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Cenla Campground

Off Hwy. 71 1 mile south of Hwy. 9, Spirit Lake, IA 51360
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice clean campground. Clean showers and restrooms. Nice pool Fishing docks. Close to everything. Easy in and out. Good gravel roads in park. Playground for kids. Some shade. Not all have shade. Level sites. Some pull thru some back in. Long stays are shaded. Would recommend it.

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Omaha, Nebraska
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The park is very clean and the bathrooms are great. There is great access to the bike trail that circles the lake. Location is very central to activities. The management wasn't overly friendly but wasn't bad either. The park grounds keepers were very helpful when we arrived in getting us blocks to get our RV leveled correctly when we arrived.... More 

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omaha, ne
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

I stayed here for the first (and likely last) time recently. The managers were very crabby and sour faced. I don't think I've ever seen owners/managers who hated their jobs more. No smiles, no welcoming attitude whatsoever. They should get out and camp at other places to see how guests should be treated. They treat people who walk in the... More 

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Novi
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58 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

This was our first visit to Cenla. It wasn't like a high end RV park with paved roads and nice landscaping nor was it wooded or grassy with more spacious sites like a state park. The campground is on a lake but there is no beach and the only access to the lake is via a path to a fishing... More 

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Grimes, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

A fantastic campground not to be missed when visiting Okoboji. The staff was very helpful, the grounds were clean and well kept, and the bathrooms were the best we've ever seen. 5 stars! We will be back :)

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Lincoln, Nebraska, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

We came up to Okoboji for a family reunion from Nebraska. Half of us were camping with tents and rv's and the other half up the road at the Methodist cabin areas. The lady's at the counter were very nice and gave us the rules of the campground. We were tenting and were able to be very close to the... More 

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Des Moines
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10 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

We only had a 30 amp unit $26.50 but they gave us a 50 amp site $32.50 and charged us for it. I went down to the office and told her. She said, "You pay weather you use the 50 or not." I asked if she had any 30 amp sites. She said, "I don't recall." There were several when... More 

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South Dakota
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60 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2012

Although you are about a block from a busy highway, in most parts of the campground you would not know it. This campground was clean. It had lots of mature shade trees. Although most sites aren't on the lake, it is just a short walk to the lake and the fishing dock is available for everyone to use. There is... More 

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Nebraska
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18 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2011

We had a very enjoyable time at Cenla Campground. It was very well kept and we had an excellent site by the water, which we totally enjoyed. It was nice to walk out on the dock in the morning and drink our coffee by the water! It is a very quiet, pretty lake. The owners/managers were very kind and understood... More 

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Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2009

We always have a great time when we stay at Cenla. We fish,kayak, and sometimes fall in the lake it is next to. My daughter swims with friends when the pool is not too busy. We have had family drop ins that are alway welcome and quiet campfires to end each night. The staff is busy but friendly. My son... More 

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