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Old 09-26-2016, 10:06 PM   #201
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We arrived at Scott County Park for a one night preliminary visit before going to Des Moines to spend a couple days with my brother. Very well kept park, and fairly large. As Paul mentioned, Pine Grove is the electric only section, another has water and electric, and a third has all three. Ours is the most wooded with only two other campers plus the host. Big rigs were at the section with all three amenities. Pine Grove has a single water supply that is threaded for a hose but we have our own and you might want to bring your own water since there was a water quality notice at check-in. Price is $20 with a dollar less if age 62.
Good call to suggest this park. Don't forget to cancel Thomson Causeway at recreation.gov

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Not cancelling. We expect a full refund if they cancel us. At least, I certainly hope so. You will not necessarily get that if you cancel, which people who have already cancelled for other reasons have probably found. As far as I know, they do not allow any kind of change without charging for it.
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Old 09-27-2016, 12:51 AM   #202
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When the Park Ranger came to our campsite at Thomson Causeway Monday morning, he advised us that those that had not arrived would be contacted by either the park or Recreation.gov to inform them that their reservations would be canceled and that a refund would be issued.

My wife, Dora, and I drove to Scott County Park in Eldridge, Iowa to check it out.

1. Pine Grove Loop is very nice and even though it was very windy, we could only feel a nice breeze at the different campsites.

2. The sites are nicely spaced allowing each campsite to have their privacy.

3. There is a dump station as you enter the Pine Grove Loop which allows you to dump and pick up some potable water.

4. The restroom facilities at the Pine Grove Loop are very clean. There are three free shower stalls in the men and woman's rooms.

5. The restroom building even has a fireplace on the outside, with a cover and a couple of picnic tables.

6. AT&T customers will have 2-3 bars. I will try to check on other providers when we arrive tomorrow.

7. We did not seem to have a mosquito problem while we were wandering around the loop, but, Iowa Dave, you may still want to bring your screen, just in case.

8. There is a nice Glynns Creek Nature Trail accessible from our loop.

9. The Drop Tine Shelter (about 1/4 mile from our loop) where we will be have gathering, has 12 picnic tables and plenty of room around it for extra chairs. There are also two UniSex vault restrooms, which are very clean.

10. The cost for our sites will be $20, but anyone over 62 will get $1 discount.

11. Of all the places we have camped in our travels across the USA, this is the best county campground facility we have seen!
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Old 09-27-2016, 08:03 AM   #203
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Reddog thanks very much for that excellent report
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Old 09-27-2016, 08:22 AM   #204
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We were planning to spend tonight at Thomson on our way to Des Moines to visit my brother for a couple of days before the rally. We are now diverting to the Scott County location. We will stay there tonight and head to Des Moines in the morning. Will look for Red Dog there tonight.
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Bill,
Sorry we missed you. We are still at Thomson Causeway and just took a quick trip on Monday to check out Scott County Park. We are leaving this morning.
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Old 09-27-2016, 08:49 AM   #205
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Thanks for the report. It's comforting to have your assurance that we will have good facilities this weekend. While I've not been in the park for several years I was impressed with the maintenance level at the time I visited. This is Scott County's signature park and probably gets the most attention, which is great with us, right?
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Old 09-27-2016, 11:55 AM   #206
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For those with Thomson reservations through Recreation.gov, I just got a call (recorded message) saying that the reservation was being cancelled and a full refund is being issued. Leaving Pine Grove shortly, but looking forward to seeing everybody Thursday or Friday.
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Brian,
I am confident that you will be able to find a campsite. However, the only for sure things in the world are death and taxes. I guess we can add that the river will rise to that list. The staff has emphasized that one is not allowed to hold a campsite for someone coming. I do think having the least popular campground and one filled with fiberglass trailers that all look similar with cause some prospective campers to pause before setting up in Pine Grove.

Someone suggested a large banner: WELCOME MISSISSIPPI RIVER RENDEZVOUS and then in small letters PARTY CENTRAL but the campground asks that nothing be hung from trees.
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Tree protection

See that Eric?
Nothing hanging from trees, not you, not me, not anybody. I'm making up a couple bags of candy for the kids, should I make one up for you too?
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Oooooo..... Did someone say candy? I love this time of year.... All of those miniature candy bars.

I am bringing my favorite treat to share... Popcorn balls.

Hope to get a site in the Pine Grove loop.
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See that Eric?
Nothing hanging from trees, not you, not me, not anybody. I'm making up a couple bags of candy for the kids, should I make one up for you too?
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Well that's a relief - I was afraid what was going to happen to me as 1st Loser in the Torque Your Nuts contest after all your illegal practicing. I'll probably need the candy to assuage my destroyed ego.

Are you still on those Russian steroids building up those wings?
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