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Nature Heaven

8 sites 路 Lodging, RVs, Tents40 acres 路 Knoxville, IA
This seclude, beautiful pet friendly 40 acres of fenced camping site is on top of hilly land is rare in Iowa. It has close view of 3.5 private fishing ponds and far view of the Red Rock Lake. There are 10 acres nature timber area that keep you away from the other campers and rest of the world. Each site has a firepit, picnic table and a solar light . The drinking water is at the entrance, but no electricity on site. The RVs need to be self contained. There are tons of nature features, you may see deer, rabbits and other game birds by your campsite. The camping sites has good distances to keep privacy for each sites A recently built a 20ft diameter geodesic dome tent is for those who want more climate controlled stay while still enjoying the magnificent nature's gifts. for surrounding areas, the White breast beach is very close, a lot of water and hunting activities in the lake red rock year round. For our campers safety, any hunting activities are not allowed within our camping ground. However, in case you come for hunting with Iowa hunting tags, a couple of public deer hunting grounds are near our camping ground. The recently built glamping geodesic Dome tent is located on a top of hill. Our campers will have a fantastic sunset view of ponds and lake view while enjoy the great nature, and have a comfortable stay . And cell phone signals are good to use your hotspot remote working at this astonishing Lake Red Rock Oasis ^_^. Hope you will find joy, peace and happiness in this wonderful piece of natural land and the Red Rock lake areas. A little history of this land: This 40 acres of land was a surface mining site. The reclamation works done during the 1970s. But over the years, the soil was seriously eroded. Anna and Peilin, who have Masters and PhD in soil and environment health background, bought this land several years ago and started to restore the vegetation. Now the site looks beautiful and ready for nature lovers and campers to enjoy the fantastic view of the lake, ponds and tall grass... The site is totally different from what the Google map shows now.
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Bend River Farms

5 sites 路 RVs, Tents50 acres 路 Runnells, IA
Bend River Farms is nestled in the gently rolling hills of central Iowa. Camp Creek flows through the property and continues on towards the mighty Des Moines river. Native prairie restoration, regenerative agriculture and sustainable ranching are the focus of owners, Amy Buckendahl and Dave Breese. Bend River Farms was a former junk yard that has now been transformed into a cottage core dream. Cool woodland meadows provide a comforting back drop to your tent site or your glamping experience. Private showers, complimentary firewood, a jungle gym, a communal outdoor dinning area and a saltwater hot tub await! Please understand that our property is a working farm. We are not a state park campground or "all inclusive" resort. Instead, we offer your wandering heart a place to rest. Bend River Farms is a place to enjoy wild spaces and recharge. Our farm is located just 13 miles off Interstate 80. Travel to the farm is on all paved roads, with no confusing dirt roads to navigate. The property is located near the small community of Runnells, Iowa in rural Camp Township. Enjoy a cold beer or food at one of the two local taverns, or check out the local ice cream shop or our Tuesday farmer's market during the summer. Don't worry if you forget something! We have a nearby gas station and a general store. We have farm fresh honey and eggs available for purchase, check the option during checkout! Amy, our own resident biologist, will give you an opportunity to learn about livestock husbandry and the local wildlife. The farms front orchard boasts several wild bird feeding stations, with edible landscaping! A stay on our farm will provide you with an opportunity to learn about Land Management in an agricultural setting. Or learn about carpentry and welding from a master fabricator. Come learn about gardening, poultry care, horsemanship, beekeeping and even falconry! Check the extra options available during checkout. Fancy a fireside meal or homestyle dinner? Dave is a trained chef and loves to cook for our guests. Select a meal during checkout. Off-site, but nearby opportunities: miles of scenic hiking and biking trails, kayaking and fishing. The Iowa State Fair Grounds and Adventureland Waterpark is only 20 minutes away, along with big city fine dining, music and art museums are all less than a thirty miles drive; when you need a break from camping and nature. Fee based Transportation is available for guests flying in or needing a break from driving, or whenever you need a quick trip into town. Our philosophy: "Here at Bend River Farms we are passionate about regenerative agriculture. We strive to push ourselves and our partners to think of the future and the longevity of our agricultural practices. " Regenerative Agriculture is an agricultural philosophy that both acknowledges the degenerative impact of poor land stewardship, and the positive use of agricultural practices that foster restoration and productivity." Local conditions determine which practices are most appropriate. A regeneratively managed food system should improve the long-term health and function of the agricultural ecosystem and the communities that depend upon them, physically, culturally, spiritually, and economically. Regeneratively managed businesses protect and improve the natural function of our water, nutrient, and carbon cycles by taking steps to increase biodiversity in the agricultural system, works to minimize reliance on external inputs, and avoid the use of synthetic chemicals whenever possible.鈥
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The Point at Lake Red Rock

1 site 路 Lodging32 acres 路 Knoxville, IA
Our 32 acres is a unique property on Iowa鈥檚 largest lake, Lake Red Rock. It features 17 acres of woods and 15 acres of native pollinator flowers and plants. Enjoy fishing, kayaking, hiking, bird watching and much more! Gorgeous sunsets and quiet surroundings will give you a memorable get away!
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Nola鈥檚 Ark

1 site 路 Lodging11 acres 路 Knoxville, IA
Private oasis on 11 acres. Small stream runs thru property and we have a catch and release pond w a paddle boat that you are welcome to use! Pick raspberries or mulberries. Walk a mowed path around perimeter of property. Enjoy a beer or wine by the campfire. Sometimes the owls make noise and the coyotes and the cows! You might see a few deer or wild turkey. You are welcome to pitch a tent and sleep under the stars as well. We welcome small dogs under 25lbs and can provide a small wire enclosure if needed. Please come see us soon! We鈥檇 love to have you here! NOTE: You might not have good cell service
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Nunnikhoven Farm

1 site 路 RV, Tent10 acres 路 Harvey, IA
Our Century farm sits on 10 acres in south east Iowa. We grow tulips, cut flowers, sunflowers, pumpkins, kids, cows, chickens, goats & quail. We have one of the oldest barns in Marion County, built in 1864, and another great big hay barn, built in 1921, both of which we are always working to preserve, built by our great-great grandfather. Lake Red Rock is just 5 miles right down the road, where you can enjoy 12 miles of paved bike and walking paths, fishing in the biggest lake in Iowa, a swimming beach and various hiking trails. Boat, kayak, paddle board and canoe rental also available on the Lake. We are 11 miles from Pella, Iowa, one of the top 10 most charming small towns to visit in the US, and 9 miles from Knoxville, Iowa, the Sprint Car Capital of the world. If you are looking for adventure, shopping, or a relaxing getaway away from the hustle and bustle, we would love to welcome you to our farm.
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Comfortable Camping near Des Moines

2 sites 路 RVs3 acres 路 Carlisle, IA
Once a piece of farmland, now this is home to a historic church rectory and a whole lot of chickens (real and fake ones to be clear.) Learn more about this land: BEFORE BOOKING - if you are traveling with a dog be sure to message us BEFORE booking to make sure that we can accommodate you. IMMEDIATELY AFTER BOOKING please send a message introducing yourself and confirming how many are in your group and how large your camping set up is. We live on just over 3 acres of land. Some of it is a flat grass area, some is hilly, and some has taller brush. From any of these camping areas you can see our home but not much else besides fields, brush, and grass - and the sky! A train goes by a few times a day/night. We are located on a paved rural road, so while you will hear cars go by, there is no flow of constant traffic. We are located an easy two miles from a gas station and an easy 17-30 minute drive to Des Moines if you're looking to go into the city. The land is former farm land but the house is a historical church rectory that was moved to this location several years ago.
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Greenhouse Camping

2 sites 路 RVs5 acres 路 Ankeny, IA
We love this beautiful land that has been in our family since 1917, and think you will too!聽聽 We are located 1/2 mile off I-35 at the north border of the City of Ankeny.聽 Here you'll find the best of both worlds just fifteen minutes away from your quiet campsite - Boating, skiing, jet-skiing, fishing at Saylorville Lake.聽聽 Canoe,聽聽kayak聽and paddleboat rental at Big Creek State Park.聽 Swimming & waterplay for all ages at the Ankeny Aquatic Center.聽 Upscale shopping and dining at the District.聽 Or venture out聽a bit further to concert venues in Ames & Des Moines, local farmers markets, Des Moines' beautiful riverwalk and exciting nightlife, or聽the Iowa State Fair.聽 It's the best of country and suburban living!聽 End your day with a quiet stroll along the mowed walking path that overlooks one of the most beautiful areas of聽Four Mile Creek in Iowa, which circles right back to your cozy campfire.聽聽聽Learn more about this land:You'll love this relaxing space聽to camp and enjoy the Iowa outdoors!聽聽Very easy access,聽 we are just聽1/2 mile off of Interstate-35. 聽Our聽farm is bordered by nature on three sides and the city of Ankeny on the south.聽聽This is a single campsite, private and quiet. Your campsite has an adjoining mowed private聽walking trail overlooking Four Mile Creek, and is also within walking distance of Ankeny sidewalks for biking, walking, jogging. 聽It鈥檚 the best of both worlds - town and country!聽We're聽a聽15 minute drive聽from Big Creek and Ledges State Parks,聽Jester Park and Saylorville Lake聽where you can enjoy fishing, skiing, boating, horseback riding, hiking, biking, and聽the聽beach life.聽 You'll find unique shopping experiences, delicious dining, a good movie, a thriving live music scene just聽15 minutes away in downtown Des Moines, downtown and campus town聽Ames, and 聽at The District in Ankeny.聽聽Upon your arrival you'll find the聽greenhouse mini-fridge is stocked with聽4 complimentary bottles of water and everything you'll need for making S'mores.聽聽One free bundle of wood is included with each booking.聽聽
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Trail-Side Rural Retreat

6 sites 路 RVs, Tents3 acres 路 Oskaloosa, IA
Our 3-acre pasture borders a 13-mile recreational trail that encompasses our entire town. Super easy access to the trail via bike, golf cart, or on foot to the middle school, high school, community auditorium, William Penn University or Lacey Recreational Complex. We live approximately 150 yards from the city limits, but are on a gravel road. It is an easy 7-minute drive to the grocery store, 2 minutes to the local hospital, and the trail is accessible to walkers, golf carts and bicyclists. Our property does not have any hookups, but if needed, there is a 50-amp connection up close to our home that we could have discussions about using. Please note on the three acres, we do have 15 laying hens who free-range during the day, but are confined at night. They typically do not have any desire to interact with humans unless you are feeding them and should not present any problems. IF you bring a pet, please insure it is kept controlled and not allowed to interact with our hens or the folks using the recreational trail. As a bonus, for $5 per person we would be happy to whip up a farm-fresh egg breakfast each morning you stay with us. During summer months, guests are welcome to use our above-ground fully-enclosed pool complete with outdoor shower (heated by the power of the sun shining on a garden hose!). There is a tiki bar, small deck and lawn furniture inside the pool enclosure.
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Sunset Hills Bison Ranch & Lodging

7 sites 路 Lodging15 acres 路 Malcom, IA
*NEW 2023*Prairie-Schooner Wagon*You are invited to stay where the buffalo roam in a beautiful Conestoga Wagon! These unique wagons have heat & a/c, a king bed, twin/twin bunk beds and locking front door. Enjoy the beauty of the sunset along the rolling hills. Stargaze while cuddled around your private fire pit. Wake up to our bison herd grazing near by. Private luxury shower house w/ heat & a/c. The wagons do NOT have a kitchen. They do have a coffee maker, refrigerator, microwave, toaster and grill & more.
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The best camping near Lake Red Rock guide



Bigger doesn鈥檛 always mean better鈥 except when it does! Lake Red Rock is the largest lake in all of Iowa, boasting an impressive 15,000 acres of water and 35,000 acres of land. Lucky for us, Lake Red Rock has outdoor recreation covered! From camping to hunting, you can do it all over here. Of course, we can鈥檛 forget about all of the water activities. There鈥檚 a beach for swimming and lounging, and plenty of boat ramps to get your watercraft where it belongs. And, this massive lake and recreation area is a mere 45 miles southeast and downriver from Des Moines, so getting to this lovely spot won鈥檛 have to take up the better part of your weekend.

Notable campgrounds

  • The North Overlook Campground boasts a new family-style restroom, playground, and access to the 17-mile Volksweg paved bike trail.
  • Whitebreast Campground invites campers to enjoy its proximity to the lake, offering a perfect blend of convenience and natural beauty.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  • Book early through www.recreation.gov or call toll-free at 1-877-444-6777 to secure your preferred campsite.
  • Consider visiting during off-peak seasons for better availability and a quieter camping experience.
  • Keep an eye on cancellations, as last-minute openings can provide unexpected opportunities.
  • Explore nearby camping options to increase your chances of finding a spot during busy times.

When to go

The best time to visit Lake Red Rock is during the spring and fall when the weather is mild and the migrating white pelicans grace the skies. Summer offers full recreational activities but can be busy. Winters are quiet but cold, with limited services.

Know before you go

  • Always wear a life jacket when on the water, as safety is a top priority at Lake Red Rock.
  • Check the latest road closure updates to ensure accessibility to different parts of the park.
  • Be mindful of the wildlife; observe from a distance and do not feed the animals.
  • Visitor Center hours are from 7:30am to 4pm on weekdays, and 12pm to 4pm on weekends.
  • Stay informed about the water quality advisories, especially if you plan to swim in the lake.

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