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Big Sioux Recreation Area, SD

55 RV rentals

Located on the scenic banks of Big Sioux River, right next to the town of Brandon, is a recreation area with awe-inspiring and challenging trails, lovely picnic shelters, and a great RV campground. Big Sioux Recreation Area encompasses 270 acres of prairies, forests, and wetlands and is frequented by anglers, birdwatchers, outdoor adventurers, and families on vacation.

During summer, guests love to come here and cool off by boating, swimming, and sunbathing along the shoreline. Many migratory birds species along with eagles and waterfowl come here to roost, so keep an eye out if you wish to spot them. As for winter, Brandon campers, along with guests from other nearby towns like Garretson (14 miles away) and Sioux Falls …

Black Hawk State Park, IA

113 RV rentals

A pretty park that sits right on the shores of Black Hawk Lake, Black Hawk State Park is one of northwestern Iowa’s best camping destinations. Located in the town of Lake View, this small but popular park is known for its excellent fishing, boating, and swimming.

Even better, Black Hawk State Park also boasts a large campground with plenty of room for your motorhome rental. And with disc golf, a large playground, and a number of other facilities on offer, it’s an excellent spot for a family camping getaway.

Blue Mounds State Park, MN

57 RV rentals

People tend to flock to Blue Mounds State Park to catch a glimpse of the magnificent bison herds that call the park home. RV camping at Blue Mounds State Park in Luverne is an excellent way to spend a weekend watching the bison roam and enjoy hiking through the park. Don't have your own rig? No problem. Browse the affordable RV rentals in Rock County and then drive over to the park’s campgrounds.

Blue Mounds State Park is located on the western edge of Minnesota and is only about a 45-minute drive to Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The lovely town of Magnolia is only a 20-minute drive southeast of the park and offers quaint shops for visitors to browse …

Dolliver Memorial State Park, IA

97 RV rentals

Dolliver Memorial State Park in Otho offers a relaxing and fun experience for hikers, anglers, and outdoor enthusiasts alike. The 594-acre park also makes an excellent base camp for those looking to explore the cities in the surrounding area. Fort Dodge is only about 20 minutes to the north of the park. Des Moines, the state capital, is under an hour and a half to the south of the park and is a great city for tourists to visit full of educational and entertaining activities.

Lehigh is only five minutes from the park and a great place to stock up on camping supplies before parking your RV at Dolliver Memorial State Park. You don't have to own a motorhome …

Elinor Bedell State Park, IA

62 RV rentals

Located on the shore of East Okoboji Lake, right next to the town of Spirit Lake, is one of Iowa’s youngest recreation areas, Elinor Bedell State Park. Sprawling over 80 acres of wetlands, prairies, and oak-dotted savannas, the park was a gift to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources from U.S. Congressman and Iowa native Berkley Bedell and his wife, Elinor.

The park's diverse ecosystems make it an ideal place for nature lovers to unwind and enjoy an RV camping adventure. Wildlife watching is an especially popular pastime for visitors. Anglers will also find plenty of opportunities to cast their lines and try to reel in a big one. Okoboji campers and Superior campers are regular guests here, and …

Fort Defiance State Park, IA

61 RV rentals

Fort Defiance State Park is a smaller park encompassing 191 acres just outside of Estherville, Iowa. This park opened in 1930, making it one of the oldest parks in the state. Motorhome camping is a great activity for families to enjoy while exploring Iowa. Spirit Lake is only about 15 minutes west of the park and is a convenient place to stock up on supplies before parking your RV rental at Fort Defiance State Park.

You don't have to own an RV to enjoy a camping adventure at Fort Defiance. Book an RV in Emmet County and camp in style. Take a few extra days to explore northern Iowa; the park is situated close to the Iowa-Minnesota state line …

Gull Point State Park, IA

63 RV rentals

Iowa may not be at the top of your list for a vacation getaway; however, the state park system offers fantastic opportunities for families to reconnect. Gull Point State Park, near Milford, is one such park that offers activities on the lake and throughout the park. This park is part of the Iowa Great Lakes region and is on West Okoboji Lake. Plan to spend the weekend RV camping at Gull Point State Park. You don't need to own an RV to enjoy a vacation here. Book an RV in Dickinson County and get ready for an adventure in the great outdoors.

Be sure to stock up on camping supplies in Spirit Lake, which is less than 15 …

Kilen Woods State Park, MN

68 RV rentals

Kilen Woods State Park is located near Lakefield, MN, and an hour and a half away from Mankato, MN. The Des Moines Lobe, a thick layer of glacial ice, used to cover this area of Minnesota. The ice melted several thousands of years ago, leaving behind rolling hills, lakes, and wide prairies. The magnificent nature of Kilen Woods State Park draws in visitors from all sides of the United States regardless of the season.

Opportunities for outdoor activities at Kilen Woods State Park are endless. Hikers may enjoy the trails by Des Moines River, while anglers could stay on the banks, and fish from the river. Dense oak forests are inhabited by hundreds of different bird species, and …

Lake Anita State Park, IA

127 RV rentals

Spending your vacation camping in an RV is a great way to see the natural beauty of the United States. One such beautiful park is Lake Anita State Park, located south of Anita, Iowa. This state park features a 171-acre reservoir that is fed by the Nishnabotna River. You don't need to own a rig to enjoy camping with an RV. Browse the RV rentals in Cass County and find a vehicle to suit your style.

The biggest draw for visitors to Lake Anita State Park is the lake itself, where boating, swimming, and fishing are extremely popular. Stock up on your camping supplies and snacks in Massena, which is only about 15 minutes to the south of …

Lake Herman State Park, SD

45 RV rentals

Just over three miles from Madison, tucked away on a small peninsula in Lake Herman, is a charming recreation area that beckons anglers, motorhome campers, and nature lovers. Prior to the arrival of settlers, Native Americans passed through this area on their way to red pipestone quarries.

Today, Lake Herman State Park boasts breathtaking savannas that consist of lush native oak forests and grassy prairies. This natural environment makes the park ideal for long hikes or casual walks, and the shaded area is great for RV camping and picnicking. The woods and thickets harbor diverse wildlife, so if you like observing and taking pictures of birds and mammals in their natural environment, you'll have plenty of opportunities to do …

Lake Manawa State Park, IA

81 RV rentals

Lake Manawa State Park is a pristine oasis in the heart of the Omaha Metropolitan Area. The lake was formed by an oxbow in the Missouri River, which flooded in the late 1800s and created a 750-acre reservoir. Today, the park is one of the most popular outdoor recreation areas in the Midwest, with swimming, boating, fishing, and hiking just some of the activities on offer. The park draws its name from the Native American term meaning "peace and comfort," which you're guaranteed to find at Lake Manawa.

Planning a getaway to the Hawkeye State? Book an RV in Pottawattamie County and you can spend the day soaking up the sunshine at Lake Manawa State Park. You'll find a fantastic …

Lake Shetek State Park, MN

62 RV rentals

Lake Shetek State Park is located in southwestern Minnesota, between the towns of Slayton, Marshall, and Tyler. This area, and subsequently the state park, is famous among the people of Minnesota as being the location of an early pioneer settlement and a conflict between the settlers and the Dakota Native Americans.

During the 1930s, the park was developed as part of the ‘New Deal’ and soon became the spot for those wishing to head out of town for a little lakeside recreation. Rent a camper near Lake Shetek State Park, and you shall find the perfect lake for fishing, boating, and swimming. The surrounding park and land are also ideal for hiking, cycling, and nature watching.

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Lewis and Clark Recreation Area, SD

47 RV rentals

Just six miles away from Yankton is a 900-acre outdoor oasis with woods, meadows, craggy hills, and a well-equipped marina. South Dakota campers, mountain bikers, hikers, and boaters are frequent visitors at Lewis and Clark Recreation Area, but guests from all over the state love to spend their vacation here as well.

The park's scenic trails travel along the shoreline of Lewis and Clark Lake and also wind through surrounding bluffs and woodlands. As the park also boasts diverse flora and fauna, the hikes are engaging, considering you'll likely spot hawks, swallows, deer, rabbits, and turkey. In addition to adventurous hikes, guests love the park for its boating facilities, golf course, and archery range.

Lewis and Clark Recreation Area has …

Lewis and Clark State Park, IA

81 RV rentals

On the westernmost edge of Iowa, just 95 miles south of Sioux City, ten miles east of Omaha, NE, and 28 miles west of Carson rests a historic little Iowan state park. Lewis and Clark State Park is only 176 acres, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in natural beauty. This park is nestled in the horseshoe crook of Blue Lake and provides a nice location for fishing and other water sports.

In 1804, famed American explorers Meriwether Lewis and Captain Williams Clark landed in the place where the park now resides during their great expedition to discover the West.

Newton Hills State Park, SD

56 RV rentals

Newton Hills State Park is located in southeastern South Dakota, covers over 1,063 acres, and was named after settler William Newton. Before English settlers arrived, the land was inhabited by the Woodland Indian Culture. Many archaeological artifacts from this time period have been discovered at the park and can still be seen today in their natural setting.

The state park features a staggering elevation providing plenty of panoramic views. It’s also located near Interstate 29, making it easy to access with your motorhome. With its beautiful outdoor landscapes, the park is also home to various legends which claim that buried gold is hidden somewhere in it and that Jesse James once used the park as a hideout.

Niobrara State Park, NE

46 RV rentals

This park sits in the far north of the state of Nebraska. It lies at the point where the wide, Missouri River, meets the smaller Niobrara River. These waterways offer numerous opportunities to enjoy recreational activities. This is a very rural part of the country. The small town of Niobrara sits just outside the parks borders, while Valentine, NE is around 150 miles to the west. The South Dakota state line is the river, and the nearest larger town is Sioux City, Iowa, at over 130 miles to the east.

The park is comprised largely of grassland that covers the rugged bluffs that line the banks of the rivers. Numerous activities are available here, including hiking, biking, horseback riding, …

Palisades State Park, SD

57 RV rentals

Known for its vibrant Sioux quartzite formations, Palisades State Park is one of the most distinctive recreation areas in the state of South Dakota. Flowing through the 157-acre park is Split Rock Creek, which attracts thrill-seeking rafters as well as curious geologists. These rushing waters used to power a giant flour mill that was one of the main contributors to the development of the town of Palisades.

The park is a perfect getaway for anyone who loves RV camping, hiking, fishing, and kayaking, and its unique appeal is something photographers can’t hope to resist. The town of Garretson is a stone’s throw away, so there’s no need to worry if you need supplies, as you'll find grocery and convenience stores …