Pine Lake State Park

22620 County Highway S56
Eldora, IA 50627


Facilities and Activities

Pine Lake offers 4 beautiful picnic areas. One is a quiet river setting near Pine Creek on the eastern side of the Iowa River. The "Hogsback Bluffs Picnic Area" overlooks the lower lake. Others are located at the Upper Lake Boat Ramp and Circle Point. . Open picnic shelters located at Circle Point, Upper Lake Boat Ramp and at the beach may be reserved online through the park reservation system.

A beautiful stone and timber lodge is located high on a ridge overlooking Lower Pine Lake. Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, it is popular for reunions and other groups. The lodge may reserved online through the park reservation system.

The campground at Pine Lake offers campsites, several electrical hook-up sites, modern showers, restrooms and a trailer dump station are available during the recreation season. Advance campsite reservations can be made through the park reservation system. 25% of the campsites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Unfortunately, there are no ADA accessible facilities in the camp area at this time.

Four stone and timber cabins are nestled along the Iowa River. Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and the Works Progress administration in the 1930s, these cabins have fireplaces to take the chill off a cool fall day. "Pine Creek" and "Bittersweet" cabins accommodate up to 6 people, "Goldfinch" and "Sandstone" up to four. "Pine Creek" is accessible to the mobility-impaired. Each cabin features a shower, restroom, stove, and refrigerator. Cabin users must provide their own dishes, eating utensils, bedding, towels and other camping items. The cabins can be reserved online through the park reservation system.

There are several miles of well developed trails which spur off of the 2.6 mile paved bike trail. The bike trail connects the Cabins and Campground to the beach on Lower Pine Lake, and fishing access on both Upper and Lower Pine Lakes. Other trails circle Lower Pine Lake, or wind through bottomland forest along the Iowa River.

Lake and River Activities (swimming,fishing, boating)
A swimming beach is located along the bike trail on Lower Pine Lake. Both the 50-acre Lower Pine Lake and 69-acre Upper Pine Lake offer anglers the change to catch bass, crappie, bluegill, northerns and catfish. The Iowa river borders a portion of the park and is noted for its fine angling for channel catfish and smallmouth bass.

Boat ramps are on both lakes and only electric motors may be used.


Within park
Beach, Bicycling, Bird Watching, Boat Launch Ramp, Boating, Cabins, Camping - Electric, Camping - Nonelectric, Camping - Youth Group, Canoeing, Cross Country Skiing, Day-use Lodge, Dock, Boat, Dock, Fishing, Dump Station, Fish Cleaning Station, Fishing, Hiking, Jogging/Running, Kayaking, Modern Cabins, Modern Campground, Park Lake, Picnic Area, Picnic Shelter, Playground, Restrooms, River, Showers, Swimming - Beach, Trails, Bicycle, Trails, Cross Country Skiing, Trails, Hiking, Water Hydrants , Wildflower Viewing, Wildlife Viewing

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