review Count: 392
States Visited: 40
Helpful Reviews: 28

Date of Stay: July, 2010 - $9.00
Overall Rating:

Nice sites in loop W, not paved, but good level small gravel. Some sites flooded when we were there. Did not see any full hookup sites other than camp hosts. 30 amp electric with water available at dump station and the center of the loop. We camped at Bob Shetler Campground COE in a Motorhome.

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