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Dolliver Memorial State Park
Modern shower buildings and restrooms will close for the season on 10/15/20. Dump station will remain open with no rinse water available. A hydrant to fill with water will be available. A pit latrine at the South end of the campground and at the North end of the park will remain open. Porta pots will be available near playground area and at South end of park.

Dolliver Memorial State Park

2757 Dolliver Park Ave.
Lehigh, IA 50557
ph. 515-359-2539
fax: 515-359-2542

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Facilities and Activities

Dolliver ShelterPicnicking/Shelters/Lodge
The two lodges at Dolliver, built during the 1930's, may be rented for day use. They are ideal for group events such as family reunions and wedding receptions. The lodges may be reserved online through the park reservation system.

An open picnic shelter may be reserved online through the park reservation system. A playground is located in the picnic area for the younger visitors.

View of the Dolliver playground

Family Cabin
Dolliver has two basic family cabin that sleep four, and are equipped with a refrigerator and sink. They are located only a short distance from the modern rest room and shower building in the campground. The cabin can be reserved online through the park reservation system.

Group Camp
The group camp has a dining hall, modern rest rooms and showers and 10 separate sleeping cabins. The camp is available on a reservation basis for a variety of group events. See Group Camp Rental Reservation for specifics on reservation policy and rates.

The Dolliver campground is located in a pleasant setting overlooking the Des Moines River. All campsites have electricity, there is a modern restroom and showers and a trailer dump station. Advance campsite reservations can be booked through the park reservation system. One fourth of the campsites are still available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

A trail will take you out past the Copperas Beds which are unique sandstone formations towering 100 feet above Prairie Creek. The trail then continues on up into oak covered hillsides and back down past Bone Yard Hollow. Trails also take you out to the Indian Mounds and up more wooded hillsides.

Boating and Fishing
Dolliver is located on the Des Moines River, which is popular for both boating and fishing. A modern boat ramp is located in the park and is a popular "put in-take out" spot for canoeists as well as anglers.

Bluffs, canyons, the Des Moines River, Prairie Creek and Indian mounds are all part of the natural and cultural history that make Dolliver State Park so valuable to the people of Iowa. Purchased for $38,500, the 457-acre park was dedicated in 1925. During the dedication ceremonies, a memorial plaque, the work of noted sculptor Laredo Taft, was unveiled before a crowd of 13,500 people.

Copperas Beds
A unique facet of the sandstone formations at Dolliver are the "Copperas beds." The towering 100-foot bluff on Prairie Creek is a cross-sectional view of the ancient river bed that is over 150 million years old. Over the ages, the erosive power of Prairie Creek uncovered this unique feature. The porous nature of the sandstone has caused many minerals such as calcite and sulfur to dissolve as the water seeps through. As the water evaporates, the mineral deposits are left behind. You can see many of these deposits in the sandstone cliffs, as well as petrified logs and sticks.

"Boneyard Hollow"
This narrow ravine running between rock walls was given its name "boneyard hollow" by early settlers who found large amounts of buffalo bones in the canyon. It is possible the area's first inhabitants drove herds of buffalo from the prairie over the cliff to their death or perhaps drove the herds into the narrow ravine and then killed & butchered them for their meat, hides, horns & bone.

In 1912, a family picnicking in the area of the creek that runs through Boneyard Hollow found a lead tablet at the mouth of the creek. Inscribed in Latin, it stated that it was deposited in 1701 by Father Hennepin, a French explorer, often credited with discovering the Des Moines River. The tablet was eventually found to be a hoax, planted by people from the nearby community. However, Edgar Harlan, then curator of the state archives, went to the site where the tablet was found. His interest in the beauty of the area helped spark the state's interest in eventually purchasing the park.

Nearby Towns
Lehigh is three miles southeast of the park and Fort Dodge is 10 miles north of the park.

Nearby Lakes

Brushy Creek Lake
Prairie Pond W.A.
Lake Ole
Ft. Dodge - Lower Dam
Boone River
Des Moines River (Humboldt to Stratford)


Within park
Amphitheater, Bird Watching, Boat Launch Ramp, Boating, Cabins, Camping - Electric, Camping - Youth Group, Canoeing, Cross Country Skiing, Day-use Lodge, Dump Station, Fishing, Group Camp, Hiking, Interpretive Programs, Jogging/Running, Modern Campground, Picnic Area, Picnic Shelter, Playground, Powerboating, River, Showers, Trails, Hiking, Walking, Water Hydrants , Wildflower Viewing, Wildlife Viewing

Less than a mile
More than a mile
Boat Rental, Fuel, Vehicles, Golf, Grocery Store, Hospital, Medical Clinic, Motel, Putt-putt Course, Retail, Bait & Tackle, Retail, Firewood, Retail, Snacks, Town