first visited Yellow River State Forest in Eastern
Iowa August of 2005, and was only the fourth
time we camped together. True to the spirit of
the Dampened Enthusiasts, when we arrived, it was
pouring down rain. We ended up staying in the
back of the wagon and set up camp the following
morning. Our explorations took us to the
nearby Effigy Mounds for a bit of hiking, but I
don't believe we made it to either Marquette and
MacGregor, Iowa, or Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin.
photos above are actually from our return trips in
2010. Once in early spring and then again that
fall. There are really four different
campgrounds, but we have only stayed in the Little
Paint Campground. We do have family members
that have used the Equestrian Campgrounds, and we
have driven through Big Paint, but that is the
extent of our knowledge of the camping facilities.
I do intend on returning and documenting the
facilities quite a bit more. Just keep in mind
that there are no modern restrooms or any electrical
sites. Also, if cell phone coverage is
important, you will need a signal booster, or you
may have to head to higher ground for coverage.
The red arrows on the map below indicate the
location and direction that the photos were taken. The
maps below are from June 2012. To check of
updated maps, or more information about this
campground, please visit the official website by
following the link below.
Yellow River State Forest