Campers Help Open New Campground
Friends talked Tim Navratil into opening a campground on his land. Now they’re pouring in.
Seventeen permanent campsites are open at Lucky’s Last Resort, northwest of Rock Falls, Iowa. Navratil hopes to open 20 more sites each year for the next four years, according to the Mason City (Iowa) Globe Gazette.
“So far, they’ve all been spoken for, before I can get ’em done,” he said. “It’s a beautiful spot for ’em.”
Lucky’s – Navratil’s old 170-acre family farm on the Shell Rock River – opened Labor Day weekend after more than a year’s work.
It features a half mile of scenic riverfront sites, built larger than those in typical campgrounds.
“Everybody seems to want to be by the water,” Navratil said. “We’re just trying to do it as camper-friendly as possible, trying to keep it more natural and (with) bigger sites so they aren’t wall-to-wall campers, and keep the natural view. Mother Nature does a better job than we do.”
He said the site was flooded in 1999 and last spring.
A float-type alarm system will sound if the water rises to a certain level. Guidelines are in place to quickly evacuate campers in case of major flooding.
Navratil, 46, a Rock Falls native, works in Mason City.
He sought campers’ input while planning the new venture. Many helped him with cutting trees, reseeding, clearing out brush and hauling rock, among other jobs.
“Thus, it’s been an interesting 14 months. It’s just been worth the wait,” said Janet Solberg of Mason City, who camps at Lucky’s with her husband, Dave.
“What is really unique is, he’s allowing us the opportunity to landscape our own sites, make it our own. There are not a lot of owners who’ll do that,” she said. “Tim, I just can’t say enough about him. He’ll do anything for any of us.”
“I couldn’t thank the campers enough. They have been a treat to work with,” Navratil said.