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Park Concessions

Need firewood? Want to paddle around the lake? Are you hungry or thirsty? Forgot your tackle box? State park concessionaires may be able to help you out. Their services vary but all have the same goal in mind -- to make your next visit more enjoyable. See Iowa state parks with concessions and what each has to offer in the list below.

Choose a park:

Backbone Concession 563-924-2144 

Open Friday of Memorial weekend thru Labor Day weekend; 7 days a week; 9:30 AM to 7 PM daily
Hamburgers, hot dogs, fast food, ice cream, ice, candy, pop, beach toys, firewood, bait and boat rentals,

Cabin rental, check in for reserve cabins and beach lodge rentals.

Big Creek Marina  515-984-6083 

Usually open in mid-April depending on weather and close mid-October; open 7 days a week; during full operation starting late May 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM Monday-Friday, weekends and holidays 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM; off-season hours posted at the building or by calling. Rentals include 30 pontoons, 6 sailboats, 16 fishing boats, 11 canoes, 16 paddle boats, 20 kayaks, 20 stand-up paddle boards, 4 electric boats and 8 bicycles. Information on rentals also available at www.bigcreekmarina.com 

For sale on site: bait (worms, minnows and leeches), snacks and drinks, and on some weekends grilled food.

Elk Rock --  Firewood Sales  515-238-9244

Open from Memorial Day weekend thru Labor Day weekend; Fridays and Saturdays, 5:30 - 8:30 PM, additional days when busy

Maxx Rentals  319-961-6232; info@maxxrentals.com 

Open Memorial Day weekend thru Labor Day weekend; 7 days a week, 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM weekdays, 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM weekends.  Services include recreational rentals such as kayaks, paddleboards, canoes, pedal boats, lake floats, river tubes; concession snacks and ice cream, firewood, ice and fishing bait. 

Additional information at www.maxxrentals.com

 

High Lakes Outdoor Alliance -- Firewood Sales  641-782-5131

Open April 1 to Oct. 31; 7 days a week, when campground host is available.

 

Friends of Lacey-Keosauqua State Park – Firewood Sales            

Memorial Weekend through Fall Festival in October, open daily when the camphost is available.

Lake Ahquabi Boat Rental  515-961-6117   info@canoesportoutfitters.com 

Memorial Day Weekend until local school starts; open 7days a week. After school starts, open on weekends through Labor Day. Hours are 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM Sunday through Friday, and 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM Saturdays and holidays.

Rentals include row boats, pedalboats, canoes, kayaks, fishing kayaks and stand-up paddleboards. Canoeing, kayaking and stand up paddleboard instruction also available. Concession items include snacks, firewood, ice, bait and beach items. 

June and July; Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 6:30 PM; Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga.

Lake Ahquabi Boat Rental  515-961-6117   info@canoesportoutfitters.com 

Memorial Day Weekend until local school starts; open 7days a week. After school starts, open on weekends through Labor Day. Hours are 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM Sunday through Friday, and 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM Saturdays and holidays.

Rentals include row boats, pedalboats, canoes, kayaks, fishing kayaks and stand-up paddleboards. Canoeing, kayaking and stand up paddleboard instruction also available. Concession items include snacks, firewood, ice, bait and beach items. 

June and July; Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 6:30 PM; Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga.

Friends of Lake Anita Concession

Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, plus Fall Festival in late September; Saturdays, 8:00 - 11:00 PM at the popcorn shed. 

Souvenirs such as t-shirts, key chain flashlights, coolies, glow in the dark items and cup-holders available for sale during movie nights. Questions can be addressed at the Lake Anita State Park Facebook page.

Yard games and firewood sales available through the campground host, typically 5:00 - 8:00 PM.

Friends of Lake Darling State Park Boat Rental  319-461-2625 (leave a message)

Memorial Day weekend thru Labor Day weekend; Fridays thru Sundays, and holidays, 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Paddle boats, canoes, stand-up paddle boards, single kayaks, double kayaks. Can accommodate businesses or groups for special events.

Lake Macbride Boat Rentals, Inc  319-624-2315

Memorial Day weekend thru Labor Day weekend; 7 days a week, 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM Monday - Friday and 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM Saturdays and Sundays

Services include boat rentals (pontoons, pedal boats, kayaks, canoes, paddle boards), food concessions, bait and firewood

 

M and M Services (Lake Manawa beach)  712-366-4802

Open Memorial Day weekend thru Labor Day weekend, 7 days a week, 11 AM - 7 PM daily. Sand volleyball; a good variety of food and snacks, and floaties for sale. Rentals include tubes, kayaks, canoes and paddle boards.

Information also available on the Lake Manawa Beach Facebook page.

Lake Manawa Sailing Association  712-256-3832 (facility); 402-660-2720 (President of the Association)

Open Friday before Memorial Day through Labor Day, 7 days a week, noon to 8:00 pm Monday thru Friday and 9:00 am to 9:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. 

Dry storage for approximately 110 sailboats and other non-motorized boats.  Wet-slips for 10 boats. Locker and sail storage. A ramp for launching sailboats and docks for tying-up.  Beach and picnic shelter, recreational facilities for members and the public. 

Additional information is available at  www.sailmanawa.com

Lake Wapello Baithouse   641-722-3475

Open Labor Day weekend thru Memorial Day weekend; Thursday thru Sunday and holidays, noon to 8 PM. Rentals include paddle boats, kayaks. stand-up paddle boards and john boats with or without trolling motors. Items for sale include drinks, snacks, ice cream, fishing supplies,  and many items for the campers and cabin renters, also children's beach toys/games. Questions can also be answered through the Friends of Lake Wapello Facebook page.

Ted's Firewood Sales  515-689-3857 (cell) or 515-275-4804

Open mid-April through late October, Fridays, Saturdays and holidays, 3:00 to 7:00 PM at the campground. Will deliver anytime  if buying 5 or more bundles. 

Friends of Pikes Peak State Park Concession

Open Memorial Day Weekend thru the 3rd Sunday in October, Wednesday thru Sunday, 10:00AM - 4:30PM. Items for sale include Pikes Peak souvenirs (such as t-shirts, hats, pin, magnets, hiking stick medallions, patches, postcards) firewood, ice, ice cream treats, trail mix, candy bars, pop, water, coffee, hot chocolate, etc.

Questions can be addressed at friendsofpikespeakstatepark@gmail.com  or Friends of Pikes Peak State Park, P. O. Box 135, McGregor, IA  52157

Prairie Rose Firewood Sales

Open May thru September, 7 days a week, 9 AM thru 8:30 PM daily; available at the camphost site

Rock Creek Marina  641-236-3876 or 641-485-2445
Roughly April 15 thru October 15; open daily (closed on Easter)  Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend hours are Sunday 7 AM to 7 PM., Monday through Thursday 7 AM to 8 PM, Friday and Saturday 7 AM to 9 PM

Boat rentals (pontoons, fishing boats, canoes, kayaks, pedal boats), live bait, tackle, ice, firewood, fishing licenses, camping accessories, convenience store items, snacks
 

Friends of Walnut Woods Firewood Sales  Friendsofwalnutwoods@yahoo.com

Open May to September, daily. Available through the campground host. T-shirts also available while supplies last.

 

Friends of Pine Creek Grist Mill Gift Shop  563-263-4818  

Located in the mill at the park. Items for sale include soft drinks, candy and a variety of mill-related souvenirs.  

Questions can also be addressed to Tom Hanifan at tomhanifan@yahoo.com

Wilson Island -- Firewood Sales   

May 1 to September 30, 7 days a week, self-serve so there are no set hours of operation.  

Park Related Questions?

State Parks Bureau
Iowa DNR
Wallace State Office Building
Des Moines, Iowa
50319-0034

Can't find the answer about state parks on the web pages or are experiencing problems with website links? 

Please send your question(s) to: iowa.stateparks@dnr.iowa.gov