Big Sioux Recreation Area

Fishing at Big Sioux Recreation Area

With 90 acres of surface water located in this park there is plenty of room for shore fishing or take your boat along and fish from it. Fishing regulations are as posted or according to state of Iowa laws. There is also a handicapped fishing pier located on the south edge of the lake.

This area is a popular spot during the winter months for the locals that enjoy ice fishing.


Big Sioux Recreation Area
84 W. 10th St
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 must be purchased upon entering the park, annual passes $20, daily pass $5.