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Mini-Wakan State Park

Physical location:
24490 100th St
Spirit Lake, 51360

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


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Facilities and Activities

 Mini Wakan shelter

The newly renovated CCC lodge is an excellent setting for family picnics and cookouts.  It can be reserved through the park reservation system.

Lake Activities (boating, fishing)
Located on the north side of Big Spirit Lake, Mini-Wakan State park offers the user a boat ramp to launch a boat, and several areas to fish along the shoreline. Mini-Wakan also borders the area commonly referred to as "the grade", which provides great access for the shoreline fisherman.<.p>

Spirit Lake is the largest natural lake in Iowa and provides some of the best fishing in the state. Anglers will find challenging sport pursuing a variety of game fish, including walleye, northern pike, muskellunges, smallmouth bass, white bass, perch, bluegills, crappies, catfish and bullheads.

Crandall's Beach provides a fine place for young and old to sunbathe and splash in the clear water of Big Spirit Lake, and is located SW of Mini-Wakan on Highway 276.

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 Crandalls Beach

The "lakes area" of northwest Iowa offers a tremendous array of outdoor recreation opportunities, year-round. The unique setting of beautiful and clear Lakes East and West Okoboji, Big Spirit Lake and other water bodies truly provides wonderful opportunities for outdoor recreation. The focal point for state parks and recreation areas in this region is beautiful Gull Point State Park, established in 1933. Gull Point provides a pleasing, shaded setting on West Okoboji Lake and offers a well-rounded variety of outdoor recreation facilities.

Nearby Towns
Mini-Wakan State Park is located 6 miles north of Spirit Lake.

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Nearby Lakes

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


Within park
Bird Watching, Day-use Lodge, Hiking, Walking

Less than a mile
More than a mile
ATM/Cash Machine, Church, Hospital, Medical Clinic