South Sabula Lake Park

View of South Sabula Lake
View of South Sabula Lake
Boat dock and ramp

Boat ramp
Parking lot for trailers
Picnic shelter, available for reservations


Surrounded by water, this 14-acre park makes for an ideal spot for all water-related sports. A concrete boat ramp and public dock provide easy access to South Sabula Lake and the Mississippi River.

All campsites are first come first serve. No reservations for campsites. 

No ATVs allowed in campground!


South Sabula Lake Park is located at the southern most end of South Avenue in Sabula. Take highway 52/64 into Sabula. Go south on Broad Street, which turns into South Avenue. Follow South Ave into South Sabula Lake Park.  The only roadway into park is under a railroad bridge and access height is limited to 12' 5".

Google Map Location
Additional maps at bottom of page

Jackson County Conservation
18670 63rd Street
Maquoketa, IA 52060
PHONE: (563) 652-3783


  • 39 Campsites: all have 50 amp electric and water service
  • Paved sites: # 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 26, 27, 32, 35, 39 
  • Camping Fees: $25 per night
  • 2 week site occupation limit
  • Modern shower and restroom facility
  • Picnic shelter - available to rent, click here for reservation form
  • Concrete boat ramp and public dock
  • Lake and river fishing
  • Handicap accessible facilities (campsite #19 is ADA accessible)
  • Dump station
  • Firewood for sale ($5/bundle; campers only)
  • Pets allowed (must be on a leash)
  • Playground
  • Youth group camping (see bottom of this page for Youth Camping Permit)
  • Non-registered camper shower fee $5
  • Non-registered camper dump station fee $5

Note: The rail bridge coming into the park has a maximum clearance of 12' 8" to be able to enter the park. This is the entry point into the campground.


We do not own or manage the north beach on South Sabula Lake. For information about the beach, please call Sabula City Hall at (563) 687-2420.

Operating Hours & Seasons

2024: opening date slated for May 1 this year. 


Park is open April or May - October (pending weather and river levels for opening/closing weekends).

Shower building opens after April 15 - and closes by October 15 (weather pending). Water is turned off October 15 - April 15.

Park open to visitors 6:00 AM to 10:30 PM. Campers only after 10:30 PM.

Campground attendants are available May - September.


Park is closed November - March. 

Note: During high river levels, the park will close when the water covers the entry road, at approximately 17' river height