Visit one of the Iowa Great Lakes’ beautiful state parks!
Located throughout the Lake Okoboji and Spirit Lake area, several Iowa parks offer travelers and residents a number of places to picnic, fish and camp, and include boat launch areas, beaches, playgrounds and other things that outdoor enthusiasts would want. Below is a list of state park amenities offered around the Spirit Lake region. To reserve a park amenity, call the Iowa Department of Natural Resources at 1.877.427.2757 or contact Okoboji Tourism at www.vacationokoboji.com.
Elinor Bedell State Park – Opened in 1998, Elinor Bedell State Park is 80-acres located on the shores of East Lake Okoboji and was a generous gift to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources from Berkley and Elinor Bedell. Elinor_Bedell@dnr.state.ia.us.
Emerson Bay State Park – Located on the Southwest shore of West Lake Okoboji, the park features all the amenities for camping. For more information, call 712.337.3805
Gull Point State Park – One of Okoboji’s beauties offers camping areas and a restored rustic lodge that will seat 140 people, nestled in the surrounding Burr Oak Forest. Gull_Point@dnr.state.ia.us
Marble Beach State Park – Stretching for more than a mile on the west side of Big Spirit Lake, Marble Beach includes a campground region with 224 available sites, and offers a sandy beach for fishing and family water sports. 712.336.4437
Mini-Wakan State Park – Located on the north shore of Big Spirit Lake, Mini-Wakan State park offers a new large, enclosed shelter facility, a boat ramp and several areas to fish along the shoreline. Mini-Wakan also borders the area commonly referred to as “the grade”, which provides great shoreline fishing access.
Orleans Beach State Park, which borders the Big Spirit Lake spillway and is across from the Spirit Lake Hatchery, offers a long sand beach with off-shore diving platform, dressing area and restrooms.
Pikes Point State Park is located 2-1/2 miles southwest of Spirit Lake on the northeast shore of West Lake Okoboji and offers an open shelter, complete with fieldstone fireplaces. A dock is available for boat landing. Restrooms and parking off Lake Shore Drive.