Clinton County Conservation manages four beautiful campgrounds throughout the county.
Rock Creek Marina & Campground near Camanche is by far our most popular park. This is largely due to its location on the Mississippi River backwaters and the number of recreational activities and programs available at the park.
The park boasts a marina with private boat slips, fishing boat, canoe and kayak rentals, two public boat ramps, 85 campsites and seven rental cabins.
Rock Creek is more than just a campground and marina. The park is also home to the Mississippi River Eco Tourism Center. A wide range of entertaining and educational activities take place throughout the year at the center. The Eco Center hosts everything from children’s day camps to fishing tournaments to free Mississippi River Eco Cruises on the Blue Heron pontoon boat. The Eco Center is a multipurpose facility with a beautiful nature gallery, an 8,000 gallon river aquarium, a large rental hall and a camp store and cafe. The cafe serves up a varied menu of breakfast, lunch and dinner items for campers and the local community alike. I can’t imagine a better spot to grab a quick bite and enjoy the river view!
As you might imagine, operating a park on the Mighty Miss can be both a blessing and a curse. For the most part, the river has been very good to us, but this past year has been a difficult one to say the least.
According to the experts, the past twelve months have been the wettest on record. While we didn’t reach record river crest this spring, we did have the longest period ever with the river levels above flood stage. This caused the park to be closed for three months.
Then, just when we thought the water was receding and the flood was over, the river rose yet again! Crew spent hours pressure washing off mud, clearing debris and repairing campsites.
Fortunately, the parks cabins and the Eco Center are all elevated to avoid any flood related damages. We can quickly recover from any issues that flooding may cause. Cabins and campsites are once again available at Rock Creek.
For more information on Rock Creek, phone (563) 259-1876 or check us out on mycountyparks. com or at the Clinton County Conservation Facebook page. Better yet, come on down and see all that the park has to offer. Rent a cabin or a kayak, go on an Eco Cruise or just enjoy the morning on the Eco Center’s deck with a cup of coffee and one of our delicious fresh baked cinnamon rolls. If you’ve never been to Rock Creek, you’ll be amazed at all we have to offer.
Walt Wickham is the executive director of Clinton County Conservation.