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Make an Iowa State Park cabin your hunting basecamp

  • 12/1/2016 2:25:00 PM
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Hunters, are you looking for a basecamp for your upcoming deer hunt or weekend pheasant hunt?

Iowa state parks have 45 year-round cabins available to rent, with two-day minimum stays, starting as low as $35 per day. Visitors will need to bring bedding, towels and some cooking utensils. Some cabins are handicapped-accessible and pet friendly. Cabins can sleep between 2 and 12 people, depending on the type of cabin.

Make an Iowa State Park cabin, like this one at Pine Lake, your hunting basecamp | Iowa DNRHere is a list of parks with cabin openings Dec 8-18, 2016:


Backbone State Park
Strawberry Point, Delaware County, northeast Iowa
$50 to $100 per night | Reserve now

Black Hawk State Park
Lake View, Sac County, northwest Iowa
$100 per night | 
Reserve now

Honey Creek State Park
Moravia, Appanoose County, southeast Iowa
$35 per night | Reserve now

Lake Darling State Park 
Brighton, Washington County, southeast Iowa
$85 per night | Reserve now

Lake of Three Fires State Park
Bedford, Taylor County, southwest Iowa
$50 per night | Reserve now

Lake Wapello State Park 
Drakesville, Davis County, southeast Iowa
$60 to $85 per night | Reserve now

Pine Lake State Park 
Eldora, Hardin County, central Iowa
$65 to $75 per night | Reserve now

Union Grove State Park
Gladbrook, Tama County, central Iowa
$75 per night | Reserve now

Waubonsie State Park 
Sidney, Fremont County, southwest Iowa
$35 to $50 per night | Reserve now


The following parks have at least one cabin open this weekend (Dec. 2-3, 2016), however reservations will need to be made directly through the park offices, as the online reservation window has closed. Be sure to mention how you heard about the cabin opening.

Backbone State Park (call concessionaire directly); 563-933-2273

Honey Creek State Park; 641-724-3739

Lake Darling State Park; 319-694-2323

Pine Lake State Park; 641-858-5832

Union Grove State Park; 641-473-2556

Waubonsie State Park; 712-382-2786


Reminder: State parks are wildlife refuges. Hunting and trapping are prohibited. Please review all public hunting area boundaries before you go.