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New Waterloo KOA open for business

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

A campground more than five years in the making is now open in Waterloo.

Bamboo Ridge KOA Campground was part of the initial site plans for development that included the Isle Casino and Lost Island Water Park.

We visited the new modern, camping space, which is hoping to draw even more visitors to the area.

Gloria and Lynn Beenken of Spencer are spending the last weekend of summer camping.  Making plans last-minute, they were thrilled to find the new Bamboo Ridge KOA Campground in Waterloo open for business.

"It's really a pleasant getaway for us," Gloria Beenken said.

The Beenkens are so impressed by the campground, they plan to come back next summer.  That's welcome news for the new KOA, which is hoping to draw business from both pass-through visitors and those looking to stay near other area attractions.

"This place is a good stepping stone for a lot of different things out here with the water park.  The campground just makes a good destination out here, too, with the Isle Casino over there and South Hills Golf Course nearby as well.  So it's a good place for people to certainly locate and to try all these different things out here over a weekend," said Karl Kozak with Bamboo Ridge KOA.

In just the first week of business, the campground has already attracted visitors from around the world.  The grounds include 154 campsites, complete with hook-ups for pitching a tent or hauling in an RV and a shower house.  If you prefer 21st century camping, there are even nine modern, air-conditioned cabins.

"We're providing all the linens and they literally have a full bathroom.  They're a great little place to go with cable TV and everything," said Kozak.  

The cabins and campsites surround a 15-acre lake and beach, which offers paddle boating and is being stocked for fishing.  There's a playground, disc golf course, and a walking trail will be added soon.  Those are all features the new campground hopes will bring visitors--and an economic benefit--to the Cedar Valley.

Part of the campground will be open year-round.   KOA tent sites rent for under $30 a night. Cabins can accommodate four to eight people, and cost upwards of a hundred dollars per night.

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