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Clear Lake Campground

If you're looking for a nice northern Iowa RV campground in a natural setting by the lake, look no further than Clear Lake Campground in Clear Lake State Park. Beautiful beaches, water sports, and fantastic scenery are just some of the advantages of this gorgeous place. Just 20 minutes' drive from Mason City, you'll have easy access to city amenities while RV camping here. Des Moines and Iowa City are about two hours' drive south from the motorhome campground, perfect for a day trip when you rent an RV near here. To explore the rural, less populated parts of northern Iowa, book an RV in Cerro Gordo County, Iowa.Clear Lake is surrounded by rolling terrain covered in oak trees and provides a lot of recreational opportunities. The beautiful Clear Lake State Park is a habitat for many small animals like owls, squirrels, opossums, raccoons, rabbits, and songbirds. You can go wildlife and nature viewing or practice photography in this scenic park. It's also a perfect fishing destination, where you'll have a chance to hook walleyes, muskies, northern pike, bullheads, catfish, yellow bass, crappies, and other panfish. Some other activities here include water skiing, jet skiing, windsurfing, boating, swimming, and more. There are lovely walking and hiking trails in the park as well, which you can use for bicycling also. The park has sports courts and playgrounds for kids to enjoy.The campsites at Clear Lake Campground are available with full hookups, among other variations, and some sites offer pull-through access. The campground also has clean restrooms and showers, sites for tent camping, and so much more. Most of the sites have lake views and easy waterfront access. This RV campground near Clear Lake is also family-friendly and open year-round for campers.



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Camping with an RV

Camping with an RV

Have you ever wanted to sleep at the foot of a mountain or wake up to the sound of the ocean’s waves gently crashing on the shore? When on a road trip, do you like to stop at every weird and wonderful roadside attraction? Do you ever just want to take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and get out into the great outdoors? Then renting an RV is definitely for you.

Camping in an RV allows you to adventure on your terms. Whether you’re looking to bond over an open fire with family and friends or you just want to get away for a while, there’s no better way to do it than from behind the wheel of an RV.

How Outdoorsy Works

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Find the perfect RV

Choose your location, dates, and send the owner a request to book.

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Delivery or Pickup

Arrange a pick up time with the owner or have it delivered to your driveway or destination.

Let us help

Most owners have the option to deliver and set up the RV right to your destination.

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Adventure awaits!

Enjoy the freedom of the open road nd the assurance of 24/7 roadside assistance.

After your trip, return the RV to the owner on the same condition you recieved it.

The Great Outdoors

McIntosh Wildlife Management Area and Ventura Marsh Wildlife Management Area merge to create a large hunting and fishing destination on the western edge of Clear Lake. You can easily reach this vast spread of land when you're camping at Clear Lake State Park; it's just across the lake. Head here, and you can explore wildlife and nature, bring kayaks and canoes to see the marsh up close, and enjoy wildlife watching and stunning views. Some of the animals you can see here include rabbits, squirrels, and deer. This section of Clear Lake is far from the beaches, so you can enjoy some peace and quiet while taking in the views.Rice Lake State Park surrounds Rice Lake and is located only about an hour's drive north of Clear Lake. Here you can visit a country club and golf course, or enjoy outdoor recreational activities like hiking, picnicking, or swimming. The area is very beautiful and the perfect place for a celebration like a wedding or family gathering. Motorboats, kayaks, and canoes are just some of the ways to explore and enjoy the lake. You can also go fishing, water skiing, or jet skiing. If you like fishing, here you can catch bass, bluegill, walleye, perch, northern, crappie, and bullheads. For nature lovers, a great way of spending time in this park is bird watching. Keep your eyes open for songbirds and migratory birds.Myre-Big Island State Park is surrounded by Albert Lea Lake and is about 40 minutes' drive north of Clear Lake Campground. This gorgeous park is great for bird watching, especially in the spring and fall. The park is perfect for kayaking and canoeing, and in the campground nearby, you can also rent kayaks on an hourly basis. Beautiful towering trees create an excellent atmosphere for picnicking. For hikers, there is the Hiking Club Trail, which goes through the park and has beautiful overlooks.

Exploring the City

With an RV rental near Clear Lake, Iowa, you can visit many interesting attractions, starting with the Surf Ballroom and Museum, which is just a few minutes' drive from the campground. This historic landmark was first built in 1933, and in 1947, it burned down. It was rebuilt across the street from its previous location and remains an important cultural and historical location. Here you can see original murals, furniture, and many other artifacts. The ballroom hosts music concerts and all kinds of events and educational programs that you can join when RV camping at Clear Lake Campground.Lake Theater is another attraction that you can visit in the area. This is one of the few one-screen movie theaters still operating in the US. Originally this theater was an opera house, opened in 1890. In 1935, the building was destroyed by fire, and when it was rebuilt, the movie theater was opened.Kinney Pioneer Museum is just outside of the city, near the airport. The museum has an impressive collection of items and artifacts, which illustrate the story of Iowa residents, from first settlers till today. Here you can see what life was like for pioneers. Following the interpretive exhibit, you can learn about the history of the area. The museum also offers guided tours, but you can explore it on your own too.


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Trailer

Trailers for all types of towing vehicles, including SUVs and pickups.

Folding Trailer

Trailers you can tow with passenger vehicles or SUVs. A great way to transform average cars into adventure cars.

Fifth-Wheel

Larger trailers that attach to towing vehicles with a gooseneck extension in the truck bed.

Toy Hauler

Living quarters in the front with dedicated space for hauling motorcycles or other “toys” in the back.

Utility Trailer

All other types of towable trailers.

All drivables

Class C

Popular with small families and first-time RV drivers who want a little more room than a van. Comparable to driving a truck.

Camper Van

The smallest and nimblest of fully enclosed RVs. Drives like a van. Loves posing for Instagram.

Class B

A formal-sounding name for camper van, but just as photogenic.

Class A

Drivers should be comfortable driving bus-sized vehicles and dealing with parking limitations. Great for delivery.

Truck Camper

If you can drive a truck, you can drive a truck camper. Makes roughing it significantly less rough.

Other

All other types of drivable vehicles.

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Questions about RVs?

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What type of RV should I choose?

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Start by determining how many people are planning to travel with you. Going on a solo-journey? Choose a camper van or a teardrop trailer. Bringing the whole family along for the ride? Consider a spacious Class A or five-wheel.

You’ll also want to consider amenities. For example, if you’re planning to cook on the road, you’ll want a kitchenette. If your campground doesn’t have public restrooms, you’ll want to search RVs with bathrooms. Check out full descriptions of our models to help you decide here.


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Do the RVs have bathrooms?

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Yes. Class A’s, Class B’s, and Class C’s and five-Wheels typically have bathrooms. Depending on where you plan on camping, you’ll want to double-check the availability of restrooms if selecting a rig without a bathroom. Nervous about renting an RV with a bathroom? Owners can help show you how to clean the tank or will offer to do it for you for a fee.


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How does check-in work?

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Once an Owner approves your RV reservation, you can coordinate a time to pick up your rig or have it delivered to your doorstep or campsite. At that point, the owner will do a key exchange with you and walk you through the RV and answer any questions you might have.