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 April 1 through October 31. 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

The Ritners

Meet The Owners:

The Ritners moved to Iowa in 2008 from Los Angeles, California. They fell in love with Chimney Rock Campground the first time they canoed here. Rod, Kathleen and Cody can be found milling around the campground along with their 2 dogs Cricket and Fat Walter. It’s going to be a great summer. We hope to see you at camp.

Iowa Rivers Named Among the Best in the Country

Iowa Rivers


Click the images to see inside each cabin.

Cabin 1 exterior
Cabin 1
Cabin 2 exterior
Cabin 2
Cabin 3 exterior
Cabin 3
Cabin 4 exterior
Cabin 4
Cabin 5 exterior
Cabin 5
Cabin 6 exterior
Cabin 6

This was a beautiful campground right on the river, with an awesome view of the cliffs. The stars were beautiful at night. Perfect for anyone with a telescope. You can tell the... read more

Brydon Hill Avatar Brydon Hill
October 23, 2022

I did on gravel it was my first night and so it's probably for the more robust camper the guy was very kind got me set up and that night... read more

Michael Lachance Avatar Michael Lachance
June 7, 2022

Beautiful campground right on the river, across from very scenic bluffs. The owners are great to work with. We come here at least once a year.

Jay Dennis Avatar Jay Dennis
May 24, 2024

star rating  If your looking for that small town charm and midwest hospitality this is not the place for you. The new California lady owner is mean! As a native to the... read more

Annie R
June 7, 2022

star rating  We have a large group of friends (50-70 depending on the year) that has been coming to this camp ground for over 20 years and we can say this year... read more

June 1, 2022

star rating  Today I went on my very first kayaking adventure. I had an amazing time. My friends and I were pulling in our own kayaks and almost finished. A lady who... read more

May 30, 2022

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