Discover Iowa's massive Elk Rock State Park, found in the forested shores of Lake Red Rock. This park provides all kinds of outdoor fun for people and their pooches year-round! Adding even more natural features to check out, the Des Moines River runs through the Elk Rock camping area.
You'll have your pick of 85 campsites, including equestrian lots and two shelters (though dogs are not allowed to stay in these structures). Electric hookups are offered at 22 sites, and there is an area dedicated only to youth groups. From May until September, nightly rates start at $11, but this drops down to $6 during the off-season. There is an automated firewood dispenser in the park, so be sure to check that out whenever you're in need of a wood restock! RVs can head to the dump station on the grounds, and drinking water is accessible via water hydrants.
While you're here, you're most likely going to find yourself hanging out near the lake -- which happens to be Iowa's largest! Here, you can canoe, kayak, swim, jet ski, and fish the days away. Just a reminder, our furry friends are not allowed in designated swim area, so you'll want to head to a different part of the shore to take Fido for a dip. Or, if you'd rather stay dry, take your four-legged pal for a hike on one of the many trails in the park. Making sure you have everything you need for your trip won't be difficult, as a town with a grocery store is less than 10 miles away.
Throughout your time at Elk Rock State Park, please obey regulations and keep your pupper on-leash at all times. It's also important to never leave your fur-baby unattended at a campsite. As always, do your part to keep the park lovely by always cleaning up your doggo's bathroom breaks and disposing of them in the proper places.
If you want to see the best of Iowa, be sure to come to this state park and experience this amazing forest, lake, and river.