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Arrowhead Lodge of SW. Iowa.

1 site · LodgingCouncil Bluffs, IA
This custom designed glamping lodge was a dream of mine for a long time. I wanted a place to go to unwind and be with one with nature. But! wanted it close to town so I do not have to travel far and still be close to the city attractions. The lodge backs up to a large hill--called the Loess Hills. Many deer, raccoon, possum and turkey call it home and so does a few pets of mine to include a mini horse and goat. They just love being adorned by new people. I think you will find this a perfect place for a good nights sleep. Learn more about this land: --Enjoy the deer setting amongst the tree's and nature. Hiking trails close by. Come enjoy a relaxing experience close to the city, the zoo and other attractions.  MOST dogs are welcomed -- BUT need to be approved first! before booking. ADDITIONAL FEE REQUIRED>  Walking trails close by!  and restaurants. Verify with host before booking please. The bathroom/shower is located across the yard in the lower level of the main house.  Thank you!
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The Fence-Post

21 sites · RVs, Tents3 acres · Little Sioux, IA
I am located to the West of Interstate 29 off exit 95 halfway between Omaha, Nebraska and Sioux City, Iowa. It is near where the Little Sioux River meets the Missouri River. There is river access with bank fishing and a boat ramp. The Loess Hills are nearby and the state forest. There are small lakes in the surrounding areas and Lewis and Clark parks with beautiful views.
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Greenwood Acres

7 sites · RVs, Tents7 acres · Greenwood, NE
We purchased our acreage a few years ago and it was very neglected, inside the house and even outside. We are proud of all the work and progress we’ve made. While we still have some improvements to make on our house, the outside is quickly becoming our very own paradise. We have a garden, fruit trees, berry bushes and chickens. With advance notice I'm happy to give a tour of the property. If you prefer to tour on your own please do! On the back of our property we have a swimming pond with lots of little fish and frogs and other water creatures, all safe to swim with. During the warm months help yourself to the fun beach toys, paddle board and paddle boat. We simply ask you care for them like you would your own. There is also a large playground area in the trees, close to our house. Please don't hesitate to check it out and let your kiddos play on it! The garden area is on the south part of our property. You can help yourself to a few garden goods. There you'll also find a sand pit with tonka trucks for your kiddos to also enjoy. Hammocks can be found throughout the property in the shaded wooded area as well as picnic tables.
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The best camping near Wilson Island State Recreation Area guide



Foragers, explorers and laidback campers are going to love the simplistic solitude at Wilson Island State Recreation Area. Sure you can hunt or spend a revved up day on the Missouri River, but we think the quiet trails filled with bald eagles, cottonwoods, and mushrooms you can pick are the way to go. There’s plenty of spots for picnics and overnight stays in the sandbars comfy campgrounds. Nearby Desoto Wildlife Refuge makes a weekend here full of fun and fauna! Pick a direction and head out, Wilson Island is a real gem in any direction you choose!

When to go

The best time to visit Wilson Island State Recreation Area is during the spring and fall when the weather is mild and the natural scenery is at its peak. Summer offers warm days perfect for water activities, though it can be quite busy. Winters are cold and quiet, ideal for those seeking solitude amid the frost-kissed landscape.

Know before you go

  • Check the weather forecast before your visit to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.
  • Be aware of any park alerts or closures by visiting the official website or contacting the park office.
  • Wilson Island is a day-use area, so plan your activities between dawn and dusk.
  • Remember to pack out all your trash to keep the park clean and protect the wildlife.
  • Accessible facilities are available, but it's best to confirm current conditions and availability beforehand.

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