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Great camping.

Beautiful Park and wonderful Campground with restrooms & showers. they also Supply you firewood.

Fun family oriented park

I grew up going to this park both camping here and watching softball games with my friends. Also fishing a picnics! Close to home!

Great, amazing, fun, family oriented!

Great scenery and views! Fun trails, great beach, lighthouse, boat docks, cabins, caves, and much more. Absolutely loved this place! Had a blast got lots of great pics and memories! Loved the trails but most of all the amazing views/scenery! Fun family oriented park!

Nicely Kept Campground

Really nicely kept camp ground. A bit too close to traffic for a completely quiet night. Bathrooms were warm and really clean, staff was really great and if youre bringing a pet, there were plenty of areas to walk. Fishing was really great catching several fish for dinner including some really nice size rainbow trout.

Many nearby things to do

For us, this would be a three-star campground (a bit too crowded and noisy) but it is a mecca for families, and because there is so much to do so close to this campground, it deserves four stars. You could easily spend several days here enjoying the following:

• Walk to the city of Decorah on the Trout Run trail (about a mile) where there are shops and restaurants. This trail is over 10 miles and circles the city and is a nice multi-use trail.

• Walk to nearby Pulpit Rock (trailhead is about a five-minute walk from the campground)

• Explore nearby Dunning’s Spring and Ice Cave (a short drive away)

• Go tubing, kayaking, or canoeing. There is an outfitter a five-minute walk from the campground where you can rent equipment.

• Drive to the town of Bluffton (about a 15-minute drive) and another spring (Malanaphy)

• Many activities in the campground including a playground, basketball court, and volleyball net 

The campground is divided into two sections, separated by a pedestrian bridge. It is very close to Route 52 so you will hear road noise unless you are in the tent sites close to the river. Each site has a metal picnic table and fire grate, and the electric hookup sites are sprinkled throughout the campground, however, when we arrived, the person in the site next to ours was using our electric hook-up. Thankfully, we only needed a 110 outlet (which he was not using), so we were okay. When we arrived on a Sunday afternoon, the dumpster was overflowing, but it had been emptied by the time we got up on Monday morning. The restrooms and showers were clean. Check-in was smooth and friendly. Firewood is available for a reasonable cost. 

Because this is so popular with families, I would definitely recommend reservations in the summer (the campground was completely full when we were there)

Great campground with lots of activities.

If you're looking for a wooded campground that offers you both quiet sites to relax but also offers a variety of activities for all ages, this is the place for you to setup your tent, or RV. For little ones, there is a large sand playground area with slides and swings. There is a sand beach to swim, where they also rent kayaks & canoes. The campground is located along the Cedar river, for those who want to boat and fish on a river, as well as multiple lakes to fish and a lake to ski. There are numerous soft bike trails throughout the park. And a hard trail that is part of 150 miles of bike trails in the Waterloo & Cedar Falls area.

The campground's shower house is handicap accessible. All sites have 50 amp service and the water provided is from the city of Waterloo. There is an onsite dump station.

Nice cabin vacation

Cabins were nice - not luxury or glamping but clean and in good condition.  The gentleman that takes care of the campground takes great pride in his work and it shows - kudos to him!  There is a nice hiking trail around the lake, about 8 miles complete loop.  there is a bit of elevation change and not many opportunities to "bail out" so take water and pace yourself.

Crowded, many RVs. Decent tent sites along river.

From someone who typically prefers backpacking and sleeping in remote areas, this campground facility, pretty much in the city, is okay.

The facilities are nice, bathrooms were clean. What I didn't enjoy was how close each RV site is. The sparks from our fire were making their way to our neighbors site.

The campground is situated next to the Trout Run Trail, providing quick and easy access to the 11-mile loop or in to the city center of Decorah.

Overall, decent for a city campground, but very crowded. The tent sites near the river look more spaced out.

Many different camping options

There are two campgrounds at this park (the first state park in Iowa): a primitive one and a “modern” one. The primitive one (Six Pine) only has a pit toilet and each site has a fire grate and a picnic table. The modern campground (South Lake) has 30 amp, 50 amp, and tent sites. The electric sites are very close together (too close for our liking) so we opted for a tent site. We were in a loop with about six sites, and while the site size was generous and spaced a decent distance apart, there was no delineation between sites and no specific place to park your vehicle (and you cannot park on the road). These sites were also decidedly bumpy and not level; it took us about 15 minutes of maneuvering our van around to find a reasonably level spot. 

The restrooms were six separate rooms, each complete with toilet, sink, and shower; they were clean. 

We drove around the park and saw the balanced rock (meh) and I walked the short distance to the mouth of the cave. There was good signage to find the cave but once there, no information about the cave and its safety (or not) was available so I opted not to explore its dark and wet interior! There are seven trails in the park; the East Lake trail was a treat to hike. It hugs the lake for about two miles and while you can veer off onto the Bluebird Trail, I enjoyed hiking out and back for a different view. You can also hike from the South Lake campground to the beach– about a mile but the trail does start and stop, and you have to walk on the road for a bit. You can rent kayaks, canoes, and paddleboats but we did not take advantage of this. We also did not swim so I cannot speak to the quality of the lake (other reviewers took issue with this). There is also a CCC museum, but it was not open while we were there. 

We stayed one night which was sufficient for us. It might have been nice to stay longer if we decided to rent kayaks or hike different trails.