Lake Anita State Park

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Lake Anita State Park

Iowa

(712) 762-3564

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Things To Do

Overview

Lake Anita State Park, dedicated in 1961, is one of the most popular outdoor recreation facilities in southwest Iowa. The 1,062-acre park features a beautiful 171-acre artificial lake, formed by creating a dam on a branch of the Nishnabotna River.

Lake Anita is a great destination for outdoor fun whether it be fishing, hiking, camping or swimming. The lake is known as one of Iowa's premier panfish lakes with crappie and bluegill being the primary catch. Largemouth bass and channel catfish can also be caught either from a boat or from one of the fishing jetties.

Hiking and biking are popular activities on the bike trail that extends around the lake and connects to the town of Anita. Bring your tent or RV and enjoy a view of the lake. On warm summer days, enjoy a splash at the beach or play a friendly game of sand volleyball. With a large number of picnic areas, many of which overlook the lake, the park is a wonderful place for a family get-together or just a quick outdoor meal.

Map of Lake Anita (IA)

Latitude, Longitude: 41.421784, -94.773243

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Activities

  • Boating

    Two boat ramps are available for easy lake access. Any size boat motors may be operated at "no wake" speeds. Dock space for pontoon boats may be reserved on a seasonal basis through the park office.

  • Bicycling

    Lake Anita also offers a 4-mile trail which winds around the entire lake and is available for a pleasant walk, hike, or bike.

  • Camping

    The campground at Lake Anita is one of the most popular in southwest Iowa. The 161 camping sites are all within easy access of the lake. This includes 52 electrical hookups, 40 full hookups and two modern shower/restroom buildings. A playground is also provided. Advance campsite reservations can be made through the park reservation system. Half of the campsites are still available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

  • Fishing

    Lake Anita offers excellent lake and jetty fishing for largemouth bass, crappies and bluegills, and channel catfish.

  • Hiking

    A one-mile self-guided nature trail is available, where park visitors can learn about a number of the shrubs and trees which abound in southwest Iowa. Lake Anita also offers a 4-mile trail which winds around the entire lake and is available for a pleasant walk. It is a great avenue for hikers and bicyclists wanting to enjoy the great outdoors.

  • Picnicking

    Lake Anita State Park has a large number of picnic areas, many of which overlook the lake. The park is a wonderful place for a family get-together or just a quick outdoor meal. The eight open picnic shelters are available for use and may be reserved online through the park reservation system.

  • RVing

    The campground includes 52 electrical hookups, 40 full hookups and a sanitary dump station.

  • Water Sports

    Swimming is allowed at a designated beach with a sand volleyball court nearby. Fishing and boating are also allowed.

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

Lake Anita is located 5 miles south of Interstate 80 from the Anita interchange. The parks lies just south of the town of Anita. Atlantic is located approximately 12 miles west.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(712) 762-3564

Campground reservations

(877) 427-2757

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