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South Shelter House at Swan Lake State Park

22676 Swan Lake Drive
Ph: 712-792-4614
Carroll, IA, 51401

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The open-walled shelter is open year-round (but wear your coat in winter). The Sauk Rail Trail is just steps from the shelter, making it a perfect location to hold any kind of event using the trail. The Swan Lake campground and playground are also nearby.  This shelter is often used by folks camping at the park. The lake is just downhill from the shelter house, along with the canoes, kayaks and paddle boats are a short walk away - but to rent a boat you will need to either visit our concession and gift shop, located in the lower level of the Swan Lake Conservation Education Center or our Campground Hosts.

Picnic tables are provided, seating up to 40 people. One electrical outlet is available in the shelter.

The South Shelter can be reserved for $40 OR can be used for free on a first-come, first-served basis (unless someone has reserved it). Non-profit organizations receive a discount rental rate. A $50 refundable clean-up deposit is required. You can begin setting up at 5:00 am and must vacate the premises by 10:00 pm.



The South Shelter is located in Swan Lake State Park just north of the campground entrance.


The South Shelter is located in Swan Lake State Park just north of the campground. This is an open shelter which include picnic tables, great for a birthday party or picnic event.

 The South shelter is located near a playground and a short walk to the restroom facilities.

Picnic Table


Hours of Operation & Seasons

Swan Lake State Park Hours are: 

5:00 am - 10:00 pm


If the South Shelter is R E S E R V E D, a reserved sign will be posted at the shelter.


The South Shelter is located near the Sauk Rail Trail, which does require a permit.

$2 per adult per day

$15 per adult per year

Lifetime membership are also available

Group Permits are available per event:

      $10 per event for 1-25 users

      $25 per event for 26 or more users