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Dakins Lake East Primitive Site 9 - Tent Only

70613 130th Street
Ph: 515-232-2516
Zearing, IA, 50278

This is a tent only site located in the Dakins Lake Primitive Campground (northeast side of lake).


This site may be reserved beginning November 1 for the next camping season and must be made at least 5 days in advance of the date of reservation. The occupancy limit is 14 consecutive days; campers are then required to leave the park for a minimum of 48 hours.

There are no refunds and moving between sites is not allowed.

Reservations are posted at each site five days in advance. If not reserved, sites are available on a first come, first served basis until a reservation is posted or until the 14 day maximum stay is reached, whichever comes first. 

Only one camping unit is allowed per campsite with an additional tent allowed for minor children only.

Check-in/check-out time is 3 p.m.

The site must be registered under the name of an adult person who will occupy the site.

For a complete list of park rules please visit http//www.storycountyconservation.org.


12635 710th Avenue

Zearing, IA  50278



  • Pit toilets nearby
  • Shower house with flush toilets and hot water (located in the main campground) available to all registered guests
  • Firewood available for purchase from the campground attendant (located in site 30 in the main campground)
  • Sand volleyball court 
  • Reservable picnic shelter
  • Natural playscape (located by the main campground)
  • 2 miles of trails
  • Public fishing is allowed on the 20-acre lake stocked with bass, bluegill, and channel catfish (swimming is prohibited)
Water/sewer services (dump stations, water hydrants, site hook-ups if available, and modern restrooms/shower facilities) may be closed at any time to prevent freezing even though the campground may remain open.
Carry in/carry out refuse
Dump station
Fire ring
Firewood available
On-site resident host
Pet Friendly
Picnic Table
Shower facilities


Reservable $13.00/night; First come, first serve $12.00/night 

Weekends (Friday & Saturday) - 2 night minimum

Holiday weekends (Friday, Saturday, & Sunday) - 3 night minimum

Hours of Operation & Seasons

Campground is open April - October

Disclaimer: During the early and late camping seasons, facilities may be closed and unavailable due to cold temperatures. No refunds will be issued for reservations made during these times. 


Campground is closed November - March