Big Sioux Recreation Area

Other Activities at Big Sioux Recreation Area

Archery Practice Range

There is much to do at the Big Sioux Recreation Area in addition to the camping, fishing, swimming and hunting. During spring migration season this area provides a prime spot to watch many eagles travel through the site. During peak migration there is anywhere from 10-100 eagles that can be seen in a given drive through the park. There are many other migratory birds that pass through the area providing ample birding opportunities for all.

In addition to bird watching there is also playground equipment that is available to all park users located in the Eagle View Campground. There is plenty of open space for those wishing to play outdoor games while camping and enjoy the surroundings. There is an outdoor archery area available to those wishing to brush up on their skills prior to hunting season starting or just looking for a different place to practice. Targets are taken down during the winter months. Must provide your own bow and arrows.


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 is open daily from 7 am- 10:30 pm.


Entrance fees pertain to this area. $20 annual pass or $5 day pass.