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Big Lake State Park is one of the premier outdoor recreation and camping destinations in Missouri’s northwest corner and one of the best places for camping with an RV rental. The 407-acre park sits in an oxbow section of the Missouri River, creating one of the largest marshlands in the state. The region is popular for swimming, fishing, bird watching, boating, and picnicking, and the Big Lake Campground on the edge of the park is a fantastic place to base yourself when renting an RV.Campsites at Big Lake can include electrical hookups or no hookups at all, depending on your desired level of comfort. Drinking water, showers, and restrooms are centrally located within the park, and there’s a dump station available if you need to empty the tanks on your rig. The park even has a small swimming pool for some morning laps or cooling off after a big day of adventuring. There are also two playgrounds where the little ones can run around in the evening, which are equipped with slides and climbing equipment.Big Lake’s location in the rural northwest means you should never feel crowded when staying in the RV campground. However, the campground is easily accessible from Interstate 29, which runs between Omaha and Kansas City. Both of the metropolitan areas can be reached in about two hours' drive if you feel the need for some big city fun when you choose a rental motorhome at Big Lake Campground.



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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

Big Lake is the most obvious choice for outdoor recreation when you’re staying in the area. If you’ve got a boat, the park has a ramp for convenient launching, but if you don’t, tandem canoes and single-person kayaks are available for rent onshore. There’s also a small swimming beach located next to the boat ramp. Anglers will enjoy the lake’s ample stocks of bass, catfish, and carp.The next closest spot for enjoying nature when you book an RV in Holt County is the Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge. Most visitors choose to explore the park via the auto road that loops around the wetlands to showcase hundreds of bird species and dozens of mammals endemic to the area. Those wanting to stretch their legs a little can set off on one of the park’s hiking trails to get a better look at the majestic animals; just don’t get too close.If you’re up for the drive, Indian Cave State Park is only 40 minutes' drive from Big Lake State Park and has some fascinating petroglyphs to explore. The caves are thought to have served as a shelter for Native Americans living in the area several thousand years ago, but not much is known about their culture or history. The state park also includes a partial reconstruction of the town of St. Deroin, which was once a popular ferry for crossing on the Missouri before the railroad made it obsolete. It became a ghost town soon after, and much of the town was washed away in a flood in the 1920s. A few buildings remain, which are a treat for urban explorers looking to poke around a little.

Exploring the City

If you’re just looking for a bite to eat or a store to pick up the essentials, you won’t need to go far when motorhome camping near Big Lake. There’s a small general store just outside the state park, and Mound City, about 15 minutes' drive away, has several bars, fast food joints, and casual dining spots to choose from. As far as attractions go, it doesn’t have much to speak of.Falls City, just over the Nebraska border, is the closest town with any attractions when you choose a campsite at Big Lake Campground. One of the popular things to see in Falls City is the John Philip Falter Museum, which is housed in an old bank building and is dedicated to the life of John Philip Falter, an artist known for its work on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post during the mid-20th century. Most of the exhibits display his colorful covers, which are rotated out regularly to make room for previously unseen works. It’s exactly the sort of niche museum that’s perfect for road tripping with your rental RV.There’s also the Falls City Library and Art Center; it’s primarily a public library, but visitors can enter a small art gallery inside that displays pieces from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's collection. It’s not very big, but worth seeing while passing through town.Brownville, which is 45 minutes' drive to the northwest of Big Lake, has even more attractions like a community theater, a folk art museum, and a railroad history center. The railroad museum is particularly interesting with a restored depot building housing artifacts from the Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy Railway along with an actual caboose from the town’s railroading heyday.


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

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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.

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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.