Many camping opportunities present themselves in the tranquil and picturesque setting along the Iowa River. On the west side of town the Pine Ridge Camp Grounds provide water, electrical hook-ups, bathroom facilities, and hot showers at a very reasonable rate. All types of vehicles are welcome.

As you approach the campground you will pass the Iowa River Conservation Club, locally known as The Boat Club. On Sunday mornings from April through November members prepare and serve a scrumptious breakfast of homemade pancakes, eggs, bacon/sausage, juices and coffee in an atmosphere of hometown friendliness. All you can eat for only $5.00. Kids under 12, $2.00. The income from the breakfasts go to improve and preserve the natural splendor of the Iowa River Greenbelt.

Tower Rock, just a short way south of Steamboat Rock, provides facilities for camping, picnicking, fishing, and hiking. Tower Rock is a cliff in excess of 100 feet high and several hundred feet wide: an awesome location for pitching a tent. There are a number of sites for tents or trailers.

Pine Lake State Park, four miles south of Steamboat Rock, offers a wide range of outdoor recreational options: camping, hiking, canoeing, fishing, golf, many picnic shelters and a lodge, a swimming beach, biking trail, and much more. Camping at the north end of the park provides water, electrical hook-ups, bathroom and shower facilities for all types of camping from a pup tent to large trailers and motor homes.

Rock-n-Row Adventures
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Located near Eldora, IA

4 milese south of Steamboat Rock
14 miles Southwest of Wellsburg

Steamboat Rock and the adjoining area are blessed with an abundance of natural beauty from scenic woodlands to the river and lakes, all intermingled with natural rock formations such as Steamboat Rock, Tower Rock, and Falling Rock.


Iowa, around Steamboat Rock, is much more than just corn and soybean fields, cattle, and hogs  It

is a wonderful place to get away from it all. Canoeing and tubing down the Iowa River enables you to get away from the ordinary in just a few minutes. River journeys can last from one to two hours, to all day, to overnight excursions. Access to the river is at Iowa Falls, Cross' Ford, Hardin City bridge, Huis bridge, Steamboat Rock, and Pine Lake State Park. You can relax among the rolling hills, watch for beaver, great blue heron, king fishers, turtles, deer, and other wildlife.

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28536 160th Street, Iowa Falls, IA 50126


Endless Possibilities In Any Season

Walking • Running • Biking • Driving

The countryside around Steamboat Rock offers many interesting places to go, wildlife to observe, wildflowers to photograph, and even small sandstone caves to explore. The Wild Cat Trail area south of Steamboat Rock has a wonderful winding trail which gives access to the river and overlooks the river from high on the bluffs, brings you to Wild Cat Cave thirty feet up on the side of a deep steep canyon, and Rattle Snake Cave, a narrow vertical cave opening down behind the face of the palisades.

A bike/hiking trail connecting Steamboat Rock and Pine Lake State Park also meanders along the scenic Iowa River, Tower Rock, and around Pine Lake.

Other locations where the hiking trails beckon are: Head Quarters Segment, Hardin City Access, Eagle City Park, Sac/Fox Overlook, and of course, Pine Lake State Park. Even long time residents find new and exciting places to discover along the Iowa River.

Pine Lake State Park


Camping, Fishing, Hiking and Biking

Trails, Swimming and Boating

4 miles South of Steamboat Rock

Hunting & Fishing

Several good fishing areas are open to all who have a state fishing license. State regulations apply to catches on catfish and bass.

A small lake at the Pine Ridge Camp Grounds is very popular for crappie, blue gill and bass. It is also ideal for those who love ice fishing during the winter months.

You can enjoy the thrill of catching catfish, smallmouth bass, walleye, and northern in the Iowa River above and below the dam at Steamboat Rock.

The fishing is excellent at Pine Lake State Park. The upper lake was restocked in 1992. Catfish, walleye, northern, and largemouth bass are abundant. Winter time ice fishing is also popular.

Fish enthusiasts enjoy the monthly Fish Fry at the Wildlife Club south of Steamboat Rock the fourth Friday evenings from September to April (except December). All you can eat.

Most of the photos on our website are by Kitty Hemmen

Additional photos by David Folkerts, Ike Cramer and Terry Folkerts