Places to Camp near Centerville, IA

Centerville is the perfect place for adventurous campers and RVers. Aside from great camping spots, you'll find hiking and many more outdoor experiences. Thinking of traveling with kids? You're in luck—Centerville is surrounded by family-friendly activities. Get the dirt on all the best camping near Centerville. Browse campgrounds by amenities, site types, and more.

Best Camping Sites Near Centerville, IA (77)

    Camper-submitted photo from Island View Campground—Lake Rathbun
    Camper-submitted photo from Island View Campground—Lake Rathbun
    Camper-submitted photo from Island View Campground—Lake Rathbun
    Camper-submitted photo from Island View Campground—Lake Rathbun
    Camper-submitted photo from Island View Campground—Lake Rathbun
    Camper-submitted photo from Island View Campground—Lake Rathbun

    1.

    Island View Campground—Lake Rathbun

    6 Reviews
    23 Photos
    28 Saves
    Moravia, Iowa

    Overview

    Island View Park is located on beautiful Rathbun Lake, just nine miles northwest of Centerville, Iowa and 8 miles southwest of Moravia.

    Recreation

    The 11,000-acre lake provides a variety of fishing opportunities for any angler: Crappie, channel catfish, walleye and largemouth bass are most common. The prevailing winds on Rathbun Lake, also known as Iowa's Ocean, make it one of the best sailing lakes in Iowa.

    Facilities

    The 11,000-acre lake provides a variety of fishing opportunities for any angler: Crappie, channel catfish, walleye and largemouth bass are most common. The prevailing winds on Rathbun Lake, also known as Iowa's Ocean, make it one of the best sailing lakes in Iowa.

    Natural Features

    Rathbun Lake is situated in the gently rolling hills of the Chariton River Valley in southeast Iowa. The campground consists of open grassy areas dotted with trees. Bald eagles, white-tailed deer, Canada geese, wild turkey and other wildlife can be found at Rathbun Lake.

    Nearby Attractions

    The Rathbun Fish Hatchery is nearby, offering self-guided tours Monday through Friday year-round. Hundreds of thousands of catfish and walleye are produced here each year. Southern Iowa's only Off Highway Vehicle Park is just 20 minutes from the campground. It is located on the south bank of the South Fork Chariton River and encompasses nearly 125 acres in an abandoned rock quarry.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents

    $50 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Wapello State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Wapello State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Wapello State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Wapello State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Wapello State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Wapello State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Honey Creek Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Honey Creek Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Honey Creek Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Honey Creek Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Honey Creek Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Honey Creek Resort

    3.

    Honey Creek Resort

    6 Reviews
    31 Photos
    4 Saves
    Moravia, Iowa

    This recreation area is part of Rathbun Lake

    • RVs
    • Tents

    $40 - $49 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Honey Creek State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Honey Creek State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Honey Creek State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Honey Creek State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Honey Creek State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Honey Creek State Park Campground

    4.

    Honey Creek State Park Campground

    4 Reviews
    18 Photos
    25 Saves
    Moravia, Iowa

    This recreation area is part of Rathbun Lake

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from COE Rathbun Lake Buck Creek
    Camper-submitted photo from COE Rathbun Lake Buck Creek
    Camper-submitted photo from COE Rathbun Lake Buck Creek
    Camper-submitted photo from COE Rathbun Lake Buck Creek
    Camper-submitted photo from COE Rathbun Lake Buck Creek
    Camper-submitted photo from COE Rathbun Lake Buck Creek

    5.

    COE Rathbun Lake Buck Creek

    3 Reviews
    16 Photos
    9 Saves
    Moravia, Iowa

    Overview

    Buck Creek Campground is located on beautiful Rathbun Lake, just 9 miles northwest of Centerville, Iowa. Camping, boating, swimming, fishing, and picnicking are popular activities at this lakefront campground.

    Recreation

    The 11,000-acre lake provides a variety of fishing opportunities for any angler. Crappie, channel catfish, walleye, and largemouth bass are most common. Although power boating is also popular, the prevailing winds on Rathbun Lake, also known as Iowa's Ocean, make it one of the best sailing lakes in Iowa.

    Facilities

    The 11,000-acre lake provides a variety of fishing opportunities for any angler. Crappie, channel catfish, walleye, and largemouth bass are most common. Although power boating is also popular, the prevailing winds on Rathbun Lake, also known as Iowa's Ocean, make it one of the best sailing lakes in Iowa.

    Natural Features

    Rathbun Lake is situated in the gently rolling hills of the Chariton River Valley in southeast Iowa. The campground consists of open grassy areas dotted with trees. Bald eagles, white-tailed deer, Canada geese, wild turkey, and other wildlife can be found at Rathbun Lake.

    Nearby Attractions

    The Rathbun Fish Hatchery is located near the main dam, and offers self-guided tours Monday through Friday year-round. Hundreds of thousands of catfish and walleye are produced here each year. Southern Iowa's only Off Highway Vehicle Park is nearby. It is located on the south bank of the South Fork Chariton River and encompasses nearly 125 acres of an abandoned rock quarry.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Standard (Tent/RV)

    $22 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Bridgeview Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Bridgeview Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Bridgeview Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Bridgeview Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Bridgeview Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Bridgeview Campground

    6.

    Bridgeview Campground

    2 Reviews
    15 Photos
    11 Saves
    Moravia, Iowa

    Overview

    Bridgeview Park is located on beautiful Rathbun Lake, just 13 miles northwest of Centerville, Iowa. Camping, boating, swimming, fishing and picnicking are popular activities at this waterfront recreation area.

    Recreation

    The 11,000-acre lake provides a variety of fishing opportunities for any angler. Crappie, channel catfish, walleye and largemouth bass are most common. Whether power boating or sailing, Rathbun Lake, also known as Iowa's Ocean, has something to offer everyone. In particular, the water's prevailing winds make it one of the best sailing lakes in Iowa.

    Facilities

    The 11,000-acre lake provides a variety of fishing opportunities for any angler. Crappie, channel catfish, walleye and largemouth bass are most common. Whether power boating or sailing, Rathbun Lake, also known as Iowa's Ocean, has something to offer everyone. In particular, the water's prevailing winds make it one of the best sailing lakes in Iowa.

    Natural Features

    Rathbun Lake is situated in the gently rolling hills of the Chariton River Valley in southeast Iowa. The campground consists of open grassy areas dotted with trees. Bald eagles, white-tailed deer, Canada geese, wild turkey, and other wildlife can be found at Rathbun Lake.

    Nearby Attractions

    Southern Iowa's only Off Highway Vehicle Park is just three miles from the campground. It is located on the south bank of the South Fork Chariton River and encompasses nearly 125 acres of an abandoned rock quarry. The Rathbun Fish Hatchery is located near the main dam, and offers self-guided tours Monday through Friday year-round. Hundreds of thousands of catfish and walleye are produced here each year.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents

    $25 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Rebel's Cove Conservation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Rebel's Cove Conservation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Rebel's Cove Conservation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Rebel's Cove Conservation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Rebel's Cove Conservation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Rebel's Cove Conservation Area

    7.

    Rebel's Cove Conservation Area

    1 Review
    13 Photos
    5 Saves
    Centerville, Iowa

    Visit the Missouri Department of Conservation's website for more information.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Toilets
    Camper-submitted photo from Prairie Ridge
    Camper-submitted photo from Prairie Ridge
    Camper-submitted photo from Prairie Ridge
    Camper-submitted photo from Prairie Ridge
    Camper-submitted photo from Prairie Ridge
    Camper-submitted photo from Prairie Ridge

    8.

    Prairie Ridge

    1 Review
    15 Photos
    2 Saves
    Moravia, Iowa

    Overview

    Prairie Ridge Park is located 6 miles, SW of the Jct of Iowa Highway 5 and J18 at Moravia. Awesome Sunsets- No Extra Charge! Rathbun's off-the-beaten path park offers unique opportunities for lover's of the outdoors. Nestled between Buck Creek and Honey Creek, the high ridge offers wonderful vistas of the lake while surrounded by Iowa's Natural and enhanced prairie life community, with woodland draws and timbered hillsides.

    Recreation

    Prairie Ridge Boat Ramp is protected on three sides and has been long popular with both motorized craft and a launching area for wind surfers and catamarans. A courtesy dock with fish cleaning station aid families on and off the water.

    Facilities

    Prairie Ridge Boat Ramp is protected on three sides and has been long popular with both motorized craft and a launching area for wind surfers and catamarans. A courtesy dock with fish cleaning station aid families on and off the water.

    Natural Features

    Rathbun's most extensive trail, eight miles in length, takes hikers and bikers into Iowa's wild, and links to Iowa's Premier destination park at Honey Creek Resort.

    Nearby Attractions

    The park is within a few minutes of lake conveniences, bait, dining, and fuel. Rathbun's fish hatchery is open to the public on weekdays. Groups are encouraged to make appointments. 14 minutes west, on Hwy S70, one of Southern Iowa's best off-roading opportunities is at the 125 Acre Rathbun OHV Park. There's even a tot lot beginner's area. Search Rathbun OHV Park on-line for actual dates of operation and applicable rules.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group

    $25 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Thousand Hills State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Thousand Hills State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Thousand Hills State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Thousand Hills State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Thousand Hills State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Thousand Hills State Park Campground

    9.

    Thousand Hills State Park Campground

    8 Reviews
    34 Photos
    27 Saves
    Kirksville, Missouri
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Union Ridge Conservation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Union Ridge Conservation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Union Ridge Conservation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Union Ridge Conservation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Union Ridge Conservation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Union Ridge Conservation Area

    10.

    Union Ridge Conservation Area

    3 Reviews
    10 Photos
    20 Saves
    Kirksville, Missouri

    Visit the Missouri Department of Conservation's website for more information.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Tents
    • Toilets
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Frequently Asked Questions

What camping is available near Centerville, IA?

According to TheDyrt.com, Centerville, IA offers a wide range of camping options, with 77 campgrounds and RV parks near Centerville, IA and 1 free dispersed camping spot.

Which is the most popular campground near Centerville, IA?

According to TheDyrt.com, the most popular campground near Centerville, IA is Island View Campground—Lake Rathbun with a 4.5-star rating from 6 reviews.

Where can I find free dispersed camping near Centerville, IA?

According to TheDyrt.com, there is 1 free dispersed camping spot near Centerville, IA.

What parks are near Centerville, IA?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 5 parks near Centerville, IA that allow camping, notably Lake Red Rock and Saylorville Lake.