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Gull Point 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)

Gull Point State Park

Gull Point State Park
1500 Harpen Street
Milford, IA 51351
ph. 712-337-3211
Gull_Point@dnr.iowa.gov

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Facilities and Activities

Picnicking/Shelters/Lodge
Gull Point is a great place for a family picnic. Several open shelters are available and may be reserved online through the park reservation system.

 Gull Point Lodge

The Gull Point lodge, built during the 1930's by the Civilian Conservation Corp, is the largest such facility in the state. It features kitchen facilities and will seat 140 people. The lodge is a wonderful setting for group activities such as wedding receptions and family reunions. Lodge reservations can be made online through the park reservation system.

Camping
The Gull Point campground is one of the most popular in the lakes area. The campground is well shaded and features paved roads, playground equipment, modern restroom and shower facilities, as well as a sanitary dump station. There are a variety of campsites, including electrical hookups. Advance campsite reservations can be made online through the park reservation system. Half of the campsites are still available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Trails
The western portion of Gull Point State Park is a hiker's delight, with a fine self-guided interpretative trail. On the 1.3 mile trail, visitors can identify a variety of natural features by using the trail brochure. This area of the park is an excellent place to observe a wide variety of wildlife from songbirds to white-tailed deer. In the winter, the area is open for cross-country skiing.

Lake Activities (boating, fishing)
Gull Point's beach provides a fine place for young and old to sunbathe and splash in the crystal clear water. West Okoboji and the many other lakes 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. Boating is also very popular on the lakes using everything from canoes to sailboats and ski rigs.

Beach Monitoring Results

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
Gull Point State Park and the associated areas are located throughout the Lake Okoboji and Spirit Lake area.



Nearby Lakes

Garlock Slough
Garlock Slough
West Okoboji Lake
West Okoboji Lake
Minnewashta Lake
Upper Gar Lake
Minnewashta Lake
East Okoboji Lake
Upper Gar Lake
Lower Gar Lake
Lower Gar Lake
East Okoboji Lake
Center Lake
Center Lake
Jemmerson Slough
Prairie Lake
Jemmerson Slough
Prairie Lake
Welch Lake
Spirit Lake
Welch Lake
Spirit Lake
Marble Lake
Pleasant Lake
West Hottes
Lily Lake
Diamond Lake
Sunken Lake
East Hottes
Pleasant Lake
Lily Lake
Marble Lake
West Hottes
Diamond Lake
Grover's Marsh
Sunken Lake
East Hottes
Hale Slough
Little Spirit Lake
Stoney
Schmerse W.A. Pond
Westport Park Pond
Stoney
Grover's Marsh
Sandbar Slough
Hale Slough
Silver Lake (Dickinson)
Little Spirit Lake


Amenities

Within park
Beach, Bicycling, Bird Watching, Camping - Electric, Camping - Nonelectric, Cross Country Skiing, Day-use Lodge, Dock, Fishing, Dump Station, Fishing, Hiking, Interpretive Programs, Jogging/Running, Lake, Modern Campground, Picnic Area, Picnic Shelter, Playground, Restrooms, Showers, Swimming - Beach, Trail, Interpretive, Trails, Bicycle, Trails, Cross County Skiing, Trails, Hiking, Walking, Water Hydrants , Wildflower Viewing, Wildlife Viewing

Less than a mile
Canoeing

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



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