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Lake Macbride State Park

Named after Thomas Macbride, the “father” of Iowa conservation, Lake Macbride State Park is a popular lakeside destination with family friendly outdoor activities. Several multi-use trails wind around the lake, featuring the sights and sounds of Iowa’s native birds. In the summer, soak up the sun by kayaking, paddling or swimming in the lake. Whether you’re visiting for an afternoon or a weekend, Lake Macbride features numerous amenities to enjoy year round.


Hike one of the many multi-use trails at Lake Macbride. More than seven miles of hiking trails wind around the lake through the oak/hickory forest, alongside a restored Iowa prairie and more. In spring and fall seasons, enjoy the sights and sounds of native birds including shorebirds, waterfowl and ospreys. A flat interpretive trail around the lake is easily accessible for all ages and skill levels. Cross-country skiing and snowmobiling are popular activities to enjoy in the winter.

Boat in the lake or relax on the beach with refreshments from the concession stand. Pontoons, motor boats, canoes, kayaks and paddle boards can also be rented at the beach. To rent a boat, please call 319-624-2315.
A 10mph motorboat limit will go into effect starting the Friday before Memorial Day through Labor Day. Motorboats must not exceed 5 mph on Lake Macbride any time during the year.

Fish for the prized Kentucky spotted bass at Lake Macbride. Walleyes, channel catfish and muskie are also popular finds that can be caught using the lake’s accessible fishing pier or a fishing jetty.

Camp in one of the two campgrounds at Lake Macbride. A modern campground is located in the northern unit of the park with full and electric hookups, a shower and restroom, and a trailer dump station. One non modern campground can be found in the southern unit of the park with a beautiful shaded setting near the lake. Some campsites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and advance reservations can be made through the online reservation system for Lake Macbride State Park.

Reserve one of four shelters or day-use lodge at the park. Lake Macbride is a beautiful destination for a large family gathering or relaxing picnic after day-time activities. The shelters can be reserved through the online reservation system for Lake Macbride State Park.

Things to Know
Lake Macbride is split into two units. The northern unit is located at the end of County Road F-16, 4 miles west of Solon, and features a modern campground, boat ramps, beach and boat rental, picnic areas and the park office. The southern unit is located off County Road F-28 by Fifth Street in Solon. This unit includes a non-modern campground, boat ramps, picnic areas and numerous prairies.

Lake Macbride State Park
3525 Highway 382 NE
Solon, IA 52333
Ph. 319-624-2200
Fax: 319-624-2188

UPDATE 9/23/2020: The north and south campgrounds, and day-use lodge will remain closed the remainder of the recreation season due to the August 10 severe weather event. Visitors are discouraged from using trails at this time due to hazard trees, with exception of the North Shore Trail and Beach to Dam Trail. The remainder of the park is now open.
BEACH CLOSURES POSSIBLE THIS SUMMER We limit the number of vehicles to the beach parking lot due to extremely high visitation. When the parking lots are full, access to the beach will close for up to 2 hours, sometimes as early as 12:00 Noon. This can happen on hot days from Memorial Day to Labor Day. When parking lots reach capacity a ‘Beach Parking Lot Full’ sign will go up at the park entrance and beach visitors will be asked to return another day or later in that day. During these times of high beach visitation access to other portions of the park such as the Main Lodge, boat ramps, boat rental and campgrounds will remain open for access.
Alcohol is prohibited inside the fenced in designated beach area. Alcohol may not be possessed or consumed within the fenced designated beach area. (Updated July 2, 2018)
  • Interpretive trail
  • Playground; ADA accessible
  • Swimming beach
  • Concessions
  • Paddlesport rental
  • Boat rental
  • Boat ramps (7)
  • Dock slips
  • Fishing pier and boat rental dock; ADA accessible
  • Fish cleaning station
  • Day-use lodge (1)
  • Shelters (4)
  • Modern restrooms
  • Showers 
  • Electric campsites (32)
  • Full hook-up campsites (11)
  • Non electric campsites (56)
  • Youth group only campsites (1)
  • Firewood sales
  • Ice sales