Rock Creek State Park is comprised of 1,697 acres of land and a 602-acre reservoir (Rock Creek Lake) that is encompassed by the parkland. The park is situated in Jasper County, Iowa and near Kellogg City. For easy access to the park drive about six miles northeast of Kellogg. The park is also close to other cities like Grinnell and Newton. This park was officially dedicated as an Iowa State Park in 1952.
Several special features make Rock Creek State Park an attractive proposition for those that want to spend time doing some recreational activities. For starters, the park is a haven for lots of animal species including thousands of ducks, bluebills, teal, and mallards. The other attraction for some people are the hunting grounds that are managed by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources near the lakes furthest north end.
Other activities that make the Rock Creek State Park popular include fishing, boating, swimming, camping, bird watching, hiking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, ice fishing, and snowmobiling. These activities are made popular through the availability of several amenities at the park including picnic areas, several hundred campsites with modern restrooms and showers, a fishing jetty, a playground, open picnic shelter, multi-use trails, and a boat ramp.
If you have a dog, you can also bring them to the park at no extra cost. Having your dog, however, means that you will need to adhere to strict Iowa state park rules. Some of the rules that you should be aware of. First, you are not allowed to have your dog wandering in the park unleashed or not in a secure confinement. The dog's leash should be no longer than six feet long.
Furthermore, you should always maintain immediate control of your dog, and you should prevent your porch from wandering into the park unaccompanied. If you choose to camp in the park, you will be expected to have a maximum of only two dogs per camping tent/cabin/yurt.