Saylorville Lake - COE/Bob Shetler Rec Area Good Sam Verified Campground

5600 NW 78th Ave, Johnston, IA 50131

Good Sam Verified Campground
(2 reviews) 4.5 out of 5 stars from 2 reviews
(2 reviews) 4.5 out of 5 stars from 2 reviews
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Address

5600 NW 78th Ave
Johnston, IA, 50131

Open May 1 - October 17

Contact

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Facility

Type: Public Corps
Partial Handicap Access

 

Policies

Pets welcome
Day Max Stay (14)
Tents Allowed
Spaces available: 67
Site length: 55
Max length: 55
Gravel sites: 67
Pull-thru size: 25 x 55
Pull-thrus: 6
Back-in size: 20 x 40
Room for slideouts: Yes
Number of electric: 67
Amps: 30 Amp/50 Amp
Max Amps: 50

Restrooms
Fire rings

Swimming
Body of water: Des Moines River
Playground
Horseshoes
Fishing
Horseshoes
Fishing
Watersports
Boat ramp
Boat ramp

(within 10 miles)

Hiking
Mountain biking

(within 20 miles)

Hunting season: Fall, Winter

4.5 (2 reviews) 4.5 out of 5 stars from 2 reviews
Facility
4.5
Restroom
4
Appeal
4.5
What is being rated?
5 5 out of 5 stars 09/10/2022

Very easy layout to navigate and park. Sites are decently sized and spaced and the campground is very nice looking and clean. Restrooms are decent and the dump/water station at the end is fairly convenient. Only real downside to the location is you have to leave your site, loop out of and back into the campground to get to the dump/water station, and then loop out and back in again to get back to your site. But since the loop isn't very big it's really a fairly minor thing to complain about. Most... Read More

Very easy layout to navigate and park. Sites are decently sized and spaced and the campground is very nice looking and clean. Restrooms are decent and the dump/water station at the end is fairly convenient. Only real downside to the location is you have to leave your site, loop out of and back into the campground to get to the dump/water station, and then loop out and back in again to get back to your site. But since the loop isn't very big it's really a fairly minor thing to complain about. Most of the sites are pretty open so if you have Starlink or satellite TV/internet you should have a clear, unobstructed view of the sky (my Starlink RV dish had 0% obstruction and constant signal.) The electric boxes are at or near the rear of the gravel pads making for easy hookups and the tables and fire pits are to the passenger side so they should be out the door of most RVs and campers. Overall a well laid out, well maintained campground and for $20/night an amazing value.
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4 4 out of 5 stars 10/04/2015

Nice campground by the COE below Saylorville Lake Dam. Seems fishing right below the spillway is a popular activity. Access to the Neil Smith Trail (running and Biking) is on the east edge of the campground. Note: The Neil Smith Trail runs north from the campground about 20 miles and south on into Des Moines where it connects to numerous trails around the area.

5 5 out of 5 stars 09/10/2022

Very easy layout to navigate and park. Sites are decently sized and spaced and the campground is very nice looking and clean. Restrooms are decent and the dump/water station at the end is fairly convenient. Only real downside to the location is you have to leave your site, loop out of and back into the campground to get to the dump/water station, and then loop out and back in again to get back to your site. But since the loop isn't very big it's really a fairly minor thing to complain about. Most... Read More

Very easy layout to navigate and park. Sites are decently sized and spaced and the campground is very nice looking and clean. Restrooms are decent and the dump/water station at the end is fairly convenient. Only real downside to the location is you have to leave your site, loop out of and back into the campground to get to the dump/water station, and then loop out and back in again to get back to your site. But since the loop isn't very big it's really a fairly minor thing to complain about. Most of the sites are pretty open so if you have Starlink or satellite TV/internet you should have a clear, unobstructed view of the sky (my Starlink RV dish had 0% obstruction and constant signal.) The electric boxes are at or near the rear of the gravel pads making for easy hookups and the tables and fire pits are to the passenger side so they should be out the door of most RVs and campers. Overall a well laid out, well maintained campground and for $20/night an amazing value.
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4 4 out of 5 stars 10/04/2015

Nice campground by the COE below Saylorville Lake Dam. Seems fishing right below the spillway is a popular activity. Access to the Neil Smith Trail (running and Biking) is on the east edge of the campground. Note: The Neil Smith Trail runs north from the campground about 20 miles and south on into Des Moines where it connects to numerous trails around the area.

5600 NW 78th Ave, Johnston, IA 50131
Coordinates: 41.701667, -93.685278
Elevation:

Directions
From Jct. of I-80 & Hwy 401,N 3.5 mi on Hwy 401, N 2 mi to Beaver Dr, NW 0.5 mi to 78th Ave, E 0.75 mi (E)

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