State Park Facilities

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.

STATE PARKS

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.

AMENITIES

Spirit Lake/Orleans

Highway 9 Bridge
US 71
Spirit Lake, IA
Features – Fishing shoreline, boat ramp, restrooms

Ithsmus Park
North shore of East Okoboji Lake

State Fish Hatchery
140th St.& Pioneer Dr.
Orleans

Arnolds Park

Boater’s Access
US 71
Arnolds Park, IA
Features – Fishing shoreline, boat ramp

Clare Wilson Park
US 71
Arnolds Park, IA
Features – Fishing shoreline and pier, handicapped-accessible

Gardner Cabin
US 71
Arnolds Park, IA
Features – Original cabin and site of 1857 Spirit Lake Massacre, Museum

Hinshaw Bridge
US 71
Arnolds Park, IA
Features – Fishing shoreline, boat ramp

Lower Gar-Miniwashta Access
1/2 mi SE Arnolds Park
Arnolds Park, IA
Features – Fishing shoreline, boat ramp

State Pier
US 71
Arnold Park, IA
Features – Fishing shoreline and pier

Pillsbury Point
US 71
Arnolds Park, IA
Features – Fishing shoreline

Milford

Gull Point State Park
3 1/2 mi N.
Milford, IA
Features – Camping, picnic shelters, beach, fishing shoreline and pier, handicapped-accessible

Emerson Bay-Lighthouse Point
2 1/2 mi N.
Milford, IA
Features – Camping, picnic shelters, beach, fishing shoreline and pier, boat ramp

Okoboji

East Okoboji Beach
E. Shore, E. Okoboji Lake
Okoboji, IA
Features – Fishing shoreline, boat ramp

Hattie Elston
US 71
Okoboji, IA
Features – Fishing shoreline, boat ramp

Pikes Point
NE Shore W. Okoboji
Okoboji, IA
Features – Picnic shelters, beach, fishing shoreline

Triboji Beach
NW Shore W. Okoboji
Okoboji, IA
Features – Picnic shelters, beach, fishing shoreline, boat ramp

Nearby

Marble Beach
2 mi NW Orleans
Orleans, IA
Features – Camping, beach, fishing shoreline and pier, boat ramp

Mini-Wakan
N. Shore, W. Okoboji
Orleans, IA
Features – Picnic shelters, beach, fishing shoreline and pier, boat ramp

Templar Park
1 mi NW Orleans
Orleans, IA
Features – Picnic shelters, fishing shoreline and pier, boat ramp

Trappers Bay
Adjoins Lake Park, Iowa at IA219
Lake Park, IA
Features – Picnic shelters, fishing shoreline