Volga River State Recreation Area RV & Campground Guide


Located in Fayette, IA, Volga River State Recreation Area is one of the largest protected areas in Iowa. Inside the 5,500-acre recreation area are rolling hills with forests, valleys, a river, and a lake. During the warm weather months, visitors enjoy hiking and exploring the wooded area. If you love fishing, boating, and other water activities, the Volga River and the Frog Hollow Lake offers you a chance to enjoy so much of that. Just outside the recreation area, you can have more fun in nearby cities like Fayette, West Union, and Cedar Falls. 

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Spring 30-65 F
Summer 60-82 F
Fall 24-38 F
Winter 12-38 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Volga River State Recreation Area

With an RV, you'll have all the comfort you need while you stay in Volga River State Recreation Area. The recreation area has two campgrounds — Lakeview and Albany. If you don't own an RV, consider getting a rental through RVshare.com. All RVs you get through RVshare are insured, and you get roadside assistance to make your trip successful.

Lakeview Campground

Set a short distance from Frog Hollow Lake, Lakeview Campground is full of beautiful views. It is a great place if you want to enjoy sunrises and sunsets from the shores of the lake. There are shades for all campsites, and they are all set on grassy fields.

Thirty-four out of 41 campsites offer electric, water, and sewer hookups, while the remaining seven only hook up to electricity. There are vault toilets and a modern restroom, with a shower available, during the peak season. At the entrance of the campground is a dumping station to serve the whole campground.

From the campground, you are a short distance from picnic areas, the beach, boat launch, piers, and trailheads. If you are interested in hiking, the woods and prairies are also a short distance from the campground. If you visit Lake View Campground during summer, you need to reserve a campsite. For 30 of the 41 campsites, you have to reserve a site, but for the remaining 11, you try your luck by arriving early. The campsite can accommodate an RV or trailer up to 90 feet long. Nightly rates start at $19 with full hookups.

  • Water hookup: yes, on 34 out of 41 sites

  • Electrical hookup: available in all campsites

  • Sewer hookup: yes, on 34 out of 41 sites

  • WiFi: no

  • Pet-friendly: yes

  • Other amenities: damping station, modern restroom with a shower for peak season, vault toilet all year round

Albany Campground

This is an equestrian-friendly campground set in a wood-lined field. It offers a convenient launching spot for RV campers who need to explore the recreation area on horseback. From the campground are several trailheads. After the exploration, campers can relax at the banks of Volga River. At night, the throbbing sounds of the flowing river bring nature closer to your camp.

This campground has 34 campsites with electric hookups. There are facilities such as two vault toilets, picnic tables, and hitching posts. It is easy to park your RV at the site, seeing that the layout is straightforward with no turns. If you come with a horse, there are two manure bunkers, and you have to pick after your horse. Out of the 34 sites, you have to reserve 28 of them, while the rest are available as long as you get there early. RVs and trailers up to 90 feet can fit in the campsites. Nightly rates start at $19 with full hookups.

  • Water hookup: yes

  • Electrical hookup: yes

  • Sewer hookup: yes

  • WiFi: no

  • Pet-friendly: yes

  • Other amenities: damping station, vault toilet all year round, manure bunker for horse droppings, hitching posts, and picnic tables.

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What to Do at
Volga River State Recreation Area

Inside Volga River State Recreation Area

With 5,500 acres, Volga River State Recreation Area offers many opportunities for outdoor enjoyment. Those interested in hiking and sightseeing will have a great time exploring. It is also equestrian-friendly if you love exploring on horseback. Since both Volga River and Frog Hollow Lake fall within the boundaries, fishing and paddling are also popular. During winter, visitors come to go snowmobiling. 

Outside Volga River State Recreation Area

Do you have another week to spare on your exploration schedule? You can explore more areas in Fayette, Iowa, before driving your RV back home. The surrounding areas include many farming towns. Past the crop fields are rolling hills, wildlife, and pristine terrain you can explore.


Shrubb's Street Eatery

Located in Fayette, this eatery offers traditional American meals, desserts, and bubble tea, among others. Their signature dishes include Tempura Shrimp with Asparagus and Kappamaki roll with sushi rice.

Type: American, Korean

Location: 128 S Main St, Fayette, IA 52142


Located in Fayette, Primetime is a fast food joint, offering pizza, burgers, and French fries, among other fast meals. You can also enjoy wings, appetizers, sandwiches, and cold beer. 

Type: Fast Food

Location: 228 S Main St, Fayette, IA 52142


If you want a traditional American meal, Dotzy's has barbeque, burgers, French fries, and other such meals. Dotzy's burgers have been ranked among the top ten in Iowa in a couple of years. It is located in Elgin.

Type: American

Location: 240 Center St, Elgin, IA 52141

Gus and Tony's Town Café

Located in West Union, this is a breakfast and dining joint, offering burgers, French fries, salads, and sandwiches. This is a family-style restaurant, so do not hesitate to bring the kids.

Type: Breakfast

Location: 131 S Vine St, West Union, IA 52175

Barrel Drive-In

Located in West Union, this is another eating place that serves American burgers, breakfast meals, and so much more. While here, you can enjoy chicken and drinks with your family.

Type: Fast Food

Location: 204 IA-150, West Union, IA 52175


Vintage on Vine

This is a shop located in West Union. The shop offers used and vintage articles and consignments for locals and tourists in the area. 

Location: 120 S Vine St, West Union, IA 52175

Tindell Shoe Store

This shoe store claims to be a trendsetter in shoes. There are shoes for him, for her, and for kids. It is located in West Union.

Location: 100 N. Vine Street, West Union, IA 52175

Berry Nice Antiques in Strawberry Point

This is a gift shop with a host of items for locals and tourists. You can shop for gifts and so many other items from the store. It is located in Strawberry Point.

Location: 10162 360th St, Strawberry Point, IA 52076

Saboe Jewelry in West Union

Located in West Union, you can buy watches, necklaces, rings, and so many other items from this store. While there, you can request custom pieces of jewelry for yourself or as gifts for friends. 

Location: 102 S Vine St, West Union, IA 52175


Heaven Boutique Winery

Located north of Fayette, Heaven Boutique Winery allows you to explore Fayette's art, gifts, and wine. While headed to the winery, you get to explore the beauty of Fayette further. The winery produces select Iowa vintage and craft beers.

Location: 10408 Ivy Rd, Fayette, IA 52142

Gilbertson Nature Center

Located in Elgin, Iowa, this park is full of great things to explore, including a museum and a zoo. It offers displays on life in Northeast Iowa with mounts and live animals.

Location: 22580 A Ave, Elgin, IA 52141

Oak Creek Estate

This is an outdoor recreation area located in Hawkeye. Oak Creek Estate is a great place for weddings, picnics, and having a great time. The 72 acres of wooded terrain allows a lot of activities, including kayaking, canoeing, fishing, and tubing. There is free WiFi for all visitors.

Location: 25499 U Ave, Hawkeye, IA 52147

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How to Get to
Volga River State Recreation Area

You can drive to the Volga River State Recreation Area via Ivy Road, which further connects to highway IA – 150 through the 175th Street. Ivy Road will lead you to the park. Fayette is the nearest town off IA-150. 

Entering Volga River State Recreation Area

Entering parks in Iowa is free. You will only pay for any other amenities, such as water and electric hookups. Inside, you can hire boats and horses and any other water gear when you need to explore the park. The park is open for visitors from 4:00 a.m. and closes at 10:00 p.m. 

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