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Best Equestrian Sites Near Saylorville Lake, IA (10)

    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

    1.

    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

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      Dallas County Fairgrounds

      1 Review
      11 Saves
      Dallas Center, Iowa
      • Pets
      • Fires
      • Electric Hookups
      • Phone Service
      • Reservable
      • ADA Access
      Camper-submitted photo from Equestrian Campground — Elk Rock State Park
      Camper-submitted photo from Equestrian Campground — Elk Rock State Park
      Camper-submitted photo from Equestrian Campground — Elk Rock State Park
      Camper-submitted photo from Equestrian Campground — Elk Rock State Park
      Camper-submitted photo from Equestrian Campground — Elk Rock State Park
      Camper-submitted photo from Equestrian Campground — Elk Rock State Park

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      Equestrian Campground — Elk Rock State Park

      5 Reviews
      41 Photos
      Lake Red Rock, Iowa

      The equestrian campground features both electric and non-electric sites also. A modern shower building, horse stalls, hitching rails and a 100 foot by 200 foot riding arena are available.

      • Pets
      • Fires
      • Electric Hookups
      • Reservable
      • RVs
      • Tents
      Camper-submitted photo from North Equestrian Campground — Brushy Creek State Recreation Area
      Camper-submitted photo from North Equestrian Campground — Brushy Creek State Recreation Area
      Camper-submitted photo from Madison County Fairground Campground
      Camper-submitted photo from Madison County Fairground Campground
      Camper-submitted photo from Madison County Fairground Campground

      5.

      Madison County Fairground Campground

      1 Review
      3 Photos
      8 Saves
      Winterset, Iowa

      The Madison County Fairgrounds is a great place to camp during the fair or throughout the rest of the camping season. From tents to motorhomes, it is accommodating to everyone's needs. Non-Fair Camping

      The Madison County Fairgrounds camp site is open April 1 to November 1, except during the fair. The pricing and rules for dates outside of the county fair week can be found on the link at the bottom of the page. Reservations are not available during this period, but if you are interested in camping please call Matt Porter at (641) 728-4750.

      Fair Camping

      Camping at the fairgrounds during the Madison County Fair allows participants to stay close to the action while having a comfortable place to rest. See the following link for more specific information about fair-time camping regulations. Contact Chance Dullard at 515-468-5034 if you would like more information.

      NOTE: No campers, reserved or non-reserved, can be on the fairgrounds before 6:00 pm on the Saturday before the start of the fair. A charge of $50 per day will be given to those who violate this rule.

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

      $11 - $105 / night

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        Squirrel Hollow Co Park

        2 Reviews
        2 Saves
        Jefferson, Iowa
        • Pets
        • Fires
        • Electric Hookups
        • Phone Service
        • Reservable
        • ADA Access
        Camper-submitted photo from South Equestrian Campground — Brushy Creek State Recreation Area
        Camper-submitted photo from South Equestrian Campground — Brushy Creek State Recreation Area
        Camper-submitted photo from South Equestrian Campground — Brushy Creek State Recreation Area
        Camper-submitted photo from South Equestrian Campground — Brushy Creek State Recreation Area
        Camper-submitted photo from South Equestrian Campground — Brushy Creek State Recreation Area
        Camper-submitted photo from South Equestrian Campground — Brushy Creek State Recreation Area
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          Beach Campground — Brushy Creek State Recreation Area

          1 Review
          5 Saves
          Lehigh, Iowa
          • Pets
          • Fires
          • Electric Hookups
          • Phone Service
          • Reservable
          • ADA Access
        • 9.

          Double E LLC Camping

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          Knoxville, Iowa

          Located one mile North of Knoxville on a quite dead-end road. It is 2 miles from the Knoxville Iowa Racetrack, 4 miles from Elk Rock Equestrian Park, 4 miles from Red Rock public boat launch. Site has 50/30 amp. receptacles, and water hook. Traveling with your horses there is a fenced in accommodation for them next to the camp site. There is a shared firepit, and additional outside sitting.

          We do have a bunk house for additional sleeping with 2 separate rooms with air and queens size beds, you can rent separately or together. There is additional seating area in front. These units have no water or plumbing.

          • Pets
          • Electric Hookups
          • Reservable
          • RVs
          • Equestrian
          • Trash

          $50 / night

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            10.

            Singing Mesa Ranch

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            Lucas, Iowa

            At Singing Mesa Ranch, our goal is to be your favorite spot for horse boarding, camping and hitting the trails. Our focus is to create an inviting but small and quiet destination where family is welcome, folks respect each other and you can unwind. You don't have to have a horse to stay with us! Established in 2015, we have slowly built a small campground, opened our indoor stall barn, outdoor pens and uncovered paddocks to our campers and as a horse motel. We have a 60x90 insulated indoor arena, a heated stall barn with up to 8 stalls and a wash rack. We have 16 miles of maintained trails and acres of space to blaze your own path. In 2022, we added the outdoor arena which is 100x220 with cattle roping chutes and return. Looking for a travel stop while traveling through Iowa, we are 20 minutes East from I-35 at Osceola, 20 minutes South of Indianola and right on Hwy 65. Stop by with your camper or LQ and horses and stay the night with us. Our facilities are open year round.

            • Electric Hookups
            • Reservable
            • RVs
            • Tents
            • Equestrian
            • Showers

            $15 - $75 / night


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          According to TheDyrt.com, the most popular equestrian campground near Saylorville Lake is Ledges State Park Campground with a 4.5-star rating from 39 reviews.

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