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 2017 EVENTS

ALL SEASON LONG: Practice roping and sorting every Thursday evening/night in the main arena. Come join us $20.


JUST A REMINDER...if you have already made 2017 reservations in 2016 please confirm these reservations just to be on the safe side. Call Carolyn at 319.878.3888.


SpecialHey, Carolyn just called and said she had some cancellations thus there are Cabins still Available for the 4th of July Weekend! Just give her a call at 319.878.3888 and see what she has to offer. This is a rare chance to get a cabin and take in all of the Holiday Festivities that will be going on in the Villages of Van Buren. In fact, you should never assume that the cabins are all taken...give her a call and find out for sure.

Also, you will not go hungry at the campground as Mama Lisa's Cook Shack will be serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner all through the weekend and holiday.



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July 7th - 9th - All Around Ranch Horse Versatility Championship and All Around Youth Championship. Please note that these events are in a different time frame than in the past. You must be registered by July 1st to be entered.


July 9th - 14th - Youth Rodeo School. Call Chels at 309.368.4469 or Hailey at 309.368.9357 for details.


July 14th - 16th - Fourth of the Ranch Horse Show Series

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July 27th - Aug. 1st - Old Cowgirls Never Die

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


Sept. 6th - 9th - Tri State Rodeo and Miss Rodeo Iowa Pageant at Ft. Madison. River Valley is a quiet camping location only 25 miles away.


Sept. 15th - 17th - 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. 22th - 24th - Sixth of the Ranch Horse Show series. Jackpot sorting, roping, barrel racing, extreme trail course competition, dance, food concessions, and more.


Sept. 28th - Oct. 1st - BFMFRW (Bentler Family Memorial Fall Ride Weekend). Dance, trail ride, food, wine tasting, and more. An annual event you don’t want to miss!


Oct. 7th - Sixth Annual Fall Horse and Tack Consignment Sale. Gary at 309.268.6948 or Terry 309.657.1602. For your convenience there will be a riding horse preview.


Oct. 7th - 9th - Come camp with us for a long Columbus Day weekend.


Oct. 13th - 15th - Cornerstone Fellowship Ministry - All Girls weekend.


Oct. 13th - 15th - Check out the Van Buren Scenic Drive Festival.


Oct. 20th - 22nd - The finals of the Ranch Horse Show series. Don’t miss this final competition and awards. Don’t miss this Series Final Celebration...please join in.


Oct. 20th - 22nd - Welcome to ITREC!! Iowa Trail Riding Equestrian Challenges - Competitive trail challenges for all equine breeds, skill levels, and disciplines. For info call Terri Knipper at 319.560.1957.


Oct. 27th - Oct. 29th - The Spooky Halloween Weekend....trail ride, wine tasting, dance, contests, and much more fun. Don’t miss this last event of the season!


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

T. O. Haas Tire & Auto - Keokuk, IA - 800.257.5430

Big Bend Livestock Solutions - Keosauqua, IA - 319.293.9105

Shiloh Outfitters - Mt Pleasant, IA - 319.986.5156

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

Rhinestones and Rawhide - 319.430.1148


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