camping in Iowa
Let's Go Camping!

Experience Iowa's natural beauty and all the fun our state parks offer as you make memories with family and friends. With an array of activities for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages, there's something for everyone whether you're visiting for an afternoon or a week.

State park camping is available year-round in most places depending upon weather conditions. Heavy snowfalls may prevent access to the campground as not all roads are routinely maintained. Modern conveniences such as water, flush toilets and shower buildings are closed during the winter months. It is recommended that campers may want to call ahead and check the weather and road conditions before heading out to camp.


Camping Guidelines
Camping is permitted only in designated areas. Camping is restricted to one basic unit per site except that a tent may be placed on the site with the basic unit. The area occupied by the small tent shall be no more than 8 feet by 10 feet and the tent shall hold no more than four people.


Camping Coupons

Camping coupons can only be used for first come/first serve campsites.

A book of seven camping coupons can be obtained for $91 from any state park office or from the DNR Central Office, Wallace State Office Building, 502 East 9th St., Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0034. If you go to the Wallace Building, please go to the receptionist located on the 4th floor.  The coupons are used in lieu of payment by cash or check. Coupon books are valid for one year from the date of purchase. The price of the coupon books includes tax.

Coupons save the user approximately $3 per night in a modern campground during the peak season on an electrical site. Be sure to check the amount of the total camping fee for your chosen site to determine if there will be a savings by using the coupon. Use of the coupon for camping on a site with a camping fee less than the value of the coupon will not result in a refund or credit.

The camping coupon does not cover additional fees such as water and sewer hook-up, cable, equestrian or reservation fees.


Reservations

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