Cottonwood Campground

Army Corps Of Engineers

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4089 Prairie Du Chien Rd NE Iowa City, IA 52240 319-338-3685 319-338-3543 Reservations: 877-444-6777 Official Website

GPS: 41.7219, -91.5351

Location submitted by: Dougs

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Overview of Cottonwood Campground

The campground fee booth is located in the West Overlook Campground. The dump station, drinking water, trash and recycling receptacles are located just outside of the West Overlook Campground.

Number of Sites 15

Pad Type dirt

Reservations yes

Open Seasonally Yes

Elevation 721 ft / 219 m

Max Stay 14

Tent Camping Yes

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Ratings Summary

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Site Quality
3 reviews
“Wooded hike in tent camping (uphill)”

Reviewed 7/5/2021

Nightly rate: $14
Days stayed: 3
Site Number: C15
Overall Rating

Cottonwood Campground is an Army Corps of Engineer campground near the tailwaters of Coralville Resevoir. It appears to have derived its name from the trees that dropped so much fluff it appears to be snowing. It's 7 minutes from shops and full civilization so the area is popular. There is a central shower house and water hydrant in this campground that is clean and well maintained. This is a walk-in tent area.

Sites C1 - C11 are all conjoined in a grassy, open field. There are no barriers or other delineation between sites other than a fire ring, picnic table and posts with the site number. If privacy is important to you, sites C1 - C11 will not appeal to you.

Sites C12 - C15 are completely different. Uphill there's a wide gravel path that winds its way into thick hardwoods. The distance to the showerhouse from C15 is a 5 minute walk and it is very dark at night. One can barely see their neighbors in C12 - C15.

Critical issues with these sites are the distance one must haul gear AND water. We have a lot of gear, so our cart was a life (back) saver. But the trail, while clear and well maintained, is uphill. Dragging the cart uphill in Iowa in July is a hot prospect. Additionally, the edge of the CoE property ends near site C15. We had a view of the backyards of neighboring homes. And the road parallels the path to C15. Every crotch rocket, blaring radio, unmufflered vehicle stole the peace of the woods.

Did I mention it was Independence Day weekend? I should have known better. I assumed since fireworks aren't allowed in CoE parks, we would have peace. We were 100 yards from some pretty loud and late fireworks displays occurring off CoE property.

Cost of camping includes day use pass for all the Corps parks, beaches, parking lots and boat ramps.

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  • recreation trail
  • water access
Site Amenities
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
  • restrooms: flush
  • showers
  • water available
  • pets
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