Frequently Asked Questions.
If you don't find your question or answer below, send us a message and we'll happily get it posted.
How do we reserve our sites together?
Easy. You can make a group reservation online or call us and let us know when you make reservations. Dave is a magician when it comes to making the map each weekend; he'll get you together. If you are making reservations online, there is a “special notes” field in the contact information where you can let us know any specific needs your group has.
You can request a group of sites for reservation, but all camp sites will allow you to arrange your campers and tents in a group. And all sites have water and electric hookups.
How do we reserve a specific site?
Hmmmm. You cannot reserve a specific site, but you can request it. We’ll do what we can to make it happen. Refer to the campground map for site #s and sections. Keep in mind if you make your reservation online, the site #s on the map do NOT correspond to the site #s you see on the reservation page in the "Type" column. No worries, just reserve the type of site you want (ie: Camper/RV - Tent - Tent w/ elec, Cabin) and let us know the specific site # you'd like.
Can we make reservations online?
Yes, click the Reservations link to reserve your site. You can even make group reservations online. And you can also let us know about any special requests or circumstances in the "special notes" field in your Contact Information form. We read every one!!
Why Don't the site #s online match the campground map?
Yeah, that can be confusing. When you make a reservation at Harvest Farm (either online or phone), you are just reserving a "type" of site (like, a Camper/RV site or Tent site or Cabin). The reason is because we make sure that groups-big and small-get sites together--we know that's important. So we actually assign the sites manually when we create a special map each week. That way we can accommodate every request.
We know it can be disconcerting that you can't reserve a specific site when you make a reservation. But please know that we look at the notes on EVERY reservation. so you can certainly request your favorite spot. We promise to do our best to get you in it. Remember, too, that every site here is a great site, so if it happens that don't get your request, there's a very good reason. We trust you'll bloom where you're planted...and probably let us know for the next time :).
Can we reserve a site with sewer hook-up?
No. Full hook-ups (including sewer & 50amp elec connections) are available with seasonal rentals and they are booked a year in advance. All other camp sites have water and 30amp electric hook-ups.
How do we get a seasonal site?
We have 89 seasonal sites: 41 Standard (purple) & 58 Premium (red) on the campground map. Seasonal contracts are renewed in October for the following season which starts around April 1st (you know why it's approximate:).
If you are interested in joining our awesome seasonal family, fill out and submit the seasonal site app. We'll get you on our waiting list in the order that we receive it. Although we don't always have a lot of vacated sites and we do have a long-ish waiting list, not everyone is ready for a seasonal site when they are called--for a billion different reasons. So, get your app in when you think you're moving in that direction.
When is check-in/check-out?
Campers & Tents
Check in - after 3pm*
Check out - by 2pm *
* Unless you make arrangements in the office (see also Question below: "What if the office is closed when we arrive?)
* Updated 8/1/2018
Check in - after 3pm
Check out - by 12pm
What are the office & store hours?
Monday-Thursday... 8am - 5pm
Friday-Saturday........ 7am - 10pm
Sunday.................... 7am - 5pm
We answer the phone and retrieve messages:
7 days/week: 7am - 10pm
What if the office is closed when we arrive?
Please let us know ahead of time if you will be coming in (or leaving) after hours. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 563-883-8562. We will happily make arrangements with you to check in to your site or check out as gracefully as possible.
Can we bring our pets?
Yes. Friendly pets are welcome, as many as you want, no charge. They have to be on a leash, though, and you must pick up after them. Pets are welcome in the cabins, too.
Can we bring a 4-wheeler?
No. Generally speaking, don't bring motorized vehicles other than the one you drive in. Golf carts and bicycles are great for tooling around the campground or driving up to the store for ice cream. But still, drive slow and be mindful of others. And, please… pay attention!
Can we bring wood?
Yes. You can certainly bring your own firewood for campfires. But if you don't want to shlep it in, we deliver firewood right to your site: $20/rack (small wheelbarrow full).
What do the cabins include?
Furnishings: Cabins feature a queen bed with linens, AC/heat, half bath, fridge, microwave, kitchen table & chairs. The loft also includes two twin beds w/ linens upstairs, lots of room for air mattresses or cots.
We provide cots upon request at no charge, and air mattresses of various sizes can be purchased in the store.
Kitchen: Cabins includes a charcoal Weber grill, picnic table, fire pit, two-burner electric cooktop, basic pots & pans with a few cooking utensils, dish soap & sponge, paper towels.
What should we bring to The cabin?
You should bring bath towels, charcoal, plates, eating utensils, napkins, food, and beverages. If you forget something, you can buy it at our convenience store-located in the barn at the entrance. We'll have everything you need, at resonable prices.
Can we do a WEDDINg or FAMILY REUNIOn at the campground?
Yes, we have special events here all the time. There are many options for hosting your gig at the campground. Weddings can be held outside at Eagle Point, in The Oaks, or by The Memorial Garden, or inside in The Quonset Hut. Group get-togethers are often held in the Quonset Hut.
The Quonset Hut is a large spacious building, like a bunker, with extra high ceilings. The back doors open into a large luscious green yard for canopy tents, socializing, and parking. The building includes wood-chip floor, special event lighting, a long bar serving table, picnic tables, spool tables, outlets, extension cords, grill, and parking. Rents for $25/hour or $250/weekend.
And don't forget to reserve camping sites and cabins for people who are staying the weekend to camp.
How long are the river trips?
Good question. It’s kind of a moving target depending on how much rain we get north of us, and how often it rains. But, normally, we have two floats:
Canoes and kayaks:
Short - 1.5 hour float (no paddling-puts in at 9' bridge)
Long - 4-5 hour float (puts in at Granger MN)
Medium 2.5 hour float (puts in at 9' bridge)
Do we need to reserve canoes, kayaks, or tubes?
Yes. You probably should if you are certain you want to get on the river. No deposit required. When the weather is good, everything is out on the river. So let us know what, when, and how many you need for your river trip.
When do the shuttles run?
Shuttles start after 10am. You can let us know when you want to get out on the river and we will schedule a shuttle and pick you up at your site around that time. We shuttle you upstream. Everyone ends at the Harvest Farm landing where you will pull your canoe, kayak, tube on shore and walk (or drive) back to your site.
What If we need to cancel my reservation?
Check our policies page below for cancellation info and other campground rules.
Where can we fish?
A lot of people fish right here at the landing. You can walk up or down stream and find plenty of smallmouth and rock mouth bass, trout, and even walleye. You can also shuttle up river in a canoe or kayak to Granger MN and fish on your float downstream.
Do we need a fishing license to fish?
Yes. The campground is located in Iowa, so if you fish around here or down at the landing, an Iowa license is required. Kids 16 and under are not required to have a fishing license.
You can purchase a license online and get it sent to your smart phone, or print it and bring it with you. Check out these sites for assistance: