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The best camping near Viking Lake State Park

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Two Old Hoes on Hippie Hill

2 sites 路 RVs, Tents30 acres 路 Stanton, IA
Learn more about this land: You can camp, wander, head down the road to Viking Lake. Easy, relaxing and not too many rules. I don't do trash, unattended firepits or really loud gatherings past dusk. I love to camp but, this is our oasis. We also have outdoor dogs that help keep the coyotes and wildlife at bay. The means that they may bark at night.
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Horse Creek Adventures

26 sites 路 Lodging, RVs, Tents170 acres 路 Sidney, IA
Horse Creek Adventures is a 170 acre ranch that provides an opportunity for visitors to stay one night or several days to enjoy the land and area sights. You have your choice as to how you want to stay. Our "off the grid" cabins offer a special opportunity to camp with a roof. The cabins are extremely popular! Check out the information about them and then check the photos posted by quests and read their reviews to give you lots of ideas of how you could enjoy these one of a kind sites. Tenting is available all over the 170 acres. You can tent by the pond; on top of the hill, or in a valley. These sites allow you to "get away from it all" and let the stress melt away. We have tenting sites close to a road to give you flexibility to see local attractions while enjoying the whole 170 acres. Lastly, we have RV hook-ups with 119, 30 amps and 50 amps The land is part of the famous Loess Hills. There are hilltops to take in the breath taking views and valleys surrounded by trees. A pond full of trophy sized bass , catch and release, no license required. Wildlife abounds including a wide variety of birds. We have been described by avid birders as a rich place for birding. The area is rich with history-Lewis and Clark; French Canadian trappers and their Lakota wives established French Villages; Mormons came through here on the way to Utah; Jesse James played cards. Waubonsie State Park is close with hiking trails and seven miles of Horse trails. At night you can use a portable corral to have your horse close. End the day around a campfire, look at the stars and the lightening bugs and be serenaded to sleep by the coyotes and whip-poor-wills Enjoy !!
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R View Farm

1 site 路 Lodging400 acres 路 Nodaway, IA
My wife and I wanted to raise our kids in the country as we both grew up on farms. The old farmhouse sits quietly and secluded from the road and the southern view of farm fields, woodlands and peace. The town of Corning or Clarinda are just 20 miles away if you desire small Iowa towns. Enjoy the sound of frogs, crickets and wildlife. Learn more about this land: Iowa farmhouse with ac/heat with woodlands, Enjoy rural Iowa, peaceful nights away from town and away from people. We have a garden in the spring, high speed internet if you want to stay connected or open the door and enjoy country air. 2 bedrooms upstairs and 2 downstairs. If you want to practice bow shooting or enjoy a bonfire we can accommodate that. Also room to park RV. We love pets but we ask that you pick up after them and keep an eye on them as there is plenty of room for them to run.
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The best camping near Viking Lake State Park guide

Overview

About

Gather up your fur capes and horn necklaces, and embrace your inner primal beast at Viking Lake State Park! This place is super popular for summer fun. Viking Lake is at the center of adventure with swimming, fishing, and boating (just don鈥檛 forget that sunscreen). Lakeshore camping makes weekend getaways a breeze, and even when the water freezes over winter snowmobiling and hiking still make the park a beautiful place to explore. Cycle the trails or bring the kiddos for some paddle boating, Viking Lake is your spot for a wild outdoor adventure!

Notable campgrounds

  • Viking Lake Campground - Offers a peaceful retreat with modern facilities and easy lake access.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  • Book early to secure your spot, as the campground is popular during peak season.
  • Check for cancellations regularly, especially close to your desired date.
  • Consider mid-week stays for better availability and a quieter experience.
  • Explore nearby camping options if Viking Lake is fully booked.

When to go

The best time to visit Viking Lake State Park is during the spring and fall when the weather is mild and the natural scenery is at its most vibrant. Summer offers warm temperatures perfect for water activities, though it's also the busiest season. Winters can be harsh, with some facilities potentially closed, so it's less ideal for a visit.

Know before you go

  • Check the park's website for any alerts or closures before your visit.
  • Wear appropriate footwear for hiking and bring insect repellent to ward off pests.
  • Life jackets are recommended for all water activities.
  • Remember to pack out all trash and respect the park's natural beauty.
  • Accessible facilities are available, ensuring all visitors can enjoy the park.

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