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Clear Lake State Park

Clear Lake State Park offers diverse activities on one of Iowa’s most popular lakes. The 3,000-acre lake is a draw for boating, fishing and windsurfing. The park features 50 acres of open spaces and mature oak trees along with a highly popular campground. Several acres of picnic grounds with tables and grilles are available for day-use. The nearby town of Clear Lake is a summer tourist destination with numerous stores and restaurants.


Boat in the waters of Clear Lake or soak up the sun at the 900-foot sandy beach area. Visitors can enjoy canoeing, kayaking, jet skiing, windsurfing, sailing or sightseeing at the lake. Year-round fishing brings anglers from all over to test their luck catching walleye, muskie, northern pike and more.

Camp in one of the most popular campgrounds in Iowa’s state park system. The campground contains two modern restrooms, shower facilities and two dump stations. A quarter of the campsites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and advanced reservations can be made online through the online reservation system for Clear Lake State Park.

Explore the 3-acre Scenic Woodford Island donated to the state of Iowa in 1971 by the Woodford family. The island is managed for wildlife habitat and serves as an excellent spot for fishing.

Reserve an open shelter or day-use lodge for a family gathering. The historic lodge near the beach contains a rustic fireplace, restroom and kitchen and provides a great venue for company events, weddings or large gatherings. The Ritz Shelter is ADA accessible. Lodge and shelter reservations can be made through the online reservation system for Clear Lake State Park.

Clear Lake State Park
6490 S Shore Dr
Clear Lake, IA

2024 Campground/Closure Renovation: The campground will be closed from March 25, 2024 through April 30, 2024.  Reservations/walk-ins will not be accepted during that time.  DNR anticipates campsites 1 - 115 to reopen for reservations from May 1 - July 31, 2024.  Campsites 1 - 115 will be released for reservations sometime before May 1 since DNR does not have an expected release date. When the campsites are available for reservations all campsites 1 - 115 will be 100%/same day reservable.  Starting approximately on August 1, 2024 the entire campground will be closed for the campground renovation.  Campsites 116 - 176 will be closed for the entire 2024 recreation season. The middle of the campground will be getting new water lines and additional water hydrants. Due to campsite layout modifications, the campground will be renumbered as some campsites will be eliminated. If you wish to be notified when the campground reopens, fill out the following form:: Clear Lake Campground Google Form. (Updated April 5, 2024)


  • Playground
  • Swimming beach
  • Paddlesport rental
  • Boat rental
  • Boat ramp
  • Accessible fishing pier
  • Fishing jetty
  • Fish cleaning station
  • Hiking trails
  • Day-use lodge ; ADA accessible
  • Shelters
  • Modern restroom
  • Showers
  • Electric campsites
  • Full hook-up campsites
  • Non-electric campsites
  • Dump station