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Check out our local campgrounds!

Central Iowa has a variety of campground options to make your next stay with us a great one! The list below is categorized from nearest to farthest distance from the 2020 Farm Progress Show site located at 1827 217th St, Boone, IA 50036.


Boone County Fairgrounds (4.4 miles)

1601 Industrial Park Rd
Boone, IA 50036
515.432.5899

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There are over 80 camper sites: all with electricity, not all have water and sewer hook-ups. Shower house and bathroom facilities, dump station.


Ledges State Park (6.5 miles)

1515 P. Ave
Madrid, IA 50156
515-432-1852

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Ledges offers several campsites, including electrical hookups (1 of which is fully accessible), non-electric hookups (1 of which is fully accessible), and some hike-in. Modern rest rooms, showers, a trailer dump station and a playground are located in the campground.


Swede Point Recreational Area Swede Point Park (13 miles)

1601 322nd Ln
Madrid, IA 50156
515.795.2809

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Self-registration campground (no reservations – first come first serve). There are 26 campsites: All with modern restrooms and showers. 24 are electric campsites. There are picnic areas, hiking and playgrounds.


Don Williams Campground (19.3 miles)

672 Hawkeye Ln
Ogden, IA 50212
515.275.9906

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Self-registration campground (no reservations – first come first serve) has 150 campsites with electricity and 30 non-electric campsites, two dump stations. Includes picnic area, swimming beach, hiking trails, accessible modern bathroom and showering facilities, playground.


Jester Park Campgrounds (20.6 miles)

11407 NW Jester Park Dr
Granger, IA 50109
515.323.5338

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Jester Park features campsites spread across wooded hills and along the shore of Saylorville Lake. These include 80 electric sites (17 of these allow advance reservation), 62 non-electric sites (9 of these allow advance reservation), four primitive walk-in sites, and two reservable youth areas. Equestrian layovers can be arranged with Jester Park Stables.


Whispering Oaks Campground and RV – Good Sam Park (23.5 miles)

1011 Timberland Dr
Story City, IA 50248
515.733.4663

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The park has 40 campsites, all with water and electricity. Amenities include restrooms, showers, a laundry room, playground and picnic area.


Hidden Acres Christian Center (24.6 miles)

3837 Union Ave
Dayton, IA 50530
515.547.2751

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A variety of overnight facilities available, including 27 inn-style rooms, each with private bath. There are also cabin and lodge facilities (with bunk-style rooms); 90 RV camping sites (50 include full electricity and water hook-ups). Overnight rentals also include use of Family Life Center (indoor pool, hot tub, game room, gym and sitting area with TV), lake and other recreational options.


Acorn Valley at Saylorville Lake (25.1 miles)

9615 NW Beaver Dr,
Johnston, IA 50131?
515.276.0429

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There are 29 family sites with electrical hookups and 54 primitive walk-to tent sites. Amenities include drinking water, a picnic area, shelters, restrooms, showers and a dump station.


Twin Anchors (25.2 miles)

68132 US Highway 30
Colo, IA 50056
641.377.2243

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Welcome to the best family campground! Where people gather for fun, friendships, and memories. Modern camping sites and primitive sites: All include a shower house with flush toilets, a beach area, picnic area and shelters, hiking canoeing and boating.


Little Wall Lake Park (25.5 miles)

3540 Little Wall Lake Rd
Jewell, IA 50130
515.832.9570

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Camping includes 53 full hookup sites (sewer, water, electric), 53 water and electric sites, six primitive tent sites. 14-night maximum stay. Three modern cabins are available for rent year-round. The two-story cabin will sleep 15 and the one-story cabins will sleep eight.


Hickory Grove Park (26.5 miles)

67464 250th St
Colo, IA 50056
515.232.2516

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The park has 43 modern camping sites with electricity at Breezy Bay Campground. Shower house with flush toilets, a beach area, picnic area and shelters, hiking, canoeing and boating.


Prairie Flower Recreation Area at Saylorville Lake (26.9 miles)

10263-10331 NW Lake Dr
Polk City, IA 50226
515.984.6925

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The facility has 153 family sites with electrical hookups. Amenities available include showers, restrooms, drinking water, and a dump station.


Bell’s Mill Park (27.4 miles)

3100 Bell’s Mill Rd
Stratford, IA 50249
515.832.9570

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The park has 45 electrical and 4 primitive camp sites available. There is an open-air shelter available for rent with electricity, water hydrant, a playground and modern shower/restroom facilities on-site.


Cherry Glen Campground at Saylorville Lake (28.1 miles)

4338 NW 94th Place
Ankeny, IA 50021
515.964.8792

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The campground has 125 available campsites with electrical hookups. Amenities include flush toilets, showers, drinking water and a dump station.


Briggs Woods (28.6 miles)

2490 Briggs Woods Trail
Webster City, IA 50595
515.832.9570

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There are 79 available campsites, RV and tent units. There are 30 full hookup sites, with water, sewer and electricity, a beach area and shelters. Modern shower house with handicap accessibility.


Brushy Creek Recreation Area (33.5 miles)

2802 Brushy Creek Rd
Lehigh, IA 50557
515.543.8298

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The park has both equestrian and non-equestrian camping areas. Each have electric, non-electric and some full hookup sites available. Amenities include swimming, hiking, fishing and boating in the no-wake lake.


Walnut Woods State Park (41.6 miles)

3155 SE Walnut Woods Dr.
West Des Moines, IA 50265
515.285.4502

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The shady campground is a popular place for a family “get-a-way.” The campground includes full hookups and electric hookups. The park has modern restrooms and an RV dump station. There are no shower facilities. The campsites are nestled among shade trees and have concrete pads, picnic tables and fireplaces.


Dolliver State Park (41.8 miles)

2757 Dolliver Park Ave
Lehigh, IA  50557
515.359.2539

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All campsites have electricity, available for reservations. Amenities include modern restrooms and showers, a trailer dump station, playground, fishing and hiking areas.


Adventureland Resort (43.8 miles)

2600 Adventureland Dr
Altoona, IA 50009
515.265.7321

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A full-service campground with complete facilities, including electric hookups, modern showers and restrooms, RV facilities, tent camping, a swimming pool and recreational areas.


Timmons Grove Park (48.2 miles)

1777 Marsh Ave
Marshalltown, IA 50158
641.752.5490

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The park has facilities for RV campers, including 18 campsites with electrical hookups, a hiking trail, a shelter house, restrooms and a boat ramp to the Iowa river.


Riverview Park Campground (50.1 miles)

402 Woodland St
Marshalltown, IA 50158
641.754.5715

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The campground has 30 electrical hookups, 10 sewer hookups, two water hydrants, a bathhouse with hot water and flush toilets and a dump station.


Webster County Fairgrounds (50.3 miles)

22770 Old Highway 169
Fort Dodge, IA 50501
515.408.1637

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The fairgrounds have 90+ camping spots, with bathrooms and showers available. There is a sewage dump on the grounds, but not at each site. Water hookup.


Timber Wolf Valley RV Park (50.6 miles)

2552 Smith Ave
Marshalltown, IA 50158
641.328.1708

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Beautiful Timberwolf Valley was established in the 1970s. Our park is home to over 100 residents and we are growing more and more every day! We have some lots left for you to rent a spot for your RV or to move in your mobile home! Includes water, sewer, electric, garbage collection, lawn care.


Shady Oaks Campground (50.8 miles)

2370 Shady Oaks Rd
Marshalltown, IA 50158
641.752.2946

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The campground has 13 sites with full hookups, plus two more with electric only. Five sites are drive-on (back-off) sites for motor coaches (40-foot units). The other sites accommodate 30-foot-plus units.


Central Iowa Fairgrounds (51 miles)

1308 East Olive St
Marshalltown, IA 50158
641.753.3671

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Camping fees are $15.00 a day.


Yellow Banks Park (51.6 miles)

6801 SE 32nd Ave
Pleasant Hill, IA 50317
515.266.1563

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Yellow Banks Park features 8 primitive camping sites on a beautiful bluff overlooking the Des Moines River and 5 at various locations throughout the park as well as 48 electric sites at two nearby camping areas, two group sites (accommodate up to 20 people) and a youth camping area.


Grammer Grove Wildlife Area (56 miles)

2030 127th St
Liscomb, IA 50148
641.752.5490

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Tent camping only is allowed at Grammer Grove. This campsite is on a first come/first served basis. There is electricity, shelter houses and trails for hiking. Two picnic shelters, restrooms, electricity.


Kennedy Park (58 miles)

1415 Nelson Ave
Fort Dodge, IA 50501
515.576.4258

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The campground offers large, shaded sites for all types of camping-from the weekend tent camper to the full-time camper.  The park offers the camping enthusiast one of the finest camping facilities around. With 75 sites, the campground contains modern restrooms and shower facilities that are cleaned daily.


Pilgrim Heights Camp Retreat (60.3 miles)

3005 E Ave
Montour, IA 50173
641.492.6165

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Located on over 120 acres in the bluffs of the Iowa River, Pilgrim Heights borders an 80-acre recreational lake, provides spectacular views and loads of adventure. Day-use visitors and over-night guests are invited to enjoy the wilderness resort gathering place.


Outback Campground & Resort (64.4 miles)

3220 H Ave
Tama, IA 52339
641.484.3611

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The campground has RV, trailer and tent camping with a modern bathhouse, dump station, swimming pool, playground. Each campsite is furnished with a picnic table and a fire ring. All sites have electrical services.


Union Grove State Park (66.4 miles)

1215 220th St
Gladbrook, IA 50635
641.473.2556

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Union Grove campground provides an ideal spot for a family get-away. The campground includes full hookups and non-electric. Modern family style shower facilities are available. Advance campsite reservations can be made online through the park reservation system. 25% of the campsites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.


Rock Creek State Park (69.1 miles)

5627 Rock Creek East
Kellogg, IA 50135
641.236.3722

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Rock Creek is one of central Iowa’s camping hotspots. The large campground bordering the lake includes electrical hookups and modern rest rooms and showers. Advance campsite reservations can be made through the park reservation system. One fourth of the campsites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.