Certain State Parks Offer Amenities All Year Long
DES MOINES - A number of Iowa state parks have facilities open to the
public all year long, including cabin and lodge rental and heated shower
"Some of these facilities can be difficult to reserve during the prime
camping season but have open dates later in the year, if people are willing
to be flexible with their schedule," said Kevin Szcodronski, chief of the
DNR's parks bureau.
Cabins are available all year at Backbone, Pine Lake, Wilson Island and
Springbrook state parks.
The modern two-bedroom cabins are equipped with heating and air conditioning
and available for year round rental. The one-bedroom style cabins, equipped
with heating and air conditioning, are available through October. Renters
must provide their own bedding and dinnerware. The cabins are available on a
reservation basis through the park concessionaire and are accepted starting
the first working day in January. Please call 563-933-4225 for cabin
Four recently remodeled 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. Cabins are available for
reservation through the park concessionaire located at Twin Lakes Bait Shop,
23204 County Highway S56, Eldora, or call at 641-858-3626.
A non-modern cabin is available year-round. The cabin has electricity, two
bunk beds, a table and benches. No cooking, water, or sanitary facilities
are furnished. The cabin is located near the campground shower and toilet
building. Advance reservations are accepted starting the first working day
in January. The cabin may be rented for a two-night minimum. Call
712-642-2069 for reservations.
Springbrook's six rustic family cabins provide great opportunities for an
economical getaway. Available for weekly rental, the cabins will accommodate
up to four people. They are equipped with refrigerators, stoves, water and
flush toilets. Cabin users must provide their own bedding, towels, dishes
and other camping items. Hot water is not available; however, showers are
located in the campground. Cabins may be reserved for a week through the
concessionaire after January 1. Call 641-747-2785 for reservations.
There are 155 modern campsites with showers, rest rooms and a trailer dump
station. Eighty sites are equipped with electricity only. Electricity is
available year-round in the campground and the shower building is heated in
The lodges at Walnut Woods, Lacey-Keosauqua and Wapsipinicon state parks are
available for rent through the winter.
The popular lodge is an outstanding feature of the park. It is a beautiful
setting for weddings, family reunions, holiday parties and business
meetings. The lodge was built in the 1930s of limestone brought in from an
eastern Iowa quarry and rough-cut hand-filled lumber. The lodge is available
for rental on a reservation basis. Call 515-285-4502 for reservation
There are two lodges, ideal for group events such as wedding receptions and
family reunions, are available for rent through the park ranger. Both lodges
include a stove, refrigerator, tables and running water. The newer lodge has
a modern restroom and is available year-round. Call 319-462-2761 for
A lodge may also be reserved through the park manager. The lodge is an
excellent place for group events such as wedding receptions and family
reunions. Call 319-293-3502 for reservation information.
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