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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 through the online reservation system for Rock Creek State Park

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 for Rock Creek State Park. 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

Due to flash flooding on 5-21-2024, park areas will remain closed for cleanup of debris and damage. The Rock Creek West road to the beach will be closed until further notice after the west boat ramp south, which will close the beach, beach boat ramp, west shelter and trail access. Campsites affected are the waterfront sites in the electric and non-electric areas # 31-36, 49-51, 151-156, 162-168.  These areas had debris, silt and potential infrastructure damage to the electric pedestals. The Multi-use Trail will remain closed until dry and all bridges and culverts can be inspected. For persons wanting to use the lake, please avoid any dock that is in a bind or not in its normal location as the lake returns to a normal pool. The southend boat ramp and southend shelter area is closed due to excessive debris and damage. The lake contains a significant amount of new debris and trees from the flood event. (Posted May 22, 2024)    


  • 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
  • Modern restroom
  • Showers
  • Electric campsites
  • Non electric campsites
  • Youth group only campsites
  • Buddy campsites
  • Dump station
  • Firewood sales