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, bait, 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

    4 star review  LTE coverage. River is fun to kayak and tube down. You can put in to the river 1,2,3 or even 4 hours upstream and float back to the campsite. Campground is... read more

    thumb Russell Milles

    5 star review  We stayed over this last weekend June 2021 and it was such a wonderful experience! Everything from the booking, customer service, hosts, bath house, office, and most definitely the shuttles... read more

    thumb New Mom Goofin’ With Destiny

    5 star review  I was so happy when i heard they were reopening chimney rock campground. So we had to get out there as soon as possible. We coordinated a group... read more

    thumb Chad Blackford

    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


    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


    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

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