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Great campground full of fun!

This is a great place to camp and bring your kids! Jump into the nearby water and let the kids have a blast! Enjoy a nice fun night away from home!

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Little known gem

Very nice campground! Friendly and helpful ranger. Not crowded even the weekend immediately after the 4th of July. Volleyball net, frisbee golf, bike trail, and playground!

Be prepared for mosquitoes though! Lots of standing water and lots of mosquitoes!

Nice quiet campground

This is a very nice quiet campground close to a nice small lake. We stayed in space 30 and this area has just had the electrical updated and the are adding some new spots right by the lake. There is a boat dock right there and benches to sit and fish or watch the geese or loons from

Beautiful

I love this campground! Clean, well maintained, and the hosts are very friendly. Trail to the beach is clear, the playground has nice, safe equipment for the little kids. Sad that there were so many back up sites over the holiday weekend, would have liked to have been able to camp here. It being full more than a week before the holiday, shows how great it is.

Not my favorite

I prefer Clear Lake State park, but this was ok. We had lots of rain, and the sites got a bit muddy. The beach area was closed due to e-coli. Restrooms were clean, and always stocked.

Only place to camp in cute town

With the Riverside campground closed, this is the only place to camp in Webster City. It’s what you expect from a fairgrounds campground: open gravel/field with RV hook ups along the back fence, no shade or privacy, showers and restrooms in a fairground building. But everyone is pretty friendly and the town is cute. There were no individual picnic tables or fire pits, but most of the RV’ers seemed to have that figured out with their own equipment.

Only place to camp in cute town

With the Riverside campground closed, this is the only place to camp in Webster City. It’s what you expect from a fairgrounds campground: open gravel/field with RV hook ups along the back fence, no shade or privacy, showers and restrooms in a fairground building. But everyone is pretty friendly and the town is cute. There were no individual picnic tables or fire pits, but most of the RV’ers seemed to have that figured out with their own equipment.

Nice small park

First time at Beeds Lake. Easy access to most sites as many are parallel parking style. Lots of shade on the outer sites, plenty of tent sites as well. Camp hosts were available and helpful. This will be in our list of places to return to.

Closed-but options are close by

This campground is closed as a campground and open as a park, but you can camp at the county fairgrounds less than a mile away. Check out that review for more info.

Small with (almost) it all

The campground is at the end of a road alongside the Iowa River, tucked out of the way. When driving in you pass a restaurant that touts it’s Sunday Pancake breakfasts. And of course I was coming in Sunday after there service seating time ended. But the other campers I talked with said it was outstanding. The campground is a small series of loops with tent and rvs mixed together. I would have thought the riverside sites would be the place to set up, but most stayed back from those sites due to the crazy up and down flooding the river has been experiencing. In the evenings everyone gathered at the pavilion for fresh popped popcorn and visiting. Just past the campground is the rifle range, but no one was using it so I can’t say how loud it would be. If you need an outfitter for canoeing or kayaking, there is an outfitter in town on the way to the campground. One other thing to note: there are no showers here, but at least the bathrooms were clean.

Cheap and clean

I kind of accidentally found this campground while searching for another one. It worked out well as I was tired of driving. There isn’t much to this place, which might be why I had the whole place to myself. It’s quiet, set in a lovely setting with trees and a small lake/pond, and it has flush toilets (but no showers). It is well maintained even if it is a bit older. The grass was mown and made for a nice bed for my tent. There are no hookups of any kind for RVs and I’m not really sure you can have an RV anywhere but in the gravel parking lot. This isn’t a camping destination so much as a good place to post up for a night.

Small ,quiet.

Well maintained campground.Small to midsize RVs.tent area.New (2)handicapped accessible shower house.

Great family park

This lake is great, lots of fishing spots and camping spots

Hello

Awesome

Big and Beautiful

Great campground. Family and friends get together a must here. Close to the beach, town and the lake has great fish. Reserve early!

Just enough trees

This is a state campground. So as most will know the sites could be better maintained. The bathrooms are updated and nice. When there is heavy rain you will however have your own pond at most sites. I guess you pay for what you get. I love this campground because they are large spots. Close to the beach and fishing is awesome. A big campground but reserve early!

Cute little place

Clean and host was nice. Kids had a fun time and want to come back. Close to the interstate and easy to get to. Only downfall if I need one is the campsites are closer together and it’s close to an highway so you can hear cars driving by but it’s rural Iowa so there aren’t that many.

Will be great!

As far as RV parks go, this one is young and the lack of shade is only evidence of that. Sites are well planned out though, giving each camper plenty of space. Several buddy set ups, allowing two campers to set up with main doors facing each other. The lake is small, no wake lake - but great for using your SUP or kayaks.

Little patch of heaven

We go camping at Breezy Bay and it’s our favorite. We tent camp, so the modern bathrooms (with showers!!) is a huge plus. The spots are some of the biggest we’ve seen at any campground, so there aren’t many and it’s almost always quiet. Lots of trees for shade but the lake has trails and a swimming beach with watercraft rentals. Truly a hidden gem in central Iowa!

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 reserveamerica.com: "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: https://iowastateparks.reserveamerica.com/camping/george-wyth-state-park/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=IA&parkId=610125

Amenities

  • 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!

Awesome

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

BEAUTIFUL

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