Elinor Bedell State Park is one of Iowa’s newer (1998) state parks. 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 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. The campground consists of 8 RV campsites with full hookups, modern rest room. Each campsite has a picnic table and fire ring. A small area has been set aside for youth groups to tent camp. A playground is located near the campground. Advance campsite reservations can be booked through the park reservation system. Half of the campsites are available for self-registration on a first-come/first-serve basis. A shelter with kitchenette, bathrooms and a fireplace overlooks Lake Okoboji and is available for rent. The shelter can be reserved online through the park reservation system. Contact the park manager at Gull Point (712)337-3211 for more information. Amenities within park include: Bicycling, Bird Watching, Camping – Full Hook-up, Camping – Youth Group, Dock, Fishing, Fishing, Hiking, Interpretive Display, Jogging/Running, Lake, Non-modern Campground, Picnic Shelter, Pier, Fishing, Playground, Restrooms, Trail, Interpretive, Trails, Bicycle, Trails, Hiking, Walking, Water Hydrants , Wildflower Viewing and Wildlife Viewing.
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