Welcome to Under the Stars @ Chimney Rock Campground!

Under New Ownership!

Chimney Rock campground is once again open to the public. Our property lies along the “Chimney Rocks” portion of the scenic Upper Iowa River in the driftless region of northeast Iowa. The Upper Iowa River has been recognized by National Geographic’s Adventure Magazine as one of the top 100 adventures in the United States. Located on a private farm, Under the Stars @ Chimney Rock offers a relaxing, rustic country atmosphere. This year we will be open from May 20 through September 19. We may also be open on a limited basis, and by advance reservation only, to fisherman, hunters and other nature lovers (hiking, biking, snowmobiling and cross country skiing), this fall and winter.

We are located just 15 miles from Decorah IA, 1½ hours from Rochester MN, LaCrosse WI, Marquette IA and Lanesboro MN, and just 2½ hours south of the Twin Cities and MSP airport. We’re also only 16 miles from Harmony MN which boasts a large Amish population and the Niagara Cave. 

We also offer Canoe and Kayak Rentals, Transportation of your canoes or kayaks if room available, Cabins, Electric site Camping, Primitive Camping, Flush Toilets and showers in the bath house, Porta-potties located in primitive areas, Dump Station for RVs, Fishing Ice, firewood available. Private livery fee for private kayaks or canoes

Rod & Kathleen Ritner

Meet The Owners:

Rod and Kathleen Ritner moved to Iowa in 2008 from Los Angeles, California. They fell in love with Chimney Rock Campground the first time they canoed here. They have 2 dogs Cricket and Fat Walter and many friends helping out at the campground. It’s going to be a great summer.

Iowa Rivers

Iowa Rivers Named Among the Best in the Country

    5 star review  Just returned home from a wonderful weekend at Chimney Rock Campground! The river was beautiful and the staff was friendly. Even after a mix up with then campsites it was... read more

    thumb Jennifer Bailey
    June 1, 2021

    5 star review  We have been at Chimney Rock Campground for a week. The owners allowed us to change a reservation by adding 2 days to the beginning of our stay and taking... read more

    thumb Dawn Ausenhus
    August 4, 2021

    5 star review  We rented a canoe from them on the Sunday after Labor Day. Some of the rental places had closed already for the year. The equipment was in good shape and... read more

    thumb Jeff Fugate
    September 16, 2021

    star rating  Great experience, office was lacking, but campground clean, bathrooms and showers in pole barn was super clean which was a huge relief to me! Staff were super kind and friendly,... read more

    kristib402
    August 16, 2019

    star rating  Chimney Rock Campground was exactly what this Family needed for our first camping trip! We stayed in the upper C campground, every spot is spread far apart for privacy. Yes... read more

    Lprunty1982
    August 4, 2019

    star rating  This is my 3rd year going and every year it keeps getting better and better. The staff are so helpful and nice and go beyond what there job is.... read more

    Yolanda P
    July 9, 2019

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