Planning a camping trip, family vacation, wedding, or reunion?  Iowa state parks and forests offer several facility options to meet your needs. 

Iowa offers 157 open-air shelters, 29 lodges, and more than 90 year-round cabins, rustic camping cabins, and yurts. You can also find more than 4,400 overnight campsites. Campsites range from hike-in primitive sites to full RV hook-ups (sewer, water, and electricity). You can reserve most of these campsites up to 3 months in advance. Walk-in camping is also available on a first come, first serve basis, with few exceptions. 

1. Pick your Park.  Find a full listing and regional maps here:  Iowa State Parks & Forests (  You can also learn about each park’s history, features, and amenities.

2.  Cabins:  Many cabins offer full kitchens and can accommodate varying party sizes. Rent cabins for a stay of 2-nights or longer during the off-season. Rent cabins and yurts for a variety of lengths of stays during the summer. Find Camp and Cabin Rates here: rates-camping-cabin.pdf (

3.  Lodges and Shelters: Lodges usually include electricity, water, restrooms, and a kitchen. Many are historic. Or enjoy an open-air shelter for a day-use family gathering. Iowa state parks have 29 lodges and 157 shelters available to reserve. Find Lodge and Shelter Rates here: rates-lodge-shelter.pdf (

4.   Campsites: Enjoy an overnight stay in a tent or RV. Reserve most campsites online up to 3 months in advance. Iowa also offers limited walk-in availability on a first come, first serve basis. Facilities vary from park-to-park. Most campsites have picnic tables and fire rings. Many campgrounds offer full-hookup amenities for RVs. This includes pull-through sites, electricity, and modern shower facilities. Learn More Here: State Park FAQs (   Find Camp and Cabin Rates here: rates-camping-cabin.pdf (

5.    Rules and Regulations.  We want to keep visitors safe and your experience enjoyable.  Learn more here: Iowa State Parks & Recreation Areas Regulations and Reservation Information (

6.   Reserve Online and pay by credit card: Campgrounds and Camping Reservations - Iowa State Parks (

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Address: Wallace State Office Building, 502 E. 9th St., Des Moines, IA 50319

Phone: (515) 725-8200