Big Sioux Recreation Area

Boating at Big Sioux Recreation Area

The Big Sioux Recreation Area's 90 acres of surface water supplies boaters with ample room for a relaxing boat ride, and fishing activities.

Rent a canoe, kayak or paddle board or all three and take them out to explore the area.

All boating activities are no wake.


Big Sioux Recreation Area
84 w. 10th Street
Hawarden, IA 51023


  • Biking
  • Bird Watching
  • Boat Ramp Access to the lake
  • Boating (lake, no wake)
  • Camping (50, 30, 20 amp)-fee charged
  • Canoe, Kayak, Paddle board Rental
  • Dump station and water refill for campers
  • Fishing/Ice Fishing
  • Hiking Trails- groomed/blaze your own
  • Hunting-primitive weapon only, in marked location
  • Modern Restroom Facilities- open seasonally
  • Open Air Picnic Shelters
  • Picnicking
  • Playground Equipment- Eagle View Campground
  • Winter Activities


Open daily from 7:00 am-10:30 pm.


Annual pass $20, daily pass $5 per vehicle.