General Campground Information


We are still performing enhanced cleaning protocols throughout the park. We follow current CDC guidelines and masks are no longer required indoors but are recommended, especially for those not vaccinated. Thank you for your cooperation in keeping our staff safe which helps us stay open for everyone to enjoy!


Fishing is allowed in our two lakes and you do NOT need a fishing license! You can fish from the banks or rent one of our varieties of boats. We sell dew worms (night crawlers), red worms, wax worms, frozen chicken livers, frozen shrimp, and G&S cheese bait.


Rock Island KOA supports state and federal laws that prohibit the movement of all firewood that has not been kiln dried. Kiln dried wood is free from disease and infestation and is safe to transport. Rock Island KOA sells only kiln dried wood and allows campers to bring only certified kiln dried wood into the park or purchase it at the park.

Pool Hours

During the pool season our pool is available for use from 10am to 9pm daily with the exception of closures for weather, mechanical issues or special events.


You are allowed to bring in your boat without a fee, we allow only electric motors or manual propulsion. Gas engines not allowed nor can the engines be attached while in our lakes. It must be removed completely. We receive wildlife and wetland grants for maintaining the lands behind the campground, and they prohibit gas motors being used in our waters.

Check-in and Check-out Times

Check-in for all RV and tent sites is 2pm and all cabins is 3pm. Check-in for Deluxe Cabins is only during store/registration hours (closing at 6 P.M. winter and 8 P.M. summer). Please do not reserve a deluxe cabin if you cannot arrive by registration closing, as we have no mechanism for after hour check-ins. Check-out time for all sites is 11 AM.

Visitor Policy

Rock Island KOA charges a fee of $6 per person for all non-registered guests (visitors) entering the park. Refund is provided if the stay is under 30 minutes. Visitor fee allows the guest use of the facilities, like any other registered guest, for the entire day. Visitors are requested to leave the park by 11pm.

Store Hours

Our campground is open year round, so our store and registration hours change with the seasons. In season is from mid-May to mid-Sept, we are opened from 9am - 9pm daily. Our shoulder is April 1st to mid-May and mid-September to October 31st, with hours of 9am to 8pm. Our off season hours November - March we are open Monday - Sunday 9am to 6pm.

Quiet Hours

Quiet hours are from 11pm to 7am. Quiet does not mean absolute silence but does require that the sound level not disturb others in the park.

Meet Your Hosts

John and Carole Downing

The campground is loaded with children playing, and the KOA caters to them with activities and outdoor recreational attractions.

After 25 seasons and counting, the Rock Island KOA just continues to add improvements that campers enjoy.

"We are always looking for ways to improve the park and create an environment that allows our guests to fully enjoy the camping experience” John said. "Our local guests are the first to comment on the many changes that have occurred during our years of ownership."

People in the area commend them for their improvements, while the city identified their campground as an asset. When they bought their business, they were just looking to get into the campground market and thought a KOA franchise would be the best option.

The Downings enjoy seeing the many families that stay in their park and take advantage of all the great activities. "This is a total turnaround from before," John said. Today, the campground is loaded with children playing, and the KOA caters to them with activities and outdoor recreational attractions, as well as many local attractions.

John and Carole have three daughters, five grandkids and two great grandkids who help contribute many great ideas and some "interesting" ideas, such as free cake for everyone, everyday! We will let you guess which grandchild suggested that one...

"We look for appropriate ways to enhance our guest experience as we feel it is up to us to facilitate a great camping experience."