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If you're looking for year-round RV campgrounds in Iowa, you can't go wrong with camping at Rock Creek Campground in Rock Creek State Park. The park offers trails for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding in the summer along with snowmobiling and cross-country skiing in the winter. There is a playground for the kids, a fishing pier, horseshoe pits, boat rentals, and a camp store for those items you may have left at home.
Rock Creek Campground campsites are available with 50 amp electrical hookups, and there are also non-electric options. Within the park, you can buy firewood, ice, and bait to use for fishing. From April through October there are shower facilities open on-site.
Hanging out at the RV campground is fun, but there is so much more to see and do in the area when you book an RV in Jasper County, IA. The state park is part near Kellogg, Iowa, just east of Newton, where you will find the Kellogg Historical Museum. The museum consists of seven separate buildings, including a schoolhouse, a hotel, an outhouse, and a church. You never know what you might find here starting with an iron lung leftover from the 1950s, a private bar, and a butcher's shop (no meat included) from the same era. But by far the best thing to do in this part of Iowa is to sit back, relax, and enjoy the fresh air while motorhome camping at Rock Creek State Park.
Rock Creek State Park and its campground are one of the most popular places to go in central Iowa. If you like to go swimming or fishing while motorhome camping, the lake here has 15 miles of shoreline with plenty of room to sunbathe and swim while leaving room for fishing. The lake is 18 feet deep and stocked with crappie, bass, bluegill, saugeye, catfish, and bullhead. You should have no problem catching your supper here. You can fish from the shore, bring your own boat, or rent one so you can fish out in the deeper water. The park offers a variety of boats for rent, including canoes, kayaks, pontoon boats, pedal boats, and fishing boats.
Rock Creek State Park is located close to Prairie City, home of the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge and Prairie Learning Center. The center was created to protect over 5,600 acres of native habitats consisting of oak savanna, tallgrass prairie, and sedge meadow. While visiting, you can see bison, numerous grassland birds, and monarch butterflies while on an auto tour of the center.
For the race fan, over in Newton is the Iowa Speedway known as the "Fastest Short Track on the Planet." It's owned by and raced on by NASCAR and was designed by legendary NASCAR driver Rusty Wallace. Along with NASCAR racing, you can see IndyCar practice laps running at more than 186 mph. You can even bring your rental RV along as the track has its own campground.
In nearby Grinnell, there is plenty to keep you busy, including a couple of superb golf courses, the Jacob Krumm Nature Preserve, and the Louis Sullivan Jewel-Box Bank, one of only eight designed by legendary architect Louis Sullivan. The bank was built in 1916 for the grand sum of $60,000 (a lot of money in those days) and continued to operate as a bank until 1999. These banks were called jewel-boxes because they looked rather imposing on the outside, hiding the lavish décor on the inside. It's a fun place to visit while RV camping near Kellogg.
To the west of the campground in Colfax is Trainland USA, a fully functional model railroad museum. Here you can enjoy displays of working Lionel trains in exhibits that represent the growth of the railroad in America. The displays cover everything from the frontier to steam and then to diesel in display areas covering the space of two average ranch-style houses.
In nearby Marshalltown is the Glick-Sower Heritage House, built in 1859 as an upper-middle-class Victorian-style house. It has many of the original furnishing and parquet oak floors. Today the house is home to a museum and is maintained by the Historical Society of Marshall County. It’s an interesting place to visit while RV camping near Marshalltown.
If you don't mind the drive in your rental RV to Des Moines in the west, you and your family can spend the day at the Blank Park Zoo. Here you can view dozens of animals such as African lions, seals, Amur tigers, and rhinoceros while feeding the giraffes. There are train, carousel, and camel rides to enjoy.
Come for the quiet of Rock Creek State Park but be sure take time out after parking your rental RV to explore the area. When you have an RV rental near Des Moines, IA, you never know what you might find.