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Pine Lake State Park is a woodland reserve set in the heart of lush farmland. The 668-acre park enjoys a picturesque setting by the Iowa River and is anchored by a pair of lakes that provide a scenic backdrop for swimming, boating, and fishing. When you're not making a splash in the lake, spend the day hiking scenic nature trails and picnicking by the shoreline. Pine Lake is one of the oldest state parks in Iowa and has been welcoming visitors since the 1920s. The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) worked hard to develop the park, with many of the historic structures still in use today. This gives Pine Lake State Park added appeal for history buffs.

An RV-friendly campground set under a canopy of towering white pines, oaks, and walnut trees makes it easy to plan a getaway to Pine Lake State Park. Book an RV in Hardin County and you can combine the luxuries of a motorhome with the allure of sleeping under the stars. With a self-contained rental RV, you're well-equipped to extend your trip and visit nearby attractions like Maquoketa Caves State Park and the Effigy Mounds National Monument.

Getting Outdoors

On a sunny day, it's hard to resist the beach at Lower Pine Lake. Spend the day basking in the sun and cooling off in the clear water. Picnic sites dot the park and are great for enjoying lunch by the lake. The Hogsback Bluffs Picnic Area is a firm favorite and commands sweeping views over Lower Pine Lake. You'll also find a handful of shelters that can be reserved for group events like birthday parties and family reunions. The handsome stone and timber lodge is a popular venue for reunions and gatherings.

More than ten miles of hiking trails wind through the park and showcase the unique flora, fauna, and geology of Pine Lake. As you explore the trails, you'll pass through lush wetlands, sun-dappled forests, and native prairie. A bike trail stretches for just over two and a half miles from the campground to the Lower Pine Lake and is great for burning off last night's s'mores and hot dogs. It also takes you past some of the park's oldest native white pine trees, some more than 250 years old.

Pine Lake State Park is a rewarding destination for anglers, with both Upper and Lower Pine Lake well-stocked with bass, crappie, northern pike, and catfish. Cast a line from the shore or launch a canoe, kayak, or electric trolling motorboat from one of the public ramps.

Camping at Pine Lake State Park

The Pine Lake State Park campground enjoys a picturesque setting by the water. Sites are spacious and shaded by mature oaks and walnut trees. Choose from more than 120 RV-friendly sites, most with 30 or 50-amp electrical hookups. As one of the top state park RV campgrounds in Iowa, Pine Lake treats guests to modern bathroom blocks with hot showers and flush toilets. A dump station is also available.

Advance campsite reservations can be made online and are recommended if you're traveling during the busy season from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Some sites are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis – ideal if you're planning a last-minute motorhome camping getaway. In addition to RV campsites, Pine Lake State Park offers charming stone and timber cabins built by the CCC in the 1930s. They're perfect if you need to accommodate extra guests who don't want to compromise on creature comforts.

Exploring the Area

Camping at Pine Lake State Park puts you less than a mile from one of the most attractive nine-hole golf courses in the state. Tee off and enjoy the challenge of narrow fairways, rolling hills, and strategic water features. If you're more of a history buff than a golfer, head to Eldora. The Hardin County Farm Museum offers a glimpse of the region's agricultural heritage. The town is also a jumping point for tubing trips along the Iowa River and is a convenient place to pick up any RV camping supplies you might need.

For more choice, consider nearby cities like Iowa Falls. You'll love strolling around the historic downtown district, admiring the Pat Clark International Art Collection, and enjoying a leisurely cruise on the Scenic City Empress Riverboat. Des Moines is a 75-mile drive south and offers a huge selection of RV rentals near Pine Lake State Park. It's a good place to kickstart a road trip, with easy access to major highways and Des Moines International Airport. While you're in the state capital, check out attractions like the Des Moines Art Center and Pappajohn Sculpture Park.

RV Rentals in Pine Lake State Park, IA

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

There are many popular rentals in Pine Lake State Park. Outdoorsy's Pine Lake 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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