Best Camping near Mitchellville, IA

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Best Camping Sites Near Mitchellville, IA (104)

    Camper-submitted photo from Jester County Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Jester County Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Jester County Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Jester County Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Jester County Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Jester County Park

    1.

    Jester County Park

    27 Reviews
    45 Photos
    97 Saves
    Granger, Iowa

    Welcome to Jester County Park, a gem for campers looking for a mix of relaxation and adventure. This place has got it all, from hot showers to electric hookups, making it a comfortable spot for both tent and RV campers. You can even bring your pets along, and yes, you can enjoy a cold beer by the campfire since alcohol is allowed.

    The park is packed with activities to keep everyone entertained. There are hiking trails, a large playground for the kids, and even an equestrian center if you're into horseback riding. For those who love a bit of sport, there's a golf course and an archery range. In the winter, you can try your hand at snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. And if you're into wildlife, the nature center with bison and elk is a must-see.

    Located near Granger, IA, Jester County Park is just a short drive from the city of Ankeny, making it convenient for a quick getaway. The campground itself is nestled on the north end of Saylorville Reservoir, offering some beautiful views and a peaceful atmosphere. Some sites are shaded by numerous trees, providing a cool retreat during the hot summer months.

    Visitors have praised the park for its clean facilities and friendly atmosphere. The sites are spacious, with picnic tables and fire rings, and there's even a market on-site for any last-minute supplies. Whether you're here for a weekend or a couple of weeks, Jester County Park offers a fantastic camping experience with plenty to see and do.

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

    $20 - $25 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Yellow Banks County Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Yellow Banks County Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Yellow Banks County Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Yellow Banks County Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Yellow Banks County Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Yellow Banks County Park

    2.

    Yellow Banks County Park

    14 Reviews
    36 Photos
    94 Saves
    Pleasant Hill, Iowa

    Welcome to Yellow Banks County Park, nestled near Des Moines, IA. This spot is a favorite among campers for its spacious sites and friendly atmosphere. Whether you're pitching a tent or parking an RV, you'll find plenty of room to spread out and enjoy the great outdoors.

    One of the standout features here is the warm showers—perfect after a day of exploring. The campground also offers electric hookups, making it a convenient choice for RV travelers. Pets are welcome, so feel free to bring your furry friends along for the adventure.

    Fishing enthusiasts will appreciate the access to the Des Moines River and a nearby pond, which is home to bluegill and largemouth bass. If you're into hiking, the park boasts some wonderful trails that wind through the scenic landscape. And for those who enjoy a good campfire, firewood is available on-site.

    Visitors have praised the cleanliness of the campground and the friendliness of the camp hosts. The sites are either paved or gravel, making them accessible even for motorcycles. Plus, the proximity to the state fairgrounds is a bonus if you're planning to visit during fair season.

    Overall, Yellow Banks County Park offers a relaxing and enjoyable camping experience with plenty of amenities to make your stay comfortable. Whether you're here for the fishing, hiking, or just to unwind, this park has something for everyone.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Ledges State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Ledges State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Ledges State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Ledges State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Ledges State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Ledges State Park Campground

    3.

    Ledges State Park Campground

    39 Reviews
    57 Photos
    195 Saves
    Boone, Iowa

    Millions of years before the plains of Iowa were inhabited by the Sauk, Fox and Sioux peoples, much of the American Midwest was covered by a shallow inland sea. It was at this time that the area’s sandstone deposits began forming. Fast-forward to just 13,000 years ago, with the inland sea now long gone, Ice Age glacial meltwater raced across the dry plains, carving and scouring channels and canyons into the sandstone terrain. One of these canyons can be found in Iowa’s Ledges State Park. This 1,000-acre nature preserve and recreation area is located on a wide bend on the Des Moines River, and is just 40 miles north of the city of Des Moines. The park is subject to frequent flooding when the river breaches its banks, but is otherwise a popular year-round outdoor recreation destination. Visitors to Ledges can enjoy a variety of hiking, fishing and paddling opportunities, as well as explore a prehistoric river canyon that showcases nature’s ability to sculpt the landscape.

    The campground at Ledges State Park features 94 tent and RV sites situated among deciduous woods not far from the Des Moines River. Campers can choose from full-hookup, partial-hookup, or primitive tent sites. Most sites are back-in; only a few are pull-through for larger vehicles. Tent sites are located in both in the main camp area, and in a secluded walk-in area. There is also a youth group site. All sites are equipped with picnic tables, fire pits and cooking grills, and all have access to water faucets, flush restrooms, showers, and trash receptacles; a dump station is located near the campground entrance. The campground also features a kids’ playground, outdoor amphitheater, and is within walking distance of trails and picnic areas. Some roads and/or facilities may not be open or available in the winter. Reservations are accepted, however the park saves about half of the sites for first-come, first-served campers; sites are $11–$19/night.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $12 - $18 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Thomas Mitchell County Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Thomas Mitchell County Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Thomas Mitchell County Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Thomas Mitchell County Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Thomas Mitchell County Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Thomas Mitchell County Park

    4.

    Thomas Mitchell County Park

    11 Reviews
    57 Photos
    56 Saves
    Mitchellville, Iowa

    Thomas Mitchell County Park, nestled near Mitchellville, IA, is a gem for campers looking for a peaceful retreat with plenty of amenities. This campground operates from April 1 to November 1 and offers a mix of tent, RV, cabin, and glamping accommodations.

    One of the standout features here is the clean and well-maintained bathroom and shower facilities. Visitors have consistently praised the cleanliness, making it a comfortable spot for families and solo travelers alike. The campground also provides electric hookups, drinking water, and a sanitary dump, ensuring a hassle-free stay for RV campers.

    For those who enjoy outdoor activities, the park has a lot to offer. There's a creek running behind some of the outer loop sites, perfect for kids to splash around in. The park also boasts a fishing lake, a playground, sand volleyball, and several hiking trails. The main trails are wide and well-marked, with smaller paths branching off for those who like to explore a bit more.

    Campers have noted the convenience of reserving sites online, with QR codes available at each site for easy on-the-spot reservations. The camp hosts are friendly and helpful, often delivering firewood directly to your site.

    If you're looking for a quiet, clean, and well-equipped campground near Mitchellville, Thomas Mitchell County Park is a solid choice. Whether you're in a tent, RV, or just passing through in a van, this park offers a relaxing escape with plenty of activities to keep everyone entertained.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Prairie Flower Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Prairie Flower Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Prairie Flower Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Prairie Flower Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Prairie Flower Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Prairie Flower Recreation Area

    5.

    Prairie Flower Recreation Area

    15 Reviews
    44 Photos
    59 Saves
    Polk City, Iowa

    Overview

    Prairie Flower Recreation Area is located on the 26,000-acre Saylorville Lake Project, which stretches more than 50 miles up the Des Moines River Valley. The lake provides a wide variety of recreational activities, including boating, swimming, fishing, hiking and hunting.

    Recreation

    Visitors enjoy Saylorville Lake for its excellent boating, sailing, water skiing, windsurfing and swimming opportunities. Anglers will find walleye, wiper, largemouth bass, catfish, crappie and northern pike. The paved Neal Smith Trail winds 24 miles from Des Moines to Big Creek State Park and connects the campgrounds on the east side of the lake. It is designated as a National Recreation Trail and is used for biking, hiking, jogging, walking and in-line skating.

    Facilities

    Visitors enjoy Saylorville Lake for its excellent boating, sailing, water skiing, windsurfing and swimming opportunities. Anglers will find walleye, wiper, largemouth bass, catfish, crappie and northern pike. The paved Neal Smith Trail winds 24 miles from Des Moines to Big Creek State Park and connects the campgrounds on the east side of the lake. It is designated as a National Recreation Trail and is used for biking, hiking, jogging, walking and in-line skating.

    Natural Features

    Iowa's prairie heritage is celebrated in more than 40 acres of prairie plantings throughout the campground. The wide variety of grass and flowers provides vivid colors from mid-summer to fall. Wildlife is abundant throughout the project. White-tailed deer, turkeys, waterfowl and other small game animals roam the lands around the lake.

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

    $24 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Bob Shelter Recreation Area & Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Bob Shelter Recreation Area & Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Bob Shelter Recreation Area & Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Bob Shelter Recreation Area & Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Bob Shelter Recreation Area & Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Bob Shelter Recreation Area & Campground

    6.

    Bob Shelter Recreation Area & Campground

    15 Reviews
    71 Photos
    50 Saves
    Johnston, Iowa

    Overview

    Bob Shetler Recreation Area is located in the tailwater area below the 26,000-acre Saylorville Lake Project, which stretches more than 50 miles up the Des Moines River Valley. The lake provides a wide variety of recreational activities, including boating, swimming, fishing, hiking and hunting.

    Recreation

    Visitors enjoy Saylorville Lake for its excellent boating, sailing, water skiing, windsurfing and swimming opportunities. Anglers will find walleye, wiper, largemouth bass, catfish, crappie and northern pike. The paved Neal Smith Trail winds 24 miles from Des Moines to Big Creek State Park and connects the campgrounds on the east side of the lake. It is designated as a National Recreation Trail and is used for biking, hiking, jogging, walking and in-line skating.

    Facilities

    Visitors enjoy Saylorville Lake for its excellent boating, sailing, water skiing, windsurfing and swimming opportunities. Anglers will find walleye, wiper, largemouth bass, catfish, crappie and northern pike. The paved Neal Smith Trail winds 24 miles from Des Moines to Big Creek State Park and connects the campgrounds on the east side of the lake. It is designated as a National Recreation Trail and is used for biking, hiking, jogging, walking and in-line skating.

    Natural Features

    Large shade trees dot the open grassy areas of the campground, which offers excellent views of the Des Moines River. Most campsites are within easy walking distance of the shore. Wildlife is abundant throughout the project. White-tailed deer, turkeys, waterfowl and other small game animals roam the lands around the lake.

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

    $24 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Cherry Glen Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Cherry Glen Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Cherry Glen Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Cherry Glen Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Cherry Glen Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Cherry Glen Campground

    7.

    Cherry Glen Campground

    13 Reviews
    35 Photos
    33 Saves
    Johnston, Iowa

    Overview

    Cherry Glen Campground is located on the 26,000-acre Saylorville Lake Project, which stretches more than 50 miles up the Des Moines River Valley. The lake provides a wide variety of recreational activities, including boating, swimming, fishing, hiking and hunting.

    Recreation

    Visitors enjoy Saylorville Lake for its excellent boating, sailing, water skiing, windsurfing and swimming opportunities. Anglers will find walleye, wiper, largemouth bass, catfish, crappie and northern pike. The paved Neal Smith Trail winds 24 miles from Des Moines to Big Creek State Park and connects the campgrounds on the east side of the lake. It is designated as a National Recreation Trail and is used for biking, hiking, jogging, walking and in-line skating.

    Facilities

    Visitors enjoy Saylorville Lake for its excellent boating, sailing, water skiing, windsurfing and swimming opportunities. Anglers will find walleye, wiper, largemouth bass, catfish, crappie and northern pike. The paved Neal Smith Trail winds 24 miles from Des Moines to Big Creek State Park and connects the campgrounds on the east side of the lake. It is designated as a National Recreation Trail and is used for biking, hiking, jogging, walking and in-line skating.

    Natural Features

    Cherry Glen, the oldest and most popular campground on the lake, is nestled on a compact 13-acre wooded ridge. Wildlife is abundant throughout the project. White-tailed deer, turkeys, waterfowl and other small game animals roam the lands around the lake.

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

    $26 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Griffs Valley View RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Griffs Valley View RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Griffs Valley View RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Griffs Valley View RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Griffs Valley View RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Griffs Valley View RV Park

    8.

    Griffs Valley View RV Park

    8 Reviews
    27 Photos
    39 Saves
    Bondurant, Iowa
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $35 - $90 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Walnut Woods State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Walnut Woods State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Walnut Woods State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Walnut Woods State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Walnut Woods State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Walnut Woods State Park Campground

    9.

    Walnut Woods State Park Campground

    14 Reviews
    63 Photos
    90 Saves
    West Des Moines, Iowa

    Welcome to Walnut Woods State Park Campground, nestled near West Des Moines, IA. This spot is a favorite for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life without straying too far from urban conveniences. The campground is open year-round and offers a peaceful, wooded setting with plenty of shade, making it a great retreat in any season.

    The campground features paved, mostly level sites, though you might need a few leveling blocks for your RV. Each site comes equipped with a picnic table and a fire ring, perfect for those evening campfires. Some sites also offer water and sewer hookups, while all have 20/30/50 amp electric service. The amenities here are basic but well-maintained, including clean modern bathrooms, potable water, and a dump station.

    For those who enjoy hiking, there are trails nearby that follow along the Raccoon River, offering scenic views and a chance to stretch your legs. Just be prepared for muddy conditions if it’s been raining. Pets are welcome, but they must be kept on a leash.

    Visitors have noted that the sites are a bit close together, so you might get to know your neighbors a bit better than you planned. However, the overall atmosphere is friendly and laid-back. The park is also big-rig friendly, so feel free to bring your larger RVs.

    If you’re looking for a convenient, peaceful spot near Des Moines with basic amenities and a natural setting, Walnut Woods State Park Campground is a solid choice. Just watch out for those mosquitoes in the summer!

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Rock Creek State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Rock Creek State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Rock Creek State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Rock Creek State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Rock Creek State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Rock Creek State Park Campground

    10.

    Rock Creek State Park Campground

    18 Reviews
    38 Photos
    79 Saves
    Kellogg, Iowa

    Camp in one of several campsites near the park’s lake, featuring both electric and non-electric sites, a modern restroom and shower building. Several campsites sit on the water’s edge and provide beautiful views of Rock Creek Lake. One-fourth of the campsites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, and advanced campsite reservations through the online reservation system for Rock Creek State Park

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $6 - $12 / night

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Frequently Asked Questions

Which is the most popular campground near Mitchellville, IA?

According to TheDyrt.com, the most popular campground near Mitchellville, IA is Jester County Park with a 4.4-star rating from 27 reviews.

What parks are near Mitchellville, IA?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 4 parks near Mitchellville, IA that allow camping, notably Saylorville Lake and Lake Red Rock.