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

Mailing Address:
2730 South Lakeview Dr
Clear Lake, IA 50428
Ph. 641-357-4212

Both shower buildings and the dump stations are closed for the season. Water is not available at the fill station or full hook up sites. There is a pit latrine located by sites 10 and 11 that is open year round. (Posted 10/24/22) Also please note that golf carts, atv's and utv's are strictly prohibited. Electric toys like razors, scooters, kids vehicles, etc. are not permitted to operate on the state park roads.
The Clear Lake State Park Lodge will be closed to reservations during the 2023 rec season for repairs. The repairs will start in the spring of 2023 and will continue into the summer. After the repairs are finished the lodge will open back up for reservations for the remainder of the season. The park office will not maintain a waiting list. If you would like to be notified when the Lodge opens, fill out this Clear Lake Lodge notification Google form. (Posted 5/12/2021)
  • 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