Pine Lake State Park, IA

Pine Lake State Park provides a pleasing mix of woodland, river and lake in the midst of rolling farmland. Of special appeal to nature enthusiasts are the ancient white pines, the white-barked birch trees and the rare ferns found along the Iowa River. The park is spread over 654...
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Overview

Description

Pine Lake State Park provides a pleasing mix of woodland, river and lake in the midst of rolling farmland. Of special appeal to nature enthusiasts are the ancient white pines, the white-barked birch trees and the rare ferns found along the Iowa River. The park is spread over 654 acres and has two beautiful lakes (Upper and Lower Pine), extensive hiking trails and bountiful fishing. Whether you are here to fish, camp or spend a weekend at the cabins just relaxing by river, the pine-scented air is a pleasing rarity in Iowa.

Recreation:

Trails
The park has several miles of hiking trails that spur off from the two and one half mile paved multi-purpose trails, ranging from flat and easy to steep and rough. These hiking trails will take you through a variety of habitats, from wetland areas around the fringes of the lakes and Iowa River, through successional woodlands and remnants of native prairie. The keen observed will likely see some of the wide variety of wildlife species that reside in these various habitats. The trails are a combination of grass and crushed rock. Some sections of the trail use existing roadways to make the trail complete.

There are more than ten miles of well developed trails around the beautiful lake. Walk under 250 year old white pine trees on the southern shore of Lower Pine Lake. A self-guided nature trail starts in the Hogsback Picnic Area and ends near the beach. Trails are marked with points of interest that correspond with trail brochures available at trail heads, the campground and the park office.

The Lake-to-State Park Bike Route is a fifty mile route connecting Pine lake State Park and George Wyth Memorial State Park primarily utilizing county highways and established bike routes and paths once inside Cedar Falls/Waterloo.

Lake and River Activities
A beach is located on the lower lake which provides unsupervised swimming and sunbathing for all ages. Pine Lake has a number of fishing jetties on both Upper Pine Lake and Lower Pine Lake that provide great shoreline access. Both Lakes, according to local anglers, are full of bass, crappie, northern and catfish. Each lake has a boat ramp for convenient lake access. Each lake shoreline has a designated segment for 24-hour fishing access.

The Iowa River also borders a portion of the park and is noted for its fine angling for channel catfish and smallmouth bass. Fishing anywhere at Pine Lake will provide an enjoyable experience. Only electric trolling motors are allowed on the lake.

Facilities:

Picnicking/Shelters/Lodge
Pine Lake Offers five beautiful picnic areas. One is a quiet river setting near Pine Creek on the eastern side of the Iowa River. The Hogsback Bluffs Picnic Area overlooks the lower lake. Others are located on the Upper Lake Boat Ramp, Circle Point and Horseshoe. The Horseshoe Picnic Area is accessible to the mobility-impaired. All picnic areas have tables and restroom facilities. Open picnic shelters located at Circle Point, Upper Lake Boat Ramp, Hogsback and the Beach Shelter may be reserved online.

A charming stone and timber lodge is located high on a ridge overlooking Lower Pine Lake. Constructed in 1935 by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), Pine Lodge is available to rent for weddings, family reunions and other gatherings or special events.

Camping
The Pine Lake campground is one of the finest in the state. There are electric and non-electric sites, modern showers and restroom facilities, as well as a trailer dump station. Two camp pads are accessible to the mobility-impaired but the shower building is not, at this time.

Cabins
Stone and timber cabins are nestled along the Iowa River. Built by the CCC and the Works Progress Administration in the 1930s, these cabins have heat and air condition and fireplaces to take the chill off a cool fall day. The cabins include an oven/stove, microwave and refrigerator. Pine Creek and Bittersweet cabins accommodate up to six people, Goldfinch and Sandstone up to four people. Pine Creek is accessible to the mobility-impaired.

Nearby Attractions:

Bring your clubs and enjoy a round of golf at Pine Lake Golf & Country Club, less than a mile away. Rock-n-Row Adventures coordinates tubing trips on the Iowa River. Visit the Hardin County Farm Museum in Eldora.

Nearby Towns
The city of Eldora lies one mile west of the park and Steamboat Rock lies two miles to the north. Iowa Falls is twenty miles to the northwest and Marshalltown about forty miles southeast.

Booking Window

Day-use Lodge

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.

Family Cabins Modern

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.

Family Cabins Studio

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.

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 Electric

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.

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.

Standard Non-Electric

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
  • Antiquing
  • Bicycling
  • Bird Watching
  • Boat Launch Ramp
  • Boating
  • Cabins
  • Canoeing
  • Dock, Boat
  • Dump Station
  • Fish Cleaning Station
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Jogging/Running
  • Kayaking
  • Modern Restroom
  • PARK LAKE
  • PICNIC AREA
  • PICNICKING
  • Park Office
  • Parking
  • Playground
  • RESTROOMS
  • River
  • Showers
  • Swimming - Beach
  • Trash Dumpster
  • Walking
  • Water Hydrants
  • Wildlife Viewing
Less Than 1 Mile
  • Golfing
  • Town
Greater Than 1 Mile
  • ATM/CASH MACHINE
  • Archery
  • BALL FIELD
  • CHURCH
  • Fuel, Vehicles
  • GROCERY STORE
  • Laundry
  • Medical Clinic
  • Motel
  • PUTT-PUTT COURSE
  • RETAIL, BAIT & TACKLE
  • RETAIL, DRINKS
  • RETAIL, FIREWOOD
  • RETAIL, ICE
  • RETAIL, SNACKS
  • Tennis
  • Winery Tours
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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-$40.00
Family Cabins Studio $65.00
($390.00 Weekly**)
Family Cabins Modern $75.00
($450.00 Weekly**)
Day-use Lodge $40.00-$80.00
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-$40.00
Family Cabins Studio $65.00
($390.00 Weekly**)
Family Cabins Modern $75.00
($450.00 Weekly**)
Day-use Lodge $40.00-$80.00
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-$40.00
Family Cabins Studio $65.00
($390.00 Weekly**)
Family Cabins Modern $75.00
($450.00 Weekly**)
Day-use Lodge $40.00-$80.00
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-$40.00
Family Cabins Studio $65.00
($390.00 Weekly**)
Family Cabins Modern $75.00
($450.00 Weekly**)
Day-use Lodge $40.00-$80.00
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-$40.00
Family Cabins Studio $65.00
($390.00 Weekly**)
Family Cabins Modern $75.00
($450.00 Weekly**)
Day-use Lodge $40.00-$80.00
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-$40.00
Family Cabins Studio $65.00
($390.00 Weekly**)
Family Cabins Modern $75.00
($450.00 Weekly**)
Day-use Lodge $40.00-$80.00

*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):
42.37056, -93.07806
42°22'14"N, 93°4'41"W

From U.S. Highway 20: Exit U.S. Hwy 20 at the Eldora/Steamboat Rock exit, turn south on county road S-56. Stop at the four way stop in Steamboat Rock and continue south on County Road S-56 for about two miles. The campground will be on the left at the stone portal. The rest of Pine Lake will be on both sides of the road before you reach state Highway 175. Hwy 175: From Eldora on Hwy 175 on the east edge of Eldora, turn north on the first left through the stone portals on S-56. Lower Pine Lake will be on your right. The cabins and the Iowa River will be on your left. The campground and Upper Pine Lake will be on your right approximately one and one-half miles from Hwy 175 on County Road S-56.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Pine Lake State Park
22620 County Highway S56
Eldora  IA  50627

Phone Number:

Information:  (641) 858 - 5832
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