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Backbone State Park

1347 129th Street
Dundee, IA 52038
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2 Reviews
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Bakbone is the oldest state park in Iowa. The Maquoketa River runs through the park providing the opportunity to fish and play. There is also a cave, CCC Museum, swimming beach, and numerous hiking trails. Field of Dreams is also within easy driving distance. The campground is open, but there are mature trees throughout to provide shade. The shower buildings are older but relatively clean. The day we went to the swimming beach we found the lake to be a little on the mucky side, as opposed to the clear river. Some of the best reservable sites in the South Lake Campground are 5, 17, 47, 62, & 72.

Received from CardsPackIllini for visit in Jun 2007

Site Number: 72
Stay Again? YES
We were looking for a state park or natural setting campground close to the Field Of Dreams movie site in Dyersville, IA that could be used as a home base for other east Iowa exploring. A very nice, wooded campground. This is the oldest state park in Iowa and woods surround the campground. It is isolated and quiet. There are a few pull through sites, but they are not the most level and some have more grass than gravel. However, there are quite a few back-in sites that have plenty of room for big rigs to get in. Some low hanging limbs brush the roof and sides, but nothing to cause damage. The interior roads are all paved and there is adequate room to manuever Electric ONLY with a mixture of 50 & 30 amp sites. There is a dump station and fresh water spigots are scattered about for filling tanks. This is a self check-in camground with 1/2 of the 50 electric campsites being first come, first served; There are two bathhouses with showers, but one is much nicer than the other; We saw deer in the campground every day; Satellite can be a problem in this very wooded campground, but there are a few sites for access; Depending on which way the wind blows, there are times when the odor from nearby hog farms wafts in - a bit unpleasant :) Iowa State Parks just started a reservation system in 2006, but we did not use it. This campground was really pretty and quiet. The park was nice as well.


Received from Howard for visit in Sep 2006

Site Number: 80
Stay Again? YES

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