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Description - Elinor Bedell State Park is Iowa's newest (1998) state park. It is located on the shores of East Lake Okoboji and represents one of the last remaining open spaces in a region that is among Iowa's most popular tourist destination - the Iowa Great Lakes. The eighty acre park was a generous gift of Berkley and Elinor Bedell. A life long resident of the Great Lakes area, Berkley Bedell represented Northwest Iowa for 12 years in the United States Congress. Berkley and Elinor's dream of permanently protecting this beautiful piece of open space for future generations led to donation of the land to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

Elinor Bedell State Park will promote appreciation and enjoyment of prairies, wetlands and oak savanna landscapes once commonly found along the shores of Iowa's Great lakes. An extensive trail system will link these restored landscapes providing the public with interpretation, education and recreational opportunities.

By re-creating these natural landscapes, wildlife habitat will be improved and will provide excellent wildlife viewing opportunities. Viewing blinds, overlooks and a raised boardwalk through wetland areas will bring the park user closer to wildlife and the surrounding landscape.

Attractions - Picnicking/Shelters/Lodge

A shelter with kitchenette, bathrooms and a fireplace overlooks Lake Okoboji is available for rent. Contact the park manager at Gull Point (712)337-3211 for more information


The campground consists of 8 site RV campsites with full hookups, modern rest room and a trailer dump station. Each campsite has a picnic table and fireplace. A small area has been set aside for youth groups to tent camp. A playground is located near the campground.


Several miles of trail will take you through wetlands, woodlands and along the lakeshore. A wildlife viewing blind is situated just off the trail for use by bird and wildlife watchers.

Lake Activities (swimming, boating, fishing)

East Okoboji and the many other lakes are some of the prime fishing spots in Iowa. Anglers will find challenging sport pursuing a variety of game fish, including walleye, northern pike, smallmouth bass, white bass, perch, bluegills, crappies, catfish and bullheads.

Location - Nearby cities include Spirit Lake, Okoboji and Arnolds Park.

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Contact Information:
Elinor Bedell State Park, 1500 Harpen Street , Milford, IA , 51351, Phone: 712/337-3211
, Elinor_Bedell@dnr.state.ia.us

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