Upcoming Events: Memorial day & beyond

Here's what's happening this month...

Saturday May 26 - Wine Tasting 6pm-8pm

Join us for our annual Empty Nest wine tasting party. We'll have snacks, give-aways, music, random people, campers, and lots of fun fun fun. it's being held behind the Quonset Hut on the lawn. All are welcome.

Saturday-Monday June 2, 3, 4 - Free Fishing in Iowa

Yep! You can fish anywhere in the state of Iowa for free. No fishing license needed. Don't miss the opportunity for free.

Saturday-Sunday June 22-23 - Campground Rummage Sale 9am-3pm

Need something for your camper? your home? your yard? Our Harvest Farm Seasonal site family will be hosting it's 2nd annual campground-wide rummage sale. Visit the sites with balloons to find your treasures.

Opening Day Update: May 4... it's official!


We're almost there...

Really, this time. It's been a wild winter ride this year, and, as usual, that spring ground hog is a liar liar stuck in mire. We are waaaaay past six more weeks of winter. And snow is still on the way...

Here's the story... On March 28, our Tentative Opening day was: Friday April 6th

April 2: We want to let you know that although we are anxiously working to open as soon as is super-humanly possible, we are now hunkering down for a snow storm headed our way tomorrow-followed by a week of below freezing temps and more snow expected on Sunday-Monday April 8-9th. YIKES!!

Target Opening day is now: Friday April 13, 2018.


April 10: Due to the unusual volume of weather-related difficulties we're experiencing this month, our opening wait time is now 6... no 13, no 20 days past our target of April 1. 

Target opening day is now: Friday April 20, 2018

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April 18: We regret to inform you that due to the current weather conditions--aka today's snow storm dumping 6-10" of new snow and freezing temps allowing it to pile up, we are adjusting the season opening date.

2018 Opening Day for Camping: (maybe) Friday April 27

Hopefully! We will email Seasonal Families in the event that we can open earlier.  it's inevitable now, as after today's snow, we are looking at a week of warm spring weather... plenty of time to get frost out of the ground and firm it up so we can get our camp on!

April 24: Believe it or not, the frost is still not out of the ground yet. And, we still have ice and snow covering various parts of the campground. In fact, the road to the landing is covered with ice--all the way down (sigh). We have never seen a winter hang on so long nor a spring come so late before. This is definitely the latest we've ever opened (heavy sigh). But, it's time to start camping. So...

It's Official: Opening Day: Friday May 4, 2017.

The end.

Freshening up for 2018


Freshening up for 2018

Everyone loves change, right? NOT. But we think you're gonna love our new e-look. Our fresh design lets us share new things with you more easily and more often. Like, now,

  • we can just pop in your joyous camping photos in our gallery. Hey! send us some.
  • we can update our weekend activities in the News & Events page. Great! you can plan ahead.
  • you can make your reservations online in our new & improved online res system. Yep! you can even make GROUP reservations there, too.
  • you can get answers to questions on our FAQ page. Sweet! you don't have to call to get more information.

Of course, one thing that hasn't changed is our busy camping season. So get your ducks in a row and make those reservations sooner than later. As always, we plan on opening at the beginning of April. And it looks like it just may be an early spring... so maybe March? We'll keep you posted.

We can't wait to see you
Think spring!

Annual 4th of July Fireworks


Two Fireworks Shows in 


    Saturday June 30 2018 & Saturday July 7 2018

Of course it’s on! This year, fireworks will be on Saturday June 30 2018 & Saturday July 7 2018 at dark (around 10pm). Before that, we’ll have our annual golf cart parade. In fact, we’ll have TWO parades.

 Daytime candy-throw parade

night-light parade  

Tell all your friends. Everyone welcome. Don’t miss the fun. See you there.

The River: fossils, fishing, fun

The Upper Iowa River is full of opportunity. It’s clean, it’s adventurous, it's new every day!

After a good rain (and we’ve had more than our fair share this summer), the water is so crystal clear, you can go to the landing and literally pluck a perfect fossil from where you stand, knee-deep, in the middle of the bed. 


When you want a new adventure, you can group up, spread out, paddle around, tube down, or just simply float the river, and enjoy friends and family and nature at your pleasure. It’s different every time.


Day or night, you can walk up stream or journey down, cast your line, and snag a fish: trout, bass, and, yeah, walleye too, from cold springs and crevices. You can snag multiple fish, there’s so many in there. 


Lots of newness for 2017


Lots of NEW in 2017 And it’s all good stuff.

1. We finished our new seasonal site section on the Ridge.  And it’s all filled for this season. Send in your app and get your name on the waiting list soon if you are interested in a seasonal site for next year. We fill vacant sites in the order your app is received.

2. We’ve been working hard this winter on all things Technology. Now you can make your reservations online. Go to the Reservations page and follow the prompts.

3. We changed up our web site, got a new look and feel.  We also added a few new pages. Check out our FAQ page and let us know what we’re missing. We’ll be adding information throughout the season.

We’re thinking it’s going to be an early opening this year. We’re aiming for the end of March. As soon as the roads firm up, we’ll be turning on the water and opening the gates. 

Stay tuned. You don’t want to miss a single day of camping.

See you soon.


New Seasonal Sites for 2017


Nestled on the beautiful bluffs of the Upper Iowa River, seasonal campers enjoy full hook ups with sewer, water, and 50 amp electricity. Also included: wifi, garbage pickup, concrete pads and patios, playgrounds, lawn care on 55 acres of luscious manicured lawns, full convenience store, beauty salon. 

Other campground amenities you’ll love: virtually bug free, great fishing, awesome canoeing, kayaking, and tubing, fun outdoor games, huge indoor family rec room, and the best seasonal site neighbors in Bluff Country! 

Get more details on the Camping page
Or call 563-883-8562 to talk to someone.

We’re Open: April 7


We're Open: April 7th 2017

We don’t care if it’s snowing. We’re camping now, cause it’s spring. Today we had three winters in the span of just a few hours. First it flurried, then It snowed, and finally we got a complete white-out. In-between each weather event the sun peeked out. The wind was ruthless. It was the weirdest day. 

But we worked through it all because… well, we’re open, now. The water’s on, the store’s open, and we’re working the wood for campfires.