Top Pet-Friendly Camping near Vinton, IA

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Best Pet-Friendly Camping Sites Near Vinton, IA (86)

    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Macbride State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Macbride State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Macbride State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Macbride State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Macbride State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Macbride State Park Campground

    1.

    Lake Macbride State Park Campground

    25 Reviews
    86 Photos
    78 Saves
    Coralville Lake, Iowa

    Named after Thomas Macbride, the “father” of Iowa conservation, Lake Macbride State Park is a popular lakeside destination with family friendly outdoor activities. Several multi-use trails wind around the lake, featuring the sights and sounds of Iowa’s native birds. In the summer, soak up the sun by kayaking, paddling or swimming in the lake. Whether you’re visiting for an afternoon or a weekend, Lake Macbride features numerous amenities to enjoy year round.

    Camp in one of the two campgrounds at Lake Macbride. A modern campground is located in the northern unit of the park with full and electric hookups, a shower and restroom, and a trailer dump station. One non modern campground can be found in the southern unit of the park with a beautiful shaded setting near the lake. Some campsites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and advance reservations can be made through the online reservation system for Lake Macbride State Park.

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

    $9 - $19 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Six Pines Campground — Backbone State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Six Pines Campground — Backbone State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Six Pines Campground — Backbone State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Six Pines Campground — Backbone State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Six Pines Campground — Backbone State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Six Pines Campground — Backbone State Park

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    Six Pines Campground — Backbone State Park

    29 Reviews
    114 Photos
    104 Saves
    Dundee, Iowa

    Located about an hour’s drive north of Cedar Rapids, Backbone State Park is Iowa’s oldest state park. Established in 1920, it was named for a narrow limestone ridge—the Devil’s Backbone—along the Maquoketa River. At its founding, it was one of the largest state parks in the U.S. to offer camping, picnicking and hiking opportunities. Since that time, the park has expanded to 2,100 acres—almost double its original size—and offers even more opportunities for locals and visitors to get outdoors and enjoy some time in nature. Whether it’s wandering the woods, fishing on a quiet creek, lounging by the lake, or just napping in shade under a swinging hammock, there’s something for everyone here.

    The two campgrounds at Backbone State Park offers 125 campsites for tent and RV campers. The large South Lake Campground has nearly 100 sites, about half with electrical hookups, with flush toilets and showers. The smaller Six Pines Campground has 27 primitive tent sites with vault toilets. Most sites are open and grassy, but there are plenty of shade trees around. Both locations have drinking water faucets and trash receptacles; a dump station is located at the South Lake Campground. The park also offers a few 1- and 2-bedroom cabins for those visiting sans tent or RV; bedding not provided. Many sites and facilities are ADA accessible. A small store in the park sells bait, firewood and some concessions. Reservations are accepted, but some sites are held open for first-come, first-served campers. Seasonal campsite rates range from $6–$16/night; cabins range from $50–$100/night.

    There are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy at Backbone State Park. The park features several playgrounds, picnic areas, an outdoor auditorium, and a museum. More than 21 miles of multiuse trails explore the woods and waterways within the park. Taking a hike or ride is the best way to see some of the park’s natural rock features, including the Stone Arch, Balance Rock, and the Devil’s Backbone. In winter, many of these trails are open for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. Swimming, paddling and boating can be enjoyed on Backbone Lake, with kayak and canoe rentals available from the park, and angers can fish for trout on the creek out of Richmond Springs. And rock climbers will find several challenging routes on the park’s many limestone cliffs.

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    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Sugar Bottom Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Sugar Bottom Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Sugar Bottom Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Sugar Bottom Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Sugar Bottom Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Sugar Bottom Campground

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    Sugar Bottom Campground

    23 Reviews
    66 Photos
    84 Saves
    North Liberty, Iowa

    Overview

    The Sugar Bottom Campground is located on the shores of Coralville Lake. The Coralville Lake Project is a multipule use project providing primary benefits in flood control and low flow augmentation, and secondary benefits in recreation, fish and wildlife management and forest management. Coralville Lake provides many recreational opportunities, including boating, camping, hiking, mountain biking, lake and river fishing, swimming, water activities, picnicking, and hunting.

    Recreation

    Visitors enjoy Coralville Lake for boating, fishing, swimming and water activities. Anglers will find large and smallmouth bass, crappie, walleye and catfish. Hiking and mountain biking are popular activities in Sugar Bottom. Several trails are within Sugar Bottom, including the Cedar Valley Nature Trail, Sugar Bottom Mountain Bike Trail, and a barrier-free asphalt trail.The Sugar Bottom Disc Golf Course is located in the Sugar Bottom Day Use Area and offers 18 partially wooded and open holes. The Sugar Bottom Mountain Bike Trail is located in the Sugar Bottom Day Use Area and offers beginner to expert trails.

    Facilities

    Visitors enjoy Coralville Lake for boating, fishing, swimming and water activities. Anglers will find large and smallmouth bass, crappie, walleye and catfish. Hiking and mountain biking are popular activities in Sugar Bottom. Several trails are within Sugar Bottom, including the Cedar Valley Nature Trail, Sugar Bottom Mountain Bike Trail, and a barrier-free asphalt trail.The Sugar Bottom Disc Golf Course is located in the Sugar Bottom Day Use Area and offers 18 partially wooded and open holes. The Sugar Bottom Mountain Bike Trail is located in the Sugar Bottom Day Use Area and offers beginner to expert trails.

    Natural Features

    Coralville Lake is located in the Iowa River Valley, just north of Iowa City. The Sugar Bottom Campground lies among a heavily wooded forest of mixed hardwood species on the east side of the lake. Wildlife is abundant throughout the project. Whitetail deer, turkeys, pheasants, waterfowl, song birds and other species roam the lands around the lake.

    Nearby Attractions

    The Devonian Fossil Gorge is 10 miles away, just below the Coralville Dam. It offers a unique opportunity to explore a 375-million-year-old sea floor and discover fossil remains of sea life that once inhabited this tropical marine environment. Twenty Discovery Points can be found throughout the site. Iowa City/Coralville offers the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, University of Iowa campus, hospital and clinics, numerous restaurants and shops as well as Coral Ridge Mall. Cedar Rapids has wonderful cultural, historic and ethnic attractions such as The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library and is the home of the Kernels Professional Baseball Club. West Branch boasts the Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and Presidential Library/Museum. At Amana Colonies visit seven quaint villages with outstanding restaurants, wineries, historic sites and specialty shops. Kalona is known as the __?______?__?__?__?Quilt Capital of Iowa__?______?__?__?__? and is home to an Old Order Amish and Mennonite Community.

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

    $24 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area

    4.

    Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area

    5 Reviews
    3 Photos
    49 Saves
    Shellsburg, Iowa
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $11 - $16 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Waterloo - Lost Island Waterpark KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Waterloo - Lost Island Waterpark KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Waterloo - Lost Island Waterpark KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Waterloo - Lost Island Waterpark KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Waterloo - Lost Island Waterpark KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Waterloo - Lost Island Waterpark KOA

    5.

    Waterloo - Lost Island Waterpark KOA

    10 Reviews
    18 Photos
    39 Saves
    Evansdale, Iowa

    Welcome to the Waterloo - Lost Island Waterpark KOA, a fantastic spot near Waterloo, IA, that offers a little something for everyone. Whether you're rolling in with an RV, pitching a tent, or looking to stay in a cozy cabin, this place has got you covered.

    One of the standout features here is the proximity to the Lost Island Waterpark, just across the road. Perfect for families looking to add some splashy fun to their camping trip. If waterparks aren't your thing, there's a lovely beach by a pond right on the campground where you can swim or just relax by the water.

    The campground itself is well-maintained with plenty of pull-through sites, making it big-rig friendly. Each site comes with a picnic table and a grassy area, and most have full hookups. The staff here are known for being friendly and helpful, which always makes a stay more pleasant.

    For those traveling with pets, there's a fenced dog park where your furry friends can run around freely. Kids will love the playground, and there's even a small boat rental if you want to paddle around the pond. The convenience store on-site is well-stocked with essentials like ice, beer, snacks, and even a milkshake machine.

    Visitors have mentioned that the bathrooms and showers are generally clean and well-kept, though they can get a bit messy at times due to high usage. There's also a laundry room, though it might need a bit of attention occasionally.

    Overall, the Waterloo - Lost Island Waterpark KOA is a great place to stay, whether you're just passing through or planning to explore the area. With its range of amenities and friendly atmosphere, it's a spot you'll likely want to return to.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
  1. 6.

    BEYONDER Getaway at Lazy Acres

    5 Reviews
    7 Photos
    21 Saves
    Vinton, Iowa

    BEYONDER Getaway at Lazy Acres, has been under BEYONDER Camp management since August, 2022 and previously known as Lazy Acres Rv Park, has been in operation since 2016!

    You will soon find that BEYONDER Getaway Lazy Acres is not just an overnight stop, but fun for the entire family. With entertainment such as a Miniature Golf Course, Splash Pad, Frisbee Golf, various Outdoor Games, and a Fishing Pond with Gazebo. For even more fun try our sand Volleyball Court, Basketball Court, Horseshoes, Paddle Boats, Turbo Bikes, Train Rides and Shopping Cart Rides (on Saturday) for the kids. There is a wide variety of custom made playground equipment throughout the park. Lazy Acres RV Park is built for family fun offering a wide variety of recreational fun for your entire family!

    BEYONDER Getaway at Lazy Acres is big rig friendly with a total of 92 long spacious sites. All sites have picnic tables and fire pits. Groups are welcome with a nice banquet/meeting room available and a covered pavilion. We have Group sites available that will hold 4 RVs parked in a circle with 4 picnic tables and a large fire pit in the center of the site.

    Free WiFi is available throughout the park. Lazy Acres features sparkling clean handicap accessible restrooms with changing tables. Laundry facilities are provided for our guests and the park has a small store with a essentials. The park also offers 3 waterfront cabins on the banks of our gorgeous fishing pond and 3 tent sites are available with electric.

    BEYONDER Getaway Lazy Acres is located near Urbana, Iowa with Easy I-380 On & Off Access at Exit #41. Urbana is mid-way between Waterloo and Cedar Rapids. Call (319) 443-4000 today to make your reservations.

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

    $20 - $65 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Pinicon Ridge Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Pinicon Ridge Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Pinicon Ridge Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Pinicon Ridge Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Pinicon Ridge Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Pinicon Ridge Park

    7.

    Pinicon Ridge Park

    9 Reviews
    27 Photos
    28 Saves
    Central City, Iowa
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • ADA Access
    • RVs
  2. 8.

    Amana RV Park & Event Center

    9 Reviews
    23 Photos
    12 Saves
    Amana, Iowa

    The Amana RV Park& Event Center is a quiet place for a scenic getaway or long term stay. Offering large, level sites, free wi-fi, laundry facilities, LP service and close proximity to shops and restaurants, the park is a great location for your visit to the Iowa City or Cedar Rapids area. Plenty of festivals and events close by all season to keep you entertained! Open April 1st to November 1st.

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

    $25 - $42 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Rodgers County Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Rodgers County Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Rodgers County Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Rodgers County Park

    9.

    Rodgers County Park

    3 Reviews
    4 Photos
    10 Saves
    Vinton, Iowa
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from F. W. Kent Park
    Camper-submitted photo from F. W. Kent Park
    Camper-submitted photo from F. W. Kent Park
    Camper-submitted photo from F. W. Kent Park
    Camper-submitted photo from F. W. Kent Park
    Camper-submitted photo from F. W. Kent Park

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    F. W. Kent Park

    13 Reviews
    32 Photos
    94 Saves
    Oxford, Iowa

    Welcome to F. W. Kent Park, a fantastic spot near Oxford, Iowa. This place is a favorite among locals and visitors alike, offering a peaceful retreat with plenty of space to spread out. The campground is known for its quiet atmosphere and beautiful natural surroundings, making it perfect for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle.

    One of the standout features here is the spacious campsites. Whether you're in an RV or pitching a tent, you'll find plenty of room to relax without feeling crowded. The park is also big on amenities, with drinking water, electric hookups, showers, and toilets available. Pets are welcome, so feel free to bring your furry friends along for the adventure.

    The park itself is a haven for nature lovers. There are wildflowers everywhere, and the lake is a serene spot for kayaking or just enjoying the view. The walking bridges around the lake are not only picturesque but also have interesting historical tidbits to read. If you're into hiking, there are easy trails that wind through the park, offering a great way to explore the diverse habitats, including forests, prairies, and wetlands.

    For those interested in activities, there's plenty to do. You can paddle, fish, hike, or even take a swim at the beach. The park also has a conservation education center that offers seasonal programs, adding an educational twist to your visit.

    Visitors have praised the park for its well-maintained grounds and the variety of activities available. It's a great spot for a quick getaway or a longer stay, with the added bonus of being close to the Amana Colonies for a bit of local culture and history.

    So pack your gear, grab some firewood, and head over to F. W. Kent Park for a relaxing and enjoyable camping experience.

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

    $20 / night

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