Lewis and Clark State Park RV & Campground Guide

Iowa

Learn about the great Lewis and Clark expedition of 1804 in the visitor's center at Lewis and Clark State Park. The park is part of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail of the National Park Service. If you're not a history buff, this state park offers loads of outdoor activity both on and off the lake. The park is located about 40 miles south of Sioux City, Iowa, on Interstate 29, just east of the Omaha Reservation. The nearby towns of Onawa, Iowa, and Decatur, Nebraska, offer restaurants as well as grocery stores and other places to get the supplies you need.

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Weather
Spring 38-62 F
Summer 62-85 F
Fall 40-63 F
Winter 13-33 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Lewis and Clark State Park

At Lewis and Clark State Park, it gets cool at night, even during the summer. That's just one of many reasons why the best way to visit is in an RV. To avoid the expense and hassle of owning your own, you can easily rent an RV from RVshare.

Lewis and Clark State Park Campground

You don't necessarily have to plan ahead if you want to stay at the Lewis and Clark State Park Campground. One-fourth of their campsites are first-come, first-serve. The campground has 93 electric-only sites and 13 sites with full hookups. You'll also find a playground, restrooms, showers, and a dump station. During peak season, electric-only sites are $16/night, and full hookup sites are $19. For the rest of the year, it's $11/night for electric-only sites and $14/night for full hookups.

Onawa/Blue Lake KOA

The Onawa/Blue Lake KOA can accommodate rigs up to 93 feet. It offers back-in sites with water and electricity as well as pull-through sites with full hookups. This pet-friendly campground has a swimming pool and sells firewood and propane. They also offer bike rentals and paddleboat rentals to enjoy on Blue Lake. You can stay plugged-in if you want with the campground's Wi-Fi. Rates start around $40/night for water and electric only and $46/night for full hookups.

On-Ur-Wa RV Park

On-Ur-Wa RV Park features 100-foot, shady pull-through sites with 20/30/50-amp electricity. Its restrooms and showers received a 10-star rating from Trailer Life. Full hookup sites with 50-amp service start at $39/night while full hookup sites with 30-amp service start at $36/night. They do offer discounts for a full week stay.

  • Pet-friendly
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry facilities
  • Horseshoe, bocce ball, and soccer areas
  • Sells propane, RV supplies, and Iowa wines

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What to Do at
Lewis and Clark State Park

Inside Lewis and Clark State Park

The 250-acre Blue Lake is a major attraction at Lewis and Clark State Park. The park offers a double boat ramp, and there is no limit on the motor size on the lake. You can enjoy fishing, as the lake is stocked with panfish, bass, channel catfish, and northern pike. Birdwatching, swimming, and just lounging on the beach are other popular activities. You'll also find hiking trails, a playground, and horseshoe pits. Be sure to visit the keelboat display at the visitor's center and see replicas of many of the boats Lewis and Clark used on their expedition. 

Outside Lewis and Clark State Park

The area around Lewis and Clark State Park has plenty of opportunities for enjoyment both indoors and outdoors. Many restaurants are just a few minutes' drive from the park, and you'll find interesting shopping and activities within about a 30-minute radius.

Restaurants

Frannie's Café

Frannie's Café features farmhouse-style dining for breakfast and lunch. You'll find hearty portions and vegetarian-friendly feasts. Be sure to check out their daily specials and made-from-scratch pies and other desserts. While you're there, you can pick up items made by local artisans, such as soy candles, goat milk soap, jams, and jellies.

Type: American, Café

Location: 812 Iowa Ave Onawa, IA

Dan's Pizza

In addition to hot, fresh pizza, Dan's Pizza serves fried chicken, wings, and fish baskets. They also have a special taco night. To top it off, you can try one of Dan's Pizza's dessert pizzas.

Type: Pizza

Location: 808 Iowa Ave, Onawa, IA

Suds n Jugs Bar and Grill

At Suds n Jugs Bar and Grill, you can enjoy simple appetizers with your beer or get a hearty lunch or dinner. Menu items include steak, grilled chicken, fried chicken or shrimp, sandwiches, and Rocky Mountain Oysters. You'll also find salads, and on Saturday nights, you can order prime rib or shrimp scampi.

Type: Pub, Bar

Location: 807 Iowa Ave, Onawa, IA

Pop-n-Doc's Decatur Marina

You can get to Pop-n-Doc's Decatur Marina by land or by water. The Alaskan Walleye dinner is a house specialty. Steak, chicken, shrimp, and a variety of sandwiches are all available along with a kids' menu. You can also choose from several ice cream desserts.

Type: American

Location: 3000 Hutton Dr, Decatur, NE

Green Lantern Steakhouse and Lounge

The Green Lantern Steakhouse and Lounge was first built in 1956 and later rebuilt in 2009 after a fire. Steak, chicken, seafood, and pasta are highlighted on the menu. The Green Lantern also has a lunch menu with soup and sandwiches as well as chicken and steak baskets.

Type: Steakhouse, Bar, Pub

Location: 653 N Broadway St, Decatur, NE

Shopping

Master's Hand

For a relaxing and indulgent shopping experience, head to Master's Hand. You'll find hand-crafted apparel, accessories, and other gift items. Indulge yourself with a purchase of Serendipity Chocolates, or check the bakery for pies, cakes, and other delightful baked goods.

Location: 3599 County Road F, Tekamah, NE

Thinker Toys

It's easy to find Thinker Toys; just look for the castle. Inside, you'll find a huge collection of toys for people young and old. You'll find standards such as board games, puzzles, Legos, and Playmobil. Thinker Toys also has science kits, wooden trains, kites, dinosaurs, dragons, fairies, and more.

Location: 4400 Singing Hills Blvd Sioux City, IA

Palmer's Olde Tyme Candy Shoppe

Step back in time at Palmer's Olde Tyme Candy Shoppe. Select your own variety of chocolates, fudge, peppermint twists, and truffles, or choose a pre-packaged box of goodies. While you're there, check out their candy-making museum with retired candy-making equipment, vintage photos, and other artifacts from their sweet history.

Location: 405 Wesley Pkwy, Sioux City, IA

Sightseeing

WinnaVegas Casino and Resort

WinnaVegas Casino and Resort is about half-way between Sioux City and Lewis and Clark State Park. This full-service resort offers table games, slots, and bingo. It has several options for dining and hosts a variety of events. Other recreation options include a golf simulator and a swimming pool and hot tub.

Location: 1500 330th St, Sloan, IA 51055

Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center

The Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center and the Betty Strong Encounter Center is a 20,000 square-foot cultural complex. You'll find permanent exhibits about the Corps of Discovery activity in Sioux City from 1804. Additionally, the center hosts tours, events, and a variety of educational programs.

Location: 900 Larsen Park Rd, Sioux City, IA

Preparation Canyon State Park

Preparation Canyon State Park is about a half-hour from Lewis and Clark State Park. This 340-acre park features trails that wind through the pristine Loess Hills. In addition to the trails, park amenities include picnic tables, shelters, and restrooms.

Location: 206 Polk St Loess Hills State Forest, Pisgah, IA

Blackbird Bend Casino

You can enjoy slots, traditional table games, and electronic table games at Blackbird Bend Casino. Blackbird Bend Casino also offers dining and has an event center. You'll find plenty of promotions and giveaways to take advantage of.

Location: 17214 210th St, Onawa, IA

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How to Get to
Lewis and Clark State Park

From I-29, take Exit 112 for Onawa, Iowa, and head west on Highway 175. In about three miles, turn onto Park Loop and follow the signs to the park. If coming from the west, Park Loop is about six miles east of Decatur, Nebraska, on Highway 175.

Entering Lewis and Clark State Park

The park is open year-round, but the visitor center is only open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from April 15 to October 1.

Day-use Fee : $0

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