Elinor Bedell State Park

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Elinor Bedell State Park

Iowa

(712) 337-3211

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Overview

Elinor Bedell State Park is Iowa's newest (1998) state park. It is located on the shores of East Lake Okoboji and represents one of the last remaining open spaces in a region that is among Iowa's most popular tourist destination - the Iowa Great Lakes. The eighty acre park was a generous gift of Berkley and Elinor Bedell. A life long resident of the Great Lakes area, Berkley Bedell represented Northwest Iowa for 12 years in the United States Congress. Berkley and Elinor's dream of permanently protecting this beautiful piece of open space for future generations led to donation of the land to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

Elinor Bedell State Park will promote appreciation and enjoyment of prairies, wetlands and oak savanna landscapes once commonly found along the shores of Iowa's Great lakes. An extensive trail system will link these restored landscapes providing the public with interpretation, education and recreational opportunities.

By re-creating these natural landscapes, wildlife habitat will be improved and will provide excellent wildlife viewing opportunities. Viewing blinds, overlooks and a raised boardwalk through wetland areas will bring the park user closer to wildlife and the surrounding landscape.

Map of Elinor Bedell (IA)

Latitude, Longitude: 43.359884, -95.144177

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Activities

  • Boating

    East Okoboji and the many other lakes in the area are some of the prime fishing spots in Iowa. Anglers will find challenging sport pursuing a variety of game fish, including walleye, northern pike, smallmouth bass, white bass, perch, bluegills, crappies, catfish, and bullheads.

  • Camping

    The campground consists of 8 RV campsites with full hookups, modern rest room, and a trailer dump station. Each campsite has a picnic table and fireplace. A small area has been set aside for youth groups to tent camp. A playground is located near the campground. Advance campsite reservations can be booked through the park reservation system. Half of the campsites are available for self-registration on a first-come/first-serve basis.

  • Fishing

    East Okoboji and the many other lakes in the area are some of the prime fishing spots in Iowa. Anglers will find challenging sport pursuing a variety of game fish, including walleye, northern pike, smallmouth bass, white bass, perch, bluegills, crappies, catfish, and bullheads.

  • Picnicking

    A shelter with kitchenette, bathrooms and a fireplace overlooks Lake Okoboji and is available for rent. The shelter can be reserved online through the park reservation system. Contact the park manager at Gull Point (712)337-3211 for more information.

  • RVing

    The campground consists of 8 RV campsites with full hookups, modern rest room, and a trailer dump station. Each campsite has a picnic table and fireplace. A small area has been set aside for youth groups to tent camp. A playground is located near the campground. Advance campsite reservations can be booked through the park reservation system. Half of the campsites are available for self-registration on a first-come/first-serve basis.

  • Water Sports

    Swimming is available in the park.

Directions

Driving

Nearby cities include Spirit Lake, Okoboji and Arnolds Park.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(712) 337-3211

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