These Iowa state parks are extremely clean and well taken care of. The lake is huge with multiple trails that the kids loved. Playground was directly behind us which is a plus for us.
Stopped at Prairie Rose SP for one night on our way to South Dakota. Very nice campground with a large lake, and almost empty! Clean showers, hiking. Electric only. Water available in the campground.
small camping area, great rv area. awesome swimming pond, awesome fishing lake
This park surrounds the whole lake and you can explore everything thing by trail or water. Lots of fishing and swimming, we went looking for wildflowers along the lake trails. Even though there are tons of campsites it does not feel at all crowded. Very nice and clean.
Yay: Hard to choose a campsite, all had great views and little perks. Check out the cabins too.
Nay: None, perfect experience!
Surprise: trails are perfect for XC skiing in winter. We saw bald eagles and deer very close to the tent.
I really like Prairie Rose State Park. It is about ten miles north of Interstate 80 near Harlan, Iowa. The lake is gorgeous and has many different view points. There is plenty of space and a lot of different activities. A lot of folks fish and picnic. There are also a lot of geese.
The camp sites have great views of the lake and the park was pretty empty when I visited. This park truly is a rose in the prairie.
Our family of four tent camped one night at an electric lake front site. Sites are close together, but we had no neighbors so we had our privacy. The outhouse style bathroom was clean, but flies were abundant. The grounds were well maintained and DNR staff was very helpful. They even helped us with a small bike repair. The kids enjoyed biking and swimming. The whole family enjoyed prairie wildlife such as a blue heron, geese, bald eagles, frogs etc. The hiking trails were well cut out and offered views of the lake, woods, and natural prairie. Showers, no wake boating, and fishing were also available. We would have been happy to stay a few more days!