Frequently Asked Questions

Cabins are available to rent at 19 state parks. Cabin may be reserved online at http://iowastateparks.reserveamerica.com or by calling the call center at 1-877-427-2757 during the hours of 7:00 am to 7:00 pm (CST) Monday through Friday or 8:00 a.m .to 4:00 p.m. (CST) Saturday and Sunday. List of cabins and rental fees.

Picnic shelters and lodges may be reserved online at http://iowastateparks.reserveamerica.com or by calling the call center at 1-877-427-2757 during the hours of 7:00 am to 7:00 pm (CST) Monday through Friday or 8:00 a.m .to 4:00 p.m. (CST) Saturday and Sunday.

No, Iowa State Parks do not charge entrance fees.

A reservation window is a rolling period of time a person can make a reservation for a campsite, cabin, day-use lodge or a shelter.

The window for reserving campsites is 3 months in advance and up to 2 days prior to the arrival date if paying by credit card, or 21 days if paying by check or money order.

The window for reserving cabins, day-use lodges and shelters is 12 months in advance. Reservations can be made up to 4 days prior to arrival during peak season (May 1 to September 30) and 7 days prior to arrival during the off season (October 1 – April 30).

Important 2016 Dates

Memorial Day Weekend
3-day minimum (Fri-Sat-Sun), 3-month reservation window begins February 27

4th of July Weekend
3-day minimum (Fri-Sat-Sun), 3-month reservation window begins April 1

Labor Day Weekend
3-day minimum (Fri-Sat-Sun), 3-month reservation window begins June 2


Reservations can be made online or through the call center. A reservation fee is charged for each campsite or rental facility reserved per trip, regardless of the length of stay. Reservations made online are $4 per transaction.

Reservations made through the call center are $6 per transaction.


Park staff generally tries to have the water on and shower buildings open by mid-April, depending on the weather. The campgrounds are always open, but water may not be available until mid-April or later. If you are interested in camping at a specific park and wish to know if the shower buildings are open and the water is on, please contact the park directly. Phone numbers for the parks are listed in the park directory.

Camping coupons are pre-paid vouchers that can be used to pay for nonreservable sites. They make great gifts for the avid campers.

When making a reservation for one or more campsites, you will need to have the following information ready:
  • Name, address and phone number of primary occupant for each campsite
  • Type of unit used at the site (motorhome, 5th wheel, travel trailer, fold down, tent, pick-up, van)
  • Number of people staying at the campsite

For camping stays during the peak season of May 1 through September 30, a customer is limited to reserving 5 campsites for a weekend stay at a particular campground. There is no limit on the number of campsites a person could reserve for a stay during the week (weekdays).

For camping stays during the off season, there is no limit to the number of campsites a person can reserve as long as the stays occur within the reservation window.

During the peak season of May 1 through September 30, there is a two-night minimum stay requirement (Friday/Saturday) for the weekends.

During the holidays, a three-night minimum stay is required. (An exception to this is when the 4th of July lands on a Sunday, Tuesday or Wednesday; however, the two-night minimum stay requirement applies to a weekend stay).

       
7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (CST) M-F.
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (CST) Sat.
Closed on Sundays, New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
The call center can be reached at 1-877-427-2757.


Check-in time is 4:00 p.m.
Check-out time is 3:00 p.m.

Yes, a person can change a reservation once the reservation has been paid in full. A $5.00 change fee and processing fee will apply for each reservation item (ie: campsite) that is changed.

Most ADA campsites are available for reservations. A reservable ADA campsite may only be reserved and occupied by a party that can display a person’s with a disability parking permit or license plate. The camping unit or vehicle must be used by a person with a disability either as an operator or passenger. Persons reserving these campsites will be required to provide the parking permit number at the time the reservation is being made.

Most ADA campsites are available for reservations. A reservable ADA campsite may only be reserved and occupied by a party that can display a person’s with a disability parking permit or license plate. The camping unit or vehicle must be used by a person with a disability either as an operator or passenger. Persons reserving these campsites will be required to provide the parking permit number at the time the reservation is being made.

All youth group campsites are reservable and for use by chaperoned organized youth groups only. A chaperoned organized youth group is defined as a group of persons 17 years of age and under which is sponsored by and accompanied by adult representatives of a formal organization including, but not limited to, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America, churches, Young Men's and Women's Christian Association. Chaperoned organized youth group DOES NOT include families of members of a formal organization.

Any camper may camp in an equestrian campground, but must pay the equestrian fee of $3/night.

A customer will receive a confirmation letter for each campsite/cabin/shelter/lodge that is reserved. The letter will have information about the reservee, name of park where the reservation is, the facility reserved, the number of nights and the dates of the reservation and the amount due or the amount paid. The letter contains the change and cancellation policy and basic information about camping/cabin/shelter/lodge rentals. If a customer provides an e-mail address, the confirmation letter will be automatically sent via e-mail. If no e-mail address is provided, the letter will be mailed.

Yes, you may bring your dog to the park as long as it is on a leash no more than 6 feet in length. Pets must be on a leash at all times (unless they are being actively used in hunting or in a training exercise in a designated dog trial area) tied to a vehicle, a tie out devise or confined to a vehicle.

You can reach someone at a state park by either calling or e-mailing the park directly.

List of parks with phone numbers and e-mail addresses.