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Camping Season/Fees

Howell Station
2020 Camping Season:

June 1 - October 19

Camping Fee:

Reservations Accepted: Yes
Phone: 1-877-444-6777

Boat Ramp Launch Fee:
*(free launch for registered campers in Corps parks and for America the Beautiful Senior/Acess Cardholders)

Howell Station Recreation Area

Howell Station Recreation Area is located below the Red Rock Dam on the north side of the Des Moines River. Howell Station is the largest recreation area at the lake managed by the Corps, providing 143 campsites. This area has access to the Volksweg and other hiking trails, boat ramp, fish cleaning station, playgrounds and shower facilities. All sites are reservable excluding sites #20, #22, #38, #48, #50, A1, A2, A3, #58, 84, and #137.

To make a reservation, please call toll free (877)-444-6777 or reserve on-line at  There is no additional reservation fee.  

Campground Map


Howell Station Recreation Area
1081 198th Place
Pella, IA  50219

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Contact Information

Fee Booth Hours:
9:00-11:00 a.m. & 3:00-8:00 p.m.

Corps of Engineers Office:
Phone:   (641) 828-7522 or (641) 628-8690