Clear Lake State Park, IA

Clear Lake State Park is located on the southeast corner of the beautiful 3,643 acre Clear Lake, one of the major outdoor recreation features of northern Iowa. Although the state park is only 55 acres, it offers a tremendous diversity of recreational opportunities due to its location...
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Clear Lake Campground Standard Electric 6 50 Back-In
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Clear Lake Campground Standard Electric 6 50 Back-In
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Clear Lake Campground Standard Electric 6 50 Back-In
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Clear Lake Campground Standard Electric 6 50 Back-In
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Clear Lake Campground Standard Electric 6 50 Back-In
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Clear Lake Campground Standard Electric 6 71 Back-In
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Clear Lake Campground Standard Electric 6 72 Back-In
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Clear Lake Campground Standard Electric 6 72 Back-In
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Clear Lake Campground Standard Electric 6 56 Pull-Through
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Clear Lake Campground Standard Electric 6 58 Pull-Through
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Clear Lake Campground Standard Electric 6 58 Pull-Through
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Clear Lake Campground Standard Electric 6 54 Pull-Through
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Clear Lake Campground Standard Electric 6 40 Pull-Through
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Clear Lake Campground Standard Electric 6 36 Pull-Through
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Clear Lake Campground Standard Electric 6 33 Pull-Through
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Clear Lake Campground Standard Electric 6 44 Pull-Through
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Clear Lake Campground Standard Electric 6 75 Pull-Through
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Overview

Description

Clear Lake State Park is located on the southeast corner of the beautiful 3,643 acre Clear Lake, one of the major outdoor recreation features of northern Iowa. Although the state park is only 55 acres, it offers a tremendous diversity of recreational opportunities due to its location on the lake as well as its natural beauty.

This park is characterized by rolling ground with open, mature groves of oak trees. Several small draws and thickets provide habitat for owls, squirrels, opossums, raccoons, rabbits, many species of songbirds and an occasional deer. Scenic Woodford Island is a 3 acre island managed primarily for wildlife habitat and is an excellent spot for fishing.

Recreation:

Lake Activities
The 900 foot sandy beach offers unsupervised swimming and is a great place for swimmers and sunbathers, young and old.

Clear Lake is a great place for fishermen throughout the year. The lake offers good fishing for walleyes, muskie, northern pike, bullheads, catfish, yellow bass, crappies, and other panfish. Boaters enjoy skiing, jet skiing, sightseeing, wind surfing and sailing.

Facilities:

Picnicking/Shelters/Lodge
The park features more than 10 acres of picnic grounds with tables and grills. The shady picnic areas provide a great place for a family cookout. Playground equipment for small children is located in the picnic area adjacent to the campground. An open picnic shelter is available for online reservations.

A day-use lodge is located in the picnic area near the beach. Built in 1938 by the Works Progress Administration, this impressive historical facility is a great place for such group events as weddings, family reunions, company picnics, and other large group gatherings.

Camping
Clear Lake State Park has one of the most popular campgrounds in the Iowa state park system. The campground contains a modern restroom, shower facilities and trailer dump station.

Nearby Attractions:

Clear Lake offers the small-town, welcoming atmosphere along with large-town attractions. Visit the legendary Surf Ballroom, the site of many performances and the last performance of Buddy Holly, or walk downtown along the brick sidewalks to shop the antique stores and boutiques. Plan a summer excursion aboard the Lady of the Lake or take a bike ride around the lake. McIntosh Woods State Park is located on the northwest portion of the lake.

Nearby Towns
The park lies adjacent to the town of Clear Lake which contains a thriving business and civic community. A short distance away (12 miles) lies Mason City, one of the largest retail centers in northern Iowa. The town of Ventura lies 6 miles away to the town of Garner is 13 miles away.

Booking Window

Day-use Lodge

Mon Sep 01 2014 - Fri Aug 28 2015

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

Shelters

Mon Sep 01 2014 - Fri Aug 28 2015

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

Standard Electric

Sat Aug 30 2014 - Fri Nov 28 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

Sat Aug 30 2014 - Fri Nov 28 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

Sat Aug 30 2014 - Fri Nov 28 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
  • Bicycling
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Dump Station
  • Fishing
  • Jet Skiing
  • Jogging/Running
  • Kayaking
  • Lake
  • Modern Restroom
  • PICNIC AREA
  • Park Office
  • Parking
  • Playground
  • RESTROOMS
  • Showers
  • Swimming - Beach
  • Telephone
  • Toilet, Pit/Vault
  • Trash Dumpster
  • Walking
  • Water Hydrants
  • Water Skiing
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Windsurfing/Sailboarding
Less Than 1 Mile
  • ATM/CASH MACHINE
  • Fuel, Boats
  • Fuel, Vehicles
  • Motel
  • RETAIL, BAIT & TACKLE
  • RETAIL, DRINKS
  • RETAIL, FIREWOOD
  • RETAIL, ICE
  • Town
  • Volleyball
Greater Than 1 Mile
  • AQUARIUM DISPLAY
  • Antiquing
  • Boat Rental
  • CHURCH
  • GROCERY STORE
  • Hunting
  • Laundry
  • Marina
  • Medical Clinic
  • Museum
  • Seasonal Festivals
Within 10 Miles
  • Fish Cleaning Station
  • Hospital
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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):
43.11028, -93.39444
43°6'37"N, 93°23'40"W

Take exit 193 off of I-35. Head West on Hwy 106 until the first four-way stop. Take a left to the South on 8th Ave and follow for about a mile. Then take a right on 27th S. Follow until stop sign. Park entrance is right across the road. The address to the campground entrance is 6490 S Shore Drive.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Clear Lake State Park
2730 S Lakeview Dr
Clear Lake  IA  50428

Phone Number:

Information:  (641)357-4212
Additional Information