Acorn Valley Youth Camping Area

Published July 14, 2015

Johnston, Iowa - Nestled in the upland timber of Acorn Valley Campground at Saylorville Lake sets the perfect outdoor adventure opportunity for youth.  The site provides a remote setting for organized youth groups looking for an opportunity to tent camp without the impact of neighbors and experience a degree of primitive camping. Camping is for chaperoned organized youth groups only.  Group members must be under the age of 18 and the activity must be sanctioned by a recognized organization (Boy/Girl Scouts, 4-H, schools, churches, etc.)


Amenities of the Youth Camping Area

  • Electricity
  • Water hydrant
  • Group fire ring with benches
  • Campsite fire rings
  • Covered shelter with picnic tables
  • Campsites for 24
  • Accessible Design
  • Restroom and shower facility


Camping Rate & Youth Group Camping Season

There is a flat rate of $35/group/night.  A group can have a maximum of 42 persons.  

Recreational Season for the Youth Group Camp Area runs from Memorial Day through October 12th. 


Reserving the Youth Camping Area

You can reserve this site by either going online to or by calling

1-877-444-6777. Reservations can be made 12 months in advance of your outing. If you have any questions about the youth camping area you may also call the Saylorville Lake office at 515-276-4656 or visit the Saylorville Lake Administration Office at 5600 NW 78th Avenue Johnston, IA  50131.

For More Information

Saylorville Lake

(515) 276-4656.

NRRS Camping Reservations


Jeffery Inks

Release no. 15-046