Ackley, IOWA
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Hidden gem (in a cornfield)

This is about as "middle of nowhere" as you can get in Iowa 🙂! The campground offers both electric RV sites and primitive sites (with an accompanying bathhouse ~500 feet away)

The park offers a couple nice walking paths both forested and prairie. The lake is small, but I'm told has some good fishing.

Peace in the city

This campground is just across the river from East Park, a very large part in Mason city. The river flows through the park and there are several, maybe 5 playgrounds in the park. The campground is also next door to the city pool.

Clean park

Clean showers and nice level spots for RV's at least in the back side of park. Full hookups. Can get a little cramped tho when everyone comes in.

First to Review
Nice easy park.

Nice park with a bike path around the lake. A few nature trails, but nothing I would call hiking. Two vault toilets placed on the bike path. One modern bathroom with showers in the campground. A few cabins with air conditioning and one large one. Rest of the sites are on gravel and meant for RVs, but I've seen a few tents dotted in the grass next to them. Two ramps for boats and two spots for kayaks or canoes. Nice paddling and usually pretty easy going. One beach, but I've never seen anyone really swimming. Just mostly small kids splashing around.

Great park for kids, but floods easily.

Nice park with some easy hiking trails and great bike paths. Both also good for any runners. All are really flat and would be easy for older people or young children to do. There is also a beach that is open seasonally and docks dotted throughout for fishing boats or kayaks. Really nice for kayaking and paddleboarding. Not much if any current (unless your in the river portion) which makes it smooth for anyone to do including kids. Campground isn't bad. Usually very clean and the hosts are nice. There is a nice playground in the middle and we've rarely had any noise problems. If you plan it right you can get a site right next to the Cedar River. Really pretty in the evening. That being said, because it is so close to river anytime it rains heavily there is flooding in several areas of the park. And almost every year (usually late summer, early fall) it rains enough to flood a good portion of the park. In 2 out of the last 3 years it's even been bad enough to close the park completely. And it is fairly close to the highway. That's good for convenience sake of getting in and out of the park, but it does mean there is some road noise in the parts of the park.

Another bargain at an Iowa State Park

Why Should You Camp Here?

  • Iowa state parks are a bargain! This one is $11 for a non-electric site, $16 for an electric site. (Rates go down to $6 and $11 from 10/1-4/30.) There is no separate park entry fee (unlike some states).

  • You can rent kayaks, canoes or pedal boats near the campground at Wyth Lake. And there are 3 other nearby lakes.

  • There's a small beach at Wyth Lake.

  • The Cedar River is on the edge of the campground.

  • You're so close to Cedar Falls and Waterloo which means there are craft breweries!

  • We were only there for a night but I saw this on "The Lake-to-State Park Bike Route is a 50 mile route connecting Pine Lake and George Wyth State Park. The route primarily utilizes county highways and established bike routes and paths once inside Cedar Falls/Waterloo." 

  • We didn't do everything we could do there, because we were just passing through. Check this out:


  • The usual fire ring and picnic table

  • Dump station and potable water

  • Flush toilets and running water in bathrooms along with push button showers. Ok, push button showers are not ideal. Just keep pushing that button and hopefully you'll be okay with the temperature that you can't control!


Amazing Waterpark across the road. Very clean, well maintained campground. Gas station and nice playground on the campground

great campground

this campground was last d out very well. with nice large spaces. a lake and a water park across the street. bathrooms were very clean and even though very family oriented we did not feel overrun with kids.

Lost Island

Clean, friendly staff. Nice lake for swimming and fiahing. close to water park ( and not to close!) We would definitely stay there again


Very nice, clean campground with a beautiful lake. Golfing and river floating nearby, with lots of trails to hike and bike. Highly recommend!

daughters birthday party

bathrooms were clean and nice park but alot of highway noise

my favorite place to camp!

always plenty to do!!!

memorial weekend

excellent time in a calm and relaxing park!

Small newer campground with small lake

The camp sites are good sized. There are full hookups, electric only and primitive sites available. Nice shower house, restrooms, playground, hiking, biking, fishing or just hanging out. Zearing does have a small gas station/convenience store, the closest grocery store is about ten miles away so come prepared!

Unfortunately being a newer campground there are no established trees for shade, we found the best spots are on the south side where the camper door faces east. As the trees mature this campground will just keep getting better.

Some of the sites are reservable online.

Lakeside spots, hiking, biking, fishing, canoeing swimming or just relaxing

About half of the camping spots are now reservable online, the rest are first come. The park is well established with plenty of trees for shade. The lake isn’t large but does provide space for canoeing, kayaking and small fishing boats (only trolling motors allowed). The shower house and restroom was new in 2017, is large with private shower rooms and serves as a tornado shelter. This is our second year camping and so far this is our favorite campground!


Only camp if you are attending an event. This was the roughest glamping we did as power wasn’t consistent.

Nice campground right next to Waterpark

Campsite and facilities were very nice and clean, though the restroom/shower house is in desperate need of ventilation. Only visited for one night, but would recommend for families. Played a bit of lake-side volleyball in the evening. Beautiful sunset!


My family and I rented on eof the cabins here. They were nice cabins just off the bank of the river! The cabin comfortably fit 4 of us. It had a nice stone fireplace a decent living room, small kitchen, and bathroom. Nice hiking trails right outside the cabin, along the river. Just down the road is a large lake with more hiking as well. Nice place overall!

Peaceful Beeds Lake

Grear area for camping. Beautiful park!

Small, Close Campground

The campground was nice, but it seems more for RVs. Sometimes you have to share a fire pit with other tents if it's busy. They have a small petting zoo and a small beach. This place feels more like a neighborhood verses camping in nature. Most people use this as a "summer home".

First to Review
Close to River and Lake

We usually camp here Memorial Day weekend. It's a bit cold to go tubing then, but there is a nice beach area when the river is to high, low, etc.

Great Spot Near River and Lake

We camp here about once per year, and love it so much! Great access to river a short drive away for fabulous river tubing and kayaking. The campground has nice bathroom facilities. You have to hold down the lever on the shower, which is a bit of a hassle.

Small, Nice Campground

This campground is great now that you are able to make reservations online! They have a small "lake" that is great for swimming, fishing, kayaking and canoeing. Rentals for paddle boats, water bikes, kayaks and canoes are available during the summer for a reasonable price. Small fishing boats are allowed on the lake with out gas motors.

The sites vary in size, all of them seem ample. The best sites, in my opinion, are along the lake. There are a few fishing and boat docks to use there.

Hickory Grove has several hiking trails where your are able to see many different animals. Sometimes they have goats out to contain some invasive plant species!

First to Review
nice little park

great trails, older playgrounds, nice bathroom, good price

Quaint little small town campground

it’s small but well kept blacktopped camper spots, a shelter house, electric and a dumping station are all available. The kids are not forgotten because there is a nice pond with a beach and jetties for fishing and don’t forget the play equipment. The people are great friendly and fun.

quiet, shaded sites

Quiet and well maintained. Lots to do, hiking and bike trails, fishing and boating, beach for swimming.

beautiful spot near lake

Beautiful shaded campground near the lake, not far from town if you forgot something. We stayed in one of the two yurts- bunk bed plus a futon and table/chairs inside. Picnic table and grill outside. Walk to small town/restaurants.Clean bathroom facilities in area. Short hikes. Fishing nearby.

Great place for biking

This has so much to do. Fishing, kayaking, boating, swimming and camping. Great park in campground and two more parks in area. Off a main highway, but you feel like you are a long ways from no where. If you are a biker there is a wonderful bike path. It will take you all the way through Cedar Falls and Waterloo you could bike all day long. Nice little cozy places to enjoy lunch along the bike trail.

First to Review
great family campground with lots to do with the family.

they have sand volleyball pickle ball miniature golf and huge checkers plus a couple playgrounds for the kids. it's a nice quiet family campground.

Great Variety!

Good variety of activites to do, with lots of camping sites- including some right next to the lake. We went tent camping and had a great time. Would recommend as a great fishing destination. Also very cool to see the Dam, with a great walking path.