Big Sioux Recreation Area

Canoeing & Kayaking at Big Sioux Recreation Area

The Big Sioux Recreation Area contains 90 acres of surface water making it a peaceful spot to go canoeing and kayaking at. Bring your own canoe, kayak or paddle board or rent one of ours. Motorized boating is also allowed at no wake speeds.


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


Park open daily 7 am- 10:30 pm.


Vehicle passes are required for this park, annual passes $20, daily $5.