Thursday, June 5, 2014

We Like COE Campgrounds

from near Hampton, IL at the Fisherman's Corner COE Campground   (Click on Pics to Enlarge)

Wow, what a difference a day makes.  In yesterday's blog I wrote that we decided to wait out the nasty weather before heading to our next destination on the Illinois-Iowa border.  I am certainly glad that we did, as today was a beautiful traveling day.  The skies were clear, the roadway dry, and the temperatures moderate.

We're currently staying at a COE campground called Fisherman's Corner.  It's located right on the Mississippi River just across from Davenport, IA.

One side of the campground is mostly "walk ups" and the side we're on has reservations.  I'm amazed how full the campground is already in the middle of the week.  I have a feeling that it will be full by the weekend.  The CG has electric connections only with water bibs available throughout the park.  The dump station is well positioned and very clean.

The CG boasts a riverside amphitheater in which presentations are made during the weekend days during this time of the season.  I'd really like to sit in on some of the talks (if the mosquitoes aren't too bad).

The roads inside the CG are paved and the sites have concrete pads.  Our site could accommodate a 45-foot rig, but it would be tight.  There are both longer and shorter sites available.

One of the main "draws" for this area is the Mississippi River, of course.  We are situated just north of Lock and Dam #14.  The lock is closest to the Iowa shore.  Public tours are given during the weekend and we'll attempt to get it on that.  I did read, however, that no cameras, bags, or cellphones are allowed during the tour.  No pictures for that part, I guess.

Our side of the river has a long jetty leading out to the dam which is popular with local fishermen.  Another activity we'd like to do while here is bicycling. Right in front of the campground is The Great River Trail. This is a paved rail-trail which stretches for 60 miles from Savanna to Moline along the Mississippi River.  This should afford us a great opportunity to use the road bikes which we haven't ridden for a bit.

For any fans of the American Pickers television show on the History Channel, Mike's shop named Antique Archaeology is only 2.5 miles north of us on the Iowa side of the river in St. Claire, IA.  We'll probably drop over there and play tourist.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look!

11 comments:

  1. Sounds like a much better option than the KOA we stayed at, we couldn't get into the COE park due to gov't shutdown at the time.

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    1. Maybe not as amenities (which we don't need), but certainly cheaper than KOA.

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  2. We not only like staying at COE CGs, we enjoy volunteering there too.

    Can't beat the price for the wonderful settings COE parks are in. :c)

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    1. ...and our price will be really cheap once we reach YOUR ripe old age! :}

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  3. We've only stayed in one COE campground and we liked it and will look for them in the future.

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  4. This is a pretty campground.

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  5. We also love COEs. Nice spot there. My husband wants to see the Pickers store too!

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    1. We'll hopefully wander over there in the coming days. I hope I'm not in for a real letdown after seeing it on the show.

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  6. Haven't found a COE campground that we don't like yet.

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  7. That's a great looking spot. Say hello to my home state of Iowa where I grew up.

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