Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Turkey River CG-Vernon Springs Park, Cresco, IA

Date of Stay:  Sunday July 24 – Wednesday July 27, 2016 (3 nights)

Rate:  $20/night

Website:  Turkey River CG-Vernon Springs Park
   11562 Valley Avenue (use directions on website to avoid a nice long dirt road)
   Cresco, IA 52136

Description:  Located in north east Iowa near a nice small town having wide gravel road and sites all level with water and 50A electric.  Nice bath house and dump station in back of cg loop.  We stayed on site 2 with woods and the bike trail right behind us.  The Nature Center here was about the nicest one we’ve ever seen with great displays and wonderful wall paintings of nature.  Quiet park during the week and probably not bad on weekends.  Walk-ins only, no reservations.  About 45 sites and only about 10 years old.  Self registration.

Trash and Recycle:  A few dumpsters throughout the cg.  No recycle in cg however, when I asked the nice lady at the Nature Center, she told me about the town’s recycle center at the end of Airport Road that takes most stuff.

Activities:  We arrived on Sunday just as Cresco finished a parade in celebration of the town’s 150 years of existence.  The little town and park is in top notch condition and the folks are polite.  The Prarie’s Edge Nature Center is about the best that we have ever seen.  There is a paved bike trail from the cg into town but it was a bit too hilly for me to pedal.  We celebrated Gin’s birthday here with her choice of activities (video games and bunny watching) and meal (brisket panini, loaded fries and brownie with ice cream for dessert).  No train noise here but the occasional sound of a crop dusting plane wasn’t bad at all.

Countryside in Wisconsin  Rolling hills of Wisconsin
Beautiful countryside in Wisconsin
Driving across Mississippi River at Prarie du Chien, WI    River boat Casino on the Mississippi
Crossing the Mississippi at Prarie du Chien, WI          River boat Casino on the Iowa bank

On site 2 from the bath house  On site 2
On site 2 almost all alone
Vernon Springs Park  From the bridge
Vernon Springs Park across the road from the Nature Center entrance

P1040328 Prarie's Edge Nature Center P1040329
Outside the Prarie’s Edge Nature Center
Aquatic life display  Above the entry door
Aquatic life display                                    Above the entry door
Black bear and red fox have faded  Entering the Nature Center  Bison mount with wall painting
Faded black bear and red fox                   Welcome                     Bison mount with wall paintings
White tail deer display  Pheasant display
White tail deer display                               Pheasant display
Gin on bike path behind Nature Center  Crop duster plane
Gin on bike path behind Nature Center         Low flying crop duster plane

1 comment:

  1. We loved IA our first trip around the sun...just such a peaceful and beautiful state. Looks like you found a great place to camp!! Happy Belated Birthday Gin!!!