Lake Manawa State Park – Council Bluffs, IA

Campground and RV Park Reviews |

You have to drive three miles into Lake Manawa State Park before you find the camping area. The camping slots are all on gravel. The sites with the best lake access are all “dry camping” sites, and will hold tents or small trailers and campers. The bigger rigs will need to be in the pull-throughs in the center.

The sites with the best access to the lake are sites 1-5; and sites 7-17 odd. Sites 19, 20, and 22 also give you lake access, but down a longer path. If you decide you really, really, REALLY want an electric site, you may need an extension cord. Two sites share one pole between them. Depending on whether you are on the “correct” side, or the “wrong” side, you may, or may not, need the extension cord. I was glad I happened to have one.

Each site has a picnic table and fire ring. The sites do not have water, you need to fill up at one of the water faucets in the park before you park. The sites do not have sewer, you use the community sewer dump. At this time, you are not allowed to bring in wood from out of state due to a certain bug problem.

The campground host was friendly and helpful. The bathrooms weren’t the greatest, but at least the showers were free. However, you had to keep pressing the button, as you only get 20 seconds of lukewarm water (I timed it…). Recommend wearing shower shoes.

I stayed two nights. Verizon Air Card worked just fine. Park was ok for the price, but nothing spectacular.


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