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Dakins Lake Shelter 3 pm until 10 pm

70613 130th Street
Zearing, IA, 50278

Call for Availability

515-232-2516

The open shelter overlooks Dakins Lake and features a large charcoal grill, water fountains, modern restrooms, electrical outlets, and a kitchenette serving area with a sink and counters (no appliances). The shelter is available to reserve from 7:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. or from 3:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. for $35.00 per time session ($70.00 for both sessions) between April 1 and October 31 of each year. You do not have to use the shelter the entire duration of the rental, however, the fees are not reduced for partial use.  Reservations for the next calendar year are accepted starting November 1.

If you want to reserve the shelter from 7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. please go back on your browser and find "Dakins Lake Shelter 7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m." in the facilities list.   If you are wanting to reserve both time sessions, continue by clicking on "Book Now" and then click on "Continue Shopping" after making this reservation to add the other session to your cart.  If you have any questions, please contact the Story County Conservation Center during normal business hours (Monday - Friday between 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.).

Location

70613 130th Street, Zearing, IA  50278

Amenities

The shelter overlooks the lake and features a large charcoal grill, water fountains, modern restrooms, electrical outlets, and a kitchenette serving area with a sink and counters (no appliances).
Electricity
Kitchenette
Picnic Table
Refuse cans
Restroom

Fees

The shelter is available for reservation from 7:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. or from 3:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. for $35.00 per time session ($70.00 for both sessions) between April 1 and October 31 of each year.

A deposit is required for any beer/wine consumption; hard liquor is not permitted.  (Please check the appropriate box below to add the deposit to your reservation.)  Any persons in possession or consuming beer/wine without the appropriate deposit will be subject to a fine, forfeiture of the rental, and/or confiscation of the beer/wine at the ranger's discretion.  Deposits can be made via credit card with the reservation or by mailing a check to the conservation center (56461 180th Street, Ames, IA  50010).  Deposits must be received at least four days prior to your reservation. 

A Special Events Permit is required for any event or gathering numbering two-hundred and fifty (250) people or more, or any event or gathering charging admission or charging for services regardless of the number of people.  A $75.00 non-refundable filing fee will be assessed for approved special events. Please call the conservation office if your event/gathering will require a special events permit.

There are no refunds for cancellations.

Hours of Operation & Seasons

Park hours are 5:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. daily. 

The shelter is available for reservations from April 1 - October 31 each year.  (7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. or 3:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.)

If not reserved, the shelter is available year round on a first-come, first-served basis.  The kitchenette is not available without reservations; water and restrooms may not be available between November 1 - March 31.

Closures

The park is open year round.