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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I reserve a cabin?
Cabins can 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 7:00pm (CST) Monday through Friday and 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (CST) Saturday and Sunday. Reservations can be made as far as 12 months in advance.

Can I reserve a campsite?
Half of Iowa state park campsites can be reserved in advance adding convenience and flexibility when planning your stay. To make a reservation go to http://iowastateparks.reserveamerica.com or call the call center at 1-877-427-2757 during the hours of 7:00 am to 7:00 pm (CST) Monday through Friday and 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (CST) Saturday and Sunday.

When is the water turned on in the parks?
Park staff generally try to have the water on and shower buildings open by mid April. All this of course, depends 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.

What are the camping fees?

  • During the peak season (May 1 to September 30)
  • A modern electrical campsite is $16.00 per night.
  • A modern, non-electric site is $11.00 per night.
  • A non-modern, electric site is $14.00 per night.
  • A non-modern, non-electric site is $9.00 per night.
  • Water and sewer hookups are and additional $3.00 per night.
  • Equestrian campsites are an additional $3.00 per night
  • Cable television hookups are an additional $2.00 per night.
  • For more information on camping rates, (off-season rates, extra vehicles etc.) go to: camping

What is the difference between modern and non-modern?
Modern area means a camping area which has showers and flush toilets.
Non-Modern area means a camping area in which no showers are provided, containing only pit-type latrines or flush toilets. Water may or may not be available to campers.

Is there an entrance fee?
No, Iowa State Parks do not charge entrance fees. Come on in and visit.

Where can I go camping?
The camping list page provides a listing of all state parks and recreation areas that have campgrounds. The alphabetical list provides what type of sites are available, whether the park is located by a lake and if playgrounds are available.

Where can I rent a cabin?
Cabins are available to rent at several state parks. They range from family cabins that will sleep 6 - 8 people to camping cabins that sleep 4 and provide only the basic amenities. List of cabins and rental fees.

How do I reserve a shelter or lodge?
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 and 8:00 a.m .to 4:00 p.m. (CST) Saturday and Sunday.

How do I contact a state park?
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.

Can I bring my dog to the park?
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 or tie out devise or confined to a vehicle. Leashes can not be more than 6 feet long.


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