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Bellevue State Park, IA

Bellevue State Park is home to one of Jackson County's most scenic Mississippi River overlooks. The park is rich in archaeological, historical and natural beauty. Atop a 250 foot tall limestone bluff, the main overlook offers a breathtaking view of the Upper Mississippi River...
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Max reservation window: Wed Dec 24 2014   Later Dates

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The South Bluff Nature Center is open 1:00 to 4:00 pm Saturdays and Sundays and Holidays by appointment. Hours may vary depending on volunteer staff availability.

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Bellevue Campground Standard Electric 6 50 Pull-Through
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Bellevue Campground Standard Electric 6 41 Back-In
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Bellevue Campground Standard Electric 6 37 Back-In
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Bellevue Campground Standard Electric 6 44 Back-In
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Bellevue Campground Standard Electric 6 60 Pull-Through
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Bellevue Campground Standard Electric 6 42 Back-In
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Bellevue Campground Standard Electric 6 55 Pull-Through
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Bellevue Campground Standard Electric 6 65 Pull-Through
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Bellevue Campground Standard Electric 6 36 Back-In
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Bellevue Campground Standard Electric 6 39 Back-In
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Bellevue Campground Standard Electric 6 39 Back-In
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Bellevue Campground Standard Electric 6 39 Back-In
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Bellevue Campground Standard Electric 6 41 Back-In
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Bellevue Campground Standard Electric 6 55 Back-In
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Bellevue Campground Standard Full Hook-Up 6 45 Back-In
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Bellevue Campground Standard Electric 6 34 Back-In
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Bellevue Campground Standard Electric 6 56 Back-In
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Bellevue Campground Standard Electric 6 46 Back-In
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Overview

Description

Bellevue State Park is home to one of Jackson County's most scenic Mississippi River overlooks. The park is rich in archaeological, historical and natural beauty. Atop a 250 foot tall limestone bluff, the main overlook offers a breathtaking view of the Upper Mississippi River Wildlife Refuge, Lock & Dam #12, and the quaint river town of Bellevue.

Bellevue State Park is located in two separate tracts: The Nelson Unit and the Dyas Unit.

Nelson Unit Attractions:
  • The South Bluff Nature Center is open seasonally and offers visitors a chance to see a variety of Iowa's native animals up close and learn about historical cultures and native plants and trees of the area.
  • The Butterfly Garden is a one-acre garden planted with a mix of perennial and annual flowers that provide food for caterpillars and nectar for a wide variety of butterflies. Almost 60 different species of butterflies visit the garden from spring to fall. The garden's frog pond is a favorite of younger visitors.
  • The Nelson Unit also has a day-use lodge and three open picnic shelters that may be reserved for your special event.
  • On the western edge of the Nelson Unit is the park's 220-acre public hunting area. The area is planted to tall grass prairie and assorted food plots to attract turkey, deer and pheasants.
  • There are just over two miles of hiking trails located in the Nelson Unit. The trails range from a peaceful stroll through our beautiful Butterfly Garden to a more strenuous hike on the Quarry Trail to view a primitive lime kiln. From the main overlook, it is an easy walk to Pulpit Rock or the Indian Mounds that date back to the Middle Woodland Culture (500 B.C. to A.D. 1200). Dyas Unit Attractions:
  • The Dyas Campground has both electric and non-electric sites.
  • Two open picnic shelters, with wonderful views, are available for reservation or for a leisurely picnic.
  • The Dyas Unit encompasses almost 4 miles of foot trails, scenic overlooks, and a stream with a wide variety of aquatic-life and other wildlife. The Deer Trail is a short, easy trail near the campground that the entire family will enjoy.
  • In winter, bald eagles concentrate to feed near the open waters below Lock and Dam 12. Pileated woodpeckers are occasionally seen in isolated areas.
  • Nearby Attractions:

    Bellevue is just north of the Nelson Unit of the park. Dubuque is 21 miles north on Hwy 52.

    Booking Window

    Day-use Lodge

    Sat Sep 27 2014 - Wed Sep 23 2015

    Reservations must be made 4 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

    Shelters

    Sat Sep 27 2014 - Wed Sep 23 2015

    Reservations must be made 4 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

    Standard Electric

    Thu Sep 25 2014 - Tue Dec 23 2014

    Reservations must be made 2 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 3 Month(s) in advance.

    Standard Full Hook-Up

    Thu Sep 25 2014 - Tue Dec 23 2014

    Reservations must be made 2 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 3 Month(s) in advance.

    Standard Non-Electric

    Thu Sep 25 2014 - Tue Dec 23 2014

    Reservations must be made 2 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 3 Month(s) in advance.

    Walk To

    Thu Sep 25 2014 - Tue Dec 23 2014

    Reservations must be made 2 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 3 Month(s) in advance.

    Youth Group Only

    Thu Sep 25 2014 - Tue Dec 23 2014

    Reservations must be made 2 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 3 Month(s) in advance.

    Season Dates

    Season Schedule

    Park Season Start End
    Peak Thu May 01 2014 Tue Sep 30 2014
    Off Peak Wed Oct 01 2014 Fri Oct 31 2014
    Walk In Sat Nov 01 2014 Wed Dec 31 2014
    Walk In Thu Jan 01 2015 Tue Mar 31 2015
    Off Peak Wed Apr 01 2015 Thu Apr 30 2015
    Peak Fri May 01 2015 Wed Sep 30 2015
    Services and Amenities
    Within Facility
    • Archeological Sites
    • Archery
    • Bicycling
    • Bird Watching
    • Boat Launch Ramp
    • Boating
    • Dump Station
    • Geological Formations
    • Hiking
    • Hunting
    • Interpretive Programs
    • Jogging/Running
    • Modern Restroom
    • Nature Center
    • PICNIC AREA
    • Park Office
    • Parking
    • Playground
    • RESTROOMS
    • Showers
    • Toilet, Pit/Vault
    • Trash Dumpster
    • Walking
    • Water Hydrants
    • Wildlife Viewing
    Less Than 1 Mile
    • ATM/CASH MACHINE
    • Antiquing
    • CHURCH
    • Cabins
    • Fishing
    • Fuel, Vehicles
    • River
    • Town
    Greater Than 1 Mile
    • Golf
    Greater Than 10 Miles
    • Hospital
    • Marina
    • Motel
    • Water Slides
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    Fees and Cancellation Policies

    Facility Rates*
    Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
    Peak Season
    May 01 2014 -
    Sep 30 2014
    Youth Group Only $15.00
    Walk To $11.00
    Standard Non-Electric $11.00
    Standard Full Hook-Up $19.00
    Standard Electric $16.00
    Shelters $25.00
    Day-use Lodge $50.00-$100.00
    Off Peak Season
    Oct 01 2014 -
    Oct 31 2014
    Youth Group Only $15.00
    Walk To $6.00
    Standard Non-Electric $6.00
    Standard Full Hook-Up $14.00
    Standard Electric $11.00
    Shelters $25.00
    Day-use Lodge $50.00-$100.00
    Walk In Season
    Nov 01 2014 -
    Dec 31 2014
    Youth Group Only $15.00
    Walk To $6.00
    Standard Non-Electric $6.00
    Standard Full Hook-Up $14.00
    Standard Electric $11.00
    Shelters $25.00
    Day-use Lodge $50.00-$100.00
    Walk In Season
    Jan 01 2015 -
    Mar 31 2015
    Youth Group Only $15.00
    Walk To $6.00
    Standard Non-Electric $6.00
    Standard Full Hook-Up $14.00
    Standard Electric $11.00
    Shelters $25.00
    Day-use Lodge $50.00-$100.00
    Off Peak Season
    Apr 01 2015 -
    Apr 30 2015
    Youth Group Only $15.00
    Walk To $6.00
    Standard Non-Electric $6.00
    Standard Full Hook-Up $14.00
    Standard Electric $11.00
    Shelters $25.00
    Day-use Lodge $50.00-$100.00
    Peak Season
    May 01 2015 -
    Sep 30 2015
    Youth Group Only $15.00
    Walk To $11.00
    Standard Non-Electric $11.00
    Standard Full Hook-Up $19.00
    Standard Electric $16.00
    Shelters $25.00
    Day-use Lodge $50.00-$100.00

    *Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
    **Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
    Getting There
    GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
    42.24722, -90.42278
    42°14'50"N, 90°25'22"W

    Dyas Unit campground: Take Hwy 52 south of Bellevue 3 miles, turn right onto 429th Ave. which is a gravel road, then take first right into the park. The campground is located at the top of the hill on the left. Nelson Unit Park office, Butterfly Garden, Lodge, Nature Center: Located just off Hwy 52 on the southern edge of the city of Bellevue. Once you cross over the bridge, take an immediate right into the park.

    Contact Information

    Mailing Address:

    Bellevue State Park
    24668 Hwy. 52
    Bellevue  IA  52031

    Phone Number:

    Information:  (563)872-4019
    Additional Information