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Places to Camp near Carter Lake, IA

Looking for the best campgrounds near Carter Lake, IA? Carter Lake is an adventure-filled destination for those who love the outdoorsy camper lifestyle. But it's also great for those who prefer to spend time near the city, exploring and sightseeing. Find the best campgrounds near Carter Lake, IA. Read reviews from campers like you and find your perfect campsite.

Best Camping Sites Near Carter Lake, IA (99)

    Camper-submitted photo from Hitchcock County Nature Center
    Camper-submitted photo from Hitchcock County Nature Center
    Camper-submitted photo from Hitchcock County Nature Center
    Camper-submitted photo from Hitchcock County Nature Center
    Camper-submitted photo from Hitchcock County Nature Center
    Camper-submitted photo from Hitchcock County Nature Center

    1.

    Hitchcock County Nature Center

    26 Reviews
    105 Photos
    191 Saves
    Honey Creek, Iowa
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $10 - $50 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Eugene T. Mahoney State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Eugene T. Mahoney State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Eugene T. Mahoney State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Eugene T. Mahoney State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Eugene T. Mahoney State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Eugene T. Mahoney State Park Campground

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    Eugene T. Mahoney State Park Campground

    45 Reviews
    83 Photos
    143 Saves
    Ashland, Nebraska

    Mahoney State Park offer Full Hookup, Electric Plus and Electric campsites. There are a total of 148 campsites. Lakeside Campground (100-148 campsites) are located close to Baright Lake and Owen Marina. Little Creek Campground (1-99 campsites) is close to a playground, basketball court and the coin operated laundry facility. Both campgrounds have drinking water, showers and modern restrooms. A dump and fill station is located conveniently near the park entrance.

    Tent camping is available at Mahoney State Park in the two modern campgrounds. Tent campers will use the grassy area next to the pad site to set up their tent. Those tenting will pay the camping fee applicable to the site occupied. If making reservations, look for the site description of “tentable.” This means there is a level grassy space for a tent.

    Reservations are accepted for half of the campsites in Lakeside and Little Creek campgrounds up to 180 days in advance of arrival date and paid in full at the time the reservation is made. All other camping at Mahoney State Park is first-come, first-served. Campers with advance reservations and those camping first-come, first-served must stop at the Lauritzen Administration building located at the park entrance to check-in or register to camp prior to setting up on a campsite. If arriving after hours, campers must go to the Peter Kiewit Lodge customer service desk and check in or register for a first-come, first-served site.

    This modern state park is the perfect year round destination for a family escape. Families can visit the aquatic center and indoor playground, explore the park’s hiking and biking trails, adventure through the treetop ropes course, climb the observation tower and, when the weather turns cold, enjoy indoor rock climbing, sledding and ice skating. The jewel of the park is Peter Kiewit Lodge, which offers 40 guest rooms, most with balconies that offer a stunning view of the Platte River valley. The park also offers an arts and crafts center, an array of cabins, as well as camping opportunities. Mahoney State Park is located midway between Nebraska’s two largest cities, Lincoln and Omaha and is open year round.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from West Omaha / NE Lincoln KOA Holiday
    Camper-submitted photo from West Omaha / NE Lincoln KOA Holiday
    Camper-submitted photo from West Omaha / NE Lincoln KOA Holiday
    Camper-submitted photo from West Omaha / NE Lincoln KOA Holiday
    Camper-submitted photo from West Omaha / NE Lincoln KOA Holiday
    Camper-submitted photo from West Omaha / NE Lincoln KOA Holiday

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    West Omaha / NE Lincoln KOA Holiday

    29 Reviews
    30 Photos
    65 Saves
    Gretna, Nebraska

    There's plenty to do at this award-winning KOA, just a short drive from downtown Omaha and Lincoln. Enjoy the Jumping Pillow, mini zip line, pedal karts, banana bikes, large playground, swimming pool, mini golf, basketball, sand volleyball, badminton and horseshoes. Weekends (Memorial Day to Labor Day) feature breakfast in the Cornhusker Cafe, hayrides, ice cream socials, movie nights, tie-dye and other planned activities. Area attractions include the Henry Doorly Zoo, Strategic Air & Space Museum, Boys Town and museums, and the new beautiful Nebraska Crossing Outlet Mall. Nearby, enjoy wineries, casinos, top - rated golf courses and hiking/biking trails. Patio RV Sites and Deluxe Cabins make camping seem like a luxury vacation. Wings and freshly made pizza get rave reviews: You can even have them delivered to your site! Fido will love the off-leash doggie playground. Pool: Memorial Weekend - Labor Day Weekend. Max pull thru: 90 feet. Your hosts: Carrol & Eric Murray.

    This West Omaha KOA campground offers Nebraska camping at its finest! Our campground is Big-Rig friendly, with 80-foot full-hook-up pull-throughs and 50-amp service available. You can also enjoy our scenic tent sites, or stay cozy in one of the cabins. Our cabins and deluxe cabins are all heated and air-conditioned for your maximum comfort. All cabins and RV sites have cable TV.

    Once you're here, relax under a huge shade tree or activities, then refuel with a freshly made pizza - delivered right to your campsite! Or, enjoy breakfast in our tropical Cornhusker Cafe.

    Canine owners will love our K-9 Park, where you can let Fido romp and play off the leash.

    Your KOA hosts will be happy to provide you with information and maps to the many fun places to see. Come visit us - we'll make you feel welcome!

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Platte River State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Platte River State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Platte River State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Platte River State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Platte River State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Platte River State Park Campground

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    Platte River State Park Campground

    30 Reviews
    95 Photos
    172 Saves
    South Bend, Nebraska

    Platte River State Park is nestled halfway between Nebraska’s two largest cities – and makes a great place for camping near Omaha. Before it was a state park it was two separate camps – Harriet Harding Campfire Girls Camp and Camp Esther K. Newman – and a tract of woodlands. The charming, vintage cabins that once housed campers today provide cozy accommodations while the gorgeous new glamping cabins offer a luxurious yet nature-immersive experience. Other popular draws are the park’s picturesque waterfall, spray park, scenic hiking and biking trails and two observation towers that allow those who climb to the top a spectacular view of the Platte River Basin.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $10 - $165 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Louisville State Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Louisville State Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Louisville State Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Louisville State Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Louisville State Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Louisville State Recreation Area

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    Louisville State Recreation Area

    29 Reviews
    73 Photos
    61 Saves
    Louisville, Nebraska

    Encompassing 192 acres, Louisville State Recreation Area boasts five sandpit lakes with approximately 50 surface acres of water. Surrounded by towering cottonwood trees, this inviting area offers picnicking, swimming, fishing, non-power boating, canoe access to the Platte River and a brand new floating playground. Paddle board, water bike and kayak rentals are also available. These amenities, along with the area’s close proximity to Platte River, Mahoney state parks and Schramm Park State Recreation Area and Education Center, have made Louisville SRA a favorite spot among outdoor enthusiasts in the eastern part of the state.

    Camping reservations are available on half of Louisville SRA campsites.

    Louisville State Recreation Area offers campers Electric Plus, Electric and Basic campsites and is very popular with campers with 223 camping pads with 20-, 30- and 50-amp electrical hookups, as well as Basic campsites without electricity. Other amenities include shower facility and modern restrooms. Campers also have access to drinking water and a dump and fill station and a playground for children.

    Lousiville State Recreation Area offers canoe access to the Platte River, as well as a special canoe campsite on the river.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $10 - $35 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Walnut Creek Lake & Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Walnut Creek Lake & Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Walnut Creek Lake & Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Walnut Creek Lake & Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Walnut Creek Lake & Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Walnut Creek Lake & Recreation Area

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    Walnut Creek Lake & Recreation Area

    17 Reviews
    28 Photos
    100 Saves
    Papillion, Nebraska

    The Walnut Creek Lake and Recreation Area is a 450-acre mixed-use recreation area with a 105-acre reservoir. The park is located south of Highway 370 and west of 96th Street The park has 2 entrances, 1 off of 96th St and the other a 1.5 mile farther south and 1.5 mile west on Schram Road to Turkey Road

    Walnut Creek is unique, as it is a “pack in, pack out” facility. No trash service is offered in the park; you are responsible for removing any trash you generate during your visit, thus leaving the cleanliness of the park up to you, the user.

    RV park - 44 electric sites (30 or 50 amp), city water available, dump station, 55 feet concrete pads, paved roads, first come first serve, $16 per night with a 2 week limit, 402-679-9889

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • ADA Access
    • RVs

    $20 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Arrowhead Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Arrowhead Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Arrowhead Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Arrowhead Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Arrowhead Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Arrowhead Park Campground

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    Arrowhead Park Campground

    18 Reviews
    18 Photos
    105 Saves
    Honey Creek, Iowa
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Two Rivers State Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Two Rivers State Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Two Rivers State Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Two Rivers State Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Two Rivers State Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Two Rivers State Recreation Area

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    Two Rivers State Recreation Area

    19 Reviews
    87 Photos
    62 Saves
    Waterloo, Nebraska
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $30 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Cunningham Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Cunningham Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Cunningham Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Cunningham Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Cunningham Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Cunningham Campground

    9.

    Lake Cunningham Campground

    10 Reviews
    16 Photos
    41 Saves
    Omaha, Nebraska

    While tent camping won’t be available in 2024 due to our expanded youth programs and the transformation of the space for versatile events, our dedicated team is actively working on future plans to introduce a primitive camping option for an even more immersive outdoor experience. Stay tuned for updates!

    Whether you are visiting Omaha for the first time or looking for an affordable, family-friendly staycation, we’ve got what you’re looking for at Lake Cunningham. Discover the abundance of activities we have to offer, catered to those looking to explore the beauty of our park from land or water…or both!

    For those of you who plan to stay with us, we have 42 new campground stalls equipped with water, power and sanitary to each pad as well as a new well and shower house for campers to enjoy. We also have 41 upgraded campground stalls with access to a renovated shower house and electrical amplification. All campground stalls have new grills and firepits for you to enjoy.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $15 - $40 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Manawa State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Manawa State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Manawa State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Manawa State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Manawa State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Manawa State Park Campground

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    Lake Manawa State Park Campground

    9 Reviews
    26 Photos
    16 Saves
    Council Bluffs, Iowa

    Campground Opening: The new campground is anticipated to open in early summer of 2022.

    Please check the official website for updates: https://www.iowadnr.gov/Places-to-Go/State-Parks/Iowa-State-Parks/Lake-Manawa-State-Park

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs

    $26 - $28 / night

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