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If you're searching for somewhere to enjoy a quintessential Iowa camping experience, look no further than Lake Darling State Park. Located five miles east of Richland in the state's southeast, this 1,417-acre park is a haven for watersports and outdoor enthusiasts.

Lake Darling itself covers 302 acres, so campers can enjoy excellent swimming, boating, and fishing in the park. Several miles of hiking trails make Lake Darling a favorite with hikers. A modern campground is also available on-site, so there are plenty of good reasons why Lake Darling State Park should be the venue for your next RV camping vacation.

Getting Outdoors

As you'd expect, many of the most popular outdoor activities in Lake Darling State Park are watersports. On a hot summer's day, Lake Darling State Park campers make a beeline for the beach area to either enjoy a cooling swim or just soak up the sunshine. A nearby playground provides some extra entertainment for younger visitors.

If you'd like to get out on the water, the calm lake is ideal for paddling. Kayaks, paddleboats, canoes, and stand-up paddleboards are available for rent from Memorial Day weekend right through until Labor Day weekend. Powerboats are also welcome on the lake as long as they leave no wake.

Lake Darling State Park also has a well-earned reputation as a great fishing destination, with two boat ramps around the lake shoreline ensuring easy access to the water. Crappie, catfish, bluegill, largemouth bass, and several other species can be caught here, so you'll have plenty of chances to hook a big one.

The other most popular way to spend the day in Lake Darling State Park is to take a hike. You'll find several different hiking trails to choose from, but a particular highlight is the 13.6-mile trail that loops its way around the lake. Walking the full trail will lead you through native prairie, wetlands, and woodlands, and offer some great views along the way. Of course, make sure you pack plenty of water and use lots of sunscreen if you're planning on tackling such a long trek.

If you love hiking almost as much as you love fishing, you might even like to head to the southern edge of the lake. There, you'll find a paved fishing trail that's a mile and a half long and offers easy lake access. It's also designed to be fully accessible for people with disabilities.

Camping at Lake Darling State Park

If you want to camp with an RV at Lake Darling State Park, search for a rental RV in Washington County and then find yourself a spot in the park's large campground. Sites available include:

  • 13 sites with water, sewer, and electrical hookups
  • 50 electric sites
  • 15 non-electric sites

Two shower and restroom buildings cater for all campers, while there's a dump station provided for added convenience. Kids' playground equipment is also available to keep younger campers happy.

Sites are gravel and can accommodate RVs of varying sizes, including some pull-through sites designed for big rigs up to 140 feet long. It's also worth pointing out that, while 75% percent of sites can be reserved in advance, the remaining 25% are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Dog owners will love the fact that pets are more than welcome in the campground. However, you'll need to keep your pet leashed and clean up after them whenever the need arises.

Camping cabins are also available for rent within the park, perhaps if you're traveling with friends or family who don't fancy camping in an RV.

Exploring the Area

When you've finished RV camping in Lake Darling State Park and you're ready to hit the road again, you'll find plenty of other places worth stopping and exploring in the surrounding area.

Take a short drive to the northeast and you'll find yourself in the pretty little city of Washington, where history buffs will love checking out the State Theater and the Conger House Museum.

If you'd rather lose yourself in another great Iowa state park, Lake Keomah State Park is an hour's drive away. A popular fishing and swimming spot, the park also has a great campground.

If you'd rather head somewhere a little busier, Iowa City is just over an hour to the northeast. While you're there, make sure you treat the kids to a hands-on learning experience at the Iowa Children's Museum.

From swimming and fishing to history and culture, there's so much to experience and enjoy when you rent a motorhome near Lake Darling State Park. What are you waiting for?

RV Rentals in Lake Darling State Park, IA

Lake Darling State Park, IA is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.

There are many popular rentals in Lake Darling State Park. Outdoorsy's Lake Darling State Park RV rental marketplace allows renters to choose from rental options from professional RV rental agencies as well as RVs for rent by owner.

Frequently Asked Questions


What are RV rentals?

Renting an RV lets you enjoy the flexibility of RV travel without all the costs and maintenance of ownership. With a rental, you can book the perfect rig for any trip just like you would a car or hotel. With Outdoorsy, you rent directly from the RV owner but get the backing of programs like roadside assistance, insurance, and stellar support from real, live people 24/7.

How much are average RV rentals?

On average, you can expect to pay between $75 and $150 per night to rent most small trailers and campervans. Larger trailers and motorhomes could cost $100 to $250 per night. Renting an RV for a longer time can be even more affordable–a week or month-long rental could average out to less than $60 per day.

Are there RV rentals with unlimited mileage?

Yes! Each RV owner can choose whether to offer unlimited miles on their vehicles. You’ll be able to see if unlimited mileage is an option on any listing you check out. If unlimited miles are not available, you’ll be able to see what is included with the base rate and what extra miles will cost.

Are RV rentals pet-friendly?

Many RV owners allow pets in their rentals. Be sure to check the listing to see if it’s an option for the rig you have your eye on. You’ll be able to see if there is an extra deposit or fee for pets before you request a booking.

Do RV rentals offer delivery?

Having an RV delivered to your home or destination is a great way to simplify your trip. Many RV owners offer delivery and setup services, usually for an extra fee or within a certain distance of their location. Each listing shows whether or not delivery is an option.

Are there RV rentals near me?

RV rentals are available all over the country! Whether you want to pick up an RV near home to set out an epic road trip or if you want to have one ready at your destination, you can search by location for any type of rig.

RV rental vs buying?

Renting an RV is an affordable way to get all the benefits of RV travel without the maintenance and overhead of ownership. It’s also a great way to try out the lifestyle and different types of rigs before you take the plunge and buy your own. Already own an RV? Consider renting yours out to bring in some extra income.

How many people can sleep in an RV?

Small travel trailers and campervans can usually sleep 2-4 people comfortably. Mid-size trailers and motorhomes usually sleep 4-8. Bigger rigs often sleep 6-10, some even 12!

Why choose Outdoorsy vs Craigslist or Airbnb?

Security, for one. Outdoorsy helps protect RV owners and renters with excellent support and insurance options, and a secure platform for listings, communication, and payments. There are plenty of other reasons though, like roadside assistance, detailed listings, and a wide variety of RVs to choose from.

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