Dolliver Memorial State Park

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Dolliver Memorial State Park

Iowa

(515) 359-2539

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Overview

Bluffs, canyons, the Des Moines River, Prairie Creek and Indian mounds are all part of the natural and cultural history that make Dolliver State Park so valuable to the people of Iowa. During the 1925 dedication ceremonies, a memorial plaque, the work of noted sculptor Laredo Taft, was unveiled before a crowd of 13,500 people.

Map of Dolliver Memorial (IA)

Latitude, Longitude: 42.390445, -94.084238

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Activities

  • Boating

    Dolliver is located on the Des Moines River, which is popular for both boating and fishing. A modern boat ramp is located in the park and is a popular "put in-take out" spot for canoeists as well as anglers.

  • Camping

    The group camp has a dining hall, modern rest rooms and showers and 10 separate sleeping cabins. The camp is available on a reservation basis for a variety of group events. See the document Group Camp Rental Reservation for specifics on reservation policy and rates. The Dolliver campground is located in a pleasant setting overlooking the Des Moines River. There are 33 campsites with electrical hookups, modern rest room and showers and a trailer dump station. Advance campsite reservations can be booked through the park reservation system. Half of the campsites are still available on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Fishing

    Dolliver is located on the Des Moines River, which is popular for both boating and fishing. A modern boat ramp is located in the park and is a popular "put in-take out" spot for canoeists as well as anglers.

  • Hiking

    A trail will take you out past the Copperas Beds which are unique sandstone formations towering 100 feet above Prairie Creek. The trail then continues on up into oak covered hillsides and back down past Bone Yard Hollow. Trails also take you out to the Indian Mounds and up more wooded hillsides.

  • Historic Sites

    luffs, canyons, the Des Moines River, Prairie Creek and Indian mounds are all part of the natural and cultural history that make Dolliver State Park so valuable to the people of Iowa. Purchased for thirty-eight thousand five hundred dollars, the 457-acre park was dedicated in 1925. During the dedication ceremonies, a memorial plaque, the work of noted sculptor Laredo Taft, was unveiled before a crowd of 13,500 people.

  • Picnicking

    The two lodges at Dolliver, built during the 1930s, may be rented for day use. They are ideal for group events such as family reunions and wedding receptions. The lodges may be reserved online through the park reservation system at https://eservices.iowa.gov/iowaparks/.

    An open picnic shelter may be reserved online through the park reservation system. A playground is located in the picnic area for the younger visitors.

Directions

Driving

Lehigh is three miles southeast of the park and Fort Dodge is 10 miles north of the park.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(515) 359-2539

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