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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 South Shelter House has 10 picnic tables at the shelter house and approximate seating seating for 40 guests. Electrical outlets are available. The shelter house is available year round but it is best to rent it April - October with the Iowa weather.

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 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.

P R I C I I N G 

Rental Fee: $40.00 per day

Non-Profit Rental Fee: $20.00 per day

Refundable security deposit - $50.00 per event on a separate payment


R U L E S  &  R E G U L A T I O N S

- The renter is responsible for complete cleanup of the shelter house, there will be a check out list to be completed at arrival. If you checkout list is not completed, you will forfeit your refundable security deposit.

- Renter must be 21 years of age or older to rent the facility or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

- Park Hours are from 5:00am until 10:30pm, quite hours are enforced between 10:30pm and 5:00am

                -Swan Lake State Park closes at 10:30pm, this includes the roadway, all traffic through Swan Lake State Park after 10:30pm is monitored.


- Pets must be always kept on a leash no longer than 6ft or kenneled, NO PETS ALLOWED INSIDE ANY CCCB FACILITY. Park users must immediately clean up after their pets. Violators will be ticketed.

- Kegs are not allowed at any of Carroll County Conservation parks or facilities.


Outdoor decorations are allowed if they are temporary, free standing directional signs are allowed, they are not allowed to be attached to park furniture, sign posts, trees or other facilities.

Indoor decorations Table Decorations ONLY other decorations are allowed as long as they are free standings or not affixed in a way that would damage a facility or any walls/woodwork (tape, tacks, staples, and command hooks/strips can all cause damage). It is your responsibility, as the renter, to remove all decorations. Hanging or draping anything from the rafters is prohibited.  

- Event tents are not allowed at the shelter house. A small shade tent is ok to be used.


Carroll County Conservation does not provide or sell alcohol.

You may bring your own wine, beer, or other drinks to serve at your event. If you or a vendor will be selling alcoholic drinks (beer, wine, liquor) at your event, you or your vendor will need to have a liquor license. It is the renter’s responsibility to determine if a liquor license is required for the event they are having, and they must follow all state and local laws regarding liquor license requirements. If your event does require a liquor license, you must provide a copy of this document to the CCB office at least 30 days prior to your event.

No minors under the age of 21 may be served any alcohol. By serving alcohol at your event, you assume responsibility for any damages, injuries or other problems that may arise due to the consumption of alcohol.  


The South Shelter is located at 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 - 10:30 pm


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


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

$2 per adult per day

$15 per adult per year

      Annual or Daily permits can be purchased here: https://checkout.square.site/buy/NBGFJWWJES2HDQKL7WPWXZNP

Lifetime membership are also available at $250.00 per individual or $350.00 per couple

Group Permits are available per event:

      $25 per event