|The drive into the campground is about a mile but it's worth it!|
If you’re looking for a stop in the Iowa City, IA area off of Hwy 380 & Hwy 80, here’s a little secret, take the detour to this park!
"Kent Park" as it's called, is a beautiful county park near Tiffin, IA (technically, Oxford).
There are no reservations. It is first-come, first-serve but we were able to get a spot on a Saturday afternoon.
|Our spot with the awning facing the woods|
Directions: There is good signage before the highway exit and all the way into the park.
We were greeted by a friendly camp host who advised:
North loop has more shade but fills up first.
South loop is closer to bathrooms (where the wifi router is) and has a few pull-thrus.
Park rangers stopped by twice as we settled in.
|A view from the road|
There are 86 spots, all with electric (30 & 50-amp). Like many state parks we've visited, there is a water spigot every 6-12 spots, so arrive with a little water in your tank or bring an extra hose. All spots are $20. (The dump station is set up for departure, so it's not a convenient for filling up water on arrival).
|The campground is WAY back in the park, but it's worth it! The roads are plenty wide for our 36 ft Class A.|
|Courtesy of http://www.johnson-county.com/dept_conservation.aspx?id=4055|
Our T-Mobile (using Iowa Wireless) & AT&T phones had 2 bars & were still tethering. The campground wifi had a good signal near the bath house and is sufficient for checking email during off-peak times.
The lake is currently drained for an environmental renovation (the first in 20 years). Otherwise, it is a popular fishing spot. Maybe that's how we got a spot on a Saturday...
We had a few neighbors, but it was very quiet for a Saturday evening.
The park also has lots of hiking trails that we didn’t get to take advantage of. Next time.
Gates close at 10:30 pm
Dump station on your way out.
We fell asleep to the crickets, awoke to the birds singing and could see a deer grazing while I drank coffee. This is right up our alley & we highly recommend staying longer than on