Shower building open for 2004 recreation season.: Both shower buildings in the campground are now open for the season.

Viking Lake State Park, IA

Welcome to Viking Lake State Park, one of the most popular state parks in southwest Iowa. Viking Lake's accessibility, abundant recreational opportunities and its wealth of natural beauty make it an outdoor lover's paradise. A large portion of the 1,000-acre park has ...
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
Max reservation window: Mon Dec 22 2014   Later Dates

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Any size boat motor is allowed on the lake, but is restricted to no-wake speed. No personal watercraft are allowed.
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Viking Lake Campground RV Only 6 35 Back-In
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Viking Lake Campground Standard Electric 6 55 Back-In
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Viking Lake Campground RV Only 6 44 Back-In
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Viking Lake Campground RV Only 6 60 Back-In
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Viking Lake Campground RV Only 6 50 Back-In
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Viking Lake Campground RV Only 6 55 Back-In
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Viking Lake Campground RV Only 6 59 Back-In
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Viking Lake Campground RV Only 6 58 Back-In
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Viking Lake Campground RV Only 6 57 Back-In
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Viking Lake Campground RV Only 6 60 Back-In
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Viking Lake Campground RV Only 6 52 Back-In
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Viking Lake Campground RV Only 6 55 Back-In
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Viking Lake Campground Standard Electric 6 51 Back-In
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Viking Lake Campground RV Only 6 55 Back-In
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Pets Allowed Near Water - no
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Viking Lake Campground Standard Electric 6 56 Back-In
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Viking Lake Campground Standard Electric 6 55 Back-In
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Pets Allowed Near Water - no
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Viking Lake Campground Standard Electric 6 59 Back-In
Electric Hookup Full Hookup - no
Pets Allowed Near Water - no
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Viking Lake Campground Standard Non-Electric 6 40
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Viking Lake Campground Buddy 12 40 Buddy
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Viking Lake Campground Standard Non-Electric 6 40
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Viking Lake Campground Standard Electric 6 80 Back-In
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Viking Lake Campground Standard Electric 6 87 Back-In
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Viking Lake Campground Standard Electric 6 56 Back-In
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Pets Allowed Near Water - no
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Overview

Description

Welcome to Viking Lake State Park, one of the most popular state parks in southwest Iowa. Viking Lake's accessibility, abundant recreational opportunities and its wealth of natural beauty make it an outdoor lover's paradise.

A large portion of the 1,000-acre park has been left in its natural state and has an abundance of wild flowers, plants and wildlife. It is not uncommon to see beavers, turkey, muskrats, ducks, shore birds and white-tailed deer. Many of the park's hills and valleys were once campsites of Native American tribes and artifacts were uncovered when the dam was being constructed.

After a long day of enjoying nature, head to the concession/restaurant located near the beach. This modern facility overlooks the lake so you can enjoy fabulous cuisine and inspiring lake views.

Recreation:

Trails The park's 5.5 mile, multi-use trail around the lake is well-marked and maintained. In addition to the lake trail, enjoy a self-guided nature hike on the one-mile Burr Oak Nature Trail. Its accompanying booklet will highlight the significance of specific shrubs, plants and trees found at Viking Lake State Park.

Lake Activities
Fishing is second only to camping in popularity at Viking Lake. The lake was originally constructed in 1957 and renovation and restocking of the 140-acre lake was completed in 2009. Four boat ramps offer easy access to the lake and shoreline anglers will find six universally accessible fishing jetties. Species of fish in the lake include bluegill, redear sunfish, largemouth bass, channel catfish, crappie and walleye. In addition to the lake fishing there are 16 silt retention ponds that can be accessed by hiking or bicycle. These small ponds hold bass, bluegill and catfish.

If swimming is your favorite pastime, a sandy beach is located on the west shore. Swim at your own risk as the beach is unsupervised. The boat concession, near the beach, offers bait and rents motor boats, paddle boats and pontoons.

Facilities:

Picnicking/Shelters
There are three picnic shelters in the park that can be reserved in advance. The Lower Picnic Shelter has an enclosed kitchenette. A long sweep of shady, grassy hillside extends down to the water's edge forming a beautiful picnic area where the Beach Point Shelter is located. The upper road also goes to the Upper Picnic Shelter and overlook with an excellent view of the lake.

Camping
In addition to the boundless natural beauty of Viking Lake State Park visitors may also enjoy the picturesque water views from one of the park's campsites. The campground has nonelectric, electric, full hook-up (electric, water, sewer) and buddy campsites, modern showers and restrooms and a sanitary dump station. A playground is located within the campground.

Nearby Attractions:

Attractions in Red Oak and Stanton include the Burlington Northern Depot and WWII Museums, a Heritage Hill tour, Montgomery County Historical Center and the Swedish Heritage and Cultural Center. Do not miss the World's Largest Coffee Pot and Cup!

Nearby Towns
Stanton is 4 miles from the park. Red Oak, the county seat, is 12 miles away. Villisca is 10 miles from the park

Booking Window

Buddy

Tue Sep 23 2014 - Sun Dec 21 2014

Reservations must be made 2 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 3 Month(s) in advance.

RV Only

Tue Sep 23 2014 - Sun Dec 21 2014

Reservations must be made 2 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 3 Month(s) in advance.

Shelters

Thu Sep 25 2014 - Mon Sep 21 2015

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

Standard Electric

Tue Sep 23 2014 - Sun Dec 21 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

Tue Sep 23 2014 - Sun Dec 21 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

Tue Sep 23 2014 - Sun Dec 21 2014

Reservations must be made 2 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 3 Month(s) in advance.

Tent Only

Tue Sep 23 2014 - Sun Dec 21 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

Tue Sep 23 2014 - Sun Dec 21 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
  • Bird Watching
  • Boat Launch Ramp
  • Boat Rental
  • Boating
  • Canoe Rental
  • Canoeing
  • Concession
  • Dock Slips
  • Dump Station
  • Firewood Sales
  • Fish Cleaning Station
  • Fishing
  • HORSESHOE PITS
  • Hiking
  • INTERPRETIVE TRAIL
  • Ice Sales
  • Jogging/Running
  • Modern Restroom
  • PARK LAKE
  • PICNIC AREA
  • Paddle Boat Rentals
  • Park Office
  • Parking
  • Playground
  • RESTROOMS
  • Restaurant
  • Showers
  • Swimming - Beach
  • Telephone
  • Trash Dumpster
  • Water Hydrants
  • Wildlife Viewing
Greater Than 1 Mile
  • Archery
  • Hunting
  • River
Within 10 Miles
  • ATM/CASH MACHINE
  • CHURCH
  • Fuel, Boats
  • Fuel, Vehicles
  • Motel
  • Town
Greater Than 10 Miles
  • GROCERY STORE
  • Hospital
  • Medical Clinic
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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
Tent Only $11.00
Standard Non-Electric $11.00
Standard Full Hook-Up $19.00
Standard Electric $16.00
Shelters $25.00-$75.00
RV Only $16.00-$19.00
Buddy $22.00-$32.00
Off Peak Season
Oct 01 2014 -
Oct 31 2014
Youth Group Only $15.00
Tent Only $6.00
Standard Non-Electric $6.00
Standard Full Hook-Up $14.00
Standard Electric $11.00
Shelters $25.00-$75.00
RV Only $11.00-$14.00
Buddy $12.00-$22.00
Walk In Season
Nov 01 2014 -
Dec 31 2014
Youth Group Only $15.00
Tent Only $6.00
Standard Non-Electric $6.00
Standard Full Hook-Up $14.00
Standard Electric $11.00
Shelters $25.00-$75.00
RV Only $11.00-$14.00
Buddy $12.00-$22.00
Walk In Season
Jan 01 2015 -
Mar 31 2015
Youth Group Only $15.00
Tent Only $6.00
Standard Non-Electric $6.00
Standard Full Hook-Up $14.00
Standard Electric $11.00
Shelters $25.00-$75.00
RV Only $11.00-$14.00
Buddy $12.00-$22.00
Off Peak Season
Apr 01 2015 -
Apr 30 2015
Youth Group Only $15.00
Tent Only $6.00
Standard Non-Electric $6.00
Standard Full Hook-Up $14.00
Standard Electric $11.00
Shelters $25.00-$75.00
RV Only $11.00-$14.00
Buddy $12.00-$22.00
Peak Season
May 01 2015 -
Sep 30 2015
Youth Group Only $15.00
Tent Only $11.00
Standard Non-Electric $11.00
Standard Full Hook-Up $19.00
Standard Electric $16.00
Shelters $25.00-$75.00
RV Only $16.00-$19.00
Buddy $22.00-$32.00

*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):
40.97222, -95.03722
40°58'20"N, 95°2'14"W

From Hwy.34 go south on county road M-65 then turn east on county road H-43 and continue to the park entrance.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Viking Lake State Park
2780 Viking Lake Road
Stanton  IA  51573

Phone Number:

Project Office: (712) 829 - 2235
Additional Information