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Need firewood? Want to paddle around the lake? Are you hungry or thirsty? Forgot your tackle box? State park concessionaires may be able to help you out. Their services vary but all have the same goal in mind -- to make your next visit more enjoyable. See Iowa state parks with concessions and what each has to offer in the list below.
Backbone Concession 563-924-2144
Open Friday of Memorial weekend thru Labor Day weekend; 7 days a week; 9:30 AM to 7 PM daily
Hamburgers, hot dogs, fast food, ice cream, ice, candy, pop, beach toys, firewood, bait and boat rentals,
Cabin rental, check in for reserve cabins and beach lodge rentals.
Big Creek Marina 515-984-6083
Usually open in mid-April depending on weather and close mid-October; open 7 days a week; during full operation starting late May 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM Monday-Friday, weekends and holidays 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM; off-season hours posted at the building or by calling. Rentals include 30 pontoons, 6 sailboats, 16 fishing boats, 11 canoes, 16 paddle boats, 20 kayaks, 20 stand-up paddle boards, 4 electric boats and 8 bicycles. Information on rentals also available at www.bigcreekmarina.com
For sale on site: bait (worms, minnows and leeches), snacks and drinks, and on some weekends grilled food.
Elk Rock -- Firewood Sales 515-238-9244
Open from Memorial Day weekend thru Labor Day weekend; Fridays and Saturdays, 5:30 - 8:30 PM, additional days when busy
Maxx Rentals 319-961-6232; email@example.com
Open Memorial Day weekend thru Labor Day weekend; 7 days a week, 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM weekdays, 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM weekends. Services include recreational rentals such as kayaks, paddleboards, canoes, pedal boats, lake floats, river tubes; concession snacks and ice cream, firewood, ice and fishing bait.
Additional information at www.maxxrentals.com
High Lakes Outdoor Alliance -- Firewood Sales 641-782-5131
Open April 1 to Oct. 31; 7 days a week, when campground host is available.
Friends of Lacey-Keosauqua State Park – Firewood Sales
Memorial Weekend through Fall Festival in October, open daily when the camphost is available.
Lake Ahquabi Boat Rental 515-961-6117 firstname.lastname@example.org
Memorial Day Weekend until local school starts; open 7days a week. After school starts, open on weekends through Labor Day. Hours are 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM Sunday through Friday, and 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM Saturdays and holidays.
Rentals include row boats, pedalboats, canoes, kayaks, fishing kayaks and stand-up paddleboards. Canoeing, kayaking and stand up paddleboard instruction also available. Concession items include snacks, firewood, ice, bait and beach items.
June and July; Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 6:30 PM; Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga.
Friends of Lake Anita Concession
Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, plus Fall Festival in late September; Saturdays, 8:00 - 11:00 PM at the popcorn shed.
Souvenirs such as t-shirts, key chain flashlights, coolies, glow in the dark items and cup-holders available for sale during movie nights. Questions can be addressed at the Lake Anita State Park Facebook page.
Yard games and firewood sales available through the campground host, typically 5:00 - 8:00 PM.
Friends of Lake Darling State Park Boat Rental 319-461-2625 (leave a message)
Memorial Day weekend thru Labor Day weekend; Thursdays thru Sundays, and holidays, 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Paddle boats, canoes, stand-up paddle boards, single kayaks, double kayaks. Can accommodate businesses or groups for special events.
Lake Keomah Beach Boat and Bait
Memorial Day to Labor Day, Fri.-Sunday, 1 to 6 PM
Boat rentals (paddle boats, row boats, john boats with trolling motors), snacks
Lake Macbride Boat Rentals, Inc 319-624-2315
Memorial Day weekend thru Labor Day weekend; 7 days a week, 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM Monday - Friday and 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM Saturdays and Sundays
Services include boat rentals (pontoons, pedal boats, kayaks, canoes, paddle boards), food concessions, bait and firewood
M and M Services (Lake Manawa beach) 712-366-4802
Open Memorial Day weekend thru Labor Day weekend, 7 days a week, 11 AM - 7 PM daily. Sand volleyball; a good variety of food and snacks, and floaties for sale. Rentals include tubes, kayaks, canoes and paddle boards.
Information also available on the Lake Manawa Beach Facebook page.
Lake Manawa Sailing Association 712-256-3832 (facility); 402-660-2720 (President of the Association)
Open Friday before Memorial Day through Labor Day, 7 days a week, noon to 8:00 pm Monday thru Friday and 9:00 am to 9:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
Dry storage for approximately 110 sailboats and other non-motorized boats. Wet-slips for 10 boats. Locker and sail storage. A ramp for launching sailboats and docks for tying-up. Beach and picnic shelter, recreational facilities for members and the public.
Additional information is available at www.sailmanawa.com
Lake Wapello Baithouse 641-722-3475
Open Labor Day weekend thru Memorial Day weekend; Thursday thru Sunday and holidays, noon to 8 PM. Rentals include paddle boats, kayaks. stand-up paddle boards and john boats with or without trolling motors. Items for sale include drinks, snacks, ice cream, fishing supplies, and many items for the campers and cabin renters, also children's beach toys/games. Questions can also be answered through the Friends of Lake Wapello Facebook page.
Ted's Firewood Sales 515-689-3857 (cell) or 515-275-4804
Open mid-April through late October, Fridays, Saturdays and holidays, 3:00 to 7:00 PM at the campground. Will deliver anytime if buying 5 or more bundles.
Friends of Maquoketa Caves State Park Concession
April 22 thru October 15, 2017; Friends of Maquoketa Caves volunteers serve as hosts at the visitors center on Saturdays, Sundays and Memorial Day, Labor Day and the Fourth of July; 9 AM to 5 PM
Items for sale include Maquoketa Caves State Park patches, T-shirts, post cards, coozies, wristbands, magnets, book on the history of the park; also bottled water, flashlights and fire starter kits. Firewood is sold from a self-service stand in the campground for a free will donation.
Friends of Pikes Peak State Park Concession
Open Memorial Day Weekend thru the 3rd Sunday in October, Wednesday thru Sunday, 10:00AM - 4:30PM. Items for sale include Pikes Peak souvenirs (such as t-shirts, hats, pin, magnets, hiking stick medallions, patches, postcards) firewood, ice, ice cream treats, trail mix, candy bars, pop, water, coffee, hot chocolate, etc.
Questions can be addressed at email@example.com or Friends of Pikes Peak State Park, P. O. Box 135, McGregor, IA 52157
Prairie Rose Firewood Sales
Open May thru September, 7 days a week, 9 AM thru 8:30 PM daily; available at the camphost site
Rock Creek Marina 641-236-3876 or 641-485-2445
Roughly April 15 thru October 15; open daily (closed on Easter) Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend hours are Sunday 7 AM to 7 PM., Monday through Thursday 7 AM to 8 PM, Friday and Saturday 7 AM to 9 PM
Boat rentals (pontoons, fishing boats, canoes, kayaks, pedal boats), live bait, tackle, ice, firewood, fishing licenses, camping accessories, convenience store items, snacks
The Viking Lodge Restaurant & Boat Rental 712-829-2262
Open May 1 thru September 30; 7 days a week
Boat rental hours are 7 AM to 7 PM daily; renting kayaks, canoes, fishing boats
Full-service restaurant open Monday - Friday, 11 AM to 8 PM, Saturday and Sunday 9 AM to 8 PM (9 to 11 AM breakfast).
Friends of Walnut Woods Firewood Sales Friendsofwalnutwoods@yahoo.com
Open May to September, daily. Available through the campground host. T-shirts also available while supplies last.
Friends of Pine Creek Grist Mill Gift Shop 563-263-4818
Located in the mill at the park. Items for sale include soft drinks, candy and a variety of mill-related souvenirs.
Questions can also be addressed to Tom Hanifan at firstname.lastname@example.org
Wilson Island -- Firewood Sales
May 1 to September 30, 7 days a week, self-serve so there are no set hours of operation.
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