Elinor Bedell State Park, IA

Elinor Bedell State Park is one of Iowa's newest state parks. It is one of several state areas that make up the Iowa Great Lakes Region. It is located on the shore of East Lake Okoboji and represents one of the last surviving open spaces in a region that is among Iowa's most...
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Elinor Bedell Campground Standard Full Hook-Up 6 70 Pull-Through
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Elinor Bedell Shelter Shelters 125 Accessible
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Overview

Description

Elinor Bedell State Park is one of Iowa's newest state parks. It is one of several state areas that make up the Iowa Great Lakes Region. It is located on the shore of East Lake Okoboji and represents one of the last surviving open spaces in a region that is among Iowa's most popular tourist destinations, The Iowa Great Lakes.

The 80 acre park was a generous gift of Berkley and Elinor Bedell. A lifelong resident of the Great Lakes area, Berkley represented northwest Iowa for twelve years in the United States Congress. Berkley and Elinor's dream of permanently protecting this beautiful piece of open space for future generations led to their donation of the land to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

Elinor Bedell State Park promotes special appreciation and enjoyment of prairies, wetlands and oak savanna landscapes once commonly found along the shores of Iowa's Great Lakes. An extensive trail system within the park links these restored landscapes providing the public with interpretation, education and recreational opportunities.

Recreation:

Lake Activities
East Okoboji and the many other lakes in the area are some of the prime fishing spots in Iowa. Anglers will find challenging sport pursuing a variety of game fish including walleye, northern pike, largemouth and smallmouth bass, white bass, yellow bass, perch, bluegills, crappies, catfish, and bullheads.

Trails
The park includes an extensive system of paved hiking trails. The trails are accessible to all entrance points connecting activities and points of interest. A raised boardwalk will take park users through the wetland areas and along the lake. The system is approximately 7,500 feet in length, paved, and accessible for persons with mobility impairment.

Facilities:

Picnicking/Shelters
A large open shelter with kitchenette and modern restrooms overlooks East Okoboji Lake and is available for reservations. Beside the shelter is Shelby's playground. This wonderful play area features a number of play structures specifically for children between the ages of two and five.

Camping
The campground consists of eight RV campsites with full hookups (water and sewer), a modern restroom, and a trailer dump station. Each campsite has a picnic table and fire ring. A small area has been set aside for primitive tent camping for youth groups.

Nearby Attractions:

The lakes area offers a tremendous number of settings for outdoor recreation. The communities of the lakes regions offer a number of shopping and dining experiences as well as other attractions such as museums and the amusement park.

Nearby Towns
Spirit Lake, Milford, Wahpeton, Okoboji, West Okoboji and Arnolds Park.

Booking Window

Shelters

Tue Jul 29 2014 - Sat Jul 25 2015

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

Standard Full Hook-Up

Sun Jul 27 2014 - Sat Oct 25 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

Sun Jul 27 2014 - Sat Oct 25 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
  • Fishing
  • Fuel, Boats
  • Hiking
  • Jogging/Running
  • Parking
  • Playground
  • Trash Dumpster
Within 10 Miles
  • AQUARIUM DISPLAY
  • ATM/CASH MACHINE
  • Antiquing
  • Boat Launch Ramp
  • Boat Rental
  • Fish Hatchery
  • Fuel, Vehicles
  • GROCERY STORE
  • Golf
  • Hospital
  • Jet Skiing
  • Laundry
  • MAINTENANCE, BOAT
  • Marina
  • Medical Clinic
  • Motel
  • Nature Center
  • RETAIL, BAIT & TACKLE
  • RETAIL, DRINKS
  • RETAIL, FIREWOOD
  • RETAIL, ICE
  • RETAIL, SEASONAL CONCESSIONS
  • Restaurant
  • Sail Boating
  • Shopping
  • Snowmobile Trails
  • Swimming - Pool
  • Tennis Court
  • Theme Park
  • Town
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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
Standard Full Hook-Up $17.00
Shelters $75.00
Off Peak Season
Oct 01 2014 -
Oct 31 2014
Youth Group Only $15.00
Standard Full Hook-Up $14.00
Shelters $75.00
Walk In Season
Nov 01 2014 -
Dec 31 2014
Youth Group Only $15.00
Standard Full Hook-Up $14.00
Shelters $75.00
Walk In Season
Jan 01 2015 -
Mar 31 2015
Youth Group Only $15.00
Standard Full Hook-Up $14.00
Shelters $75.00
Off Peak Season
Apr 01 2015 -
Apr 30 2015
Youth Group Only $15.00
Standard Full Hook-Up $14.00
Shelters $75.00
Peak Season
May 01 2015 -
Sep 30 2015
Youth Group Only $15.00
Standard Full Hook-Up $17.00
Shelters $75.00

*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):
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Located on County Road M56 on the east side of East Lake Okoboji.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Elinor Bedell State Park
1619 260th Ave
Spirit Lake  IA  51360

Phone Number:

Information:  (712)337-3211
Additional Information