Great stories! We used to camp around Savana in the late 80's/early 90's too. Sometimes at the state park. Even shore fishing near the bridge to Sabula, IA was nice.
We even took boats and camped on one of the islands. It seemed like a great idea, but the snd got everywhere. Tents, clothes.... and the bugs (mayflies) at night were terrible. All three couples we were with got in huge fights and made it a brutal overnight. All three ended up geting married years later.