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)