Smith Lake can be found by following Highway 169 3 miles north of Algona, Iowa. The lake will be on the west side of the highway.
- The bass fishing here has been excellent for the past several years. The panfishing is also above average. Catfishing is very popular as well, especially when the summer heat arrives. Click here for more fishing information. Click here for fish structure locations.
- The 1.5 mile hiking trail takes you along the lake shore, through the stand of pines, past the nature center, across the dam, and through the tree garden. It doubles as a groomed cross country ski trail in the winter.
- If you are a bird watcher, Smith Lake has several habitat types that attract many species of birds. Be sure to check out the bird blind on the southwest corner of the lake.
- There are two shelters, one enclosed, one open. These are available by reservation, or by first come first served. The enclosed shelter in the campground can be reserved for $40. The open shelter on the north side of the lake can be reserved for $25.
- There are many picnic tables, with a few fire rings here and there, as well as some charcoal grills for your picnicking enjoyment.
Operating Hours & Seasons
The park is always open for public enjoyment. However the campground
closes at the end of October every year for the winter. It reopens
around April 15th weather permitting.
The park is always open for public enjoyment. However the campground closes at the end of October every year for the winter. It reopens around April 15th weather permitting.