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Posted By: RBak on 02/25/06 01:55pm

Can anyone recommend a campground along I-80 in Iowa & Nabraska? We've looked at the reviews for the KOA in West Liberty, IA, and they didn't sound too promising. What about the RV park In Kellogg? Can you make reservations or just drive in? Also, need info about campgrounds in Nebraska, particularly from Gothenburg on west to the I-76 spur to Denver. Any recommendations would be appreciated. Thanks in advance to all who reply.[emoticon]

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Posted By: DaYooper on 02/25/06 02:09pm

We stopped for an overnighter in Kearney, NE. I posted a review about it at in 2004.

Nothing fancy, but for an overnighter it worked out nice and was easy to get to from I-80. Tons of food and fueling options in the area.

Posted By: sclark on 02/25/06 02:10pm

Here is a link to RV Park Reviews. Just click on the state and start hunting. Hope this helps. Good luck.

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Posted By: RZcsprings on 02/25/06 02:27pm

Try the Double Nickel, at the Waco, Nebraska interchange on I-80. Nothing fancy, just a nice, clean campground. RZ

Posted By: avan on 02/25/06 02:37pm

From our cg log:

IA; Adele; West DesMoines KOA; I-80,Exit 106 - about 20 miles west of DesMoines; Full h/u. Long gravel p/t. Level front to back but good side to side slope. Side to side p/t. Ok if no neighbor, otherwise too narrow for triple slide unless you park on grass which makes side to side slope even worse. Otherwise nice park. Pool. Typical KOA – overpriced for what you get. $31/nite (2003)

IA; Altoona (Des Moines); Adventureland CG; 515-265-7384; Off Exit 142A, I80; Many pull thrus. Level and paved. Near Prarie Meadows Race Track & Casino; nice landscaping

IA; Council Bluffs; Bluffs Run RV Park; ON EDIT - Reported Closed

IA; Davenport; Interstate RV Park; 563-386-7292; Exit 292 I-80 - Northwest side of Davenport; Nice park. Good long pull thrus. Grassy. Level gravel sites; ofc modem; nice laundry. Quiet. Sites up front are nicest. Site 14 is at the end and has nice grass. Owner is a little up tight.

IA; Newton (DesMoines); Rolling Acres Family CG; 877-792-2428; 1601 E. 36th St., Newton IA (Exit 168 – I80); OK CG for overnight, Long gravel level p/ts with full h/us. Free DSL internet access; Small laundry. Pool. Sites close to and below X-way so there plenty of road noise during the day. $21/nite (2004)

IA; Oxford; Sleepy Hollow RV Park; 319 828 4900; 3340 Blackhawk Ave 52322; Very nice cg on little lake. Terraced sites surround lake. Modum h/u in office. Near Amana Colonies. Many sites are a little short. Sites A44; A45 and B50 are OK

NE; Lincoln Camp A Way; 866-719-CAMP; 200 Ogden Rd, 68621 Exit 1 off I-180; Delightful CG. One of the nicest cgs we’ve stayed at that remains looking like a treed cg rather than a landscaped resort. Good, long, level gravel p/ts with full h/u incl cable. 3 sites have instant phones (D7); nice laundry; pool and spa. Close to Interstate but noise is muted. $26 (w/phone) and $24 (w/o) 2003 & 2004

NE; Minden; Pioneer Village CG; 800-445-4447; exit 279 off of I 80 & south 10 miles; This museum is fabulous, & needs at minimum 3 days. The RV park has several pull-thru, full hookups, $24/first night $15 additional nights. Central modem h/u.It is shaded, has tables, grass, is very pleasant & is connected to the Pioneer Village. With the camping fee, you get one free pass to Harold Warp Pioneer Village. Admission fee $8.50. Each night you can get a overnight pass so it is free the next day. The restaurant has good food & is reasonably priced. This is NOT a tourist trap, prices are overly reasonable. It is a history of our country since 1830, & before. (2003)

NE; North Platte; Holiday Park; 800-424-4531; Frontage Rd off Exit 177; I-80; Good pull thru full h/u sites. Central modem. Decent Laundry. $25/nite (2004)

NE; Ogallala; Meyer Camper Court; 120 Rd E 80 - South of Exit 126 I-80; Long pull-thrus w/ full h/u. $20./ nite. Modem h/u in laundry (?) room. Not much of a laundry room. About 8 miles north of I-80 is large dammed lake with many sandy beaches.

We never make reservations including holidays. However we quit driving by 1 pm and hunker into a cg at least one day before the holiday beginning.

* This post was edited 02/27/06 06:27pm by avan *

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Posted By: Coach on 02/25/06 03:23pm

Cabela's in Sidney, NE (right on I-80) has an excellent campground for an overnight stop. Mostly long level gravel pull-throughs, full hookups, 50A, good cable tv, open for satellite. And of course the Cabela's store for some "entertainment" if you want. It's wide open though. No trees and no real ambience.

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Posted By: hamguy on 02/25/06 06:17pm

Slightly off topic but I believe there are RV sites near Minden, NE. Be sure to see the Pioneer Museum in Minden. Plan on a full day to truly appreciate just how rough our pioneer forefathers had it.

Posted By: dadd45 on 02/26/06 07:35am

Good answer from avan......might also advise from the Nebraska Game and Parks on all state parks by area....enjoy your trip and there IS something to see in Nebraska[emoticon] UNFORTUNATELY most of the things worth seeing are NOT along I80

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Posted By: kknowlton on 02/26/06 05:59pm

We have stayed at several along that route. The KOA in West Liberty is not too bad, considering it's behind a motel & gas station right along I-80! The bathrooms at Sleepy Hollow CG in Oxford, IA were old, not all that clean, and with little privacy; I didn't like it. Not a lot of good choices through much of Iowa, I'm afraid. The KOA west of Des Moines was ok, very narrow sites but clean and out in the country, without as much road noise as you often get in such CGs.

In Nebraska we've stayed at the state wayside park at Mormon Island, near Grand Island. Not bad, reservations not needed if you arrive by mid-afternoon; elec. hookups and showers available. Right along the interstate, though, so it's noisy. You'll have road noise problems in the KOAs at Grand Island and Gothenburg, but they are likely to be a bit cleaner than the state facilities, and have full hookups. Again, if you stop early enough in the day, you probably won't need reservations; I'm a planner, so I always call ahead to reserve a site, just in case.

Posted By: kknowlton on 02/26/06 06:02pm

I almost forgot - we also stayed at the Holiday Travl Park in North Platte. Clean, but very narrow sites, and close enough to the interstate for lots of road noise. The pool is shaped like Nebraska, which I thought was rather cute.

Posted By: Powellzk on 02/26/06 06:41am


I second the Double Nickel in Ne, Nice flat campground. My kids enjoyed it. The holiday park in North Platte is clean too and if you like Harleys the store is next door to the CG. Good Steakhouse within walking distance. I believe someone posted on the Bluffs run campground, I think it closed.
Mahoney State Park is awesome.

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Posted By: mountainfreak on 02/27/06 12:54pm

An update for avan's log; Bluffs Run RV campground in Council Bluffs Iowa has permanently closed.

IMHO an excellent overnight stop would be Mahoney State Park near Ashland Nebraska. Drive through the Safari Park while you are there.

Good Luck

Posted By: avan on 02/27/06 05:08pm

Thanks J&J. I'll remove it from my log since its purpose is to jog my old memory, when we revisit an area, of places we stayed at in the past and whether to stay there again.

Posted By: 32dgrz on 02/27/06 06:22pm

We have stayed at the KOA in Grand Island ,NE always nice and clean. There is a CG near Kellogg Iowa exit that is 10.00 dollars a night. It looks nice but I'm sure you can here the traffic. I can get the exit if anyone is interested

Posted By: aheig on 02/28/06 01:28pm

I would have to agree on Mahoney State Park in Ashland...about 1/2 way between Omaha and Lincoln (maybe 20 mins from each). I was just there this past weekend and it was beautiful as usual. There is the Safari park and also SAC museam right next door. Or stop in Omaha to see one of the nations top Zoo's. You won't believe how great it is!

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