Activities

 
Biking Biking at Swan Lake State Park
 The Sauk Rail Trail is a 33 mile long multi-use hard surface recreational trail in the Carroll and Sac Counties.The North end of the trail winds through Lake View, Sac County countryside, Carnarvon and into the Carroll County countryside and communities of Breda, Maple River, and Carroll before reaching Swan Lake State Park.

The trail is great for running, walking, biking and in the winter snowmobiling. All trail users, 18 years of age and above, are required to purchase a daily, annual, or lifetime permit. Permit envelopes can be found at any of our trail heads, online, the Carroll County Courthouse, or at the Carroll Hy-Vee.

Biking Biking at Riverside Park
Biking on the Riverside Park Trail
Cabins Cabins at Swan Lake State Park

At Swan Lake State Park we have two cabins for rent.

The Cabin at Swan Lake - near the campground, playground, disc golf course, and Sauk Rail Trail.

Is available to rent May through mid-October, weather permitting. The cabin sleeps 6-8 comfortably, when you walk into the cabin you have a sitting area with a futon, chairs, and two sets of bunk beds. The kitchen is open to the sitting area equip with refrigerator, stove, microwave, toaster, coffee maker, and table and chairs. We also provide dinnerware, silverware, pots & pans, along with the utensils. If you have your favorite cookware we ask that you bring it along. This cabin has a half bathroom (toilet & sink) but the shower house is a short walk in the campground. The cabin also has two air conditioner units. There is a fire ring located outside of the cabin, you may bring your own lawn chairs to relax outside of the cabin.

 

The North Cabin at Swan Lake - near the Sauk Rail Trail

This cabin is available year-round, equip with air conditioner and furnace, is located on the North side of the lake. The cabin will sleep 10 comfortably, when you walk into the cabin you have the kitchen area, equip with refrigerator, stove, microwave, toaster, coffee maker, and table and chairs. The living room area is open to the kitchen and is has a T.V., DVD player, love seat and couch with sliding glass doors to the outdoor patio and amazing view of the lake. The four seasons room has a very large table with bar stools for your large gatherings, along with additional counter space and refrigerator, another sliding glass door to the outdoor patio we have patio chairs in the four seasons room for the outdoor patio we ask that they are used on the patio ONLY and placed back into the four seasons room each night and at the end of your stay. On the main level of this cabin there are two bedrooms with queen size beds along with a full bathroom (no tub). In the basement of the cabin there is a open room with two sets of bunk bed along with a full size bed and full bathroom (no tub) there is also a storm shelter. The fire ring located outside of the cabin is great for a campfire, we do ask that you bring your own lawn chairs or use our picnic table to enjoy the area.

There is also one full hook-up camping unit next the cabin available for the renter to use.

Camping Camping at Bennett Access
Tent Camping only at Bennett Access.
Camping Camping at Swan Lake State Park

Campground Host are on duty Memorial Day through Labor Day - Mondays through Thursdays 11:00am - 8:30pm, Friday through Sunday 8:00am - 8:30pm. They are located in sites #34 and #29.

The campground is self-registration or from our campground hosts - you are to register the day you arrive and have your receipt posted at your campsite. Envelopes are located at the kiosk on the East and West ends of the campground, you can also find the drop boxes at the kiosk.

There are two shower houses in the campground.

One picnic table and fire ring per camping unit, please do not remove either of these from other sites. You can purchase firewood through our campground hosts.

Camping Camping at Riverside Park

Riverside Park near Coon Rapids has 20 electric & water campsites. 

The Campground is self-registration, you are to register the day your arrive and have your receipt posted at your campsite. Registration envelopes can be found at the kiosk. 

Tent camping is available and also self-registration.

We do not take any reservations for camping at Riverside Park campground, it is all first-come, first-serve basis.

Camping Camping at Dickson Timber

Dickson Timber has 12 electrical sites available for camping along with 8 equestrian sites. Horse corrals are also available!

The campground is self-registration, you are to register the day you arrive and have your receipt posted at your campsite. Registration envelopes can be found at the kiosk.

Tent camping is available and also self-registration.

We do not take any reservation for camping at the Dickson Timber campground, it is all first-come, first-serve basis.

Camping Camping at Great Western Park

Great Western Park has 8 electrical sites available for camping. The campground is self-registration - you are to register the day you arrive and have your receipt posted at your campsite. Registration envelopes and drop box can be found at the kiosk. 

Tent Camping is available and also self-registration.

We do not take any reservation for camping at the Great Western Park campground, it is all first-come, first-serve basis.

Camping Camping at Richey Access
Richey Access has 8 electrical campsites, 5 non-electrical campsites, primitive restroom, picnicking, fishing, and kayak or canoeing access. 
Canoeing & Kayaking Canoeing & Kayaking at Riverside Park
Canoeing & Kayaking in the Middle Raccoon River.
Canoeing & Kayaking Canoeing & Kayaking at Swan Lake State Park

Canoes, Kayaks, and Paddle Boats are all available for rent Memorial Day - Labor Day

$5 per hour or $20 per day per boat.

Monday - Thursday & Friday's until 2:00pm -- see campground host or Conservation office for rentals

Friday (2:00pm - 8:00pm) -- see concession stand, located in the lower level of the Education Center

Saturday (10:00am - 8:00pm) -- Sunday (10:00am - 7:00pm) -- see concession stand, located in the lower level of the Education Center.

You must be 16 years or older to rent a boat and have an ID.

Canoeing & Kayaking Canoeing & Kayaking at Bennett Access
Canoeing and Kayaking access is available at Bennett Access
Disc Golf Disc Golf at Swan Lake State Park

Swan Lake State Park Disc Golf Course

18 hole course

 

Rental disc available through our campground host, concession stand, or conservation office.

T-Shirts and disc's for sale in our gift shop!

Equestrian Activities Equestrian Activities at Dickson Timber
Best horse trails in Carroll County!
Facility Rentals Facility Rentals at Swan Lake State Park

South shelter house - open shelter

Education Center

Wapiti Room

Bison Room

Wapiti & Bison Rooms

East shelter house - enclosed shelter with heat

Great Western Park shelter house - enclosed shelter with A/C and heat

Dickson Timber shelter house

Cabin at Swan Lake

Facility Rentals Facility Rentals at Dickson Timber

Dickson Timber Shelter house is available for reservations or on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Call our office for more details (712) 792-4614 or email office@carrollcountyiowa.org

Maximum Capacity for the Dickson Timber shelter is 60 people.

Fishing Fishing at Riverside Park
Fishing available in the Middle Raccoon River.
Fishing Fishing at Daniel Davis Timber

Open to the public for fishing.

Visit Iowa DNR website for rules and regulations:

http://www.iowadnr.gov/

Fishing Fishing at Swan Lake State Park
Fishing at Swan Lake
Fishing Fishing at Bennett Access
Bennett Access offers great fishing on the Raccoon River.
Hunting Hunting at Bennett Access

Open to the public during hunting seasons.

Questions you can call our office at (712) 792-4614 or email office@carrollcountyiowa.org

Visit Iowa DNR website for rule and regulations:

http://www.iowadnr.gov/

Hunting Hunting at Hazel Brush Wildlife Area

Public hunting is allowed at Hazel Brush Wildlife Area.

For more information visit:
http://www.iowadnr.gov/

Hunting Hunting at Dickson Timber

Open to the public during hunting seasons.

Questions you can call our office at (712) 792-4614 or email office@carrollcountyiowa.org

Visit Iowa DNR website for rule and regulations:
http://www.iowadnr.gov/

Picnicking Picnicking at Daniel Davis Timber
Picnicking at Daniel Davis Timber
Picnicking Picnicking at Dickson Timber

Picnicking at Dickson Timber is available.

Picnicking Picnicking at Riverside Park
Picnicking at Riverside Park near Coon Rapids.
Picnicking Picnicking at Bennett Access
Picnicking is available at Bennett Access along the Raccoon River.
Picnicking Picnicking at Swan Lake State Park
There are several picnicking spots at Swan Lake State Park!
Swimming Swimming at Swan Lake State Park

Swimming at Swan Lake State Park is located on the East side of the lake. Swimming is allowed within the roped off area of the East Beach.

There is no lifeguards on duty, please be responsible

Trails & Hiking Trails & Hiking at Swan Lake State Park

The Sauk Rail Trail is a 33 mile long multi-use hard surface recreational trail in the Carroll and Sac Counties. The North end of the trail winds through Lake View, Sac County countryside, Carnarvon and into the Carroll County countryside and communities of Breda, Maple River, and Carroll before reaching Swan Lake State Park.

 The Trail is great for running, walking, biking and in the winter snowmobiling. All trail users, 18 years of age and above, are required to purchase a daily, annual, or lifetime permit. Permit envelopes can be found at any of our trail heads, online, Carroll County Courthouse, or at the Carroll Hy-Vee.

Snowmobile riders may use the Sauk Rail Trail if they have purchased a trail permit and there is 4 inches or more of snow on the trail. The trail around Swan Lake State Park is plowed during the winter and can not be used by snowmobiles.

Park Rangers will patrol the trail at random and enforce trail regulations. Please remember to keep your pets on a leash at all times.

All motorized vehicles are unauthorized (motorcycles, ATV's, go carts, vehicles, mopeds, etc.) unless a person has a handicap permit for that vehicle.

Trails & Hiking Trails & Hiking at Dickson Timber
Hiking the trails through Dickson Timber is perfect for bird watchers, hunters, cross county skiers. 
Trails & Hiking Trails & Hiking at Riverside Park
Walking/running on the Riverside Park Trail
Trails & Hiking Trails & Hiking at Daniel Davis Timber
Trails throughout Daniel Davis Timber
Trails & Hiking Trails & Hiking at Great Western Park
There is a walking trail at Great Western Park around the pond.
Winter Activities Winter Activities at Swan Lake State Park

Swan Lake State Park has Snowshoes for rent! If you are planning a group event or individual we have the snowshoes for you!

$2 per day

$5 per weekend (Pick up Friday, drop off Monday - during office hours)

Non-profit prices are available!

We recommend there be 4-5 inches of snow.

Please call with any questions!