Gull Point State Park

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Gull Point State Park

Iowa

(712) 337-3211

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Overview

The focal point for state parks and recreation areas in this region is beautiful Gull Point State Park, established in 1933. Gull Point provides a pleasing, shaded setting on West Okoboji Lake and offers a well-rounded variety of outdoor recreation facilities.

Gull Point is a great place for a family picnic and the Gull Point campground is one of the most popular in the lakes area. The western portion of Gull Point State Park is a hiker's delight, with a fine self-guided interpretative trail. On the 1.3 mile trail, visitors can identify a variety of natural features by using the trail brochure. This area of the park is an excellent place to observe a wide variety of wildlife from songbirds to white-tailed deer. In the winter, the area is open for cross-country skiing.

Gull Point's beach provides a fine place for young and old to sunbathe and splash in the crystal clear water. West Okoboji and the many other lakes 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. Boating is also very popular on the lakes using everything from canoes to sailboats and ski rigs.

The "lakes area" of northwest Iowa offers a tremendous array of outdoor recreation opportunities, year-round. The unique setting of beautiful and clear Lakes East and West Okoboji, Big Spirit Lake and other water bodies truly provides wonderful opportunities for outdoor recreation.

Map of Gull Point (IA)

Latitude, Longitude: 43.370750, -95.166845

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Activities

  • Boating

    Boats of any kind are allowed on Iowa Great Lakes; boat ramps available throughout complex.

  • Camping

    The Gull Point campground is one of the most popular in the lakes area. The campground is well shaded and features paved roads, playground equipment, modern restroom and shower facilities, as well as a sanitary dump station. There are a total of 112 campsites, 60 with electrical hookups. Advance campsite reservations can be made online through the park reservation system. Half of the campsites are still available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

  • Fishing

    Lake fishing is available. Fish species include: walleye, northern pike, bass, perch, bluegill, crappie, catfish, and bullhead.

  • Picnicking

    Gull Point is a great place for a family picnic. Several open shelters are available and may be reserved online through the park reservation system.

    The Gull Point lodge, built during the 1930's by the Civilian Conservation Corp, is the largest such facility in the state. It features kitchen facilities and will seat 140 people. The lodge is a wonderful setting for group activities such as wedding receptions and family reunions. Lodge reservations can be made online through the park reservation system.

  • RVing

    There are a total of 112 campsites, 60 with electrical hookups, and a sanitary dump station.

  • Winter Sports

    In the winter, Gull Point State Park is open for cross-country skiing.

Seasonality/Weather

Iowa summers are known for heat and humidity, with daytime temperatures often near 90°F and sometimes exceeding 100°F. Spring ushers in the beginning of the severe weather season--thunderstorms and tornadoes are common during the spring and summer months. Average winters in the state have been known to drop well below freezing, even falling below 0°F.

Directions

Driving

Gull Point State Park and the associated areas are located throughout the Lake Okoboji and Spirit Lake area.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(712) 337-3211

Campground reservations

(877) 427-2757

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