New KOA Campground Coming to Waterloo, Iowa
A new 20-acre campsite is taking shape just outside Waterloo, Iowa. The Bertch family is developing a KOA campground at Shaulis and Hess roads. And it's hoped the new development will help bring more visitors to Black Hawk County, KWWL-TV, Waterloo, reported.
It's a project more than five years in the making. This summer, Bamboo Ridge KOA Campground will finally become a reality. It's long been pegged as a way to help draw even more visitors to the area's nearby attractions: Lost Island Water Park and the Isle Casino.
"There's always people wondering where the closest campground is to both of those attractions. So it just made sense for everybody in the area to offer another campground. The closest one now is George Wyth and that's quite a ways away," said developer Eric Bertch.
Bamboo Ridge will have 154 campsites, from places to pitch a tent to RV hook-ups and even cabin style lodges. A 15-acre lake and beach will anchor the campsites. As part of the KOA franchise, the grounds will also include a number of guest amenities.
"We'll offer Wi-Fi, cable TV, full hook up 50-amp sites with water and sewer. And that's the entire campground. So you're not going to come out here and end up with a site with no amenities," said Bertch.
The site will even have walking trails and a nine-hole disc golf course. Bamboo Ridge convenience store is already open and will be another feature tied into the new campground site.
Early on, some neighbors were worried about added traffic in the area. But developers feel those concerns have been addressed, and now they're looking forward to seeing the site open for business.
"We're really excited that we're finally building this after five years. So I hope everybody enjoys it as much as we do," Bertch said.
The campground is expected to open in July and will likely begin taking reservations sometime next month. Space at Bamboo Ridge will rent for anywhere from $25 a night for a tent site to upwards of $100 for a lodge, which some units can sleep up to eight people.
An online booking system will be set up for reservations.