Welcome to Your Home Away From Home

Deer Run Resort is the #1 vacation destination for campers who want a campground that is a cut above the rest. In fact, at our Resort you won’t really be camping – you’ll be ‘glamping’. Rent a space in our Elkader RV park or reserve a campsite and settle in for the camping experience of a lifetime.

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About the Resort

Our gorgeous Resort is located in historic Elkader, one of The Nest magazines, ‘15 Little Known Midwest Towns Everyone Must Visit at Least Once’. We are family owned by Elkader and St. Olaf locals with strong ties to the area, and who enjoy welcoming visitors back year after year. Most of our guests come to us from Dubuque, Cedar Rapids, and Waterloo, but many come from much longer distances to enjoy our pristine, well-maintained campground and activities around the Resort. We welcome couples, retired folks, families, groups of friends, motorcycle clubs, … and more. Everyone is welcome and part of the family at Deer Run Resort.

In this time of heightened concern about health and safety, camping offers a welcome alternative for your family. Our facilities are clean, public areas are sanitized regularly, and we comply with all guidelines given by the State of Iowa regarding social distancing and COVID-19 protocols to keep our guests as safe as possible. We’ll treat you like family when you stay with us.


Take in the stunning scenery and abundant wildlife, such as whitetail deer, bald eagles, turkey and pheasants, at our RV campsite and in our cabin rentals in Elkader. Our RV Park offers the charms of camping in the wild with the convenience of shower and restroom facilities that make your stay pleasant.

Our amenities include:

  • A large lake for walking, and for fishing when it has been stocked. (Inquire for dates).
  • Picnic tables.
  • Wooded areas by the lake for seeing wildlife like foxes, deer and fawns.
  • Paved roadways and well-lit, hard-surface sidewalks.
  • A state of the art shower house with restrooms, soft water showers, in-floor heat and air conditioning for comfort all year around, and laundry facilities. This is also our storm shelter, if needed.
  • Firewood can be purchased by the wheelbarrow.
  • Paid wifi that supports streaming.
  • Guest services.
  • And more.

RV Site Rentals

At our Elkader RV Park, we offer 81 well-appointed concrete RV camping sites with plenty of space for even the largest RV rigs, with easy hookups for water and sewage. Each site has it’s own patio and firepit, and can be set up as a true home away from home.

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Cottage Rentals

While our entire facility is ‘next level’, you can’t beat the experience of staying at our Deer Run Resort Cottage. Our stone cottage sleeps up to 6 people comfortably and offers a private stay for couples, families, or groups of friends looking for a getaway.

Things To Do

Whether you prefer to stay in place and enjoy nature and the amenities at the campground, or get out for some outdoor fun, Deer Run Resort is the place to be. From hiking and bicycling trails to water sports, you’ll find something for the entire family.


Campers have the choice to dine in town at one of our many local restaurants, or to visit one of the many grocery and convenience stores for supplies to bring back and cook meals at the campsite.  


While alcohol is not sold on premises, there are numerous locations in Elkader and the surrounding area to either purchase it to bring back, or wonderful wineries and breweries to visit for a day trip.

Absolutely beautiful. Very well maintained lawn and flowers. Very clean and large shower house. Close walk to the public pool and park that offers a 9 hole disc golf course along with other park and recreational activities. A short walk along the river to the historical down town area that has some amazing shops. Loved our stay!

Jason R. ~Happy Camper

Open Year Round

Rent for a Day, a Week, or a Season

We are open from April 15th to October 15th each year, and are pleased to welcome our guests for daily, weekly, monthly or seasonal rentals. Be sure to watch our Facebook page for rental specials or openings that come up due to cancellations.

Upcoming Events

Be sure to check for events being held at Deer Run Resort or across Clayton County to know what’s happening during your stay, or, so you can book your trip for an event. There’s always something happening around the Resort!

A Glamper’s Paradise

Luxury RV Park in Elkader

Discover why many consider us the premiere location for glamping  and family camping in Elkader! We are constantly looking for ways to improve our facilities and offer more to our guests while maintaining the level of quality in our facilities that our guests expect. Can we reserve a spot for YOU?

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