Iowa has two nicknames that compete for the top spot. They are the “Hawkeye State” or the “Tall Corn State”. Whichever name you feel most comfortable with, Iowa is a great state to visit. Relaxation and enjoyment of nature are high on the list when you visit this beautiful state. Choose from any one of these great Iowa RV camping spots and see for yourself.
Idaho RV Camping Spots
Amana Colonies RV Park – Amana
There is always something going on and something to do in Iowa’s Amana Colonies. Famous for the interesting history of the area, many of the activities and festivals celebrate this colorful past. Along with the many sites and visitor’s centers in the surrounding areas, there is a lot of nature to take in with the Iowa River nearby. Many miles of biking and walking trails connect the numerous points of interest and small shops and restaurants.
Even though the park itself is only open from April to October, the staff is in place all year long. They are there to help you plan your RV stays with them as well as your entire vacation in the area. The RV park offers full hookups that include 30 and 50 amp power and sewer. Big rigs are accommodated with large graveled spaces surrounded by nice grassy areas. Lots of shaded spots as well as open sunny sites.
Black Hawk Park – Cedar Falls
One of Iowa’s largest parks, Black Hawk Park is almost 1800 acres of beautiful greenbelt. This park is county-run and is very well maintained. There are lots of activities to keep everyone in the family entertained. A free archery and gun range located in the park allows you to practice your marksmanship. The quiet park has multiple bike trails and the Cedar Valley Lakes Trail will lead you into town – if you desire.
Large, level concrete or gravel sites offer full-hookups including 30 & 50 amp power and sewer. Big rig access is made easy with pull-through sites. Basic shower stalls and restrooms are clean and well taken care of. Laundry facilities are available when needed. The sites each have picnic areas with fire grills and there are several open shelters for picnicking and gathering.
Brushy Creek State Rec Area – Fort Dodge/Lehigh
A beautiful campground – actually three separate campgrounds in one, that will delight the entire family. Brushy Creek is one of Iowa’s largest public use areas with over 6,000 acres to enjoy. It provides a lovely escape from daily life while still providing the opportunity to partake in a lot of activities. These include camping, equestrian sports, hunting and various winter activities.
With some pull-through sites, bigger rigs can be parked with ease. Two parts of this camp are equestrian-based so they are designed for large trucks and trailers to be maneuvered in and about them. Full hook-ups are available with both 30 and 50 amp power and sewer. Pets and kids are welcome with designated areas available. The lake is a prime spot for fishing and swimming. Kayaking is also a common pastime.
Cutty’s Okoboji Resort – Spirit Lake
Located on Spirit Lake, Cutty’s Okoboji Resort is a water lover’s dream. Boating, fishing and waterskiing are excellent on this lake. The campground includes all types of entertainment to keep the whole family busy. A game room houses pool tables and other games. Outside fun includes shuffleboard, swimming, mini-golf and sand volleyball just to name a few. You can be as busy or as laid-back as you like at Cutty’s while you enjoy this Iowa RV camping spot.
The resort has both full hook-up sites with 30 & 50 amp power as well as sewer and cable TV. Partial hook-up sites are also available with 30 amp power and dump stations near the pads. Pets and kids have their own areas to relax and play. Big rigs are easily accommodated. Excellent shower facilities and laundry rooms are available. The resort’s welcome center includes a grill that serves a limited menu for all meals.
Deer Run Resort – Elkader
Located in a lovely valley on the shores of the Turkey River, Deer Run Resort is truly a place for relaxation. The Riverwalk invites campers to stroll along the banks and wander into town. Hiking and biking trails are nearby and provide hours of enjoyment viewing the local wildlife and forest. The nearby Three Sisters Lake offers shore fishing fun and swimming.
With each site having its own fire ring, patio and picnic table, you can easily enjoy yourselves and entertain guests. Concrete pads provide a stable surface for your rig. Full hook-ups with 30 & 50 amp sites also have sewer and wi-fi access. Kids and pets are both welcome and have their own designated areas for play. Showers, laundry and propane are all available on site.
Griff’s Valley View RV Park & Campground – Altoona
With Iowa’s capital city of Des Moines just a short 15 minutes away, this lovely is easily accessible off of I-35. Plenty of activities are just a short drive from the park and campground. An amusement park, horse park, and museums provide plenty to see and do. Living history and cultural events also provide hours of activities for the entire family. The park is open year-round but does require reservations at all times.
With over 20 of their campsites having extra-long pull-through entry/exit, even the biggest rigs can be parked with ease. Each site has both 30 and 50 amp power along with sewer, phone and wi-fi access. A recreational pond on the grounds provides some easy fishing opportunities for the kids. Private showers, laundry facilities and a rec room are provided. Coin-operated games are also available along with play and exercise equipment.
Lazy Acres RV Park – Urbana
A gorgeous fishing pond with gazebo is just the start of the many outdoor activities in this updated family RV park. A splash pad and paddle boats round out the water fun. Miniature golf, a frisbee golf course and custom-made playground equipment are always a hit. Located just about 20 minutes from Cedar Rapids, there is plenty to do both on-site and in the city.
Extra-long and extra-wide sites are graveled and easily accessible. Full hookups include both sewer and high-speed DSL availability. Firepits and picnic tables are situated at each site for entertaining and dining. Remodeled bathrooms with separate showers and commercial quality laundry facilities provide the conveniences of home. The camp store is well-stocked with essentials and is adjacent to a lovely banquet and conference room for large gatherings.
On-Ur-Wa RV Park – Onawa
A nice, relaxing place to stay for a night or several. This smaller park caters to its visitors with quiet efficiency. The staff is one of the biggest assets that keeps people coming back time after time. Located just about a mile outside of Onawa, the campground is close enough to town and its amenities. Nearby Blue Lake offers water fun and activities.
Pull-through sites offer easy access to big rigs. Each site has full hookups with 30 & 50 amp power as well as wi-fi and sewer. Kids and pets are welcome and have their own areas for relaxation and play. A fully-stocked camp store offers much-needed supplies including propane. Excellent laundry and shower facilities at this Iowa RV camping spot.
Pike’s Peak State Park – McGregor
With almost 12 miles of trails, Pike’s Peak State Park is a hiker’s dream destination. Various natural elements are revealed as you wander the trails. Mountains, valleys, forests and rock formations compete with fossils and majestic views for your attention. Views of both the Mississippi and Wisconsin rivers take your breath away. If you’re not a hiker there is still plenty to see and do in the towns of McGregor and Marquette just a few miles away.
Reservations are recommended but the park does keep a quarter of the RV camping spots open on a first come-first serve basis. An extremely friendly camp host will ensure you have an enjoyable stay. The sites will fit bigger rigs but they are back-in only. There are 30 and 50 amp power and water hookups available on selected sites. A separate dump station is on site as well. Pets and kids are welcome and a small camp store is open during the busy season.
Prairie Flower Recreation Area – Johnston
Regularly scheduled presentations and events help keep campers entertained at this beautiful campground. Many of the campsites offer glorious views of Saylorville Lake. A bike trail (Neil Smith) wanders through the camp and connects most points. Each camping loop has a kid’s playground area in the center. A swimming beach, group shelters and an informational visitor center also provide diversions. The two towns of Ankeny and Polk City are nearby for shopping and other needs.
All of the campsites on this 60-acre RV campground have electric hookups. Water is available on-site as are septic/sewer stations. Sites have concrete pads and patios with tables and fire rings. Big rigs can be parked easily with the pull-through entry/exits. Clean restrooms with individual shower stalls are well-placed throughout the camp.