Acorn Valley Campground and Camping

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About the Campground

Acorn Valley Campground is located on the 26,000 acre Saylorville Lake Project, which stretches for over 50 miles up the Des Moines River Valley. The mature Bur Oaks at the entrance to Acorn Valley seem to beckon you to come explore, and exploring is just what this campground has to offer! Located on 26 acres on the fringe of the upland timber, 79 of the areas 108 campsites are walk-in tent sites. A short hike through the timber offers picturesque views of the 6,000 acre lake. A wide variety of recreational activities are available. These include fishing for walleye, wipers, largemouth bass, catfish, crappie and northern pike. Nearby facilities include picnic areas with group shelters, boat launches, accessible fishing pier, river fishing, hunting for white-tailed deer, turkey, pheasant, waterfowl, and other small game. The 24-mile paved, multipurpose Neal Smith Trail runs from Des Moines to Big Creek State Park and connects the campgrounds on the east side of the lake, it is designated as a National Recreation Trail (no motor vehicles allowed) and is used for biking, hiking, jogging, walking, and in-line skating. Visit our website for more information

Services & Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Restroom
  • Accessible Showers
  • Comfort Station
  • Dump Station
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilet
  • Garbage Service
  • Gatehouse
  • Grills
  • Hiking Trail
  • Interpretive Programs
  • Picnic Tables
  • Playground
  • Potable Water
  • Recycling Center
  • Reservoir
  • Showers
  • Telephone
Within 10 Miles
  • Baseball Field
  • Boat Launch Ramp
  • Boating
  • Equestrian Area
  • Firewood
  • Fish Cleaning Station
  • Fishing Dock
  • Frisbee Golf
  • Golf
  • Group Shelter
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Nature Trails
  • Public Marina
  • Restroom
  • Sailing
  • Shooting Area
  • Swimming
  • Visitors Center
  • Volleyball
  • Water Skiing
  • Wildlife Viewing


Peak Season
May 27 2010 -
Sep 07 2010
WALK TO $12.00
Peak Season
May 26 2011 -
Sep 06 2011
WALK TO $12.00

Alerts and Important Information No alcohol. Reservations must be made at least 2 days in advance. Boats or extra vehicles are allowed only if there is sufficient room on the campsite. Tents may be placed on the grass adjacent to campsite spur. Camper must be 18 and over to make reservation and must be present during stay. Park reserves the right to cancel reservations. No out-of-state firewood allowed.

Campground Contact Information

Open From: Jun 16 2010 to Dec 14 2010
Reservation Phone: 877-444-6777
Campground Reservations: Acorn Valley
Campground Phone: 515-276-0429
Customer Service Phone:888-445-1474
Backcountry Permits Phone: 877-550-6777

Johnston, IA

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More About Acorn Valley Campground

Acorn Valley is a campground located in Johnston, Iowa. This is a US Forest Service campground. All reservations can be made by calling 1-877-444-6777.

To find this campground check the map shown above, or enter -93.72361 latitude, and -93.72361 longitude into your GPS device.

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