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Viking Lake State Park, IA

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Southwest Iowa is laden with sprawling fields of wildflowers and scenic hills and valleys. On Route 34, midway between Omaha and Creston, just outside of Red Oak, is the lovely Viking Lake State Park. This 1,000-acre park encompasses Viking Lake is home to a diverse selection of flora and fauna, making it very attractive to outdoor enthusiasts.

After the dam was built, construction of the lake began in 1957. Just over 50 years later, the 140-acre Viking Lake was completed. It quickly became one of the most visited parks in southeastern Iowa. A good portion of the area …

Waubonsie State Park, IA

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Located in the Loess Hills of southwest Iowa, Waubonsie State Park is ideally situated for those who rent an RV in either Iowa, Nebraska or Kansas. Lying in the heart of Fremont County means the park is only a short drive from the local towns of Hamburg, IA, and Sidney, IA. With a unique topography, shaped by retreating glaciers over thousands of years, Waubonsie State Park offers miles of hiking and equestrian trails that follow deep valleys and gorges. For those who wish to kick back and relax on the water, Lake Virginia offers fishing and boating opportunities. …

Lake Anita State Park, IA

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Spending your vacation camping in an RV is a great way to see the natural beauty of the United States. One such beautiful park is Lake Anita State Park, located south of Anita, Iowa. This state park features a 171-acre reservoir that is fed by the Nishnabotna River. You don't need to own a rig to enjoy camping with an RV. Browse the RV rentals in Cass County and find a vehicle to suit your style.

The biggest draw for visitors to Lake Anita State Park is the lake itself, where boating, swimming, and fishing are extremely popular. Stock …

Lake Manawa State Park, IA

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Lake Manawa State Park is a pristine oasis in the heart of the Omaha Metropolitan Area. The lake was formed by an oxbow in the Missouri River, which flooded in the late 1800s and created a 750-acre reservoir. Today, the park is one of the most popular outdoor recreation areas in the Midwest, with swimming, boating, fishing, and hiking just some of the activities on offer. The park draws its name from the Native American term meaning "peace and comfort," which you're guaranteed to find at Lake Manawa.

Planning a getaway to the Hawkeye State? Book an RV in Pottawattamie …

Lewis and Clark State Park, IA

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On the westernmost edge of Iowa, just 95 miles south of Sioux City, ten miles east of Omaha, NE, and 28 miles west of Carson rests a historic little Iowan state park. Lewis and Clark State Park is only 176 acres, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in natural beauty. This park is nestled in the horseshoe crook of Blue Lake and provides a nice location for fishing and other water sports.

In 1804, famed American explorers Meriwether Lewis and Captain Williams Clark landed in the place where the park now resides during their …

Platte River State Park, NE

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Once upon a time, the land that's now Platte River State Park in southeast Nebraska was home to the Harriet Harding Campfire Girls Camp and Camp Esther K. Newman. Fast forward to today and you'll find a 519-acre camp brimming with spectacular activities and features such as the interactive spray park, Crawdad Creek, observation towers boasting panoramic views of the Platte River Basin, and miles of breathtaking hiking trails along the rolling terrain. Walk packed dirt roads along countryside dips filled with trickling streams and unique geological formations.

Nearby cities include rural Weeping Water, a little over 12 miles …

Prairie Rose State Park, IA

147 RV rentals

Set on a shimmering lake, Prairie Rose State Park is one of the top outdoor recreation destinations in Iowa. There are plenty of opportunities to soak up the Midwest sunshine, from swimming, boating, and fishing in the lake to hiking scenic trails and enjoying picnics on the grassy foreshore. A lakeside campground makes it easy to enjoy an extended getaway to Prairie Rose State Park.

Planning an adventure in the Hawkeye State? Book an RV in Shelby County and you can make a splash at Prairie Rose State Park. You'll love combining the creature comforts of a motorhome with the …

Two Rivers State Recreation Area, NE

81 RV rentals

Two Rivers State Recreation Area is a luxurious motorhome camping destination in picturesque Waterloo, just 15 minutes away from the historic Valley. Enjoy riveting dining options while visiting local attractions. If you’re looking for family fun options, then the 50-minute drive to Omaha is well worth your time. Boasting Henry Doorly Zoo, The Durham Museum, the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge, and numerous other local gems, there’s something for everyone at this popular vacation city.

First opened to the public in 1960 by the State Game and Parks Commission and immersed in the cozy woodlands of northwest Nebraska, the …

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