Big Sioux Recreation Area

Swimming at Big Sioux Recreation Area

Swimming Beach
Swimming is allowed at the Big Sioux Recreation Area. Swimming is at your own risk, the swimming beach is open during the summer months only according to park times or sunrise to sunset whichever occurs first.


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 from 7 am- 10:30 pm

Swimming allowed sunrise to sunset or regular park hours whichever comes first.


Vehicle pass required upon entering the park. Annual passes are $20, daily passes are $5 per vehicle.