Hike several trails at Lake Darling, winding through wetland habitats around the lake, remnants of native prairie and all the way to an 1800s cemetery. The trails are composed of a variety of crushed rock and grass for use by hikers, mountain bikers, cross country skiers and snowmobilers. A 1.5 mile paved fishing trail along the south shoreline is accessible for all abilities.
Boat in the waters of Lake Darling or relax at the park’s beach area. Any size motor is allowed on the lake at a “no wake” speed. Paddle boats, canoes, stand-up paddleboards, kayaks and a rowboat are available to rent at the Friends of Lake Darling Boat Rental Concession.
The Friends of Lake Darling Boat Rental is open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Hours of operation: Friday - Sunday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Fish for catfish, crappie, largemouth bass, bullheads, bluegills and carp at Lake Darling. Anglers can fish from the fishing jetty, along the fishing trail or accessible fishing pier.
Stay overnight in one of 11 cabins. The modern cabins are ADA accessible and contain a full kitchen and two bedrooms with a queen-sized bed. The camping cabins feature basic kitchen appliances and twin bunk beds. For a more primitive experience, check out Lake Darling’s large campground featuring full-hookup, electric and non-electric sites with modern shower and restroom facilities along with a playground and dump station. Advanced campsite and cabin reservations can be made through the online reservation system for Lake Darling State Park.
Reserve one of two shelters or the day-use lodge during your visit. The newly renovated lodge is a picturesque venue with expansive ceiling beams and a full kitchen perfect for weddings, conferences and other large gatherings. A covered patio overlooks the lake. Reservations can be made through the online reservation system for Lake Darling State Park.