6 Best Winter Cabin Camping Spots in Iowa

By Brad Lane

6 Best Winter Cabin Camping Spots in Iowa

Don’t worry campers, you don’t have to stop your favorite activity just because it’s getting cold. Across Iowa, you’ll find cabin rental options that feel like they’re straight out of a fairytale. From lakeside retreats to KOAs that your children will love, here are the best winter cabin camping locations in Iowa. 

1. Foxtail Cabins, Moravia, IA

Relaxation waits for you at Rathbun Lake with the wide selection of domiciles made available through Foxtail Cabins. Featuring a range of rental properties, spanning from one-bedroom cozy cabins to rustic homes that can sleep up to 10 people, every cabin option at Foxtail comes with modern amenities and a great place to stretch out and play. While visiting Foxtail Cabins, be sure to take the time to check out Rathbun Lake and the amenities accessed at the shore. 

2. Horn’s Ferry Hideaway, Knoxville, IA

Set near the largest lake in the state of Iowa, Lake Red Rock, Horn’s Ferry Hideaway provides two luxury cabins to rent for the weekend or season. Horn’s Ferry Hideaway is squarely set between a wooded eagle and prairie and savannah refuge, providing quite the quiet and beautiful scenery to relax in. Each cabin at Horn’s Ferry Hideaway comes stocked with a king-size, comfortable bed, a living room with sofas and a fireplace, and a hot tub made for two to really top off the night. 

3. Iowa Cabin Rentals, Lansing, IA

Featuring a baker’s dozen of beautiful, Amish-made cabins and rentals, all with great views of the Mississippi River plain in northeast Iowa, Iowa Cabin Rentals provides perhaps the coziest cabins of all. The different cabins vary in size from one another, with large group accommodations available, and each cabin comes equipped with all the modern amenities you need to enjoy your vacation. The real appeal of Iowa Cabin Rentals comes from the front porch though, and the view it provides as the day passes by. 

4. Pine Lake State Park

Located just over an hour northeast of Des Moines, Pine Lake State Park offers the perfect getaway with four cabins available throughout the year. With an ability to sleep six people, and easy access points for those who are handicapped, the cabins at Pine Lake State Park are perfect for every member of the family. Featuring bedroom areas, a kitchen, and a roaring fireplace for the winter, no matter the season, you can find a great rustic retreat within the cabins at Pine Lake State Park. 

Christmas cabin with @darbyshaye and the turd on the couch. Hiding out from the world for a couple days.

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5. Waterloo/Lost Island Waterpark KOA, Waterloo, IA

This Waterloo KOA will be a paradise for kids as it has an island theme. So even in the winter time, you can pretend that the weather is a little warmer. There are several cabins available to rent, but make sure you book yours early! Their range of deluxe cabins can sleep anywhere from four to eight people and feature amenities such as full bathrooms, full kitchens, and more.  

Deck the halls and the Deluxe Cabin walls. #KOACamping

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6. Sherburne House at Springbrook State Park

Situated on 10 acres, the Sherburne House at Springbrook State Park in Guthrie Center can be reserved year round. The cabin features four bedrooms, three bathrooms, two living rooms, and a full kitchen. It sleeps 12 comfortably and makes for a great escape if you have a family or college reunion coming up. Tucked away into bucolic wilderness, you’ll love this getaway. 

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