Meadow Lake Facts

Peaceful, secluded and very clean private campground seemingly miles from nowhere yet within easy driving distance from Cedar Rapids, Iowa City and the Quad Cities.  

The 1895 red barn is the first thing you see turning into the half mile lane.  Follow the gravel road to the lake and campground in the ‘back 40.’

Parents and children are welcome to use the merry-go-round, playground equipment and shady picnic tables. Plenty of room for games of softball, volleyball, tether-ball and horseshoes. 

Recently added is the adventure of exploring trails through our 23 acre native timber. The challenge for you, your young ones and friends, is to hunt for mushrooms, identify native trees and bushes and find the old ‘Jesse James sawmill’.  It is rumored that the hidden sawmill provided the lumber for a local barn that Jesse and his gang spent the night in.



Meadow Lake offers fishing and camping and provides restrooms, hot showers, laundry facilities, and a cabin rental.  Also a Recreation Hall with pool tables, a saloon piano, and an old fashioned jukebox (that sometimes works and sometimes doesn’t).  Mostly our campers enjoy casual socializing with each other around a campfire and occasional potlucks.

Meadow Lake is well stocked annually with catfish complementing an abundant supply of almost native bass and bluegills. Campsites with full hook-ups are grassy, open or shaded, near the lake, in the woods, or on a hillside overlooking the entire campground.  Most of our members leave their campers year-round?



In the local area: The Badlands golf course is across the road (only ¼ mile away),  Cedar River (4 miles), and in Tipton (only 5 miles): Happy Joe’s Pizza, Hardees, other local restaurants, grocery stores, Wal-Mart, Cedar Lane Bowl, churches of all faith's, and the only stop light in Cedar County.

Sound like a place you would like to visit?  If so, please call Harlan at (563) 343-7464 for rates and availability.


 Davenport  35 Miles N.W.
 Iowa City  27 Miles N.E.
 Tipton  5 Miles S.E.
 Wilton-Muscatine  8 Miles N.W.
 I-80 exit 271  7 Miles N.E.