After a disappointing stay at another park, we moved here to finish our stay in the area. This is a large state park with a very nice under-utilized campground. The park has facilities from primitive to full hookup. There are 3 large, clean shower/restrooms. If you aren't an Indiana resident, a one time $7 fee is required to enter the park. We are enjoying our stay here.
This campground was a huge disappointment. Due to the proximity to the interstate and downtown Louisville, it has a lot of overnighters but also has an apparent resident population of long term campers. The park is extremely cramped with units so close together awnings and tow vehicles stick out into the street. There is no grass or shade. The interstate and busy railroad are right beside the park, so it is noisy from that. We had a group of six adults next to us that staged a 24 hour drinking party which was noisy and messy all night long. Management did nothing. After their first party night, we moved to another park. On a positive note, the staff was friendly and helpful. The restrooms were clean and functional but were kept locked. A key deposit was required to get access. We were unable to get either the wi-fi or TV cable to work. Water pressure in the park is advertised at 75 psi, so if you come, bring a pressure regulator.
Considering the location near Council Bluffs with all the recreation possibilities, it is a real shame that this park is the black sheep of the Iowa State Parks system. It has been slated for a major overhaul for several years but continually gets bumped back. It has a reputation of being used by near homeless people and undesirables. The campground is located on one of the largest lakes in this part of the state and there is abundant wildlife in the park. Good bike and hiking trails. Close to shopping, restaurants, theaters and casinos. It could have a lot to offer. Iowa should be ashamed of itself with how this park is maintained and used.
This park is owned and operated by the county fair board and has little funding. It is not well maintained and some of the campers here are long term for various reasons. It is a safe but crude park. Mostly used by over nighters and people visiting in the area. This corner of the state is very short of decent campgrounds.
Willow is a county park in Harrison county. It is located approximately 5 miles from Woodbine off of SR30. It is heavily used by locals and especially families. Nice clean laid back park on a small lake with fishing and swimming beach. Newer section lacks shade and is close showers. Park has cabins to rent as well as camping facilities. Park does not have a dump station. City park in Woodbine has dump station that is used by this park's campers. This is a hassle for longer stays.