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Downers Grove, Iowa

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131 Reviews of 28 Downers Grove, Iowa Campgrounds

Chantal C.
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2021

Great for Families

The RV/pull behind spots here fill up VERY fast. This was no big deal for us since we went for a long tent camping weekend, there are plenty of sites if you are ok without all the hookups. The park has the river on one end and cold water springs all around the other side. There are restrooms which…

Month of VisitOctober
James M.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2021

Great County park, cabin, and primitive authorized camping only

The park specializes in environmental education and the Eagle View Eco Center with exhibits and native live animals, trails, prairie, observatory, amphitheater, 1 mile stretch of the Wapsipinicon River with paddling access, a modern cabin that sleeps 6, ADA accessible. Limited primitive camping…

  • live animals
  • Wapsipinicon River paddling access
  • Wapsi River in winter
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SiteKestrel cabin
Month of VisitOctober
Michael S.
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2021

Not far from Dubuque and Maquoketa

We stayed there during the week and it seemed pretty quiet. The shower facilities weren't bad but they have sulfites in the water so it stinks a little. Fishing seemed popular in catfish creek about 50 feet away from our sight. There is a sign that states firewood is for sale at 6pm but the ranger…

Sitetent sight 60
Month of VisitOctober
Teresa S.
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2021

Nice Quiet Park

This is a great park for those who like peaceful camping. Quite a few pull through sites. Owners are super friendly and helpful. No wifi but firewood is very reasonable on the honor system. 10 pieces for $5.00. Checks or cash only.

Month of VisitOctober
RThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2021

Blanding Landing, USACE (Corps of Engineers) Campground

Quiet, relaxing small campground with super clean hot showers and flush toilets in shower house. Boat ramp, dock fishing, tall trees all over. Shady sites, water pump faucets, dump station. Our first night here the many trains were loud and woke us up, but if you can laugh instead of being annoyed,…

Month of VisitSeptember
Kerry M.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Aug. 21, 2021

Two campgrounds to enjoy at Backbone State Park

Backbone State Park is unlike any other place in Iowa, having geological features uncommon in Iowa.

There are two campgrounds. I have camped in both:

Modern Campground: This is a large, modern campground with all of the standard amenities found in a modern campground… electric hookups,…

  • Backbone State Park Lake (showing the beach)
  • Trout Stream
  • Richmond Spring (feeds the trout stream)
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Month of VisitNovember
Therese T.
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2021

Love this campground

I keep coming back to this park. The tent camping sites are quiet, well shaded and good access to the fishing stream. Running water Bathrooms closed due to covid but the vault toilets are fine. Hiking trails are absolutely gorgeous, 3 playgrounds for the kids. Little nature center was nice.…

Siteone of the non electric tent sites
Month of VisitAugust
Julie J.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2021

Great Overnight Spot

Just off I-80 this was a clean, large, level, grassy tents sites. Gas station right next door. Owner was very friendly and helpful. No reservation needed. We came in after hours and owner greeted us and made sure we got settled. Would definitely stay here again.

SiteTent Site
Month of VisitSeptember
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2021

Swimming pool

It was a great campground that was very quiet. The help was wonderful and to my surprise it had a swimming pool. The kids loved the Friday night movie.

Month of VisitAugust
MThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2021

Gorgeous But Not For Tent Campers

This campground is one of the prettiest we've stayed at, but had its limitations, too.


  • Sites are very, very spacious. It's easy to keep to yourself. 
  • Doesn't have a party vibe, if you're into peace and quiet
  • The park is HUGE. Lots to see, many spots to have a picnic or hike…
Month of VisitSeptember
Amanda K.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Aug. 9, 2021

Secluded Gem

Mostly RV/Campers. We tent camped (1 adult & 4 kids). Odd spot for a tent with a cement slab. Pretty serene and clean park, until about 7am when landscapers show up with lawn mowers etc. each morning. Lots of space between spots and it feel more private than some spots we’ve stayed in. Fire…

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Brett F.
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2021

Camping & Caves

This is one of our favorite parks in the Midwest. We usually make a day trip from Chicagoland, but this time we camped at the park. We are glad we did!

You really can't go wrong with any trail or cave. The kids enjoyed hiking between Lower- and Upper-Dancehall Caves. The trail goes underground…

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Month of VisitSeptember
Andi A.
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2021

Great little park

This was a great stay other campers around us were very nice and super friendly as well. I think the only thing I would have a complaint about would be the bath house. The toilets can use alittle cleaning but the showers stunk so bad I wasn't sure I wanted to shower in them.

  • just watching the camp
Month of VisitSeptember
James M.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2021

Great County park, preserve, campground

Campground is well maintained, restrooms, showers, recycling station, fire wood available, campground host onsite, resident park ranger, standard RV sites, some electric tent sites otherwise primitive with fire rings and tables. Trout stream (Catfish Creek) runs through campground and park and is…

Month of VisitSeptember
Matthew B.
Reviewed Jul. 28, 2021

Peaceful county park.

Electric and water only. Nice playground for young kids. Limited activities.

Month of VisitJuly

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