Beach Lodge to be Removed from Reservation System: The beach lodge is scheduled to be removed from the reservation system. Due to ongoing parking limitations and heavy use of the beach area by beach users, the lodge will not be available for rentals beginning Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. People wishing to rent the lodge in April, May (up to the Thursday before the Memorial Day holiday weekd), and after Labor Day through October, may contact the park office at 319/624-2200 to reserve the facility.
Modern restrooms at primitive campground open for the season: Modern restrooms for the primitive campground have been opened for the season. Hydrants are also available
SHowers/restrooms available in modern campground: Showers and restrooms are now available in the modern campground. Yard hydrants, electric and wastewater hookups are also available.

Lake Macbride State Park, IA

Lake Macbride State Park is Iowa's largest state park, where 2,180 acres bids a variety of outdoor activities, including fishing, boating, swimming, camping, hiking, picnicking (reservable shelters and lodge) and much more. Located in the wooded valleys of Mill and Jordan Creeks...
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Overview

Description

Lake Macbride State Park is Iowa's largest state park, where 2,180 acres bids a variety of outdoor activities, including fishing, boating, swimming, camping, hiking, picnicking (reservable shelters and lodge) and much more. Located in the wooded valleys of Mill and Jordan Creeks, Lake Macbride is certain to meet the needs of outdoor enthusiasts.

Lake Macbride offers swimming as well as refreshments at the beautiful beach area. Swimming is restricted to the designated beach area only.

Multi-use trails wind for miles around the lake. All park trails offer opportunities for the sights and sounds of Iowa at its best. Bird watchers will thrill to the sight of nearly every songbird native to the region. During the spring and fall, shorebirds, waterfowl and ospreys are frequent visitors. During winter months, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling are popular.

Recreation:

Trails
A five-mile crushed limestone multi-use trail is located on the north side of the lake and connects the park to the community of Solon. This trail is very popular with bicyclists. While a majority of this trail runs along the shoreline of Lake Macbride, several portions pass through oak/hickory forest or alongside restored Iowa prairie. More than seven miles of additional hiking trails await your visit, including one especially scenic crushed limestone trail that extends 1.5 miles between the beach and the lake 's dam.

Volkssport Trails & Events: Six permanent Volkssport trails have been established for seasonal use within state parks and recreation areas.

Lake Activities
On a hot day, Lake 's beach, located in the northern unit of the park, is the perfect place to cool off or simply relax and enjoy the view. Located nearby is a boat rental and concession operation. Lake Macbride offers 812 acres of artificial lake prime for catching fish including walleye, channel catfish and muskie. Lake Macbride may be the only lake in Iowa in which the prized Kentucky spotted bass can be caught. Fishing amenities include boat ramps, a universally accessible fishing pier, a dozen fishing jetties, boat rentals, great shoreline access throughout and a fish cleaning station. A section of the lake shoreline is designated as 24-hour fishing access.

A state-maintained boat ramp and dock on the adjacent Coralville Lake provides access to the Iowa River at no cost to park visitors. Ramp users must follow park hours, however, and vacate by 10:30 p.m.

Pontoons, motorboats, canoes, kayaks and paddleboats are available for rent near the beach. The boat rental number is (319) 624-2315. All boats must operate at 5 mph or less. A 10 horsepower motor limit is in effect on Lake Macbride from the Friday before Memorial Day through Labor Day. At other times there is an unrestricted horsepower motor limit operated at a "no-wake" speed. Pontoon docking spaces are available for rental, as are dry-storage spots for boats.

Facilities:

Picnicking/Shelters/Lodges
Lake Macbride State Park is a great place for a family picnic or get-together. Four open picnic shelters are available and may be reserved online. A day-use lodge is also available and great for family reunions.

Camping
Lake Macbride State Park has two campgrounds. The modern campground in the northern unit of the park has electric and full hook-up (water and sewer) sites as well as a shower, restroom and trailer dump station.

The non-modern campground in the southern park unit has non-electric campsites and both flush and non-flush restrooms available. This campground is located in a beautiful shaded setting near the lake. Both campgrounds have a playground nearby.

Nearby Attractions:

Lake Macbride is nestled immediately adjacent to Coralville Lake, where power boats and jet skis are allowed to operate. The Herbert Hoover Presidential Museum is located nearby in West Branch. Iowa Children's Museum, Amana Colonies and the University of Iowa's Museum of Natural History are just a few of many local attractions in the surrounding Cedar Rapids/Iowa City area.

Booking Window

Day-use Lodge

Sun Sep 21 2014 - Thu Sep 17 2015

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

Shelters

Sun Sep 21 2014 - Thu Sep 17 2015

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

Standard Electric

Fri Sep 19 2014 - Wed Dec 17 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

Fri Sep 19 2014 - Wed Dec 17 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

Fri Sep 19 2014 - Wed Dec 17 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

Fri Sep 19 2014 - Wed Dec 17 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
  • Bait
  • Bicycling
  • Boat Launch Ramp
  • Boat Rental
  • Boating
  • Canoe Rental
  • Canoeing
  • Concession
  • Dock Slips
  • Dock, Boat
  • Docks, Fishing
  • Dump Station
  • Firewood Sales
  • Fish Cleaning Station
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • INTERPRETIVE TRAIL
  • Ice Sales
  • Jogging/Running
  • Lake
  • Modern Restroom
  • Mountain Biking
  • PICNIC AREA
  • Paddle Boating
  • Park Office
  • Playground
  • RESTROOMS
  • Showers
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming - Beach
  • Toilet, Pit/Vault
  • Trash Dumpster
  • Water Hydrants
  • Wildlife Viewing
Greater Than 1 Mile
  • ATM/CASH MACHINE
  • CHURCH
  • GROCERY STORE
  • Golf
  • Town
Within 10 Miles
  • Archery
  • Hunting
  • Jet-Skiing
  • Viewing Platform/Overlk
Greater Than 10 Miles
  • DUMP STATION, MARINA
  • Fuel, Boats
  • Fuel, Vehicles
  • Geological Formations
  • Hospital
  • Interpretive Center
  • MAINTENANCE, BOAT
  • Marina
  • Motel
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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 $9.00
Standard Full Hook-Up $19.00
Standard Electric $16.00
Shelters $25.00
Day-use Lodge $35.00-$70.00
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
Day-use Lodge $35.00-$70.00
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
Day-use Lodge $35.00-$70.00
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
Day-use Lodge $35.00-$70.00
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
Day-use Lodge $35.00-$70.00
Peak Season
May 01 2015 -
Sep 30 2015
Youth Group Only $15.00
Standard Non-Electric $9.00
Standard Full Hook-Up $19.00
Standard Electric $16.00
Shelters $25.00
Day-use Lodge $35.00-$70.00

*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):
41.80278, -91.57417
41°48'10"N, 91°34'27"W

Directions from the main entrance to the modern campground: From Solon take County Road F16 west out of town for 5 miles, when entering the park follow the signs to the campground.

Directions to the Primitive campground: From Solon, take 5th St. west out of town for 3 miles. As you enter the park follow the sign to the campground.

Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Lake Macbride State Park
3525 Hwy 382 NE
Solon  IA  52333

Phone Number:

Information:  (319) 624-2200
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