If you like organized activities combined with a lot of fun then join us for our special events....we'll be looking for you.

Special Events


Our goal for the River Valley Lodge and Campground is to provide a quality camping experience for you and your horse. For some, that means peace and quiet. For others, that includes organized events and the potential for a large gathering of horsemen, horsewomen, and horses.

This Special Events page will highlight an organized event open to anyone who would care to participate.

We hope to provide opportunities for everyone to enjoy, either quiet or a busy day of activities. You make the choice. 

We want Happy Campers and Happy Horses!


BOOKING NOW FOR ALL THE FOLLOWING 2021 EVENTS

JUST A REMINDER...if you have already made 2021 reservations in 2020 please confirm these reservations just to be on the safe side. Call Carolyn at 319.878.3888.


Special The Iowa Department of Transportation has announced that beginning April 7, 2021 through at least the end of June that Highway #2 between Farmington, IA and Donnellson, IA will be closed for the replacement of two bridges. Detours will be marked but we have also put together travel instructions and they are as follows. If you read our instructions and follow them your chances of having to turn around and back track should be much less. Drive safe.


If you are coming down Hwy. 27/218 from the north you should turn west on J40 which is after mile marker 26 but before mile marker 25. You will then go west on J40 for 8 miles where you will turn south on W46 and follow it for approximately 6 miles and you will reach a stop sign in Farmington, IA. Continue straight after the stop sign for 3 more blocks and then turn left just before the Des Moines River Bridge. Now continue on for approximately 1 mile and you will be at the River Valley Campground.

If you are coming up Hwy. 27/61 from the south (Missouri) you will need to exit and then turn west on Hwy. #136 (this exit is at Wayland, MO and you will see the Flying J Travel Plaza). Continue west on Hwy. #136 for approximately 8 miles where you will turn north on Hwy. #81 at Kahoka, MO. Continue going north for approximately 14 miles where you will stop and turn right on Hwy. #2 which is less than one mile from Farmington, IA. Turn right immediately after you cross the Des Moines River Bridge. Now continue on for approximately 1 mile and you will be at the River Valley Campground.

If you are coming from the Burlington, IA area on Hwy #61 (also called the “Fort Madison Bypass”) you should exit at exit #22 to (J40) which will take you through West Point, to Hwy. 27/218. You will then continue on J40 for 8 miles where you will turn south on W46 and follow it for approximately 6 miles and you will reach a stop sign in Farmington. Continue straight after the stop sign for 3 more blocks and then turn left just before the Des Moines River Bridge. Now continue on for approximately 1 mile and you will be at the River Valley Campground.

If you are coming from the Fort Madison, IA area turn right on X23 (at the top of the hill after you leave the west end of Fort Madison) and this will take you to West Point, IA where you will turn left on J40 which will take you to Hwy. 27/218. You will then continue on J40 for 8 miles where you will turn south on W46 and follow it for approximately 6 miles and you will reach a stop sign in Farmington. Continue straight after the stop sign for 3 more blocks and then turn left just before the Des Moines River Bridge. Now continue on for approximately 1 mile and you will be at the River Valley Campground.





July 16th - 18th - 4th Ranch Horse Show Series

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July 22nd - 27th - The “Old Cowgirls Never Die Get Together”.


July 24th - Southeast Iowa Working Horse Series by Cornerstone Horsemanship and Smok'n Gun Arena.

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July 30th - Aug. 1st - Field of Dreams Dash

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July 30th - Aug. 1st - All Around Ranch Horse Versatility Championship. This event has been a great success the last several years. Call Terry at 309.657.1602.


Aug. 6th - Aug. 8th - Cody Keller Horsemanship Clinic.


Aug. 13th - 15th - Fourth Wright’s Donkey Sorting Series and Barrel Racing.


Aug. 13th - 15th - Third River Valley Trail Challenge Series.  Call Gail Gray at 319.470.4529 for details.


Aug. 20th - 22nd - The fifth of the Ranch Horse Show series. Jackpot sorting, roping, barrel racing, extreme trail course competition, dance, food concessions, and more.


Aug. 27th - 29th - Back Up Rodeo (Women Only)...Sheri Dill-Billing shows you how to back up your trailer the correct way. Seminars, practice sessions, and competition with prizes!


Sept. 8th - 11th - Tri State Rodeo and Miss Rodeo Iowa Pageant at Ft. Madison. River Valley is a quiet camping location only 25 miles away.


Sept. 17th - 19th - Mule Festival at Kahoka, Missouri. Camp at quiet River Valley and take in this great event that is just across the state line. Entertainment Deluxe!


Sept. 17th - 19th - Scott Stokes from Tennessee will put on a Horsemanship/Trail Obstacle & Stockmanship Clinic.


Sept. 24th - 26th - Sixth of the Ranch Horse Show series. Jackpot sorting, roping, barrel racing, extreme trail course competition, dance, food concessions, and more.


Oct. 1st - 3rd - BFMFRW (Bentler Family Memorial Fall Ride Weekend). Dance, trail ride, wine tasting, food, and more. An annual event you don’t want to miss!


Oct. 9th - Tenth Annual Fall Horse and Tack Consignment Sale. Call Terry at 309.657.1602.


Oct. 8th - 10th - Cornerstone Fellowship Ministry Cowgirl Retreat - All Girls weekend. Call Greta Cummings at 319.931.1398.


Oct. 9th - Lockridge Rough Riders Fun Show.


Oct. 8th - 10th - Check out the Van Buren Scenic Drive Festival for a great time.


Oct. 15th - 17th - The finals of the Ranch Horse Show series. Don’t miss this final competition and awards.


Oct. 22nd - 24th - Wright’s Donkey Sorting Series Finals with season awards and Barrel Racing.


Oct. 22nd - 24th - Fourth River Valley Trail Challenge Series.  Call Gail Gray at 319.470.4529 for details.


Oct. 29th - 31st - The Spooky Halloween Weekend....trail ride, dance, wine tasting, contests, and much more fun.


Nov. 5th - 7th - An instructional retreat called "Let's Paint the Trails". A women's all inclusive trail riding and instructional painting weekend. For details call Sheri Dill-Billings at 641.919.4021.


More events and clinics to be announced as dates and details become available so check back at this website often.


A Special "Thank You" to our Sponsors

Keosauqua Vet Clinic, Dr. Bill Helling D.V.M. - 319.293.3580

Buford Dozing & Excavating - Bonaparte, IA - 319.470.1492

L & M Ranch - Knox City, MO - 660.341.8748

JMW Enterprises - The Original Gooseneck Easy Coupler - 319.931.5727

The Tack Room - Victor and Ashley Munford - Croton, IA - 319.795.4710

Shiloh Outfitters - Mt Pleasant, IA - 319.986.5156

Rhinestones and Rawhide - 319.430.1148


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