Spook Cave Campgrounds

Camping at Spook Cave Campgrounds Northeast Iowa

Apr 12, 2024

Situated at the foot of towering bluffs, this campground in Northeast Iowa is surrounded by beautiful beauty and features a trout stream and natural waterfall.

Whether you want to stay in a fully equipped cabin or rough it in a tent, Spook Cave offers lodging options for all budgets.

In any case, Spook Cave Campground have everything you need to have a wonderful time. We have lovely cottages and a campground that are ideal for gatherings with friends and family.

Fishing in the trout stream and Spook Cave Lake, swimming, canoeing, hiking, and lounging by the campfire are among the activities available at Spook Cave.

They also provide a wide selection of amenities, such as a fire pit, sand beach (for outdoor exploration), basketball courts, and playgrounds. They sell ice cream, snacks, drinks, and souvenirs at our store!

Spook Cave Campgrounds

At Spook Cave Campgrounds, you are surrounded by breathtaking natural scenery. Beautiful waterfall on property, with easy access to Bloody Run Trout Stream.

Select a roomy, full-hook-up campsite or maybe a log home with a view of the lake where they fish and swim. Every campsite and cabin is the ideal setting for creating lasting family experiences.

Kids love to camp next to the playground and volleyball court; the showers and all the activities of the gift shop and Spook Cave are across the stream.

Towering limestone bluffs, beautiful fall foliage, hiking trails, a swimming pond with a sandy beach, golf cart rentals, and a propane fill station are some of the area's other delights.

For evening relaxation, every campsite and cabin features a picnic table and fire ring. With their fiber optic wireless connection, you can upload and share all those photos from throughout the park.

You can also check out Best Camping Outdoor Activities for Kids and Adults while in Spook campground.


  • Planned Spook Cave & Campground events
  • Picnic Area
  • Lake fishing in underground streams
  • Charcoal grill
  • Hiking Trails
    • They have many trails for you to enjoy.
  • Waterfall
  • Spook Cave Lake
    • Enjoy swimming and fishing. They also have kayaks and a canoe for our guests to use.
    • Free to our guests staying with us. Please see the store for a day pass. They carry bait for all your fishing needs.
  • Bloody Run Trout Stream
    • You may fish with an Iowa trout stamp license.
  • Two playgrounds
  • Volleyball courts
  • Sand volleyball
  • GAGA Ball Court
  • Basketball court
  • Game room


Here is what you need to know in order to make a cabin or campsite reservation at Spook Cave & Campground.

Cabin Reservations

If you know what cabin you want to rent, go to the Cabin Page and click on the Book Cabin button for the cabin you want. There you can search for the date you want (or alternate dates) and make your reservation.

Cabin Reservations

If you want to explore what cabins are open for certain dates, use the general reservation link.

  • Enter the dates you want
  • Select "Cabin"
  • Click on "Search Availability"
  • A new screen will open with the list of available cabins. There is an option in the upper left to choose a new date.
  • Click on the "Select Rate" button for the cabin you want
  • Click "Add Rate" to add to your cart and continue

Campsite Reservations

Read through these instructions and then click the "Make a Reservation" button below to access the reservation system.

1. Enter the dates you want

2. Select "Site" for type of reservation.

3. Select type of unit and length.

4. Click on "Search Availability"

5. A new screen will open.

To search for a specific campsite on the dates chosen:

a. Click on "Use Interactive Map."

b. A map will open and you can choose your site and make your reservation.

c. If a site is whited out, it is not available for that date.

d. Click on "BOOK" from the pop up when you find the site you want. This will take you to the check out screen.

To search for any campsite for the date chosen:

a. Choose from the list of available hookup types.

b. If you don't find the hookup type you want, use the date picker to choose a new date.

b. Click on the "Select Rate" button for the hookup you want.

c. Click "Add Rate" to add to your cart and continue.

d. Spook Cave will assign your site.

What if it rains in the camp? You will be in the cabins right? Don't make it boring, Rainy Day Camping Activities with Great Fun will be ideal.

Spooktacular Cave Tours

The slow processes of nature have been developing the cave near McGregor for centuries and centuries, but it was opened suddenly by man.

Early settlers of Clayton County often referred to the strange noises coming from a hole at the base of the hill along Bloody Run Creek, but it took Gerald Mielke to make the discovery of nature's handiwork. These beauties are now available to the public.

Enjoy a Guided Boat Tour

Spooktacular Cave Tours

On a boat ride through Spook Cave, our tour guides tell about the discovery and development of the cave. Formations are also pointed out and described.

There is no walking involved though low areas in parts of the cave require extensive bending. The tour is underground and out of the weather where the temperature is always 47°F.

Cave Tour Information

Masks are recommended for participants on Cave Tours.

Cave Tours are held daily May - October but the schedule varies. See schedule below.

Reservations required on weekdays only in May, September & October due to limited staff. Book a tour!

All other days are First Come, First Served.

Pay at store - debit, credit card and cash accepted.

You can call the store at 563-539-4114 ASAP if you need to cancel a reservation.

Large groups call the store for rates and to book a tour.

Free picnic area available for cavegoers.

Bottom Line

When it comes to family getaways, you should start thinking of Spook Cave Campgrounds now. It will definitely be the coolest idea for family adventures.

Before you make your travel plans, probably this year or next year to make it your family-friendly destination, visit their official website for cabin rentals!

Do the needful before you head into the Spook Cave rd.

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