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Rock Creek State Park

Rock Creek State Park is a premier camping destination in central Iowa, offering a variety of outdoor activities, including boating and paddling, year-round fishing and horseback riding. Nearly 200 campsites comprise the park’s beautiful campground, with several sites available on the water’s edge or in wooded areas.


Hike more than eight miles of non-paved, multi-use trails that wind around the lake. A five-mile biking trail is available near the east side of the park and connects to the town of Grinnell. Horseback riding, and skiing and snowmobiling in the winter, are also popular on the trails.

Boat in one of central Iowa’s most popular lakes at Rock Creek Lake. Any size boat motor may be operated at a maximum speed of 5 mph, and several boat ramps are located around the lake. Boat and paddlesport rentals are offered at the park concessionaire along with fishing bait and snacks. Boat slips can be rented from April 15 to October 15.

The park concession store is open from April 15 to October 15. Hours of operation starting Memorial Day until Labor Day: Sunday 7 a.m. - 7 p.m., Monday - Thursday 7 a.m. - 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. For more information, please call 641-236-3876.

Fish for crappie, bluegill, largemouth bass, walleye and channel catfish at the lake. Bow fishing is also a popular activity with a healthy population of big carp in the lake. Anglers can fish along 15 miles of shoreline, an artificial jetty or the accessible fishing pier near the south boat ramp. Ice fishing is available in the winter once the lake freezes.

Camp in one of several campsites near the park’s lake, featuring both electric and non-electric sites, a modern restroom and shower building. Several campsites sit on the water’s edge and provide beautiful views of Rock Creek Lake. One-fourth of the campsites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, and advanced campsite reservations can be made online.

Reserve a shelter for a picnic during your visit. The open picnic shelter sits by the lake and can be reserved through the online reservation system. Two other shelters, one on the west side and one on the south side of the lake, are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Open picnic areas and a playground are also located within the campground.

Rock Creek State Park
5627 Rock Creek East
Kellogg, IA 50135
Ph. 641-236-3722

STATEWIDE FACILITY CLOSURES: All pit latrines and port-a-potties are closed until April 15, 2020. Due to lack of restroom facilities, all camping cabins and shelters are closed until April 15, 2020. Campgrounds are open but campers must provide their own self-contained bathroom until park restrooms are available. Self-contained includes bathrooms in RVs/travel trailers/5th wheels and portable camping toilets. All modern restroom and shower facilities are currently closed for the winter season. Many parks try to have modern campground facilities open in mid-April, weather permitting. Some parks open modern camping facilities mid to late April, weather permitting. All lodges are currently closed through April 30, 2020. Playgrounds are not cleaned and sanitized. DNR strongly recommends visitors avoid playgrounds to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 - user discretion is advised. (POSTED 3/30/2020)
  • Hiking trails
  • Horseback riding
  • Playground
  • Concessions
  • Swimming beach
  • Paddlesport rental
  • Boat rental
  • Boat ramps; ADA accessible
  • Dock slips
  • Fishing pier
  • Fishing jetties
  • Fish cleaning station
  • Shelters (2)
  • Modern restroom
  • Showers
  • Electric campsites (98)
  • Non electric campsites (95)
  • Youth group only campsites (1)
  • Buddy campsites (1)
  • Dump station
  • Firewood sales