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.



April 2nd - 4th - Trail cleanup and course renovation. Volunteers are welcome and appreciated but please sign up with Cassie Baker at 641.680.0667. Free camping and food provided for volunteers.


April 9th - 10th - First River Valley Trail Challenge Series. Call Gail Gray at 319.470.4529 for details. Taste of the Country will be selling food this weekend.


April 9th - 11th - Boot Camp Clinic with Sheri Dill-Billings. Kick start your 2021 trail riding. Call 641.919.4021.


April 9th - 11th - First Wright’s Donkey Sorting Series with barrel racing.


April 17th - Dr. Bill from the Keosauqua Vet Clinic will be providing Vaccinations, Coggins tests, Castrations, etc. at reduced prices on the 17th. Also, both a farrier and an equine dentist will be onsite for your convenience. No appointment is required but would be appreciated. You can call ahead for a no waiting “fast pass”.


April 18th at Noon - Spring Horse and Tack Consignment Sale. Call Terry at 309.657.1602. Horse preview before sale.


April 23rd - 25th - Mounted Sheriff Patrol Group Rider Self Defense Course, Search and Rescue and First Aid. This is a “Hands On” clinic with limited sign up. Contact Carolyn at 319.878.3888 or Lala at 319.572.0370.


April 30th - May 2nd - Saddle Up for St. Jude. Includes trail rides, auction, dance, poker run, food, and much more.....and it is all for a good cause! Please bring an item for the silent auction. Special camping rates!


April 30th - May 2nd - Second Wright’s Donkey Sorting Series with barrel racing.


May 1st - Morning: Lockridge Rough Riders Fun Show. Afternoon: Kentucky Derby Party - Ladies wear your best “Derby Hat”.


May 7th - 9th - Camp Engage to the Next Level Clinic with Sheri Dill-Billings. Call 641.919.4021.


May 14th - 16th - 2nd Ranch Horse Show Series

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May 21st - 23rd - Iowa Ranch Horse Association two day show. For details call Jane Hatfield at 641.344.3083.


June 3rd - 7th - 14th Annual Cowboy Fun Colt Starting Competition. 1st prize of $2,000 cash. Peoples Choice Award, dance, wine tasting, food, cattle sorting, and more! Colts will be offered for sale after the event.


June 5th at 4:00 PM - Special Horse and Tack Consignment Auction. Call Terry at 309.657.1602


June 11th - 13th - Pony Express Weekend

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June 11th - 13th - Farmington Strawberry Festival (Pandemic Permitting)...come camp with us and enjoy the festival.


June 18th - 20th - Third of the Ranch Horse Show series. Jackpot sorting, roping, barrel racing, extreme trail course competition, dance, food concessions, and more.


June 18th - 20th - 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.


June 25th - 27th - Third Wright’s Donkey Sorting Series with Barrel Racing.


June 25th -27th - Second River Valley Trail Challenge Series.  Call Gail Gray at 319.470.4529 for details.


July 2nd - 4th - Obstacle/Trail Clinic. Contact Karen Brennan at 641.660.3812.


July 9th - 11th - Matt Fritz Family Horsemanship Weekend, three day help. Call Matt at 712.303.7707.


July 16th - 18th - The fourth of the Ranch Horse Show series. Jackpot sorting, roping, barrel racing, extreme trail course competition, dance, wine tasting, food concessions, and more.


July 22nd - 27th - The “Old Cowgirls Never Die” presents a great trail ride. For info call Laura at 563.210.3703.


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


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. 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. 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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