Iowa Campgrounds

You may be certain that you want to visit Iowa campgrounds on your next vacation but you may not be sure whether to choose public or private camping sites. All campgrounds fall into these two major types and it helps to know some details about each before making a decision.

Public campgrounds are abundant and you have many choices to consider if you are visiting the state of Iowa. Government agencies typically manage these camping sites and they receive their funding from tax dollars. There are some reasons that visitors are drawn to public campsites.

The public Iowa campgrounds feature preservation land that is rich in wildlife and scenic views. Camps in these sites are usually located in state or national parks but other government-run locations feature wonderful places to set up camp. Some of them offer diverse settings for you to consider.

National forests are ideal if you love the deep wilderness. There are four major and six minor state forests in Iowa. Some of the forests are affiliated with state parks as well. Backbone Forest is adjacent to Backbone State park. The two sites offer many things to do and the park offers camping amenities for visitors to enjoy.

Other government organizations that manage Iowa campgrounds include Bureau of Land Management Areas. An example of such an area is the Iowa Wetland Management District that focuses on preserving wildlife in the district. This massive undertaking encompasses 35 counties in the state.

The Corps of Engineer Projects manages four major parks in Iowa. each is situated on lakefront property and include Coralville, Rathbun, Saylorville and Lake Red Rock. These areas contain many Iowa campgrounds that are convenient to the lakes and many other recreational activities.

You can enjoy many of the same recreational activities when visiting Iowa’s private camping sites. Businesses or citizens usually own the private camps. They include campground resorts and RV parks. These sites may close during the off-season so it helps to check their schedules before departing.

Private Iowa campgrounds mostly cater to RV travelers. These sites typically feature electrical hookups and organized activities in a community setting. It is difficult to find campsites in Iowa, or any state, that caters only to old-fashioned tent camping.

You may be attracted to private camping sites because they offer many amenities not offered in public sites. These include spas, pools, game rooms, and clubhouses. Many of these Iowa campgrounds are ideal if you are social and if you like the comforts of home even when you are away at camp.

Private grounds can vary in quality but like many businesses, owners usually strive to ensure that your stay is pleasurable. Occasionally, you may be disappointed. Public sites are more consistent and you can anticipate the condition and quality of the grounds are excellent in most cases.

It can be difficult to decide which type of organization is right for you. You may want to stay in both public and private Iowa campgrounds to find out what type of site you prefer.

Cresco / Decorah / Kendallville

Harvest Farm Campground

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Beautiful scenery, peaceful...a great get-a-way by the river. - (563) 883-8562

Oxford

Sleepy Hollow RV Park & Campground
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Conveniently located off I-80 at exit 230 - easy off/easy on just 500 ft from exit ramp - family friendly park w/ movie & hayride every Sat. evening -camper store w/ soft serve ice cream - 30 & 50 amp elec service available - lots of full hookup sites & primitive tent sites. - (319) 828-4900



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    • Rolling Acres Family Campground - (515) 792-2428
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    • ON-UR-WA RV Park - (712) 423-1387
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    • R&R Ranch - (515) 342-7440
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