Onawa Blue Lake KOA

Onawa Blue Lake KOA in Onawa, Iowa
We visited this park on July 17, 2017, and stayed for 8 day(s).

Onawa Blue Lake KOA review.

The Onawa Blue Lake KOA was our respite stop between business engagements in Lincoln and Omaha. Its rural setting along a lake and near a small town appealed to us after a week of traffic whizzing by on I-80.

Sunset over Blue Lake.

We’ve had the park nearly to ourselves during the week, but they fill up on the weekends. There’s a nice mix of shade and sun throughout most of the park. We’re facing southwest with a great view of the lake, which also means full sun on our windshield from around noon until 7 p.m. So, unfortunately that great view is hidden behind a protective layer of Reflectix for most of the day.

Our site is a 50 AMP full hook-up, pull-through on a corner. The electricity is sufficient and water pressure is good. Many of the sites are long and ample pull-throughs. Others are squeezed in to make room for more campers. Ours is rather short and close enough to the road that we watch very closely as other RVers make the turn to exit the park.

The KOA store is well-stocked with the essentials plus wine, beer, and soda. The laundry room is clean and open 24/7. There’s a nice playground for the kiddos, a small pool, and paddle boats, kayaks, and three-wheel bikes for rent.

Nearby Attractions

Lewis & Clark State Park is right across the lake. They also offer a combination of water/electric and full hook-up sites right on the water. We didn’t realize that full hook-ups were an option until after check-in or we may have opted for the less expensive state park experience. Or not; the short walk from our site to the laundry room or pool is so convenient here.

A hiking trail at Lewis and Clark State Park.

In nearby Onawa you’ll find a small town Festival grocery store and a museum district, among other things. The museums include The Monona County Veteran’s Memorial Museum, Monona County Historical Museum, and Kiwanis Railroad Depot – all of which are open only on summer weekends 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

An A-7D Corsair II in front of The Monona County Veteran's Memorial Museum.

The next nearest cities of any size are Sioux City, Iowa to the north and Omaha, Nebraska to the south. Other points of interest include the nearby 220-mile Loess Hills National Scenic Byway. If the weather cooperates, we’ll take that drive this weekend.

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Shari Voigt

Shari Voigt is an author, website developer, and marketing consultant. She's been working and living on the road with her husband Gerald since July 25, 2013. When she's not working on the latest marketing idea for herself or her customers, she's exploring new places and meeting new people from all over the USA.