The new developments along the river in Bellevue, Iowa, this spring are numerous, according to the Herald-Leader.
As well as the Offshore project, the River Ridge Brewing relocation and the Button Factory building restoration, the Shady Haven campground near Potter’s Mill is also expanding and offering new amenities.
Shady Haven (a.k.a. Riverview RV Park & Vacation Rentals) will be adding two ‘Tiny-Home’ log cabins, which offer customers full kitchens, restrooms, a sleeping loft as well as a close-up view of the Mississippi River. One of the tiny homes was actually delivered last week.
“Each Tiny House is fully furnished and equipped with all linen, cookware and all have heat and air conditioning, as well as wireless internet,” said owner Dan Blitgen. “The homes will be available by May (if not sooner) and sit along the north end of the campground next to our existing two-bedroom Riverfront Cabin with spectacular views of the Lock and Dam. Each also includes a picnic table and fire pit and outdoor seating.”
Dan and his wife, Annie Blitgen, purchased the Shady Haven campground in 2013 and remodeled the site, and upgraded the utilities. In 2015 the couple purchased the campground and riverfront cabin to the north then called “Riverbottom.” The Blitgens combined the two parks and changed the name to “Riverview RV Park.” The name changed again in 2020 to the “Riverview RV Park & Vacation Rentals.” The business now offers several unique stay options as well as boat, kayak and fishing equipment rental. The riverfront cabin is available year-round with other options seasonal.
“Another new addition this year is the availability of a pontoon boat which guests can add to their stay or just spend the day in Bellevue and enhance the experience by enjoying an afternoon on the water,” said Blitgen. “The 18-foot pontoon seats up to six adults and is complete with full insurance, towels, safety equipment, large cooler and we can even provide fishing equipment.”