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Where to Stay - Camping - Boone Area

Central Iowa Campgrounds
Central Iowa has a variety of campground options to make your next visit a great one. The list below is categorized by direction (East, West, North and South) from the 2016 Farm Progress Show site.

Camper parking is offered in the North Visitor Parking Lot starting at Noon, Monday, Aug. 29. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis and your camper must be self-contained. No services will be provided.

Boone County Fairgrounds

1601 Industrial Park Rd, Boone, IA 50036


The fairgrounds have more than 50 camping sites, all with electricity and water hook-ups, showers and bathroom facilities.

Don Williams Campground

672 Hawkeye Ln, Ogden, IA 50212


The campground has 150 campsites with electricity and 30 non-electric campsites. Includes picnic area, beach, trails, accessible facilities, playground, restrooms and concessions. Two dump stations available.

Ledges State Park

1515 P Ave, Madrid, IA 50156

515.432.1852 or 877.427.2757

The park has 94 campsites: 40 with electricity, all modern (showers and toilets), and water and dump station available. Hiking, playground and picnic areas throughout the site.

Swede Point Recreational Area

601 322nd Ln, Madrid, IA 50156


The campground has 26 campsites (24 electric) all with modern restrooms and showers. There are also picnic areas, hiking trails and playgrounds.

Hickory Grove Park

67382 250th St, Colo, IA 50056


The park has 43 modern camping sites with electricity. All include a shower house with flush toilets, a beach area, picnic area and shelters, hiking, canoeing and boating.

Twin Anchors Campground

68132 US Highway 30, Colo, IA 50056


The campground has both RV and tent camping with electricity, water and sewer available. Amenities include modern restrooms and showers, a laundry room, beach area, playground and two dumping stations.

Central Iowa Fairgrounds

1308 East Olive St, Marshalltown, IA


E-mail: [email protected]

Timmons Grove County Park

1801 Marsh Ave, Marshalltown, IA


E-mail: [email protected]

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

Riverview Park

402 Woodland St, Marshalltown, IA


E-mail: [email protected]

The campground has 30 electrical hookups, eight sewer hookups, two water hydrants, and a bathhouse with hot water and flush toilets; dump station; two open-air picnic shelters; fire rings and mature trees. Camping is on a first-come basis.

Shady Oaks Campground

2370 Shady Oaks Rd, Marshalltown, IA


The campground has 13 sites with full hookups, plus 2 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. Tent sites, with access to shower and bathroom facilities, are available.

Grammer Grove Wildlife Area

2030 127th St, Liscomb, IA


Tent camping only is allowed at Grammer Grove. Campsites are available on a first come/first served basis. Electricity is available. The campground also has shelter houses and trails for hiking.

Otter Creek Lake & Park

2283 Park Rd, Toledo, IA


E-mail: [email protected]

On-site facilities include an electric camp section with hookup for 10 units plus tent camping, one vault latrine, an open air shelter, picnic tables, and a play area with swings, merry-go-round, spring animals and a small ball diamond.

Outback Campground & Resort

3220 H Ave, Tama, IA


E-mail: [email protected]

The campground has RV, trailer and tent camping with a modern bathhouse. There is a camp store on-site, a rec hall, laundry facilities, Wi-Fi, a dump station, swimming pool, fishing pond, miniature golf, playground, basketball hoops, sand volleyball court, hiking trails and a variety of special entertainment throughout the season.

Pine Lake State Park

22628 County Highway S56, Eldora, IA

641.858.5832 or 877.427.2757

The park has 97 electric sites with 25 non-electric sites, plus modern showers and restroom facilities, water hydrants, and a dump station. Amenities include several miles of hiking trails, a beach on the lower lake, playground area, picnic areas, fishing and a boat ramp. A golf course is located less than a mile from the park.

Rock Creek State Park

5627 Rock Creek East, Kellogg, IA

641.236.3722 or 877.427.2757

E-mail: [email protected]

Rock Creek has 196 campsites including both electric and nonelectric campsites and campsites alongside the water. The campground has a modern restroom and shower building. Amenities include hiking trails, a swimming beach, playground, seasonal concessions, picnic areas, fishing, boat ramp, and paddle boat and canoe rentals.

Whispering Oaks Campground and RV - Good Sam Park

1011 Timberland Dr, Story City, IA 50248


The park has 100 campsites, all with water and electricity. Amenities include restrooms, showers, a laundry room and picnic area.

Bells Mill Park

3100 Bells Mill Rd, Stratford, IA 50249


The park has 75 camp sites available. There is an open air shelter with electricity, water hydrant, a playground and shower/restroom facilities nearby.

Briggs Woods

2490 Briggs Woods Trail, Webster City, IA 50595


There are 81 available campsites, RV and tent units. There are 30 full hook-up sites, with water, sewer and electricity. Beach area and shelters.

Brushy Creek Recreation Area (Fort Dodge)

3175 290 St, Lehigh, IA

515.543.8298 or 877.427.2757

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

Dolliver State Park

2757 Dolliver Park Ave, Lehigh, IA


The park has both electric and non-electric sites are available for reservations. Amenities include modern restrooms and showers, a trailer dump station, playground, fishing and hiking areas.

Kennedy Park

1415 Nelson Ave, Fort Dodge, IA


Webster County Fairgrounds

22770 Old Highway 169, Fort Dodge, IA


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

Adventureland Inn

305 34th Ave NW, Altoona, IA 50009

515.266.212 ext. 7

This full service campground includes hookups, modern showers and restrooms, RV and tent camping, a swimming pool and recreational areas.

Acorn Valley (Saylorville Lake)

5600 NW 78th Ave, Johnston, IA 50131

515.276.4656 or 877.427.2757

There are 108 available units in the site. Amenities include a picnic area, shelters, restrooms, showers and a dump station.

Cherry Glen Campground (Saylorville)

4338 NW 94th St, Polk City, IA  50226

515.964.8792 or 877.427.2757

The campground has 127 available campsites with electrical hook-ups.

Jester Park Campgrounds

11407 NW Jester Park Dr, Granger, IA 50109


The campground offers 252 campsites: 52 electric sites, equestrian campsites, picnic areas, hiking and a playground.

Prairie Flower Recreation Area (Saylorville)

5600 NW 78th Ave, Johnston, IA 50131

515.984.6925 or 877.427.2757

The facility has 94 campsites. Includes showers, restrooms and a dump station.

Walnut Woods State Park

3155 Walnut Woods Dr, West Des Moines, IA 50265

515.285.4502 or 877.427.2757

The park has 23 campsites, eight with electrical hook-ups. Amenities include modern restrooms and a dump station. There are no shower facilities.

Yellow Banks Park

6801 SE 32nd Ave, Pleasant Hill, IA 50317


The park has 60 units available. Includes picnic area, shelters and electric hook-ups.