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Lake Wapello Campground

Lake Wapello Campground is within Lake Wapello State Park, located near Drakesville in the southeast part of Iowa. Here you will have great outdoor recreational opportunities, including fishing, hiking, and water sports. Some other scenic natural parks are also nearby, like the Tubaugh Wildlife Area and Rathbun Lake. This part of Iowa is mostly rural, with rolling landscapes and beautiful forests. If you want to visit bigger cities for attractions and shopping, the closest option is Ottumwa, about half an hour's drive. Des Moines and Iowa City are approximately two hours' drive away.Lake Wapello has a long beach where visitors love to spend time relaxing, swimming, or enjoying water sports. There are restrooms, showers, and a restaurant on the beach. Around the lake, you can go hiking, biking, or jogging along a seven-mile-long hiking trail. On the lake, there is a boat ramp, and one of the most popular activities here is fishing. Some of the campsites at Lake Wapello State Park offer full hookups, and other hookup variations are available too.This family-friendly RV campground near Ottumwa is a perfect place for a family vacation, and there's a huge park where kids can play. There are also playgrounds and sports courts nearby, or guests can use the beach. The campground has modern restrooms and showers, a dump station, and phone hookups. Lake Wapello Campground is pet-friendly, so you can bring your pup along for the ride. Book an RV in Davis County, Iowa, and you can immerse yourself in this gorgeous park.


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Camping with an RV

Camping with an RV

Have you ever wanted to sleep at the foot of a mountain or wake up to the sound of the ocean’s waves gently crashing on the shore? When on a road trip, do you like to stop at every weird and wonderful roadside attraction? Do you ever just want to take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and get out into the great outdoors? Then renting an RV is definitely for you.

Camping in an RV allows you to adventure on your terms. Whether you’re looking to bond over an open fire with family and friends or you just want to get away for a while, there’s no better way to do it than from behind the wheel of an RV.

How Outdoorsy Works

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Find the perfect RV

Choose your location, dates, and send the owner a request to book.

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Delivery or Pickup

Arrange a pick up time with the owner or have it delivered to your driveway or destination.

Let us help

Most owners have the option to deliver and set up the RV right to your destination.

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Adventure awaits!

Enjoy the freedom of the open road nd the assurance of 24/7 roadside assistance.

After your trip, return the RV to the owner on the same condition you recieved it.

The Great Outdoors

Soap Creek Wildlife Area is located only about ten minutes drive north when you are RV camping at Lake Wapello Campground. This beautiful natural park is a bird-watching paradise. Here you can see many migratory species and songbirds, especially in the fall and spring. Another activity in this park is hunting. The park is habitat to white-tailed deer, turkey, squirrels, and other game animals.Rathbun Lake is about 30 miles west of Lake Wapello State Park and features several parks along its shores. One of them is Prairie Ridge State Park. The park is located between Buck Creek and Honey Creek, covered in woodland and hillsides. Here you can see some of the most beautiful views of the area and enjoy the scenery while exploring the park on foot or by boat. Visitors can go on hiking trails, enjoy swimming, kayaking, and canoeing. Fishing is another popular activity here, with many different fish species, like black crappie, channel catfish, flathead catfish, largemouth bass, and many more. Motorized boats are also allowed on the lake, as well as catamarans and sailboats.Honey Creek State Park is another scenic natural area on the shore of Rathbun Lake, about 40 minutes' drive west of the RV campground. This beautiful park has around five miles of multi-use trails where you can enjoy jogging, hiking, or biking. The park covers over 800 acres of land and has many outdoor recreational opportunities and water sport opportunities. Here you can go camping, picnicking, play sports, or enjoy the beach. The lake is popular for fishing, sailboats, powerboats, water skiing, and more.

Exploring the City

When you're camping at Lake Wapello Campground, most of the interesting attractions can be found in the city of Ottumwa and its surrounding area. Set aside some time to visit the Antique Airfield, a unique museum that displays antique planes that are still able to fly. Here you can go on a tour or book a flight in one of these beautiful old planes. Some of these planes were built before World War II, and they are still in excellent condition.The American Gothic House and Center is near Eldon, IA and is one of the most important historic locations in the area. The site was the inspiration for the famous American Gothic painting, created by Grant Wood in 1930. Many visitors come to this museum just to take photos and see this impressive structure. This place is not just a photo-op, though, here you can also visit exciting events year-round, including music concerts, educational programs, and art exhibits. The center has an exhibition gallery, a media room, and an outdoor area.Another interesting place to see when RV camping in the area is the Wapello County Historical Museum. This museum features a permanent exhibit that illustrates life in the 19th and 20th centuries. Here you can see many items, photographs, and artifacts from that period. The museum also includes a replica of the 1890 Ottumwa Coal Palace and 1925 America LaFrance fire truck.


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Trailer

Trailers for all types of towing vehicles, including SUVs and pickups.

Folding Trailer

Trailers you can tow with passenger vehicles or SUVs. A great way to transform average cars into adventure cars.

Fifth-Wheel

Larger trailers that attach to towing vehicles with a gooseneck extension in the truck bed.

Toy Hauler

Living quarters in the front with dedicated space for hauling motorcycles or other “toys” in the back.

Utility Trailer

All other types of towable trailers.

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Class C

Popular with small families and first-time RV drivers who want a little more room than a van. Comparable to driving a truck.

Camper Van

The smallest and nimblest of fully enclosed RVs. Drives like a van. Loves posing for Instagram.

Class B

A formal-sounding name for camper van, but just as photogenic.

Class A

Drivers should be comfortable driving bus-sized vehicles and dealing with parking limitations. Great for delivery.

Truck Camper

If you can drive a truck, you can drive a truck camper. Makes roughing it significantly less rough.

Other

All other types of drivable vehicles.

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Questions about RVs?

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What type of RV should I choose?

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Start by determining how many people are planning to travel with you. Going on a solo-journey? Choose a camper van or a teardrop trailer. Bringing the whole family along for the ride? Consider a spacious Class A or five-wheel.

You’ll also want to consider amenities. For example, if you’re planning to cook on the road, you’ll want a kitchenette. If your campground doesn’t have public restrooms, you’ll want to search RVs with bathrooms. Check out full descriptions of our models to help you decide here.


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Do the RVs have bathrooms?

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Yes. Class A’s, Class B’s, and Class C’s and five-Wheels typically have bathrooms. Depending on where you plan on camping, you’ll want to double-check the availability of restrooms if selecting a rig without a bathroom. Nervous about renting an RV with a bathroom? Owners can help show you how to clean the tank or will offer to do it for you for a fee.


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How does check-in work?

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Once an Owner approves your RV reservation, you can coordinate a time to pick up your rig or have it delivered to your doorstep or campsite. At that point, the owner will do a key exchange with you and walk you through the RV and answer any questions you might have.