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Hancock , IOWA

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Most Recent Hancock Camping Reviews
Higher rating but closed for now

This lake is one of the very few in Omaha that offers camping. And definitely of all types rv, and tent. But let me give you a disclaimer of why this is a 3 star. First the park is closed due to them draining it because of zebra mussels. Also I still feel weird about camping in a city, but that's my hang up. This place has always been well maintained, and offered a lot of amenities. They also offered rental boats for the lake, a really nice walking trail, and fishing. But for now we will have to wait to see what the improvements are going to be and how the lake turns out. More information to come later.

One of the best sw Iowa Lakes

I will first off stay I have not been to a lot of Iowa parks. But I will say the ones I have been to, that this is the nicest or one of them. They have concessions, boat rentals, boating of all types, fishing, and trails. There are very nice picnic areas, and the bathrooms or restroom facilities are clean. This place is fantastic and offers a lot to anyone. So give it a try.

Quiet and Secluded

Three separate campgrounds one even for horseback with corrals. Very secluded but nice.

Good campground and recreation area

Pretty decent campground that’s suitable for extended stays.

There’s five or so lakes you can fish. One lake has swimming access. Canoe and paddle board rentals. Convenience store on site with firewood and propane tanks. There is an air compressor at the convenience store.

RV sites are electrical only but paved. Restrooms are somewhat clean. Showers are okay but the hot water is nice.

Dump station is clean. Don’t checkout on a Sunday if you don’t want to wait two hours to dump.

We would stay again

The roads and spots are tight, so as relatively new users to our travel trailer parking was tricky. Electric only at the sites, fire pits and picnic tables as usual. There are trees at most of the sites so shade is decent. The whole place really filled up Friday night. Like not one empty site in sight.

The lakes are nice, my 7 year old caught a 14” bass! The kids loved the swimming area.

The trails along the Platt are decent. They’re unmarked and a little rough, but our family (and dogs enjoyed them!) the primitive camping area must have flooded recently, because it was closed when we walked the trails there.

Overall the campground could have been cleaner, but was by no means uncomfortably dirty. Lots of bugs in the bathrooms etc. but it’s camping, so…

The trains are loud when they blow their horns, but maybe since we’re from the Chicago area it didn’t bother us.

There’s not a ton nearby. The closest Walmart is about 20 mins away. But there is a decent pizza place nearby.

**special note! You will need a permit for your vehicle to enter, a permit to fish, and a permit for each additional vehicle per day. On top of the reservation fee. We are out of state and stayed long enough to justify an annual pass. We only had the one car.


One of the best campgrounds in the SW Iowa, the lake is great, nice beach and boating!

Close to home

Hacklebarney is very close to home so it makes for a great quick camping trip destination. Has surprisingly nice shower room for the size of the park.

Currently close

Due to mussel infestation the lake and campgrounds are close. When it’s open there is a small semi primitive campground. Lake is pretty and does have boat docks.

Great place that wasn’t crowded

Very nice place. Full hook up spots were very nice. Easy to get into, plenty of space, fire pit, picnic table, friendly & helpful park officers, lots of activities (hiking, boating, boat rentals, beach, bait shop, close to a race track in Corning, etc). We went the weekend after Memorial Day & there were plenty of spots. Quiet & family friendly. Even have food trucks that serve over by the beach!

It’s okay

I’ve only been here much and didn’t do much exploring. The campsites were decently spaced. But, our site was right by a train track. There were trains going by all night long.