Dakins Lake

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

We will update the website when levels of operation change. Click here to view the three-tiered system of guidelines and under what circumstancesa change in level of operation would occur.

Level 2 – Campground 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: There shall be no personal contact between the campground host and campers. Social distancing shall be enforced with money not being handled for 24-hours from delivery. SCC will use a non contact 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 and campground host is required per county policy.
  • Playgrounds are open with elevated sanitation schedule.· 
  • In the event of a severe storm, the storm shelter will be opened. Campers should wear face coverings in the storm shelter.
  • 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.  

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.  

Thank you for your patience and flexibility. We appreciate your support as we all work together to keep each other safe!         



Located just north of Zearing in northeast Story County, Dakins Lake includes remnant and restored prairie, successional timber, trails, and 20 acres of open water in two lakes. The 103-acre park offers hiking, camping, fishing, picnicking, bird watching, geocaching, and a natural playscape.  

Public Fishing Brochure


SCC Rules and Regulations


70613 130th Street, Zearing, IA  50278


  • Fishing on the twenty-acre lake stocked with bass, bluegill, channel catfish, and perch. 
  • Fishing jetties 
  • Fish cleaning station
  • Picnicking throughout the park including one picnic shelter with a kitchenette available for reservation - Shelter Reservations.
  • The main campground has 11 full hook-up sites and 18 sites with electricity and water - some sites are reservable - reservations are only available online - Camping Reservations
  • Shower house available in the main campground.
  • The primitive campground has 10 camp sites with electrical hookups; water hydrants and portable toilet on site (all reservable - reservations are only available online - Camping Reservations). 
  • Pets must be kept on leashes at all times.
  • Hiking and off-road biking on the park's two miles of trails.
  • Small restored prairie and wooded areas.
  • Only electric trolling motors are allowed on Story County Conservation Lakes; gasoline-powered motors are prohibited. 
  • Snowmobiling is allowed during posted park hours on lake ice only. Operation must be in compliance with Iowa Code 321G.
  • Golf carts and off-road utility vehicles are allowed to operate on the roads at Dakins Lake during the hours of sunrise to sunset.  In compliance with Iowa Code 321I and vehicles must be equipped with adequate brakes, a slow moving vehicle sign, a bicycle safety flag, and carry no more than the number of passengers designated by the manufacturer.  Operators must have a valid driver’s license and follow all park rules. Vehicles cannot be operated in a careless, reckless, or negligent manner. Golf carts, ATVs, and off-road utility vehicles are allowed to operate on the lake ice at Dakins Lake during posted park hours.  

Operating Hours & Seasons

Park hours are 5:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. daily.



This area is open year round.  Campgrounds are closed November 1 - March 31.

  • The campground may be opened prior to April 1 or closed after October 31 pending favorable weather & ground conditions.
  • Water and modern restrooms/shower facilities may be closed to prevent freezing even though the campground may remain open.

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