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Dakins Lake Primitive Campground Site 6

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

Campgrounds at Dakins Lake are now open at Level 2 – Campground and Facilities Open with Limitations.

This level previously limited shelter and lodge reservations to gatherings of 10 or fewer people. This has been modified to allow gatherings, but you must adhere to social distancing guidelines.


Level 2Campgrounds and Facilities Open with Limitations:

·         All camping units are allowed.

·         Campground restrooms and showers are open with elevated sanitation schedule.

·         Restrooms and showers are to be closed as needed for sanitizing.

·         14-day limit is in effect.

·         Restrictions to total number of people at a campsite will follow State guidelines for gatherings and social distancing and will be enforced by the Park Ranger.

·         Signage will be maintained at dump stations encouraging the use of vinyl/nitrile gloves and hand sanitizer.

·         Firewood sales shall be provided and each park shall establish their protocol with the following requirements:

Ø  There shall be no personal contact between the campground host and campers.

Ø  Social distancing shall be enforced with money not being handled for 24-hours from delivery. SCC will use a noncontact method for purchase of firewood.

·         The processing of registration envelopes and money handling is to follow department protocols.

·         The use of face coverings by employees and campground host is required per county policy. 

·         Playgrounds are open with elevated sanitation schedule.

·         Shelter and lodge reservations are permitted at 50% capacity of the facility.

·         If you become ill during your camping stay with us, please notify the Park Ranger.


Appropriate signage indicating the current level of service will be placed at the point of entry to the campgrounds. View all details regarding levels of operation here


Here’s how you can help:

  • According to State of Iowa recommendations, limit your group size and stay 6 ft. away from other park visitors.
  • If you have been sick in the last two weeks, please stay at home for your health and the safety of others.
  • Avoid popular areas where people congregate.
  • Please maintain distance between you and other park visitors according to guidelines and recommendations by health officials. Please take in to consideration the health of others when spending time outdoors.
  • Pack extra soap or hand sanitizer. Soap or sanitizer will not be easily available at parks due to limited supplies. Be sure and bring your own and wash your hands frequently.
  • Additional information on best practices for keeping you and your family safe can be found online at the CDC website.

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

This site may be reserved beginning November 15 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


  • 20 amp and 30 amp electrical service
  • 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)
  • Dump station and water hydrant available (located in the main campground)
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



Weekends (Friday & Saturday) - 2 night minimum

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

Hours of Operation & Seasons

Campground is open April 1 - October 31.


Campground is closed November 1 - March 31.