Big Sioux Recreation Area

Winter Activities at Big Sioux Recreation Area

The Big Sioux Recreation Area is a popular destination for those looking for a spot to go ice fishing for a day or afternoon. Bring the cross country skis o snowshoes along for an afternoon exploring the timber.


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 7 am- 10:30 pm.


Annual passes $20; daily passes $5, and must be obtained upon entering the Big Sioux Recreation Area.