Big Sioux Recreation Area

Trails & Hiking at Big Sioux Recreation Area

Hiking Path
With the roadway making almost a complete loop around the waters edge this area provides a great retreat for those looking for a safe place walk. There is also groomed hiking trails located in portions of the park along with the chance to explore and blaze your own path.


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 pass must be obtained upon entering the park, $20 annual, $5 day pass.