Big Sioux Recreation Area

Picnicking at Big Sioux Recreation Area

Picnic Shelter
Picnic Shelter
Picnic along the Lake
The Big Sioux Recreation Area has ample room for those looking for a nice spot to picnic.  Throughout the park around the waters edges are multiple picnic table, fire rings and grills, open areas, and 2 larger open shelters.  All areas are available on first come first served basis.


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 Picnic Shelters
  • Picnicking
  • Playground Equipment- Eagle View Campground
  • Winter Activities


Park open daily 7 am- 10:30 pm.


Annual pass $20, daily pass $5, available for purchase upon entering the park.  All vehicles must register.