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Elinor Bedell State Park
STATEWIDE FACILITY CLOSURES: All pit latrines and port-a-potties are closed until April 15, 2020. Due to lack of restroom facilities, all camping cabins and shelters are closed until April 15, 2020. Campgrounds are open but campers must provide their own self-contained bathroom until park restrooms are available. Self-contained includes bathrooms in RVs/travel trailers/5th wheels and portable camping toilets. All modern restroom and shower facilities are currently closed for the winter season. Many parks try to have modern campground facilities open in mid-April, weather permitting. Some parks open modern camping facilities mid to late April, weather permitting. All lodges are currently closed through April 30, 2020. Playgrounds are not cleaned and sanitized. DNR strongly recommends visitors avoid playgrounds to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 - user discretion is advised. (POSTED 3/30/2020)

Elinor Bedell State Park

Physical location:
1619 260th Ave
Spirit Lake, IA 51360

Contact Information:
Gull Point State Park
1500 Harpen Street
Milford, IA 51351
ph. 712-337-3211

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Facilities and Activities

 View from shelterPicnicking/Shelters
A shelter with kitchenette, bathrooms and a fireplace overlooks Lake Okoboji and is available for rent. The shelter can be reserved online through the park reservation system. Contact the park manager at Gull Point (712)337-3211 for more information.

The campground consists of RV campsites with full hookups, modern rest room. Each campsite has a picnic table and fire ring. A small area has been set aside for youth groups to tent camp. A playground is located near the campground. Advance campsite reservations can be booked through the park reservation system. One fourth of the campsites are available for self-registration on a first-come/first-serve basis.

Several miles of trail will take you through wetlands, woodlands, and along the lakeshore.

Lake Activities (swimming, boating, fishing)
East Okoboji and the many other lakes in the area are some of the prime fishing spots in Iowa. Anglers will find challenging sport pursuing a variety of game fish, including walleye, northern pike, smallmouth bass, white bass, perch, bluegills, crappies, catfish, and bullheads.

 Park entrancePark History
Elinor Bedell State Park is one of Iowa's newer (1998) state parks. It is located on the shores of East Lake Okoboji and represents one of the last remaining open spaces in a region that is among Iowa's most popular tourist destination - the Iowa Great Lakes. The eighty acre park was a generous gift of Berkley and Elinor Bedell. A life long resident of the Great Lakes area, Berkley Bedell represented Northwest Iowa for 12 years in the United States Congress. Berkley and Elinor's dream of permanently protecting this beautiful piece of open space for future generations led to donation of the land to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

Elinor Bedell State Park will promote appreciation and enjoyment of prairies, wetlands, and oak savanna landscapes once commonly found along the shores of Iowa's Great lakes. An extensive trail system will link these restored landscapes providing the public with recreational opportunities. By re-creating these natural landscapes, wildlife habitat will be improved and will provide excellent wildlife viewing opportunities.

Nearby Towns
Nearby cities include Spirit Lake, Okoboji and Arnolds Park.

Nearby Lakes

Pleasant Lake
Prairie Lake
Lily Lake
Spirit Lake
Center Lake
East Okoboji Lake
Jemmerson Slough
Upper Gar Lake
Hale Slough
West Okoboji Lake
Minnewashta Lake
Sandbar Slough
Lower Gar Lake
Marble Lake
Sunken Lake
East Hottes
West Hottes
Welch Lake
Little Spirit Lake
Garlock Slough
Swan Lake
Grover's Marsh
Diamond Lake
Christopherson Slough
Four Mile


Within park
Bicycling, Bird Watching, Camping - Full Hook-up, Camping - Youth Group, Dock, Fishing, Fishing, Hiking, Interpretive Display, Jogging/Running, Lake, Non-modern Campground, Picnic Shelter, Pier, Fishing, Playground, Restrooms, Trail, Interpretive, Trails, Bicycle, Trails, Hiking, Walking, Water Hydrants , Wildflower Viewing, Wildlife Viewing

Less than a mile
More than a mile
Antiquing, ATM/Cash Machine, Boat Launch Ramp, Boat Rental, Church, Dock, Boat, Fish Cleaning Station, Fish Hatchery, Fuel, Boats, Fuel, Vehicles, Grocery Store, Hospital, Laundry, Maintenance, Boat, Marina, Medical Clinic, Motel, Rentals, Bicycle, Retail, Bait & Tackle, Retail, Drinks, Retail, Firewood, Retail, Ice, Retail, Snacks