Plenty of room to hike and bike. Be careful on the upper camping area, the turns on the west side on very tight. Cutbacks have affected Iowa campgrounds as some of the picnic areas are not being mowed, just paths to and around them. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Wonderful, quiet campground. Shade trees at lots of the sites. Playground is not directly in the campground, but a little ways away. There is a beach at the lake and there is also canoe, kayak and paddle boat rentals. Very clean and yes, the DNR drives through frequently. Lots of white tail deer to see. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Beautiful campground with lake views. Electric only hookups. Campground is patroled by the DNR (quite visible). Great family atmosphere. We have stayed here several times. In the summer months a naturalist gives programs on the weekends. There is a beach adjacent to the camping area. Be sure to arrive early or have a reservation, as the park is a popular weekend destination. Only downfall for the park is lack of full hookups, and the shower houses are in need of a update. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is a beautiful state park about 20 miles south of Des Moines. The lake view sites have no hookups, but we were in the first row of electric sites up from the lake, and had a great view of the lake and plenty of shade. There is a beach and covered fish dock in the park. DNR was very visible, so no wild parties going on! My only complaint was the lack of hot water in the showers. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We were here during the Indianola Balloon Festival. It is on Hwy 92, a few minutes from Balloon field. It is a first come, first serve, you pick your own spot and pay daily so you can extend your stay as long as you wish. Nice, shaded spots and we managed to keep it cool inside despite the 100 degrees outside. We picked a spot with the playground right outside, our daughter loved it. It is at a fairground though, so you might want to check their schedule as we had a very loud Figure 8 spring car race our last night, but noise doesn't bother us too much. It is also on Hwy 92, which is a little noisy. Internet was however spectacular, which is one of our priorities so we were happy. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Nothing fancy, but the price is right for water/electric hookups. They have a dump site at the park. The park is located on the west side of town on HWY 92 across the highway from an excellant grocery store, try the meat counter. We camped here in a Motorhome.