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Camp Crescent

Welcome to Camp Crescent! Set on the shoreline of beautiful Black Hawk Lake, we are a fabulous place to spend a family camping vacation.  Join us for days of boating and fishing on the lake, splashing in Speaker Park’s splash pad, biking the Sauk Trail or hiking through the reserve. Whether you tour the historical museum’s log cabin or play miniature golf along the shoreline of Black Hawk Lake, you’ll find plenty to love about our corner of Iowa.

If water fun is your passion, you will enjoy spending the day on Black Hawk Lake. We have four public boat ramps that give you quick access to the lake. If electric troll motoring is more your speed, nearby Arrowhead Lake offers a quieter boating experience. Both lakes provide the perfect spot for casting your line for walleye, crappies, bullheads, catfish, bass and bluegill.

If a day on the trail is what you are after, just head to the 33-mile long hard-surface Sauk Rail Trail or the self-guided nature walk through the Black Hawk Game Preserve on Stub Severson Trail.  Both give you an opportunity to watch our local wildlife. Home to several species of wildlife and wildflowers, you will find plenty to look at.

There is a public beach at the entrance to the camp for swimming along with sand volleyball and playground equipment. You will also enjoy attending our local activities including city-wide garage sales in May, Sip & Sample Wine Tasting in June, Stone Pier Concerts throughout the summer, July’s annual Summer Water Carnival, and the camp’s traditional Halloween-In-September event.

Local Interests
The charming lakeside town of Lake View offers fabulous attractions and recreational opportunities for the whole family.  From days of boating and fishing on the lake to exploring the Stone Piers, to enjoying the playground at Speaker Park, and playing games of mini golf at Boulder Beach, you will find plenty to see and do. Lake View has some terrific shops and restaurants along with a variety of special events hosted throughout the year.

Camp Crescent is a unique, family-friendly campground located on the shores of beautiful Black Hawk Lake in Lake View, IA. Operated by the City of Lake View, this municipal RV park is open from April 15 to October 1.  Limited service is available during the month of October, with the park closing completely on November 1.  We have great daily rates with a special for those that stay longer.  If you stay six nights, you get the seventh night free!

Camp Crescent has 161 reservable campsites, 28 non-reservable, and 3 cozy rental cabins. Of those 161 reservable sites, 86 of the RV sites are full hookups with water, 50 amp electric and sewer. There are 20 full hookup sites with 30 amp only electric with water and sewer; and 69 sites that offer just water and 30 amp electric.  We also have 4 sites that offer water and 50 amp electric.

Campers can choose from lakefront sites and non-lakefront sites. Set on thirty acres of land, our campground has plenty of open spaces for camping fun. You can head to the beach, go boating or swimming at Black Hawk Lake, play miniature golf on the shores of the lake, or hike the trails as you watch the birds and view the various wildflowers.

Tent campers are also welcome at Camp Crescent, with one tent per campsite. Two dogs per site are allowed, though we do ask our guests not to bring any aggressive dogs to the campground including Pit Bulls and Rottweilers. All pets must be kept on a leash while in the park, and be cleaned up after.


2022 Season Day Week
Basic – Water and Electric (30 amp service) $ 20.00 $ 120.00
Standard – Water and Electric (50 amp service) $ 22.00 $ 132.00
Deluxe – Full Hook-up (30 amp service) $ 22.00 $ 132.00
Premium – Full Hook-up (50 amp service) $ 24.00 $ 144.00
Camping Cabin – Sleeps 4 $ 50.00 $ 300.00


October 1/2 Price Camping:

  • Camping fees are 1/2 Price for October (Camping Season Ends November 1st).
    Running water may be shut off anytime between October 1st to the 15th, depending
    on the weather.
  • Cabins require a $50.00 Security Deposit, refundable if left clean and no damage.


Additional Information

  • Season Opens April 15th
  • Camp Crescent has a maximum occupancy of 10 persons per site (certain sites have a limit of 8)
  • Camping Cabin does not have running water!
  • Only registered campers are allowed in the campground after 10:00 PM
  • Pet Policy
    We allow a maximum of 2 pets per site (no additional cost). Pets must be kept on a leash not to exceed 6 feet. At all times and cannot be left unattended. No kennels, pet carriers only. Pet owners are required to clean up after their pets. In consideration of others, excessive barking will not be permitted. Due to the City of Lake View ordinance, the following dog breeds are not allowed – Pitt Bull and Rottweiler.
    Cancellation Policy
    A $5.00 fee will be assessed for any cancellation or change to a reservation.
    Refunds for cancellations are in the form of camping credits only. If a
    reservation is cancelled more than 72 hours before the reservation date, (this
    is 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday for a Friday check-in) camping credits will be received
    for the full amount. For reservations cancelled more than 24 hours but less than
    72 hours before the reservation date, one day of camping is forfeited and camping credits will be received for the remainder. For reservations cancelled the day of the reservation or the day before the reservation, two days of camping are forfeited and camping credits will be received for the remainder. Camping credits need to be redeemed in the same season they are issued.

Camp Crescent
1109 3rd Street
Lake View, IA 51540
(712) 657-2189

Directions –
From the North: Enter town on High Street, turn left at Third Street; follow Third Street as it gently turns north and follow to Camp Crescent entrance.
From the South: Enter town on High Street; turn right at Third Street; follow Third Street as it gently turns north and follow to Camp Crescent entrance.
From the East: Enter town on Highway 175; turn left on Lake Street; turn left at Third Street; follow Third Street and follow to Camp Crescent entrance.
From the West: Enter town on Highway 175; turn right on Lake Street; left onto Third Street and follow to Camp Crescent entrance.