Learn about camping and boondocking in Iowa

Boondocking in Iowa!

Boondocking in Iowa remains a challenge due to the lack of federal recreation lands. There are no national forests, no BLM lands, not even any National Park Service lands. All dispersed camping is restricted to state wildlife management areas, state fishing lakes, and some county parks. There are casinos that generally allow RVers to remain parked on their parking lots for multiple nights.

Iowa Boondocking Map

This Iowa Boondocking Map contains locations of free boondocking and free campgrounds where bloggers and YouTubers have produced detailed reviews. Click on a map marker to access their reviews…

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Iowa Boondocking Maps

Places to Camp for Free in Iowa

Iowa State Camping Laws and Regulations

Iowa Rest Area Rules

Updated: April 5, 2024

Is overnight parking allowed at Iowa rest areas? How long can you stay at an Iowa rest area? Is camping...

Federal Lands in Iowa