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.

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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
June 10, 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 stopped in here late on the afternoon of July 3, 2021. She was just about to close the check-in cabin, where they stocked essentials and some new t-shirts with... read more

thumb Jazmine Keith
October 2, 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

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

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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