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About Wilson Island State Recreation Area
Drive In
Walk In
Boat In
ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Trash Available
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RVs and Trailers
Sanitary Dump
Sewer Hookups
Water Hookups
30 amp Hookups
50 amp Hookups
Pull-Through Sites
Max Length: 60 ft.
Wilson Island State Recreation Area is located in Iowa
41.4891 N
-96.0096 W
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6 Reviews of Wilson Island State Recreation Area
Great state park, but closed

This is a state park in Iowa right off the Missouri river. And also directly next to or connected to the great nature preserve Desoto Bend. Unfortunately there were massive floods in 2019 in this area that effected the area near the missouri, Platte, and Elkhorn river. Due to these flood this great park is closed along with other parks that are still closed. If you look around and see a few parks that are closed and some that are open but have repairs needed. I hope this park will open in the future. And this and other parks get the repairs that they need. This park is one of Iowa best in my opinion.

Closed for 2019 season due to flooding

This campground had been closed part of 2018 and all of 2019 Season due to flooding of the Missouri River.


When camping there in the past great Campground for riding bikes and River fishing underwater this year due to the floods in Iowa..

Nice park and campground next to DeSoto NWR

Nice smaller park with good tent sites on Missouri River and next to DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge.

Wilson Island State Park is part of the DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge

It is true that the campground is a big open space with little tree cover, but it is part of the DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge, and there is a ton of trees, trails, and wildlife around the refuge.

It is right next to the Missouri River, and although the park and campground are in Iowa, the DeSoto National Wildlife Preserve is in both Iowa and Nebraska.

You have to pay separate fees to enter the Wildlife Preserve but it is worth it. The entire area is beautiful and has great views of the Missouri River. There is a visitor center and a few other attractions but the trails and the Missouri River are the best feature.

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Wilsons island state rec. area

A nice campground . The tent sites are nicely spaced. The rv sites are pretty close together. Nice clean showers and toilets.

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