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Lake Manawa State Park

Lake Manawa is one of western Iowa’s premier spots for boating, hiking or just relaxing outdoors. More than 1,500 acres surround the lake, originally constructed in 1881 after a Missouri River flood. It continues to be a major outdoor recreation center for thousands of visitors. “Manawa” is a Native American term meaning peace and comfort, making it the perfect spot to read a book, have a picnic or enjoy the outdoors during your visit.


Hike the trail system that runs through Council Bluffs by traveling along the Wabash Trace Trail and the Bob Kerry Pedestrian Bridge. A paved nature trail offers easy access for anyone wanting to bike or walk at their own pace. For those feeling a bit more adventurous, eight miles of unpaved trails are perfect for mountain biking. These trails can be accessed near the south side of the park.

Play at Lake Manawa’s Dream Playground constructed in 2018. The re-designed structure is the largest ADA accessible playground in Iowa and offers 18,000 square feet of fun for all ages and abilities.

Boat on Lake Manawa or rent a paddle board, canoe or kayak to the Missouri River. Boat motors of any size are allowed, and boat ramps are located on the north, south and west sides of the lake. Sailing opportunities are offered by the Lake Manawa Sailing Association from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day. The modern beach facility is perfect for swimming or relaxing in the sun.

M and M Services at Lake Manawa Beach is open Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day. Hours of operation: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. 7 days/week or call 712-366-4802.

Lake Manawa Sailing Association hours of operation: Monday-Friday 12 p.m. - 8 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Please call 712-256-3832 for more information.

Fishing is a popular activity for anglers of all ages. Crappie, bluegill, catfish, walleye and bass fish are waiting to be caught throughout the year. Amenities include a fishing jetty, shoreline fishing, accessible pier, boat ramps, and a fish cleaning station.

Reserve a shelter online for a family gathering at Lake Manawa. One of the shelters has a kitchenette, and two offer electricity. An additional shelter is available for rent through the concessionaire by calling (712) 366-4802.

Lake Manawa State Park
1100 South Shore Dr
Council Bluffs, IA 51501
Ph. 712-366-0220
Fax 712-366-0474

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)
  • Sand volleyball court
  • Hiking trails
  • Playground; ADA accessible
  • Swimming beach
  • Concessions
  • Sailboating
  • Paddlesport rental
  • Boat rental
  • Boat ramps
  • Fishing jetty
  • Fishing pier; ADA accessible
  • Fish cleaning station
  • Shelters (6)
  • Modern restrooms
  • Youth group only campsites (1)
  • Firewood sales
  • Horseshoe pits