Rock Creek State Park
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Introduction

Nestled near Kellogg in Central Iowa, Rock Creek State Park provides RV camping near Iowa’s third largest man-made lake, Rock Creek. The 602-acre Rock Creek Lake features some of the best scenery in the entire park. The lake also offers quality recreation in the form of boating and fishing. A sandy beach on the lakeside allows campers to indulge in a relaxing sunbath or a refreshing dive in the cold waters. Two fancy picnic shelters sit near the lake providing spectacular lakeside views and are every bit worthy of your next outdoor party.

Recreation is scattered all over the park – there are opportunities for wildlife viewing, birdwatching, hunting, hiking, horseback riding, skiing, and snowmobiling all over the park’s 1,697 acres.

April to October is the busiest season at the park. Hundreds of RV campers bring their families for a lovely holiday by the lakeside. There are nearly 200 campsites with electric hookups, restrooms with showers, hydrants, and a sanitation system. The joys of camping are not just confined to the peak season. You can bring your RV at any time of the year and will still be able to enjoy plenty of camping facilities at Rock Creek State Park.

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Transportation in Rock Creek State Park

Driving

Rock Creek State Park is located roughly seven miles from Kellogg, a small city in Jasper County. If you start from Kellogg, you will reach the park within 15 to 20 minutes. Due to bad weather in the winter, it may take you a bit longer on your journey to the park.

Once inside the park, you will have to abide by certain driving rules. Cars and RVs are allowed only on park roads and at designated camping slots. Driving scooters and bikes on roads inside the park are forbidden. There are designated pathways for riding bikes. Other than horses, only snowmobiles are allowed on the trails.

Park your vehicle only in designated campsites and parking lots. The roads and the campsites are not very suitable for large RVs, trailers, and motorhomes. Some of the roads are narrow with tight turns.

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Campgrounds and parking in Rock Creek State Park

Campsites in Rock Creek State Park

Reservations camping

Newton KOA

A visit to the rolling hills and flatlands of Iowa has more to enjoy than you’d ever expect, and a stay at Newton KOA, near Des Moines, is the perfect place to set up a base camp. Nearby, explore The Botanical Gardens, the Blank Park Zoo, or try your luck at Prairie Meadows Casino. Plenty of history and culture can be found around the area, and some of the best amusement parks in the country are just waiting to be enjoyed. Newton KOA is also a pleasant place to stay, with amenities like Wi-Fi, cable TV, fishing, a swimming pool and a dog park. Some sites can accommodate rigs up to 70 feet, and firewood and propane are available on-site for purchase.

Rock Creek State Park Campground

The park’s campground for RV and tent camping is tucked away to the borders of Lake Rock Creek. A few campsites feature scenic lakeside views. The campsites are a combination of electric and non-electric. More than half of the sites feature electric hookups of 20-, 30-, or 50-amp. You can choose between back-in and pull-through campsites.

The campground is facilitated with multiple hydrants, dump stations, and modern restrooms with showers. A children’s playground can also be found in the campground. Pets are welcome at the campsites.

Maximum occupancy limit is six persons per site. The campsites are located nearby and are not big enough for big rigs and trailers. Most of the sites cannot accommodate RVs larger than 40 to 50 feet in length. Between 10:30 pm to 6 am, all noise-creating devices like generators must be kept turned off.

Reservations are accepted year-round. Bookings can be made through the park’s online reservation system and by calling the park directly.

First-come first-served

First-Come, First-Served

One-fourth of the campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Alternate camping

Seasonal activities in Rock Creek State Park

In-Season

Picnicking

Rock Creek State Park is among Iowa’s favorite picnic destinations. Hundreds of people visit Rock Creek every year to enjoy some quality time with friends or family grilling barbecue, chatting merrily, and playing games. If you are planning an RV camping trip to the park, we recommend reserving one of the park’s open picnic shelters. A lot of picnic tables are also available on a first-come, first-served basis. The surrounding lakeside beauty will make your picnic more delightful.

Fishing and Boating

Rock Creek’s 15 miles of shoreline is an angler’s paradise. You can expect to catch species like bass, crappie, catfish, saugeye, bullhead, and bluegill. You can set up baits in various ways; casting and trolling are quite effective in the lake. The lake also happens to offer spectacular boating. If you are not bringing boats of your own, we recommend stopping your RV at the park’s concession store before heading for the lake. There, you will find pontoons, kayaks, canoes, and paddle boats. You may also rent fishing boats, and purchase live bait and a fishing license. You will also find many docks at several locations at the lake for launching your boats.

Swimming and Sunbathing

When you bring your campervan to the park in the summer, you should drive it to the lake as well. Rock Creek Lake is an excellent place to enjoy some quality water recreation. If you want to splash in the water, put your swimsuit on and get down in the lake. The swimming beach also offers a chance to bask in some sunshine. From bathing in the sun to bathing in the lake, Rock Creek offers you the relaxation you have been looking forward to.

Off-Season

Wildlife Viewing and Birdwatching

This second-most visited state park in Iowa boasts large populations of a variety of wildlife and birds. The park’s native deer can be seen astounding the campers with the brilliance of their white tails. You will not help but adore the bright colored mallards whenever and wherever you spot one.

Hiking and Horseback Riding

The park has a few miles of spectacularly scenic trails that are used for a variety of purposes. These multi-use trails perfectly capture the scenic charms of Rock Creek State Park. The trails are an absolute pleasure to hike and an undeniable joy to horseback ride. If you love camping with horses, don’t think twice before bringing your horse on your next trailer trip. You will wholeheartedly enjoy the equine-friendly environment here. Not just the trails, you can ride your horses on roadways as well.

Winter Recreation

You will find no shortage of recreation at the park even in the cold. When the ice wraps over the park, Rock Creek becomes a hub of winter recreation. If you are camping in winter, don’t forget to pack ski jackets, ski boots, goggles, ski poles, and helmets in your camper. From snowmobiling to cross-country skiing, you will find lots to do at the icy trails. When the lake freezes, you will be able to enjoy incredible ice fishing as well.

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