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Cenla RV Park and Campground

Spirit Lake, Iowa


3200 US-71
Spirit Lake, Iowa 51360
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Sites: 120
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 43.41110
Longitude: -95.12713

Elevation: 1439' (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 ?
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup yes
  • Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP)
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • Public Phone Public Phone yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup yes
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • 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 yes
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault ?
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails ?
  • Rec Room Rec Room ?
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Beach Beach no
  • Biking Biking ?
  • Boating Boating no
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes ?
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts yes
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access yes

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24 Reviews

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Review Count: 75
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: August, 2018 - $38.00
Overall Rating:

3 Nights. It was a level site and not too close to any one. Wifi was OK. Staff very friendly and helpful. Lovely lake at the end of the campground but you can't camp near it in an RV. We camped at Cenla RV Park and Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
6
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The Indiana Factory is not far away but you need to book tour in advance as they are not always available. Concert are held in the summer at the Amusement park not far away. Nice brewery across the road and down a bit - Okonpki Brewery.

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Review Count: 167
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 21

Date of Stay: August, 2018 - $37.00
Overall Rating:

Just overnighted here. Office staff was helpful. Site sloped down and sideways but we were Tlevel enough for the night. The wifi is an illusion. The office staff agreed and that it had been that way a long time, but of course we still paid full price. A big park, Walmat, Hospital, Restaurants all close. We camped at Cenla RV Park and Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
119
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: October, 2017 - $27.00
Overall Rating:

Rate is for "off season." Very clean and well kept facilities. Friendly and helpful staff. Access to the lake with a few lakefront sites. Parking was on gravel with a concrete picnic pad. This is mainly a family friendly seasonal resort with about 25% of the sites for short term. Seasonal sites are beautifully maintained, showing pride of ownership. We camped at Cenla RV Park and Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
114
Site Surface
Concrete, Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Central location to tour the Great Lake area of Iowa. Many restaurants within easy driving distance. Walmart about a mile away.

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Review Count: 91
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

Average park. 2 small fishing piers. Not very many sites with water views. Lots of seasonal sites. Site 108 has trees on both sides of pull thru that need some major trimming. Utilities hook up is at rear of site so motorhome with tow does not work. Had to unhook. Picnic table has not seen paint for quite some time. Would not stay here again. We camped at Cenla RV Park and Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
108
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Arnolds park nice, lovely drive around the lakes.

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Review Count: 124
States Visited: 34
Helpful Reviews: 25

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

Easy to drive around the park with a large 5th wheel and crew cab truck. Long sites on a slight angle makes backing easy if you have a back-in site. Decent water pressure, decent WiFi speed and good WiFi signal strength. Cable TV worked well. No fenced dog run. 5 MPH speed limit (ridiculously low) that doesn't seem to be followed or enforced. Good park overall. Would stay here again. We camped at Cenla RV Park and Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $27.00
Overall Rating:

Very clean and family oriented. Most sites were pull-through, easy to access, and spacious. Park was clean, well maintained and augmented with numerous activities for family members. Staff was professional and went out of their way to ensure your arrival and stay were quality in every respect. We camped at Cenla RV Park and Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
12
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 93
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 25

Date of Stay: September, 2015 - $27.00
Overall Rating:

Stayed here for a week late in the season, it was nice. Sites are nicely spaced and easy in/out. Most have at least some shade and are level. Staff was nice. Pool was closed for the season, so don't know about that. The seasonal section of the park looked really good. Location is very convenient to attractions and stores. Decent Verizon voice and internet service, and cable TV was OK. Laundry is small, but there is a really good laundromat in downtown Spirit Lake. We camped at Cenla RV Park and Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
100
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
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Review Count: 202
States Visited: 45
Helpful Reviews: 43

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

Gravel roads, gravel/grass site, concrete pad. Some full-timers but very clean. Nice lake for fishing. Great for stopover. We camped at Cenla RV Park and Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
111
Site Surface
Concrete, Gravel, Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: October, 2013 - $29.00
Overall Rating:

Wife and I spent 5 days here in October 2013, first trip to Okoboji. This is an established campground with excellent amenities. The pull thru slots in the front are long and mostly level, with good shade trees. The Wi-Fi and cable TV were excellent, best we have found in Iowa. There are very good walking trails for us and dogs, and while the lake front area is small, it did allow access to a dock and a little shoreline, and the lake was clean with great views. The lady who checked us in was nice. Overall, no complaints and will definitely come back again. We camped at Cenla RV Park and Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $33.00
Overall Rating:

Everything in this park was clean and well-maintained. The grounds were clean and the bathrooms were clean and updated. There were three showers in the restroom instead of the usual two, so this helped alleviate congestion in the morning. There were also two sets of restrooms. The sites are mostly shady and level. The cement pads for the picnic table are a nice plus. We liked how the seasonal campers were clearly separated from the weekenders. Our request for a site near the pool and playground was honored. The fishing dock was a nice feature, but the fishing was very poor (no fault of the campground). The location was terrific. It is located on a major highway, but sits far away from the road and the major tourist attractions to allow for peace and quiet. It's a bit of an oasis in the midst of the hustle and bustle. Even though we have children of our own, it was truly a pleasure to be at a campground where children were banned from running around after 10PM. This was one of the quietest campgrounds we've visited. The only negatives would be that the pool was extremely cold, the dryers were old and didn't dry the clothes on the first cycle and the playground could use some updates. We would definitely stay here again. We camped at Cenla RV Park and Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 295
States Visited: 54
Helpful Reviews: 42

Date of Stay: September, 2011 - $33.00
Overall Rating:

For a campground with a lot apparent seasonal residents it is surprisingly well maintained. Our site was close to the lake. Close to shopping and the some of the best gas prices around. We'd definitely stay here again when in the area. We camped at Cenla RV Park and Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 58
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: June, 2011 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

Sites were gravelly-mud, cement slab outside front door that helped somewhat when it stopped raining. Dusty roads in the park and lots of live-ins in the back part of the park. Asked if we could move to another empty slot because our site was next to a family with motor scooters and noticed the park was more empty than full. Were told we couldn't be accommodated because the park was filled up in the next few days. Asked if maybe some could be shuffled around and told no. We never had neighbors on the other side the whole time, and all we requested was the space so our eating area was not where the scooters would be cranked up all the time. Park seemed nicely maintained otherwise. We camped at Cenla RV Park and Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 127
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: May, 2011 - $32.00
Overall Rating:

The rate reflects a weekly stay. We were told we could pick which of the empty 50amp pull-through sites we wanted. It had rained recently so they all had standing water and mud. The tires on our motor home got filthy just driving into the site. Then it rained again so there were more puddles and more mud. There was a large paved patio at our site; be sure to allow room for your step to come out. Our row had nice grass between the sites. Except for much needed rock/gravel on the ‘runways’, the campground maintenance is better than most campgrounds. We didn’t use the Wi-Fi; there was very good cable service. Road noise was minimal. We enjoyed our stay and would come again. We camped at Cenla RV Park and Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 44
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: July, 2010 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

There are a few sites for very small RV's and limited hookups, but other than that you cannot see the small lake unless you walk down a path to the dock so their website is misleading. Alot of their non permanent sites offer no shade so you roast in the sun. I was not impressed with anything about this campground. We camped at Cenla RV Park and Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2010 - $33.00
Overall Rating:

We didn't ask to be down by the lake, but got put there. The mosquitoes were huge and thick - could hardly be out long enough for the dogs to do their thing. Their advertised Wi-Fi was terrible. We would have been a lot happier up by the road. We will probably try them again - we'll just be a lot pickier about where they put us. They were packed in like sardines down in our area. We camped at Cenla RV Park and Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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