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Chimney Rock Campground and Canoe Rental


 Chimney Rock is easily one of the most beautiful campgrounds in Iowa, and possibly the entire mid-west. Located in Cresco, Iowa, just 15 minutes north of Decorah. Featuring, 7 gorgeous cabins, as well as 30 campsites with electrical hook-ups, and 20+ primitive sites This small campground offers a relaxing, rustic country atmosphere.  In 2015 Chimney Rock was 1 of only 12 locations in Iowa chosen to be featured in an infomercial sponsored by Iowa tourism.  In 2016 the campground was listed in the Des Moines Register as 1 of the top 100 things to do in Iowa.

Looking for a little Adventure? Look no further, National Geographic’s Adventure Magazine has recognized canoeing the Upper Iowa River as one of the top 100 Adventures in the United States.

Kayaking the Upper Iowa

 This is the only location in the Midwest where you can float down river past 200 foot high bluffs. Take it from someone who loves to kayak, floating is one of the most relaxing ways to enjoy a day. Chimney Rock Campground, rents canoes, kayaks, and tubes for all your floating needs.

A hunting and fishing paradise. The campground is surrounded with both public and private hunting grounds, the area is a great place for deer, turkey and pheasant hunting. And just a short distance from cold water trout stream. The area has also been described as a “hot-spot” for both bass and trout fishing.


For the 2018 season, Chimney Rock campground, has 2 fun events planned. For the 4th of July weekend, they are planning karaoke night, a movie night, a midnight canoe trip, a hog roast with live entertainment, and of course fireworks!! (these activities are planned for July 7-9th) The second event is September 30th, and is the 17th annual Upper Iowa River clean up. Volunteers will be served a free breakfast, lunch, and have the opportunity to win several door prizes.(Canoes, and transportation will be  provided for this event)

Chimney Rock, is the perfect location for family fun. The campground has shower facilities, a sand volleyball court, a swimming area, kayak and canoe rentals, a picnic pavilion, a playground, and a newly expanded Rec room with video games and a pool table. A weekend at Chimney Rock, is sure to create memories your family will cherish forever.

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  1. So happy I found this website. I what too too thank you for this excellent read!!
    I certainly enjoyed every little bit of it.

  2. Great Article, look forward to checking this place out.

  3. Excellent blog, a friend shared your page with me, finally a site that features midwest adventures. sick of hearing all the big west coast adventures hikes. midwest has plenty of great hikes right here

  4. Paul BlackBrun

    May 18, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    Looks like a great place

  5. We had a blast canoeing the upper iowa and the campground was great to. Dude!I think I’m addicted to your site. We have visited every adventure on here except Missouri and Wisconsin. We just ran out of summer. Next year we will finish the list. I love all the hi quality content on here. Can’t wait to see where you send us next. Keep expanding man. The more adventures you share with me the more i get to travel.

  6. This looks so beautiful, I have to visit. Thanks

  7. This place is beautiful!

  8. This is my favorite campground in Iowa Debbie always does a great job keeping the place in order. Looking forward to visiting very soon.

  9. Just beautiful!

  10. We are adding Chimney Rock Campground to our summer bucket list. The campground is so beautiful!

  11. are these cabins available for rent in the winter as well?

  12. Iowa seems to be loaded with great camping locations. This is so pretty.

  13. Been looking for a nice place to camp, this looks awesome! Very cool.

  14. This place looks gorgeous!

  15. Wow this does not look like iowa were is the corn field?

  16. I spent most of my summers here. Brings back a lot of memories.

  17. Looks beautiful!

  18. we are visiting in 2 weeks, hopefully the river is down a bit so we can kayak.

  19. Great place to spend the summer.

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