Davenport Friday night – camp or hotel

This will be my first time at Ragbrai, planning to arrive in Davenport on Friday afternoon for long term parking and then use a charter shuttle to Onawa on Saturday. Just curious if in the past the free camping area has been relatively full that evening. Am I better off to reserve a hotel room in town for the night?

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LawnchairMan, June 6, 2018 at 12:32 am

I did this in 2015. There were a lot of campers, but I didn’t feel squeezed in. People didn’t stay in the official camping areas. They spilled out all across the field. Some were on the little hill by the skateboard park. Several were taking advantage of the shade trees down by the river. I intend to be there by 5 PM or earlier. Shouldn’t have trouble finding space.

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pbot2004, June 6, 2018 at 9:01 pm

Thanks for the info. Good to know.

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Bill Barry, June 7, 2018 at 8:22 am

Last time I camped right on the river. Beautiful campsite. Not too crowded.

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