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Clear Lake State Park

Clear Lake State Park offers diverse activities on one of Iowa’s most popular lakes. The 3,000-acre lake is a draw for boating, fishing and windsurfing. The park features 50 acres of open spaces and mature oak trees along with a highly popular campground. Several acres of picnic grounds with tables and grilles are available for day-use. The nearby town of Clear Lake is a summer tourist destination with numerous stores and restaurants.


Boat in the waters of Clear Lake or soak up the sun at the 900-foot sandy beach area. Visitors can enjoy canoeing, kayaking, jet skiing, windsurfing, sailing or sightseeing at the lake. Year-round fishing brings anglers from all over to test their luck catching walleye, muskie, northern pike and more.

Camp in one of the most popular campgrounds in Iowa’s state park system. The campground contains two modern restrooms, shower facilities and two dump stations. A quarter of the campsites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and advanced reservations can be made online through the online reservation system for Clear Lake State Park.

Explore the 3-acre Scenic Woodford Island donated to the state of Iowa in 1971 by the Woodford family. The island is managed for wildlife habitat and serves as an excellent spot for fishing.

Reserve an open shelter or day-use lodge for a family gathering. The historic lodge near the beach contains a rustic fireplace, restroom and kitchen and provides a great venue for company events, weddings or large gatherings. The Ritz Shelter is ADA accessible. Lodge and shelter reservations can be made through the online reservation system for Clear Lake State Park.

Clear Lake State Park
6490 S Shore Dr
Clear Lake, IA

Mailing Address:
2730 South Lakeview Dr
Clear Lake, IA 50428
Ph. 641-357-4212

Clear Lake Lodge: Due to the renovation construction process moving slower than anticipated, the lodge will be open for reservations for the 2023 summer rec season but will be closed after September 5, 2023 through Sept 2024. At that time reservations can be made online on through the call center. If you would like to be notified when the lodge opens, fill out this Clear Lake Lodge notification Google form. (Posted 2/16/2023)

The West shower building next to site 100, will close on September 18th. The East shower building will remain open until mid October. Also please note that golf carts, atv's and utv's are strictly prohibited in the Iowa State Parks. Electric toys like razors, scooters, kids vehicles, etc. are not permitted to operate on the state park roads.


  • Playground
  • Swimming beach
  • Paddlesport rental
  • Boat rental
  • Boat ramp
  • Accessible fishing pier
  • Fishing jetty
  • Fish cleaning station
  • Hiking trails
  • Day-use lodge ; ADA accessible
  • Shelters
  • Modern restroom
  • Showers
  • Electric campsites
  • Full hook-up campsites
  • Non-electric campsites
  • Dump station