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Lake Anita State Park

Lake Anita State Park is one of Iowa’s newer parks, constructed in the 1960s as a popular outdoor recreation destination in southwest Iowa. The centerpiece of the 1,062-acre park is a beautiful 171-acre artificial lake offering expansive fishing and boating opportunities.


 Walk or bike more than five miles of trails at Lake Anita, winding through restored prairie and diverse habitats. The paved Grass Roots Trail connects the park to downtown Anita. A self-guided trail is also available for visitors to learn about the park’s plant life.

Fish for largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, channel catfish and more. Fishing jetties can be found along the shoreline and two boat ramps provide access to the lake for boat anglers. Dock space for pontoon boats may be reserved on a seasonal basis through the park office.

Camp at a variety of campsites near the lake offering electric, non-electric and full hook-up sites, three modern showers and restrooms. One-fourth of the campsites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and advance campsite reservations can be made through the online reservation system for Lake Anita State Park.

Reserve one of seven open shelters for an outdoor gathering during your visit. Shelter 1 is ADA accessible, and many open picnic areas overlook the lake. Shelters can be reserved through the online reservation system for Lake Anita State Park.

Lake Anita State Park
55111 750th St
Anita, IA 50020
Ph. 712-762-3564

This does not affect the campground.( The campground is open and has water available)Due to a water leak the water is shut off to the south side of the park. There is currently no water supplying the hydrant by the beach or the restroom near shelter #5. We have pit latrines available at both boat ramps, the picnic area, and at the dam. There is an ADA accessible portable toilet located at the top of the hill by the beach. Posted 1/18/2024


  • Half-court basketball court
  • Interpretive trails
  • Hiking trails
  • Playground
  • Sand volleyball
  • Swimming beach
  • The Friends of Lake Anita Concessions 
  • Boat ramp
  • Fishing jetty
  • Fish cleaning station
  • Shelters
  • Modern restroom
  • Showers
  • Electric campsites
  • Full Hook-up campsites
  • Non-electric campsites
  • Youth group only campsites
  • Dump station