Little Wall Lake Park

Hilltop Cabin at Little Wall Lake
Hilltop Cabin at Little Wall Lake
Boating on Little Wall Lake
Sand Volleyball at Little Wall Lake
Swinging bench at Little Wall Lake

Sunset Cabin
Kayaking on Little Wall Lake
Picnic by Little Wall Lake
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Cabins at Little Wall Lake

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»   Little Wall Lake Halloween Event
October 14 - October 14, 2023   4:00 - 7:00 PM
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The park and lake are used for camping, hiking, water skiing, boating, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling and many more outdoor activities. WIFI is available within Little Wall Lake Park. According to Little Wall Lake is the 4th best lake in Iowa (#1 county park as the top three are State Parks)! 

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Campground Map

Camping includes:

  • 53 full hook-up sites (sewer, water, electric):   $30 per night
  • 53 water & electric sites:   $25 per night
  • 6 primitive tent sites:   $12 per night
  • 14 night maximum stay

  • Cabins:  Three modern cabins are available for rent year round.  The two-story cabin will sleep 15 and the one-story cabins will sleep 8. Check out the Cabin Tab to learn more and the Facilities Tab to make a reservation.


    There are a few water hydrants scattered throughout the campgrounds. 

    Reservations:   Go to the Facilities tab.

    We have added more sites that can be reserved for a total of 34 individual sites and a group camping circle of 6 sites.

    • Full Hookup Pull-thru sites = 5
    • Full Hookup Back-in sites = 5
    • Water/Electric Pull-thru sites = 5
    • Water/Electric Back-in sites = 19
    • Holiday weeks are not available for reservation; all sites are first-come first-serve.
    • The Group camping of 6 sites is available for reservations for holidays.
    • All other sites are on a first come first serve basis.
    • We have a No Refund policy; however, you can reschedule within a year from your reservation date.  


    You may hold a site a car, tent or camper and pay for the site each night. Sites allow up to 10 people per unit. We do not allow to double up sites. An extra tent can be erected on the same site as another camping unit as long as the occupants are children and under the age of 16. Please contact us if you have any further questions. Enjoy your camping experience.

    EXTRA TENT: Sites allow up to 10 people per unit. We do not allow to double up sites. An extra tent can be erected on the same site as another camping unit as long as the occupants are children and under the age of 18. Please contact us if you have any further questions. Enjoy your camping  

    PETS must be on a leash, no longer than 6 feet, at all times.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Dumpsters will be available from May 1 through October 31 at the campgrounds only.  Before and after these dates, the carry-in-carry-out policy will be enforced. Thank you to Goodlife RV for sponsoring trash service!!

Canoes & Kayaks

We have 10 canoes and 4 kayaks available for rent. 

  • $10 for 2 hours
  • $4 for 3rd person in canoe
  • Kayak is 1 person
  • Canoe maximum capacity is 3

Please see the campground host for rentals.  

Lake & Fishing Conditions:  The lake is owned by the Iowa DNR.  For questions, please contact 515-238-2047


We are located at 3540 Little Wall Lake Road in Hamilton County, Iowa. This road is also Highway 69 and the park entrance is located two miles south of Jewell, Iowa. Little Wall Lake is termed a "natural lake" by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. The 249 acre lake was formed as a result of glacial movements across the area thousands of years ago. Because of the small watershed which feeds the lake, it was more of a marsh than an open body of water. Only with artificial efforts, such as dredging, has the area become a lake and not become an eventual marsh. In 1905-06 and again in 1936-41 the lake was reported to have gone dry.

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  • Walking Trails
  • 106 Camping sites
  • 6 Primitive camp sites
  • 249 acre lake - owned by the Iowa DNR 515-725-3434
  • Boating
  • Swimming
  • Beach 
  • WIFI
  • JewEllsworth Trail is 3.5 miles along highway 175 linking the communities of Ellsworth and Jewell


  • FISHING SPECIES:  black crappie, bluegill, catfish, largemouth bass, walleye, white crappie, yellow bass, yellow perch
  • 09/09/2014 - 1,550 Channel Catfish (8")
  • 05/29/2013 - 2,597 Northern Pike (2.7")
  • 09/19/2012 - 1,580 Channel Catfish (8.6")
  • 05/08/2012 - 1,303 Northern Pike (2.8")
  • 04/20/2012 - 50,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 05/18/2011 - 1,459 Northern Pike (2.6")
  • 05/11/2011 - 100,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 09/08/2010 - 1,240 Channel Catfish (9.4")
  • 05/18/2010 - 1,305 Northern Pike (2.5")
  • 04/28/2010 - 50,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 05/13/2009 - 1,328 Northern Pike (3.0")
  • 05/04/2009 - 50,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 10/22/2008 - 2,560 Largemouth Bass (4.2")
  • 09/10/2008 - 1,547 Channel Catfish (7.3")
  • 05/07/2008 - 1,305 Northern Pike (2.4")
  • 10/31/2007 - 2,100 Largemouth Bass (4.2")?

Operating Hours & Seasons

  • Camping is available all year round, however, water is shut off from November 1 thru April 1. 
  • Park Hours:  5:00 am to 10:30 pm
  • Camping check-in:   3:00 pm
  • Camping check-out:  2:00 pm
  • Main gate closes at 10:30 PM. Gates are not locked.
  • All non-registered campers (visitors) shall exit the area by 10:30 PM
  • Campground quiet hours are 10:30 PM - 5:00 AM


  • 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.
  • Online reservations will not be taken for the "off-season" period, campers will need to utilize the on-site self-registration system and pay the required fee.