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Camping with an RV is a great way to reconnect with your family and make memories that will last a lifetime. Lake Ahquabi State Park, near Indianola, Iowa has fun activities for all ages to enjoy. Don't worry if you don't own a motorhome — book an RV in Warren County and spend some time exploring Iowa. One of the biggest draws of Lake Ahquabi State Park is the 115-acre reservoir where visitors can enjoy boating, fishing, and swimming.
You can camp with your RV at Lake Ahquabi State Park and then head to Des Moines, less than 45 minutes to the north, for shopping and sightseeing. Spend an afternoon in Pleasantville wandering through quaint shops and stocking up on supplies before heading to Lake Ahquabi State Park for a weekend of camping and exploring.
Lake Ahquabi State Park is a great place to go hiking or even mountain biking. Bring your rental motorhome so you can wake up to a spectacular view of nature and hit the trails early. The Lake Trail winds along the shoreline of Lake Ahquabi for four miles and then two and a half miles through the woods for a total of six and a half miles of scenic trail. Most of this trail is gravel surfaced. The Lake Ahquabi State Park Loop Trail is a four-mile trail that's perfect for all skill levels and accessible year-round.
Another great activity when camping at Lake Ahquabi is fishing. Pack your rod and reel in your rental RV and plan to spend some relaxing time casting your line in the lake in hopes of catching your next dinner. There are several fishing jetties along the lake and a fishing pier for great fishing from the shore. The lake is stocked with largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, and catfish. Make sure your Iowa fishing license is current before fishing at Lake Ahquabi State Park.
The 115-acre lake is man-made and has a large sandy beach great for guests to sunbathe, build sandcastles, or enjoy a game of sand volleyball. There's a boat launch ramp at the northern end of the park and another ramp in the campgrounds. Swimming is allowed; however, there's no lifeguard on duty at the park. You can bring your own watercraft or rent a boat from the park's concessionaire.
Camp in an RV at Lake Ahquabi State Park campgrounds and wake up to the gentle sounds of the lake lapping at the shore. Electrical hookups are available at many of the park's 100+ reservable campsites. There are two dump stations located within the campground. Modern shower facilities and restrooms are within walking distance of most campsites. Every campsite has a picnic table and a fire pit.
If the state park RV campgrounds don't have space or can't accommodate your rig, check out Griff’s Valley View RV Park and Campground in Altoona. This RV park has private shower facilities, modern restrooms, and a laundry room. Full hookups with electric, water, and sewer are available in addition to Wi-Fi.
Alternatively, park your RV rental at Prairie Flower Campground in Polk City. This is a large campground that encompasses over 60 acres with more than 150 individual campsites. Prairie Flower Campground sits on a 6,000-acre lake and has many hiking trails that lead from the campgrounds. Full hookups with electric, water, and sewer are available. Modern flush toilets and shower facilities are located throughout the campgrounds.
RV camping at state parks gives you the opportunity to explore the surrounding area. The National Balloon Museum and U.S. Ballooning Hall of Fame in Indianola is an interesting place to visit. The U.S. Ballooning Hall of Fame was created to recognize people who have made significant contributions to the sport of ballooning. Visitors can wander through the museum and learn about the history of ballooning. Visit the gift shop for unique souvenirs to take home to family and friends.
While in Indianola, take an afternoon and tour the winery located just outside of Indianola. This vineyard has produced award-winning wines made from locally grown grapes. Sign up for a tour of the winery, partake in wine tastings, and learn all about the winemaking process.
Head over to Carlisle and visit Banner Lakes at Summerset State Park. Pack a picnic and spend time relaxing along the shore of the lake. You can bring your bicycle and try out the paved bike loop that runs along the park’s roads. The park’s bike loop connects with the Summerset Bike Trail, a 12-mile trail that connects Carlisle to Indianola.