Travels with Pickles

Waterloo KOA


Waterloo/Lost Island Resort KOA is located in Waterloo, Iowa.  This was an overnight stop for us between northern Minnesota and Southern Missouri.  We had reserved a Deluxe Patio Pull-Thru site, it gave us a quick easy in and out and let us have a patio for dinner and the dog to relax.

The site was gravel and the streets throughout the campground are also gravel and dusty.  We were disappointed.  We paid extra for this site and the weeds and cracked patio were not at all welcoming.  The trash in the fire pit and the surrounding area also were disappointing.

The site wasn’t anymore spacious than the pull thru sites immediately around us, we just has some patio furniture and other people’s trash.  There was satellite clearance if we had put out the satellite for our stay.  The satellite clearance was the highlight of our site.


There is a gas station at the KOA which was extremely convenient while departing the next morning.  The cabins at this KOA were cute and are situated right on the lake that is the selling point, other than the water park across the street, of this KOA.

Standard Information

State:  Iowa

Discount Clubs:  KOA

Site Number: 62

Standard Review Items

Ambiance:  Open year round which is a benefit for Iowa since there are very few Midwest campgrounds that are open from middle-October through the end of April.

Cell Reception:  AT&T reception was four solid bars of LTE reception.

Drainage:  There was no rain during our stay.

Level Sites/Utilities:  Site was reasonably level, utilities were stable. 

Night Sky:  There are no street lights and utility boxes at each site were unobtrusive. 

Office Staff/Manners:  Office staff was friendly and efficient.

Overall Amenities:  Standard KOA amenities.

Pet Friendly:   Pets are welcome.  There is a Kamp K-9 which was located next to the playground.

Pet Services in the Area:  Didn’t check on availability.

Road Noise:  Some but it was unobtrusive.

Rule Enforcement:  We were there a little over twelve hours, thus noticed no violations or enforcement of rules.

RV Services:  Failed to check as we did not require any.

Satellite Friendly: There were no obstructions which would have obscured the satellite’s ability to acquire a signal.

Store:  Available within the office, contained a variety of convenience store items.

Storm Shelter Facilities:  Available but didn’t appear to adequate had the campground been full.

Wi-Fi: Available but we failed to connect.


Our site was disappointing for what we paid, but it was convenient.  Being open all year makes this a KOA we would return to should the need arise.