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Description - Lake Anita State Park, dedicated in 1961, is one of the most popular outdoor recreation facilities in southwest Iowa. The 1,062-acre park features a beautiful 171-acre artificial lake which was formed by creating a dam on a branch of the Nishnabotna River. Lake Anita State Park truly has something for everyone; from hiking on a quiet trail to splashing on the beach, Lake Anita is a great place to enjoy yourself in the great outdoors.

Attractions - Park Construction and Renovation

Lake renovation has been completed. However, the lake level remains 6' below normal. Weather will be the determining factor as to when the lake level will return to normal. Please contact park staff for current project updates.


Lake Anita State Park has a large number of picnic areas, many of which overlook the lake. The park is a wonderful place for a family get-together or just a quick outdoor meal. The eight open picnic shelters are available for use and may be reserved for a fee through the park office.


The campground at Lake Anita is one of the most popular in southwest Iowa. The 161 camping sites are all within easy access of the lake. This includes 52 electrical hookups, 40 full hookups and two modern shower/restroom buildings. A playground is also provided for the younger set. Camping permits are obtained through self-registration at the campground. Camping Fees can be paid at the registration area.


A 4-mile trail winds around the entire lake and is available for a pleasant walk. On the trail, park visitors can learn about a number of the shrubs and trees which abound in southwest Iowa. It is a great avenue for hikers and bicyclists wanting to enjoy the great outdoors.

Lake Activities (swimming, boating, fishing)

The beach at Lake Anita offers young and old opportunities for a refreshing dip or beach volleyball on a hot summer day.

Lake Anita offers excellent fishing for largemouth bass, crappies and bluegills. Two boat ramps are available for easy lake access. Any size boat motors may be operated at "no wake" speeds. Dock space for pontoon boats may be reserved on a seasonal basis through the park office.

Location - Lake Anita is located 5 miles south of Interstate 80 from the Anita interchange. The parks lies just south of the town of Anita. Atlantic is located approximately 12 miles west.

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Contact Information:
Lake Anita State Park, 55111 750th St. , Anita, IA , 50020, Phone: 712/762-3564, Fax: 712/762-4352
, Lake_Anita@dnr.state.ia.us

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