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Little Paint Campground, Yellow River State Forest

3 Reviews

About This Campground

Department of Natural Resources

Campers can enjoy spending the night under the stars in one of the campgrounds in the Paint Creek Unit. Reservable campsites can be found in all four campgrounds. The Big Paint and Little Paint campgrounds are non-modern and have nonelectric campsites and vault toilets. The Little Paint campground…

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  • Drive-In
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  • Walk-In
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Site Types

  • Tent Sites
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For Campers

  • Trash
  • Picnic Table
  • Firewood Available
  • Reservable
  • Toilets
  • Pets
  • Fires


3 Reviews of Little Paint Campground, Yellow River State Forest

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James M.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2022

Great State Forest CG with trout streams

Stayed in 2 primitive tent sites: table, fire ring, shaded. Great sites for hat are all within walking to stocked trout streams! CG is in valley, cooled air, shaded, cold water streams to cool off. Pit toilets, trash bins, self registration with some sites reservable.

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Month of VisitAugust
Kerry M.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2021

Nice state forest with trout fishing

Iowa only has a few state forests and this one has something the others do not... trout fishing.

There are actually three campgrounds in YRSF... one on Little Paint Creek, one equestrian campground on Little Paint Creek, and a campground on Paint Creek. I have stayed at both non-equestrian…

  • Panorama from one of the overlooks at YRSF, showing the Paint Creek campground
  • Paint Creek campground from above
  • Camping at Little Paint Creek campground
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Month of VisitMay
Reviewed May. 21, 2021

A nice surprise in NE Iowa

This was a quick stopover so I can't comment on the park overall.  It is nestled in the woods not far from the Indian Mounds area in Iowa.  I stayed at Little Paint Campground.  There are pit toilets, but the water said not for drinking.  A small river runs by the camp.  The park has hiking and…

  • Little Paint Campground
  • Disability access for fishing
  • Foot bridge and river ford
Month of VisitJune


Little Paint Campground, Yellow River State Forest is located in Iowa

Detail location of campground


43.18123343731314 N
91.2327423345058 W

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