Onawa / Blue Lake KOA

Open April 15 - October 15

Reserve: 800-562-4182

Info: 712-423-1633

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21788 Dogwood Avenue

Onawa, IA 51040-8665

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Camper Rating 4.5 out of 5

Based on 802 Reviews

Campground Reviews

Jul 22, 2016
Great campground to stop along the way when we are headed west. Little tight for big rigs!
Jul 22, 2016
Jul 22, 2016
A clean campground but had to deduct two stars. One for the dangerous cliff over the lake. Beware with kids. The other for the the store overstocked with beer.

CAMPGROUND RESPONSE / COMMENTS:

Thank you for your recent stay, as new owners we are addressing the shoreline issue but it takes time. As far as the store stock goes we have more of other items in the store for sale than beer, so not true. Not sure how in the store stock affected your stay.
Jul 21, 2016
We only stayed one night but it is marked in my camping ledger to return when we can say longer.
Jul 21, 2016
Jul 21, 2016
Great facility.
Jul 21, 2016
All your camp ground would be this good excellent Paul young
Jul 20, 2016
Immaculately maintained grounds. Superb customer service.
Jul 20, 2016
Whole campground was very well maintained, bathroom was spotless. We really liked our lakeside sight #75. They offered a very nice discount for fireman. We appreciated that very much. Staff was helpful and friendly. Thank you for a nice place to stay.
Jul 20, 2016
well maintained and very nice stay. we stop there anytime we pass. very comfortable.
Jul 19, 2016
Love the view from our site overlooking the lake
Jul 18, 2016
Great place to stay. Friendly staff.
Jul 17, 2016
Isolated area. Nothing around but the lake which is pretty but difficult to access & I saw no one swimming in it ... ??? There is a pool which was in use. It was deserted when I was there so hard to judge but peaceful :)
Jul 17, 2016
Beautiful campground, view of the lake, and amazing sunset. I wish I would have realized that my tent would be no match for the storm that swept through the area. With the impending storm coming, I think it might have been a great opportunity for the staff to up-sell us into one of the cabins. By the time the storm passed, the office was closed, and my son and I spent the night in the car.
Jul 17, 2016
Place is a bit dated but organized. Bathrooms clean as was pool staff were really nice helpful need more stock In Store of local products . They have a little short order restaurant food was good . Coffee was excellent sites are big and long pull throughs it's a great stop for the night park
Jul 16, 2016
Jul 16, 2016
Very beautiful place
Jul 14, 2016
Excellent! Beautiful, clean and staff extremely efficient and professional. Would definitely recommend and stay again.
Jul 14, 2016
Nicely maintained KOA. Friendly staff. A relaxful environment
Jul 14, 2016
I have never had to pay for grand kids come share a camp fire for the evEning at any KOA that I have stayed at they did not use the pool will start staying across the lake at state camp ground
Jul 13, 2016
Jul 13, 2016
We stayed in the non-lakefront cabin. You can see the water from the cabin when you sit on the porch swing. There is a picnic table, grill, and fire pit with grate. Clean and well-maintained. Nowhere at the camp to go down to the lake except for the dock, but about a mile drive away is the Lewis and Clark state park, with free entry, a few hiking trails, mini-museum, and a sandy swimming beach.
Jul 13, 2016
We stayed by the lake and it was the best site ever!
Jul 13, 2016
I wish the office opened at 8 & closed at 9.
Jul 12, 2016
The sites were very close to each other. The back door to our RV opened nearly on top of the sewer for the site next to us. Our awning almost touched the RV next to us.
Jul 12, 2016
clean sites and a nice store for supplies
Jul 12, 2016
Pretty site and great internet connection.
Jul 11, 2016
Jul 09, 2016
Rustic cabin with a wonderful lakeside view. Nice
Jul 09, 2016
Not very friendly
Jul 09, 2016
Nice place. Very clean. Staff a little moody, but they weren't camping with us so it was all good! Avoid Michael's Restaurant. Eat at your site as there are no places to eat out!
Jul 08, 2016
Jul 07, 2016
This park is mostly for mobile campers. It's very crowded and small. Fishing off the docks is poor and not safe for kids.
Jul 06, 2016
Easy to find. Good sites
Jul 06, 2016
The campground is a nice place and we will be back again!!! Cabin number 3 needs a t.v. so kids can watch movies!!!
Jul 06, 2016
My family and I had such a fun time at KOA. It was our first time camping and we were pleasantly surprised at how easy the whole experience was. The owner, his family, and the entire staff made us feel right at home from lending us a grate for our fire pit, to having ice and snacks for purchase when we ran low. The campground was clean, well-organized and safe. Thanks Kelly! We'll be back!!
Jul 05, 2016
Had a great time.
Jul 05, 2016
Would come back and visit again. And would recommend to others looking for a camping spot.
Jul 05, 2016
1. I called at the beginning of the week and asked to cancel Thur. night (unable to arrive) was rudely told no cancellations on the $th of July weekend (Thurs is a weekday). 2. When we arrived at 5pm Friday I was abruptly told I had already checked in, obviously not I was standing at the counter to do so, it seemed to be an issue then. Finally got a spot, not a full service as stated on my receipt

CAMPGROUND RESPONSE / COMMENTS:

Thank you for your recent stay, sorry if you failed to understand we had a no cancellation policy for reservations over the 4th, when you didn't call or show up for your reservation on the date stated I guess we should have cancelled your stay.
Jul 03, 2016
Tent campers beware!Tent sites are not nestled together near the showers/bathrooms,if youre in a group,forget about being near each other.Most RVs have a bathroom (right?) and most tents do not.Our distance from the bathroom was a problem.The girls at the counter were eh.*I was charged an extra $2 on top of my reservation, ice, wood.There was a tailgate atmosphere-loud, drunk, cussing, music >10

CAMPGROUND RESPONSE / COMMENTS:

Thank you for your recent stay, if your location was a problem you should have asked to be moved, it is hard to address any of your issues in a review, as a reminder this was a holiday weekend, open spots were limited, tent sites are in various locations throughout the park to fit everyone's needs.
Jul 02, 2016
Jul 02, 2016
Lake would be great for people with a boat. Appears about 1/2 sites occupied by people that leave their RV's parker there year around. 1 of 3 toilets out of order and 1 shower out of order. Fine for pulling in to park overnight, but nothing around unless you are coming to boat and fish.

CAMPGROUND RESPONSE / COMMENTS:

Thank you for your stay, maybe you should stay in a bigger city and/or a hotel the next time you are in the area, our facility is a campground with camping activities.
Jul 01, 2016
Friendly owners, nice campground
Jul 01, 2016
Stay was nice. Just a little too close for comfort sites, felt like no privacy. Also could use a boat ramp. Other than that it was nice.

CAMPGROUND RESPONSE / COMMENTS:

Thank you for your stay. At check in it was explained to you that the boat ramp is something we are going to be working on. We do not state we even have a boat ramp on any of our campground material. As new owners we have many changes we are making, but that is not the top priority.
Jun 30, 2016
One of the nicest KOA locations we have stayed at!!
Jun 30, 2016
Jun 28, 2016
Very nice, quiet campground. We stopped for one night on our way back from Yellowstone. Nice shaded sites, pretty view of the lake.

CAMPGROUND RESPONSE / COMMENTS:

Thank you for your stay, hope to see you again soon!
Jun 28, 2016
It was a nice and clean place bathrooms were really clean staff friendly will be back again
Jun 28, 2016
It was great and staff were very helpful! Great place to camp
Jun 28, 2016
 

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