Iowa State Park Passport

Your Passport to Iowa’s Outdoors

Visit State Parks. Check in. Get Rewards.

The Iowa State Park Passport is your ticket to celebrate the 100th anniversary of our state park system, earn prizes and enjoy the outdoors. Make it a family-friendly challenge to visit parks across the state and track your progress with this personalized passport.


It’s free to sign up and the more parks you visit, the more chances for prizes you earn!


    In July, each qualified check-in earns a chance to win one of 10 FREE NIGHTS OF CAMPING at an Iowa State Park OR one of 5 FREE IOWA STATE PARKS: A CENTURY OF STEWARDSHIP books!

      In August, each qualified check-in earns a chance to win one of 10 FREE NIGHTS OF CAMPING at an Iowa State Park OR one of 5 SETS OF MYSTERY BOOKS BY IOWA AUTHOR KAREN MUSSER NORTMAN.

        Be one of the first 50 to check in to ALL 61 State Park locations and win an official PARKS 2020 BASEBALL CAP.

          EVERY unique check-in is an entry to the GRAND PRIZE GIVEAWAY – one person will win a two-night cabin stay at Honey Creek Resort and one person will win a set of 10 Iowa State Park Art Prints from BozzPrints! All check-ins through October 31, 2020 qualify.


        For more information regarding the prize package and sweepstakes, CLICK HERE.

        Click here to learn about the parks!

Iowa State Park Passport

  • Visit state parks and track your progress.
  • Enjoy Iowa’s outdoors while supporting Iowa’s state park system.
  • Qualify for the grand prize giveaway, monthly drawings and a prize for visiting all of Iowa’s state parks!

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Ambrose A. Call State Park

Ambrose A. Call State Park is a 138 acre "oasis" of rugged hills, heavily wooded with virgin timber in an area of gently rolling farmland. The park is located in northern Iowa near the east fork of the Des Moines River. A centerpiece of this rustic park is a log-cabin style lodge built...


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Backbone State Park

Dedicated in 1920 as Iowa’s first state park, Backbone State Park is one of the most geographically unique locations in Iowa. The steep and narrow ridge of bedrock from the Maquoketa River forms the highest point in northeast Iowa - The Devil’s Backbone - giving the park its...


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Badger Creek State Recreation Area

Badger Creek State Recreation Area is a popular outdoor destination for hunters and anglers just a few miles southwest of the Des Moines metro area. The 276-acre lake offers excellent fishing opportunities for bass, crappie, bluegill and catfish. More than 700 acres can be accessed for hunting,...


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Banner Lakes at Summerset State Park

Banner Lakes at Summerset State Park is nestled in the rolling landscape between Des Moines and Indianola. The area was once the site of a coal mine and transformed into a state park in 2004. Summerset is a quiet destination for outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy fishing, hiking and biking


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Beeds Lake State Park

A centerpiece of Franklin County, Beeds Lake State Park is a popular destination for anglers of all ages and contains one of the most photographed dams in the Midwest. The park’s 99-acre reservoir is the primary focus, with ample fishing and hiking opportunities at the spillway and along...


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Bellevue State Park

Eastern Iowa’s Bellevue State Park is rich in archaeological, historical and natural beauty. The park features beautiful overlooks of the Mississippi River. An enclosed nature center and butterfly sanctuary showcase diverse wildlife and plant life inhabiting the area. Bellevue State Park...


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Big Creek State Park

Located near Saylorville Lake just 20 miles from Des Moines, Big Creek State Park is a family-friendly setting for picnicking and outdoor recreation. The centerpiece is Big Creek Lake, home of the largest beach in the state park system. The lake is also a popular fishing destination with boat...


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Blackhawk State Park

Black Hawk State Park is home to the southernmost glacial lake in the United States and is a historical icon of Lake View. Many of the park’s structures were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s and serve as beautiful locations for picnics and outdoor events. The city of...


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Brushy Creek State Recreation Area

Brushy Creek State Recreation Area is one of the largest state parks in Iowa, showcasing native prairie, grassland, timber, river and lake habitats across its 6,500 acres. The lake at Brushy Creek is perfect for swimming, fishing and boating. With more than 45 miles of trails, Brushy Creek is a...


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Cedar Rock State Park

Home to the historic estate of Agnes and Lowell Walter, Cedar Rock State Park was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and is an iconic destination for reliving history. The Walter House is the focal point of Cedar Rock, surrounded by lovely gardens and trails as part of the park’s landscape....


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Clear Lake State Park

Clear Lake State Park offers diverse activities on one of Iowa’s most popular lakes. The 3,000-acre lake is a draw for boating, fishing and windsurfing. The park features open spaces and mature oak trees along with a highly popular campground. Several acres of picnic grounds with tables...


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Dolliver Memorial State Park

Dolliver Memorial State Park in Webster County is unique for its natural bluffs and geological formations. Dolliver overlooks the Des Moines River Valley and spreads across 594 acres of flatlands and rugged trails. Highlights of the park include Boneyard Hollow, the Copperas Beds and historic...


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Elk Rock State Park

Elk Rock State Park is adjacent to 50,000 acres of public land available for a variety of recreational activities. The park is located on Lake Red Rock, Iowa’s largest body of water, and offers ample opportunity for boating and fishing. Elk Rock is named for its unusual rock formation...


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Fairport State Recreation Area

Fairport Recreation Area is located right on the Mississippi near Muscatine and offers majestic views of the river. Two boat ramps provide plenty of boating access, along with nearby docks. Campers will enjoy river views from their campsites, along with modern amenities such as electrical...


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Fort Atkinson State Preserve

Fort Atkinson State Preserve in Winneshiek County is the site of some of Iowa’s oldest historic structures. The fort was originally constructed between 1840-1842, and was briefly a federal army outpost for relations with Native American tribes. Several buildings still stand, providing a glimpse into Iowa history.


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Fort Defiance State Preserve

Fort Defiance State Park, outside of Estherville in northwest Iowa, features 190 acres of rugged woodlands surrounded by gently rolling farmlands. The centerpiece of the park is an army-post style lodge. Visitors to the park can enjoy hiking or picnicking in a quiet setting.


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Geode State Park

Named after Iowa’s state rock, Geode State Park is a traditional favorite for both local residents and out of state visitors. Lake Geode is the focal point of the park, with more than 150 acres available for fishing, boating and paddlesport activities. A geode display is available at the...


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George Wyth State Park

Abundant in woodlands and wildlife, George Wyth State Park is an “urban sanctuary” offering diverse outdoor activities for visitors. The park was named George Wyth State Park in 1956 after a well-known Cedar Falls businessman, and its secluded environment is the perfect get-away near...


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Green Valley State Park

Green Valley State Park in southwest Iowa is a popular destination for fishing and boating. Four lakes in the region -- Three Mile Lake, Twelve Mile Lake, Summit Lake and Green Valley Lake -- are located within 10 miles of each other and create a hub for lake recreation in southwest Iowa.


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Gull Point State Park

Gull Point is a focal point for Iowa state parks in the Iowa Great Lakes Region. Along with camping, Gull Point State Park has a popular beach on West Okoboji Lake, which is a vacation favorite for fishing, paddling, and boating. Several small state parks can be found in the Great Lakes region...


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Honey Creek Resort
Honey Creek Resort in south-central Iowa is a premier destination for outdoor recreation. The 850-acre park features a great lodge/hotel, conference center, cottages, restaurant, indoor water park, 18-hole golf course, RV campground, nature trails, boat ramp and docks, activity center, and more....
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Honey Creek State Park

Honey Creek State Park in southern Iowa offers 828 acres of rolling, timbered hills with the beautiful backdrop of Iowa’s second largest lake, Rathbun Lake. Many wooded areas along with two shelters offer visitors a secluded setting for a day-time picnic or outdoor event. Honey Creek State...


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Lacey Keosauqua State Park
Dedicated in 1921 as Iowa’s second state park, Lacey-Keosauqua State Park spans more than 1,500 acres and offers ample opportunity for fishing, hiking, camping and swimming. Oak-hickory bluffs and valleys characterize the park, including a three mile trail along the bluffs of the Des Moines...
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Lake Ahquabi State Park
Lake Ahquabi is a popular state park in south-central Iowa named after the Sauk and Fox word meaning “resting place.” Dedicated in 1936, several of the park’s structures, such as the stone lodge and picnic shelters, were constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) during the Great...
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Lake Anita State Park

Lake Anita State Park is one of Iowa’s newer parks, constructed in the 1960s as a popular outdoor recreation destination in southwest Iowa. The centerpiece of the 1,062-acre park is a beautiful 171-acre artificial lake offering expansive fishing and boating opportunities.


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Lake Darling State Park

Named after J.N. “Ding” Darling, a champion of conservation and nationally renowned editorial cartoonist, Lake Darling State Park in southeast Iowa provides ample opportunity for family picnics, lake recreation and woodland hikes. The park offers winter activities, including...


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Lake Keomah State Park

Lake Keomah State Park near Oskaloosa in southern Iowa features 366 acres of beautiful woods and picnic areas along an 84-acre lake. Deep woods and marshy areas provide habitat for a variety of wildlife including bullfrogs and blue heron. In the fall, the lake’s trees and shrubs illuminate...


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Lake Macbride State Park

This park is currently closed due to storm damage.


Named after Thomas Macbride, the “father” of Iowa conservation, Lake Macbride State Park is a popular lakeside destination with family friendly outdoor activities. Several multi-use trails wind around the...


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Lake Manawa State Park

Lake Manawa is one of western Iowa’s premier spots for boating, hiking or just relaxing outdoors. More than 1,500 acres surround the lake, originally constructed in 1881 after a Missouri River flood. It continues to be a major outdoor recreation center for thousands of visitors. A popular...


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Lake of Three Fires State Park

A hotspot for equestrian trail riding and camping, Lake of Three Fires State Park in southwest Iowa provides diverse outdoor recreation opportunities. The park’s 85-acre lake is a local destination for boaters and anglers, and several open picnic areas are available near the lake. Lake of...


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Lake Wapello State Park

Named after the famous Native American Chief Wapello, Lake Wapello State Park boasts a variety of outdoor opportunities. More than 1,000 acres of beautiful wooded hillsides offer scenic picnic areas, and the lake provides a relaxing atmosphere for activities such as canoeing, kayaking and...


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Ledges State Park

Ledges State Park is one of Iowa’s most historic and unique nature destinations, especially for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts. A four-mile trail system winds through steep slopes and scenic overviews, with sandstone ledges towering 100 feet above the Des Moines River. Numerous 1930s CCC...


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Lewis and Clark State Park

Lewis and Clark State Park in western Iowa is both a picturesque park and a historic location along the Lewis and Clark expedition trail from 1804. The park is a popular destination for boating, fishing and other outdoor recreation, with an opportunity to engage in history at the Visitors...


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Loess Hills State Forest Visitor Center

Loess Hills State Forest (LHSF) is located in western Iowa in Harrison and Monona Counties. It is comprised of 4 units totaling 11,600 acres. The Little Sioux Unit, 3,825 acres, lies between the towns of Little Sioux and Pisgah. The Preparation Canyon Unit, 4,125 acres, is located north of the...


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Maquoketa Caves State Park

With more caves than any state park, Maquoketa Caves is one of Iowa’s most unique outdoor attractions. Enormous bluffs tower throughout the park, and a six-mile trail system winds through geologic formations and forests brimming with natural beauty. As one of the state’s earliest...


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Marble Beach State Recreation Area

Marble Beach State Park features the largest campground in the Iowa Great Lakes region. The park provides easy access to lake recreation on Spirit Lake, Iowa’s biggest natural lake and a hotspot for fishing, including walleye, northern pike, muskellunge and panfish. Marble Beach is one of...


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McIntosh Woods State Park

McIntosh Woods State Park is a 60-acre natural enclave on the northwest shore of Clear Lake in northern Iowa. A variety of recreational activities include fishing, boating, kayaking and more. Visitors can enjoy a unique camping experience in one of two yurts, which are the only yurts in the Iowa...


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Mines of Spain State Recreation Area

Mines of Spain State Recreation Area in Dubuque was once a trading post and village site for the Mesquakie tribe, as well as a productive lead mine during the 1800s. The Julien Dubuque Monument, a National Historic Landmark, sits high above the Mississippi River and is the burial site for...


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Nine Eagles State Park

Abundant in wooded hills and scenic valleys, Nine Eagles State Park is one of southern Iowa’s most picturesque state parks. Native plant species are scattered throughout the park and provide excellent cover for birds and wildlife. Visitors can enjoy six miles of bridle trails and nine...


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Palisades-Kepler State Park

This park is currently closed due to storm damage.


Palisades-Kepler State Park is a beautiful outdoor destination on the banks of the Cedar River outside Cedar Rapids. Dramatic river bluffs, deep ravines, majestic hardwood trees and an abundance of wildlife characterize...


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Pikes Peak State Park
Famed for its majestic views of the Mississippi River, Pikes Peak State Park is one of Iowa's premier nature destinations. Located on a national scenic byway, the park features 11 miles of trails brimming with scenic bluffs and valleys. Walk the half-mile trail to see Bridal Veil Falls, hike to...
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Pilot Knob State Park

Dedicated in 1923, Pilot Knob in northern Iowa is one of the oldest in the state park system. Shelters, bridges, an amphitheater and an observation tower are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and built by the CCC in the 1930s. Visitors can stand atop the tower on “Pilot...


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Pine Lake State Park

Pine Lake State Park is a hidden gem with wooded trails, deep ravines, and scenic lake views in the midst of Iowa’s rolling farmland. Historic structures built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and Works Progress Administration (WPA) can be found throughout the park, including the...


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Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area

This park is currently closed due to storm damage.


Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area in Linn County is a premier outdoor destination for fishing and boating. The state recreation area was developed in the 1960s to create accessible lake recreation for eastern Iowa...


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Prairie Rose State Park

Prairie Rose State Park is a 422-acre park along scenic hills in southwest Iowa. The park is named after the small town, Village of Prairie Rose, which was once located near the park’s current location. The lake is the focal point of the park, and visitors enjoy a variety of recreational...


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Preparation Canyon State Park

Preparation Canyon State Park, in the heart of Loess Hills in western Iowa, is a historic site on the Mormon Trail. The town of Preparation was originally founded by Mormons, but faded away by 1900. Today, the rustic park is situated in Loess Hills State Forest, offering some of Iowa most...


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Red Haw State Park

Red Haw State Park is a beautiful year-round destination offering several recreational activities in the 649-acre park. Red Haw is well known for springtime red buds blooming abundantly around the lake, drawing visitors and photographers to see the beautiful pink blossoms. Visitors also can...


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Rock Creek State Park

Rock Creek State Park is a premier camping destination in central Iowa, offering a variety of outdoor activities, including boating and paddling, year-round fishing and horseback riding. Nearly 200 campsites comprise the park’s beautiful campground, with several sites available on the...


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Shimek State Forest
Shimek State Forest includes the site of the northernmost battlefield of the Civil War. It’s also one of Iowa’s largest contiguous forests, named after early conservationist Dr. Bohumil Shimek. Thousands of forest acres were planted here by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930s and...
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Springbrook State Park

Springbrook State Park encompasses 930 acres of rolling hills and mature timber. Many of the park’s structures were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930s, creating a nostalgic setting for park visitors. A multifamily cabin called the Sherburne House is perfect for...


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Stephens State Forest
Stephens State Forest, showcasing CCC forestry work from the 1930s, is Iowa’s largest forest. Stephens is home to many experimental and research-related plantings of diverse and unique species like tulip poplar, bald cypress, ponderosa pine and many more. This forest is a great choice for a hike...
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Stone State Park

Stone State Park is considered an “urban wildlife sanctuary” on the edge of Sioux City and in the heart of the Loess Hills. The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) built many of the park’s structures including entrance portals, the Calumet shelter, and the rustic stone lodge. Visitors can...


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Union Grove State Park

Union Grove State Park, established in 1938, is a popular outdoor recreation area in east-central Iowa. The 110-acre Union Grove Lake is the focal point of the park, and several shaded picnic areas are available near the water. Anglers enjoy fishing for crappie, bluegill and northern pike, and...


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Viking Lake State Park

Viking Lake State Park is a popular lake and camping destination with numerous recreational opportunities. A large portion of the 1,000-acre park has been left in its natural state and is abundant in wild flowers and plants. Beavers, turkeys, ducks and white-tailed deer are often spotted at the...


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Volga River State Recreation Area
Volga River State Recreation Area in scenic northeast Iowa is often referred to as "Little Switzerland" because of its rugged topography. Old steel bridges cross the Volga River and striking rock formations, prairie areas and natural woodlands characterize the 5,700-acre area. A variety of...
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Walnut Woods State Park

Walnut Woods State Park is a tranquil destination for anyone seeking the outdoors not far from the state’s capital city. The park is home to Iowa’s largest stand of black walnut trees, with one of the park system’s finest examples of a 1930s CCC-era lodge. Nearby, launch a...


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Wapsipinicon State Park

This park is currently closed due to storm damage.

Wapsipinicon State Park sits on the edge of the charming town of Anamosa, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Many of the park’s structures, including the stone arch bridge, lodge and shelters...


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Waubonsie State Park

As a site on the Lewis and Clark Historic Trail, Waubonsie State Park in southwest Iowa is known for its exceptional vistas of Iowa’s unique Loess Hills and the Nebraska plains. Its extensive trail system offers something for the avid mountain biker, equestrians looking for a relaxing...


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Wildcat Den State Park

One of the most photographed Iowa state parks, at Wildcat Den State Park, visitors will find both historical and natural treasures to explore. Trails wind through a variety of terrain, leading to geological formations along the trail’s sandstone bluffs. Visit the Pine Creek Grist Mill, the...


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Wilson Island State Recreation Area

This park is currently closed due to storm damage.


Wilson Island State Recreation Area in western Iowa encompasses 544 acres of dense cottonwood stands. Seclusion is one of the area's greatest assets and spacious campsites, hiking trails and picnic spots provide a...


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Yellow River State Forest
“Outside” magazine named the Backpack Trail at Yellow River State Forest the best hike in Iowa as part of their “America’s Top 50 Hikes – The Finest in Every State” article. Along with the Backpack Trail, all of the trails in Yellow River are open year-round and range from relatively...
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