Bellevue State Park

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Bellevue State Park


(563) 872-4019

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Bellevue State Park is a Iowa state park in Jackson County, Iowa in the United States. It is along the banks of the Mississippi River just south of Bellevue.

The park lies in two separate tracts. The Nelson Unit is at the immediate south edge of Bellevue on U.S. 52 (The Great River Road), atop a 300 foot limestone bluff. The Dyas Unit is two miles further south on U.S. 52.

Bellevue State Park offers high bluffs with scenic views of the Mississippi River amidst 770 acres (3.1 km) of timbered walking trails, a unique butterfly sanctuary as well as an enclosed nature center.

Map of Bellevue (IA)

Latitude, Longitude: 42.247888, -90.422766



  • Boating

    Please call 563-872-4019 for more information.

  • Camping

    The Dyas Unit has 46 camping units (31 with electrical hookups), modern rest rooms, showers and a sanitary dumping station. Advance campsite reservations can be booked through the park reservation system. Half of the campsites are still available for self-registration on a first-come, first-serve basis. Camping is not allowed in the Nelson Unit.

  • Hiking

    In the Nelson Unit, four trails provide a variety of hiking opportunities. One trail leads out to scenic overlook of the Mississippi, one winds past Indian burial mounds, one wanders through a restored prairie and a "Garden Sanctuary for Butterflies", and one takes you past an old limestone rock quarry.

    The Dyas Unit encompasses almost 4 miles of foot trails, scenic overlooks, a stream with beaver dams, and aquatic and other wildlife. In winter, bald eagles concentrate to feed near the open waters below Lock and Dam 12. Pileated woodpeckers are occasionally seen in isolated areas.

  • Off Highway Vehicles

    Please call 563-872-4019 for more information.

  • Picnicking

    Picnickers at the Nelson Unit can enjoy beautiful views of the Mississippi River. Open picnic shelters may be reserved for a fee. The lodge is an ideal spot for group events such as wedding receptions and family events and is available on a reservation basis. The lodge and open shelters may be reserved online through the park reservation system.

  • RVing

    Please call 563-872-4019 for more information.



Bellevue is just north of the Nelson Unit of the park. Dubuque is 21 miles north on HWY 52.

Phone Numbers


(563) 872-4019