Sunrise Campground in Storm Lake Iowa – perfect for those looking for the laid back beach vibe … when you’re grounded in rural corn country!
Sunrise Campground is a city run park in the town of Storm Lake, Iowa. It was our first experience staying in a city park so we weren’t really sure what to think. We didn’t need to be apprehensive. It was great! The park itself is divided into two parts. The side to the right as you pull in seems to be fairly new with nicely spaced, level, gravel sites and some young trees. Each site has a concrete patio with picnic table and a fire ring.
We were in the second from the last row back (the 400s row) and we still had a nice view out to the lake. I’m sure this would change if the park was full.
Sunrise Campground is located on the beautiful eastern shore of Storm Lake within easy walking distance of several great amenities including King’s Pointe Waterpark, Sunrise Pointe Golf Course, Mandeville Disc Golf Course, beach volleyball courts, family playground, and a public beach. Yes, a beach. 🙂
The Storm Lake Trail a bike path with access directly across the street from Sunrise Campground, is about 5 miles long and runs from the east end of Storm Lake to the town of Lakeside. There are several little parks along the way to stop and enjoy the view. Several of these parks have some amazing wood carving works of art.
Here are a few of may favorites –
Ooops, got a little carried away there. Now, back to the campground. 🙂
The camp hosts were super friendly and helpful. This ended up being one of those times when our plans changed as soon as we arrived so we really weren’t sure how long we were going to be there. We went from a reservation for a monthly site to perhaps only being there for a week. The hosts went above and beyond to accommodate our ever-changing plans even during the week before Labor Day.
Amenities at Sunrise Campground (other than stunning lakeside views, water park and beach nearby) include a laundry room, individual shower/bathroom stalls, vending machines, and fire wood.
Here are a few random shots from the campground.
The view from Site 404 –
Campsites in the loop to the left of the office. This is the older section of the park with more mature trees –
The laundry room and bathhouse building –
Individual restroom/shower facilities –
There are also “cabins” for rent through the city run campground. I hesitate to call them cabins as they look really BIG and pretty swanky to me! I wouldn’t know what to do with all that room anymore. LoL
As you can see, there’s nothing between the campground and the lake other than Sunrise Road. So if you’re looking for an unobstructed view try to get into the “100s” row.
I got to ride my bike every day while we were there which was nice. It was the first time I’d ridden since the SNAFU at the Salton Sea. My rekindled romance with my little green bike was made possible by the awesome technicians at Lakeshore Cyclery and Fitness. If you need any work done or you’re thinking about trading in your ride (and you just happen to be in the area) check them out!
At the time of our stay (August ’14) at Sunrise Campground, the rate for one night at in a full-hookup site was $23, lake view sites were $25 and tent sites were $11. The campground is located at 101 Sunrise Park Road, Storm Lake, Iowa 50588 (712)732-8023 You can get to the Sunrise Campground online reservation site by clicking >>> HERE<<<
We will certainly stay here again if we’re ever in the area!
Thanks for stopping by!