Rock Creek State Park RV & Campground Guide


Located just north of Kellogg, Rock Creek State Park offers amazing fishing and boating opportunities in Iowa's third-largest lake. Stop at the state park store to buy your snacks and bait before using one of the two boat ramps to launch your vessel. You can go camping while enjoying beautiful views of the water. Hike, bike, or horseback ride on the nearly nine miles of paved paths. If you like swimming, check out the beach. This park is located seven miles northeast of Grinnell, 25 miles south of Marshalltown, and 51 miles west of Des Moines.

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Spring 38-50 F
Summer 62-84 F
Fall 48-70 F
Winter 13-31 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Rock Creek State Park

You will love the atmosphere at this beautiful state park. With an RV you can enjoy the Rock Creek campground, or one of the nearby RV parks, in style. If you do not have an RV, get a rental through RVshare.com

Kellogg RV Park

Kellogg RV Park is conveniently located near the interstate, and it sits next to a great café and gas station. Rates start at about $35 per night.

  • Water hookup: Yes

  • Electrical hookup: Yes

  • Sewer hookup: No

  • Wi-Fi: No

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Other amenities: Showers, fire rings, laundry

Mariposa Park

If you are looking for a primitive camping experience where you are surrounded by beautiful scenery, then Mariposa Park may be perfect for you. It's about eight miles west of Rock Creek. At Mariposa Park, you can fish in the lake, watch the buffalo grazing, and hike on miles of trails at this campground where rates start at $7 per night.

  • Water hookup: No

  • Electrical hookup: No

  • Sewer hookup: No

  • Wi-Fi: No

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Other amenities: Lake, hiking trails, buffalo

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What to Do at
Rock Creek State Park

Inside Rock Creek State Park

The third-largest lake in Iowa is located at Rock Creek State Park. Naturally, Rock Creek Lake makes a wonderful place to go swimming, boating, and fishing. If you prefer to stay dry, you can enjoy beautiful views of the lake from the paved path where you may go hiking, biking, and horseback riding. Once winter arrives, the path makes a great place to go cross-country skiing, and you can go ice fishing in the lake as well. As for camping at Rock Creek State Park, the on-site campground borders the lake and includes electrical hookups and modern restrooms and showers.

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How to Get to
Rock Creek State Park

If you are coasting down Interstate 80, then it is easy to get to Rock Creek State Park by getting off at exit 173. Once you are on Highway 224 North, go through Kellogg, and keep going north for about six miles until you reach County Road F-27. Turn right, and go for about three miles; then, turn right to enter the park. 

Entering Rock Creek State Park

This park is open from sunrise to sunset.

Rock Creek State Park Per passenger vehicle : $0.0

Rent an RV on RVshare.com, or bring your own to explore Rock Creek State Park. After your trip, post about your memories on your social media! If you already have memories from visiting this state park, then share those, too. Be sure to tag RVshare, so we can see! You may also send your photos and stories to [email protected]. There is a whole lot of fun awaiting you when you visit this state park. You can find even more adventures in the surrounding areas, like Kellogg, Newton, and Grinnell.

Frequently Asked Questions About Rock Creek State Park

What is the best time of year to visit Rock Creek State Park?

Rock Creek State Park is a beautiful park to visit in the summer for fishing and boating opportunities. However, if you want cooler temperatures, visit in the fall and see the trees' leaves changing colors.

What is the climate of Rock Creek State Park?

Rock Creek State Park's climate experiences four seasons. Summer will be hot and muggy, with occasional thunderstorms. Fall and spring have more pleasant temperatures, and winter is often frigid and snowy.

What kind of wildlife can be found in Rock Creek State Park?

In the spring, catch sight of thousands of ducks migrating to their summer breeding locations. You'll also have the chance to see birds and butterflies throughout the park, with plenty of deer to see too.

Are there designated RV camping spots in Rock Creek State Park?

Rock Creek State Park doesn't have a campground, but the Kellogg RV Park is nearby. It has water and electrical hookups and is pet-friendly. Other amenities include laundry facilities, showers, and fire pits.

Are pets allowed at Rock Creek State Park?

Rock Creek State Park allows pets. If you bring your dog, they're welcome at all outdoor spaces throughout the park. Make sure they're on a leash, and you clean up after them.