Rock Creek State Park RV & Campground Guide

Iowa

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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Weather
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.

Outside Rock Creek State Park

Rock Creek State Park is located about equal distance from Grinnell and Newton, so you can find many places to dine and shop in the area. Kellogg often holds extraordinary special events, like car and family-fun activities. There are plenty of attractions that you will want to visit in Central Iowa. 

Restaurants

R & J’s Bar & Grill

If you want an excellent tenderloin sandwich or burger, then head to R & J’s Bar & Grill on Kellogg’s main street. You will love the small-town vibe of this location where meals are served all day long. 

Type: Pub

Location: 228 High St, Kellogg, Iowa 50135

Phillips 66 Kellduff 5C & 10C

If you are looking for some home cooking, a place to buy souvenirs, and need to get gas, then stop at Phillips 66 Kellduff 5C & 10 C. Try their burgers and spicy polish sausage.

Type: American

Location: 1570 Hwy 224 S, Kellogg, Iowa 50135

Iowa's Best Burger Café

Stop at the small Iowa's Best Burger Café for an outstanding burger with all the trimmings. Do not leave without trying their delicious ice cream.

Type: American

Location: 1570 Hwy 224 S, Kellogg, Iowa 50135

Dan’s Sandwich Shop

Sit at the counter or a backroom table at this diner where you can get a tremendous loose-meat sandwich. This restaurant has been delighting customers since 1926 when it was called Newton Maid-Rite. 

Type: American

Location: 215 1st Ave W, Newton, Iowa 50208

West Side Family Restaurant

Start your day right with a massive breakfast at West Side Family Restaurant, or come in for lunch or dinner. Their hand-cut steaks are delicious.

Type: American

Location: 229 6th Ave W, Grinnell, Iowa 50112

Shopping

The Farmer's Wife

Shop at The Farmer's Wife for home décor, like wreaths, candles, garden flags, and more, or choose one of their special creations, textile art poles, or a memorial plaque.

Location: 124 N 2nd Ave W, Newton, Iowa 50208

Relics LLC

You will want to shop Relics LLC often because the vendors are always offering new vintage and antique items. Their wide assortment of décor, tools, furniture, and collectibles is fun to explore.

Location: 103 1st Ave W, Newton, Iowa 50208

Crazy Redhead Quilting

Crazy Redhead Quilting offers all the supplies and fabric that you need to create your quilted masterpiece. They will gladly share their expert knowledge with you, so stop and visit them in their historic church location.

Location: 814 1st Ave E, Newton, Iowa 50208

The Dressing Room

Men, women, and children have been finding great new-to-me clothing at The Dressing Room for over 30 years.

Location: 322 S 2nd Ave W, Newton, Iowa 50208

Loralei's Gift Shoppe

Choose the perfect home décor and gifts from a selection of over 1,000 items at Loralei's Gift Shoppe.

Location: 816 Commercial St, Grinnell, Iowa 50112

Sightseeing

Iowa Speedway

Watch NASCAR races at the Iowa Speedway, which also hosts many special events throughout the year.

Location: 3333 Rusty Wallace Dr, Newton, Iowa 50208

Jasper County Historical Museum

The Jasper County Historical Museum is open from May to September. You can see industrial exhibits related to Maytag, the Vernon Company, and other entities along with agriculture and small business exhibits.

Location: 1700 S 15th Ave W, Newton, Iowa 50208

Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge

Learn more about the tallgrass prairie, oak savanna, and sedge meadow by stopping at the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge. Be sure to visit the visitors center to see the displays before heading down the hiking paths.

Location: 9981 Pacific St, Prairie City, Iowa 50228

Maytag Dairy Farms

Learn how blue cheese has been handcrafted for more than 80 years by visiting the Maytag Dairy Farms.

Location: 2282 E 8th St N, Newton, Iowa 50208

Centre for Arts and Artists

Visit with 10 working artists at the Centre for Arts and Artists. Take a class or buy art at this location. 

Location: 501 W 3rd St N, Newton, Iowa 50208

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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.

Per passenger vehicle : $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.