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Ottumwa Park Campground

Ottumwa, Iowa


1 Joe Lord Memorial Dr
Ottumwa, Iowa 52501
Phone: Click to view

Sites: 100+
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 41.01468
Longitude: -92.42403

Elevation: 649' (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 ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup no
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) ?
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • Public Phone Public Phone no
  • Water Water yes
  • 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 ?
  • Showers Showers ?
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault ?
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails ?
  • Rec Room Rec Room ?
  • Casino Casino ?
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Beach Beach ?
  • Biking Biking ?
  • Boating Boating ?
  • Golf Golf ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes ?
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf ?
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts ?
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access ?

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6 Reviews

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Review Count: 117
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 18

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $17.00
Overall Rating:

This is an old city park. It was built in the 60's and little has changed. The sites are in clusters of 4 and might require extra power and water hoses depending on which site you are located. The sites are a mixture of concrete on dirt / grass. As mentioned it is a city park with many activities going on by the locals. Security is by the police periodically driving through. It is conveniently located next to Hwy 34, however there is not much road noise. After checking in, you just pick any vacant spot. There are no discounts. We camped at Ottumwa Park Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
26
Site Surface
Concrete, Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

This is an old coal mining and manufacturing town. It went into a depression about 50 years ago and is struggling to come back. There is a good local historical museum in town and an air museum about 20 miles away that are worth visiting. Shopping is near by, but not with in walking distance. It is a good overnight stop.

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Review Count: 34
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $17.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed here one night on 4th of July weekend. The park was almost full when we arrived late. It had been raining so everyone's firewood was wet. Smoke was so bad that we closed our windows and vents and ran the AC. Our site was water & electric. There was no CATV. We could not connect to the WIFI. Cell service was adequate to use as a hot spot to access to the internet. Access roads inside the park are good. the sites were easy to back into. The toilet building is not adequate for the number of people using it. We camped at Ottumwa Park Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
76
Site Surface
Concrete, Gravel, Dirt, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade, Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $15.00
Overall Rating:

We spent a quick overnight here and that was all we needed, and wanted. We managed to find a pull-through site because the site behind us was unoccupied. The electric service worked well. The water pressure was about 80 lbs. so make sure you use a regulator before you hook up. Many of the other campers seemed to be permanent: antique old RVs that don't appear able to be moved, even though there is supposedly a 2 week stay limit. We didn't have any problem but did not feel secure either. Although we didn't use them, we did check out the restrooms to see if improvements have been made since the last review. We are happy to note that security locks are now in place on the entry doors to the restrooms, meaning the general public does not have access. The facilities appeared to be clean but as a previous reviewer stated, there is no enclosed dressing area for each shower and probably no economical way to fix the situation either since all walls are concrete block. It was noisy at night too. The park borders busy US Hwy 34 and the trains are not far away either. We heard train horns all night long as they issued their warnings at the many grade crossings. All in all we were glad we were only staying one night. We camped at Ottumwa Park Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 27
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2010 - $15.00
Overall Rating:

This is our 8th time staying at this city park. Over the last several years we have made several suggestions to the managers and the City Park Director that they need to improve the bath house conditions. The park has a very nice fishing pond and a walking path. This year we found that the conditions in the showers are worse than in previous visits. There is no privacy in the bath house when you take showers, no place to hang your clothes and the outside door and shower units cannot be secured. This is a problem because the facilities are used by the non camping public and they can catch you in an embarrassing and helpless state if you are alone. I stand outside the door when my wife is inside to monitor who goes in. I stayed here as I have not located an alternative campsite. I strongly recommend checking out the facilities prior to paying camping fees as they do not give refunds. Only a few of the sites have level concrete pads. The rest are not level and have deep tire ruts that make leveling difficult. We camped at Ottumwa Park Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 27
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2009 - $15.00
Overall Rating:

This is a city park and does not have a good security system. This limits the park to campers. The bath houses do not have private dressing areas and you have to dress in the showers. You have to hang your clothes over shower curtain. The couple who manage the park are great but the city has done very little to improve the campground. The rates were raised in 2009 to $15.00 with electric and water. No sewer. We camped at Ottumwa Park Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 81
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: September, 2008 - $13.00
Overall Rating:

This is a large city park campground. There were about 100 sites with a separate area for tents. Most sites were shaded with very large trees. There were water & 30 amp electric hookups at all the RV sites and a dump station. There are a couple of large ponds in the park & quite a few people were fishing with good luck catching pan fish. Some of the sites were suitable for big rigs and most would handle at least 34 footers. The cost per night was only $13.50 for RV's, less for tents. There were areas to walk and there appeared to be a paved bike/walking trail across the road. We were very happy to find this pretty & low cost park. The only negative was that there were many geese in & near the ponds and you have to be careful where you walk near the ponds. The geese did not come in the campground. The park is located on US Highway Business 63 on the south side of town. This was a great park at a great price & we would stay here again. We camped at Ottumwa Park Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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