Lake Anita State Park, IA

Lake Anita State Park, dedicated in 1961, is one of the most popular outdoor recreation facilities in southwest Iowa. The 1,062 acre park features a beautiful 180 acre artificial lake which was formed by creating a dam on a branch of the Nishnabotna River. This park truly has ...
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Lake Anita Campground Standard Non-Electric 6 15 Back-In
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Overview

Description

Lake Anita State Park, dedicated in 1961, is one of the most popular outdoor recreation facilities in southwest Iowa. The 1,062 acre park features a beautiful 180 acre artificial lake which was formed by creating a dam on a branch of the Nishnabotna River. This park truly has something for everyone; from hiking on a quiet trail, to relaxing in the campground, or splashing on the beach, Lake Anita is a great place to enjoy yourself in the great outdoors.

Recreation:

Trails
A one-third mile self-guided trail is available, where park visitors can learn about a number of the shrubs and trees which abound in southwest Iowa. Lake Anita State Park also offers a four mile multi-use trail which runs completely around the lake. It is covered with crushed limestone and runs through restored prairie and by early successional timber, giving visitors a chance to view these diverse habitats and the different species of wildlife they hold. The paved Grass Roots Trail connects Lake Anita with the city of Anita leading to the downtown area.

Lake Activities
The beach at Lake Anita offers young and old opportunities for a refreshing dip or a game of sand volleyball on a hot summer day.

Fishing is a very popular sport at Lake Anita. The 180 acre lake is home to largemouth bass, channel catfish, crappie, bluegill, and redear sunfish. Several jetties around the lake provide good shoreline fishing. Two boat ramps provide access to the lake for boat anglers. Dock space for pontoon boats may be reserved on a seasonal basis through the park office

Facilities:

Picnicking/Shelters
Lake Anita State Park has a large number of picnic areas, many of which overlook the lake. The park is a wonderful place for a family get-together or just a quick outdoor meal. There are eight shelters available for reservations online.

Camping
All campsites are within easy access of the lake. The campground boasts electric, non-electric and full hook-up sites (water and sewer) as well as two modern shower/restroom buildings. Movies are shown every Saturday night in the campground, Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. A playground is also provided.

Nearby Attractions:

Lake Anita is located five miles south of Interstate 80 from the Anita interchange. The park lies just south of the town of Anita. Adair is eight miles northeast. Atlantic is approximately twelve miles west.

Booking Window

Shelters

Tue Sep 23 2014 - Sat Sep 19 2015

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

Standard Electric

Sun Sep 21 2014 - Fri Dec 19 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

Sun Sep 21 2014 - Fri Dec 19 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

Sun Sep 21 2014 - Fri Dec 19 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 Sep 21 2014 - Fri Dec 19 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
  • Boat Launch Ramp
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • DOCK, FISHING
  • Dump Station
  • Fish Cleaning Station
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • INTERPRETIVE TRAIL
  • Jogging/Running
  • Kayaking
  • Modern Restroom
  • PARK LAKE
  • PICNIC AREA
  • Park Office
  • Parking
  • Playground
  • RESTROOMS
  • Showers
  • Swimming - Beach
  • Toilet, Pit/Vault
  • Trash Dumpster
  • Walking
  • Water Hydrants
  • Wildlife Viewing
Less Than 1 Mile
  • Golf
  • Town
Greater Than 1 Mile
  • ATM/CASH MACHINE
  • CHURCH
  • Fuel, Vehicles
  • GROCERY STORE
  • Hunting
  • RETAIL, DRINKS
  • RETAIL, FIREWOOD
  • RETAIL, ICE
  • RETAIL, SNACKS
Greater Than 10 Miles
  • Hospital
  • Motel
  • RETAIL, BAIT & TACKLE
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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 Non-Electric $11.00
Standard Full Hook-Up $19.00
Standard Electric $16.00
Shelters $25.00
Off Peak Season
Oct 01 2014 -
Oct 31 2014
Youth Group Only $15.00
Standard Non-Electric $6.00
Standard Full Hook-Up $14.00
Standard Electric $11.00
Shelters $25.00
Walk In Season
Nov 01 2014 -
Dec 31 2014
Youth Group Only $15.00
Standard Non-Electric $6.00
Standard Full Hook-Up $14.00
Standard Electric $11.00
Shelters $25.00
Walk In Season
Jan 01 2015 -
Mar 31 2015
Youth Group Only $15.00
Standard Non-Electric $6.00
Standard Full Hook-Up $14.00
Standard Electric $11.00
Shelters $25.00
Off Peak Season
Apr 01 2015 -
Apr 30 2015
Youth Group Only $15.00
Standard Non-Electric $6.00
Standard Full Hook-Up $14.00
Standard Electric $11.00
Shelters $25.00
Peak Season
May 01 2015 -
Sep 30 2015
Youth Group Only $15.00
Standard Non-Electric $11.00
Standard Full Hook-Up $19.00
Standard Electric $16.00
Shelters $25.00

*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):
41.42389, -94.7725
41°25'26"N, 94°46'21"W

From I-80, take exit 70 and go south on Highway 148. This will take you through Anita. The park is on the west side of Highway 148 south of Anita. From Highway 83, turn south onto Highway 148. The park is on the west side of Highway 148 south of Anita.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Lake Anita State Park
55111 750th St
Anita  IA  50020

Phone Number:

Information:  (712)762-3564
Additional Information