Have you ever wanted to sell everything you own and just "take off?" Travel the country's back roads, paddle down a meandering stream, experience breath-taking mountain views, walk among 100-year old trees, and just marvel at America's beauty? That is the dream that my partner, Betsy, and I decided to make a reality. This blog describes our adventure. The food we eat, people we meet, sights we see, and the enjoyment we find in traveling.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

RV Park Review–West Lake Park, Terrace Campground (Davenport, Iowa)

This is a very nice county park and we really enjoyed our 8-night stay here.  We came to the area to visit the John Deere factories and other Davenport/Moline attractions (which is summarized in this blog post) and found that there was a lot to do in the area.  The fact that this campground was so nice was part of the reason we kept extending our stay (and it was only $18/night during the off-season with a senior discount for full hook up).  We did not have a reservation and showed up on a Saturday but figured since it was a cold rainy weekend in late October we wouldn’t have a problem finding a site. When we arrived there were plenty of sites to choose from.

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West Lake Park has two campgrounds – Terrace and Summit.  Summit Campground was closed for the winter but we walked through it and it was very nice with long pull-thru sites; however, there is no sewer at the site.  Terrace Campground has two loops both of which are very nice.  The campground is nicely treed but not too much so that it is hard getting RV’s in and out of sites.  Some campsites have gravel driveways while others are paved but all have a paved patio and will accommodate any length RV.  All RV sites are 50 amp full hook-up and have picnic tables and fire pits with grill grates. 

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There are 13 non-electric tent sites located in a grassy area towards the back of the campground with two pit toilets nearby.  Our Verizon phone only got 3G and two bars. The over-the-air antenna picked up about two dozen channels including three major networks.  The campground is open year-round but they shut off the water spigots around the end of October (depending on the weather).  There is a 14-day maximum stay which prevents seasonal campers or people from taking up residence in the campground.  We were there in the off-season so it wasn’t too crowded except it did fill up on the weekends.  This campground is probably very crowded in the summer and since they don’t take reservations it may be hard to get a site.  Due to the time of year we visited, the water at each site was turned off but potable water was at the camp host site (which was unoccupied) and the dump station.  The bath house was still open and kept very clean and warm.

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The campground sits in a 620-acre park which has lots of things to do including a 24-hole disk golf course, multiple playgrounds, four lakes for fishing or boating (which you can rent and only electric motors are allowed in the lakes), a swim beach, picnic pavilions, concessions, hiking trails, boat ramp, and volleyball.  This park was great for walking our dog as there are many miles of trails along the lakes and in the woods which were not heavily used (but we were there in late October and not the busy summer season).

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The payment process was a little confusing. Instead of having an envelope to put your money into, you are supposed to come to the office when they open. The sign on the door indicated they would be back at 3 pm. but nobody was there at that time. About 4 o’clock a ranger knocked on our door and told us to come pay.  They are a little vague about the office hours because the next day we went back around 3:00 and nobody was there.  Overall, we really liked this park and would definitely stay here again if we were in the area.

This park is great if you have a dog because there is plenty of room to walk them.  There is no off-leash dog park but miles and miles of trails wind through the woods and along the lakeshores. 


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