In a 2010 survey by Take Paws, 60% of pet owners included pets with travel plans. Pet owners include dogs in travel plans more frequently than other animals. The selection of pet friendly lodging at popular vacation destinations may be scarce. According to Statista, an online statistics portal, pet owners take animals on camping trips 36% of the time. The following four Northeast Iowa campgrounds welcome pets.
Pulpit Rock Campground: Pulpit Rock Campground is located along the Upper Iowa River in the town of Decorah, in Winneshiek County. The campground contains both tent and recreational vehicle sites. Canoeing, hiking trails, kayaking, modern showers/restrooms and playground facilities are amenities offered by the campground. The recreational area is walking distance to museums, shops and restaurants downtown. The campground is pet friendly; however, dogs must be under owner supervision on a leash at all times. Advanced reservations are not accepted. A map and additional information are available online.
Split Rock Park: Chickasaw County’s Split Rock Park, located 1.5 miles west of Fredericksburg, encompasses 80 acres in a serene natural conservation area. Bluegill, Channel Catfish and Largemouth bass are regularly caught in the 10-acre lake. Campground amenities include beach, boat ramp, hiking trail, modern shower/restroom facilities, playground, picnic shelters and a volleyball court. Dogs must be on a leash in public areas of the park. Browse the park’s website for reservation information.
Spook Cave and Campground: The campground and cave is located in the town of McGregor in Clayton County. The facility comprises a beach, a cave, fishing lake, game room, gift shop, hiking trails, modern showers/restrooms and a trout stream. In addition to the campground, cabins and huts are available for rent. Pets are allowed in the campgrounds, but not in the cabins. Owners must keep dogs on a leash when pet is outside tent or camper. Information concerning guided boat tours of the cave and reservation information is available online.
Volga River State Recreation Area: Fayette County hosts an awesome campground facility at Volga River State Recreation Area. The recreational area includes both primitive and modern campsites. Amenities include a lake and river for fishing, shower/restroom facilities, picnic shelter, biking, cross-country skiing, equestrian, hiking and snowmobile trails. Activities include bird watching, horseback riding and hunting is allowed during season. The recreational area is a perfect setting for a tranquil retreat with striking rock formations, old steel bridges and natural woodlands. Pets are allowed within the campground facilities; however, dogs must be on a leash in public areas. Further information is available online.
*Photo courtesy of Pups Camping by Dan Buczynski at Flickr's Creative Commons.