The best camping near Clear Lake State Park Iowa

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Secluded riverside ranch

2 sites · RVs, Tents15 acres · Goldfield, IA
15 acres featuring wildflower prairies, mowed trails along a meandering creek, peaceful woods along the river, and a 501(c)(3) animal rescue providing sanctuary to goats, a llama, a miniature cow, and more!
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Wilder Park

97 sites · RVs88 acres · Allison, IA
Wilder Park offers 88 acres of camping, picnicking, walking, biking, or playtime! We are conveniently located 1/4 mile east of Allison on Highway 3. Our amenities include two fishing ponds, a dog park, 18-hole frisbee disc golf, sand volleyball, two playgrounds, picnic shelters, mini golf, pickle ball court, BMX pump track, large in-ground chess/checkers board, Wilder Mountain, intra-park hard surfaced walking/biking trail connected to Rolling Prairie Trail, 18-acre wildflower prairie, forest, severe storm shelters, library kiosks, entertainment stage with free summer concerts and on-site camp host.
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DILLON TREE FARM

6 sites · RVs36 acres · Alden, IA
Up-and-coming Christmas tree farm sits near the Iowa River (1/4 mile away). Up to 7 electrical hookups. In between two smaller towns (Alden / iowa falls) with restaurants and things to do. We have a big gravel lot. Christmas trees, timber, and a creek to explore. A nice peaceful setting to enjoy with friends and family.
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Roeder Acerage

1 site · RV4 acres · Buffalo Center, IA
This is a private acreage, with several grass camping spots available for short stays. 50 and 30 amp hookups. Potable water is available on site. No dump station. There is a common area with a fire pit and tables. We are located about 20 minutes south of I-90, and 30 miles from Forest City, Iowa.
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Anthony E.’s Land

6 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents10 acres · MN
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Fuller Getaway

1 site · RV, Tent4 acres · Bristow, IA
We live on 4.74 acres on Highway 3. We live 2 miles from Rolling Prairie bike trailhead. We have a swing gazebo that we love to share. We currently have a 30 amp hookup that can be used. Our campsite is a pull through so you don't even have to backup. Our little place is a work in progress always trying to make it better.
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The best camping near Clear Lake State Park Iowa guide

Overview

About

Swim, camp, repeat. A simple equation that adds up to a killer summer vacay down at Clear Lake State Park. One of the most popular places to camp in all of Iowa and for good reason, it has a 900-foot sandy swimming beach right next to the campground! Bingo! This is a no brainer for a mighty fine way to pass the hot summer days with ease. When you need more breathing room hop on your boat to explore the 3,643-acre lake surface and cast your line for a multitude of fish living here. You could cruise over to the 3-acre Woodford Island, a primo spot for fishing. Or just stay on the beach and relax the days away with your book and your frosty beverage while taking in the scenery of rolling hills and breezy oak groves around you. There is no wrong choice here.

Notable campgrounds

  • Lakeside Campground: Offers stunning views of the lake and easy access to water activities.
  • Oakwood Campground: Shaded sites nestled among mature oak trees provide a serene camping experience.
  • Clearview Campground: Ideal for families, with playgrounds and open spaces for children to play.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  • Book early, especially for peak summer weekends, as sites fill up quickly.
  • Consider mid-week stays for better availability and a quieter experience.
  • Check for cancellations regularly, as plans change and spots may open up.
  • Explore nearby camping options if Clear Lake State Park is fully booked.

When to go

The best time to visit Clear Lake State Park is during the summer months when the weather is warm and the lake is bustling with activity. However, for those seeking solitude, the shoulder seasons of spring and fall offer a peaceful escape, with the added bonus of colorful foliage. Winters can be harsh, with the park often blanketed in snow, limiting access to some amenities.

Know before you go

  • Check the park's website for any alerts or closures before your visit.
  • Life jackets are a must for all water activities – safety first!
  • Accessible facilities are available, but it's best to confirm ahead of time.
  • Remember to pack insect repellent and sunscreen for your outdoor adventures.
  • Keep an eye on the weather forecast to avoid any unexpected surprises.

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