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Nice State Park

This is a nice state park with a visitor center. We did not know that the visitor center was closed... read more

Reviewed 16 October 2018
Judy S
It's where the Missouri River used to be...

Maybe back in the day of Lewis and Clark. There's even a replica flat-bottom boat like the one... read more

Reviewed 10 October 2018
Barry S
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21914 Park Loop, Onawa, IA 51040-8527
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Reviewed 16 October 2018

This is a nice state park with a visitor center. We did not know that the visitor center was closed for the season, so we called a phone number to ask. The park ranger came right over to open it up for us to visit....More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Judy S
Reviewed 10 October 2018

Maybe back in the day of Lewis and Clark. There's even a replica flat-bottom boat like the one Lewis and Clark traveled on. It's beautiful here. Decent hiking. Decent fishing. And lots and lots of peace and quiet.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Barry S
Reviewed 1 October 2018

We decided to stop here when we learned this is the only place that has replicas of ALL the types of boats used by Lewis & Clark on their great journey. The displays were very interesting and the attendant was super friendly. In Late season,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank IA-bolledudes
Reviewed 31 August 2018 via mobile

Stumbled upon this state park. What a great place. Lots if information on Lewis and Clark. Full size replicas on the keel boats used by Lewis and Clark. Ranger was very informative. Located right on the river. Highly recommend.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank rdpine
Reviewed 8 August 2018 via mobile

Found this park to be well manicured, most sites shaded and of coarse the history you get to take in. We didn’t use toilets/showers so can’t speak to one posters negative comments in 2015. Town is close by for laundry and restaurants. We would camp...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank omawhite
Reviewed 25 June 2018

I was curious about the "Keel Boat Exhibit" sign I'd noticed while driving on I-29, and decided to check it out on my return. The visitors center was wonderful-- the beautiful building is designed to show off the boats and has lots of windows facing...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank VivaMexicoLiz
Reviewed 13 May 2018 via mobile

This park earns the lowest spot on my list. DNR is lackluster, the showers had no hot water at all, spots are packed in tight, carp have overrun the lake, powerboats have no care for smaller craft. The camp hosts disappeared on a Sat when...More

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank Mike K
Reviewed 7 October 2017

What a beautiful park. In October the park is not overly busy. The RV sites are large enough for big rigs. The grounds are well kept and offer full services to no services. The welcome centre is amazing with the replica of Lewis & Clarks...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank gjsamson
Reviewed 4 October 2017 via mobile

This campground was a very pleasant surprise!!! Beautiful surroundings as well ss great camp sites and bthrm/showers. Camp host is also very nice! Iowa campgrounds are priced decently so that most can enjoy them!!! We're staying in Ledges State Park Csmpground....love it, too! Hope to...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank indiewalker
Reviewed 21 September 2017

as others have said, this is a hidden gem and well worth the stop. Has tables for lunch and set the stage for further exploring in the area.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank AnneMarie E
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Kassandra M
12 August 2018|
Response from VivaMexicoLiz | Reviewed this property |
Restrooms at the historical display are quite nice. It certainly looked like visitors of all ages were enjoying themselves. Mine was a brief visit-- no camping.
3 March 2015|
Response from AJ F | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can board the boat, if heading north on Interstate 29 get off on the 112 exit and turn left or west a mile or two down is the entrance to Blue Lake past the casino turn off, once on the park road about a mile past... More