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Rock Creek Marina & Campground
3942 291st Street
Camanche, IA 52730
Go southwest of Camanche on Hwy. 67, turn south on 291st Street (at Wendling Quarry) and follow the road to the park.
•Modern & primitive camping
•Boat rentals (flat bottom, canoe, kayak, paddle boats)
•Two boat ramps
•Water (camper hookups/adapter, no sewer)
•Winter activities (ice fishing, snowmobiling)
Operating Hours & Seasons
•Reserved Electric sites - $18/night
•First come/first served Electric sites - $15/night
•Primitive sites - $10/night
Wood Duck (fully modern facilities): $50/night with $100 deposit
-- Sleeps 6-8, futon, table, loft, microwave, small fridge, 1/2 bath, heat/AC
Camping Cabins (6): $35/night with $100 deposit
-- Sleeps 4, microwave, small fridge, heat/AC
• Small boats <19 ft - $5/day, or
• Small boats <19 ft. - $300/season
• Pontoon - $400/season
• Houseboat w/o electricity - $475/season
• Houseboat w/ electricity - $600/season
• Flat bottom w/15 hp motor - $20/hr or $60/half-day or $110/whole day
• Canoe - $5/hr or $25/day
• Kayak - $5/hr or $25/day
• Paddle boat - $5/hr
Park is open year-round.
Camp store is open May-Oct.
Shower house is closed Oct-April.
Maquoketa Caves State Park
10970 98th St.
Maquoketa, IA 52060
E-mail address: Maquoketa@dnr.iowa.gov
The park is open, but the caves are closed.
Facilities and Activities
The unique beauty of Maquoketa Caves State Park provides a lovely setting for picnicking. A children's play structure is located between the campground and picnic area. There are two open picnic shelters which may be reserved online through the park reservation system.
The campground contains 29 campsites (17 have electricity) nestled among mature pine trees, complete with a modern shower facility. The fees vary depending upon the time of year and facilities available. Advance campsite reservations can be made through the park reservation system. Half of the campsites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Hikers can enjoy the scenery along the 6 miles of trails. The trails in the eastern part of the park connect the park facilities and provide access to the caves. Trail highlights include the dramatic "Natural Bridge" which stand nearly 50 feet above Raccoon Creek, 17-ton "Balanced Rock", and "Dancehall Cave." A trail in the western area of the park takes hikers past a restored prairie, an experimental oak savanna restoration and a wildlife food plot.
Maquoketa Caves is probably Iowa's most unique state park. Its caves, limestone formations and rugged bluffs provide visitors a chance to "step back" into geological time thousands of years. Caves vary from the 1,100' Dancehall Cave with walkways and lighting system to Dugout Cave. The remaining caves are all different sizes and shapes. Some can be explored by walking while others can best be seen by crawling. In any case, a flashlight and old clothes and shoes are most helpful.
The park contains more caves than any other state park in Iowa. A beautiful trail system links the caves, formations, and overlooks while providing an exciting hiking experience. Many areas on these trails have seen new construction, making the journey to the caves safer and easier. Trail highlights include the dramatic "Natural Bridge" which stands nearly 50 feet above Raccoon Creek, and the 17-ton "Balanced Rock".
The park has beauty all its own each season of the year. Spring wildflowers give way to the lush green growth of summer. Fall brings dramatic hues of yellow, gold and crimson. Snow transforms the park into a winter wonderland. Whatever the season, Maquoketa Caves has something special to offer.
The former Sager's Museum building has been converted into an interpretive center. This new facility contains detailed information about the geology of cave formations, park history, and a background of the early "inhabitants" of the park.
It also contains a "video tour" of the park, for those who are unable to withstand the rugged terrain that the park offers. This facility will be open on the weekends during the summer and by special arrangement with the park office.
Maquoketa is seven miles southeast of the park.