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The best camping near Lake Anita State Park

Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Lake Anita adventure.

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Come Enjoy the Beauty

61 sites 路 Lodging, RVs, Tents30 acres 路 Earlham, IA
This property has a year round running creek called Bear Creek. They also mined the stone off the property for the State Capital in Des Moines, Iowa. Abundant wildlife and聽mature beautiful trees.
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The Waypoint

5 sites 路 RVs18 acres 路 Earlham, IA
A vanlife destination located at the confluence of I80 and I35. 18 acres of land featuring a limestone quarry pond, perfect trees for hanging hammocks, flat ground for parking vans and so much space for community. If you鈥檙e interested, we are happy to coordinate introducing you to our small herd of alpacas and Great Pyrenees dogs.
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Rock N Ranch Events & Campground

13 sites 路 Lodging40 acres 路 Menlo, IA
Our retirement dream is to share our beautiful property with people who love the outdoors.聽 We started with our rustic tent sites and slowly added cabins.聽 We go from primitive to sites with heat and air conditioning.聽 We are not far from the Interstate but sure seems like we are as you travel the 4.6 miles of gravel road to step back in time.
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The best camping near Lake Anita State Park guide

Overview

About

If spending your days relaxing by a beautiful blue lake sounds like your cup of tea, Lake Anita State Park is without a question worth visiting. With grassy fields, blooming wildflowers, and more trees than you can count, this is one perfectly picturesque spot in central Iowa. Grab a boat, canoe, or kayak鈥攊t鈥檚 totally your call鈥攁nd get ready to hit the lake for hours of adventuring. As one of the county's most popular parks, Lake Anita鈥檚 got tons of campgrounds to suit just about everyone. Get ready to let the good times roll锟!

Notable campgrounds

  • Lake Anita Campground - A favorite among families for its scenic lake views and modern facilities.
  • Oak Grove Campground - Offers a serene setting and close proximity to hiking trails.
  • Sunset Ridge Campground - Known for its stunning sunset panoramas and spacious sites.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  • Book early to secure your preferred spot, especially during peak season.
  • Consider mid-week stays for better availability and a quieter experience.
  • Check for cancellations regularly as plans change and spots may open up.
  • Explore nearby camping options to increase your chances of finding a site.

When to go

The best time to visit Lake Anita State Park is during the spring and fall when the weather is mild and the natural beauty is at its peak. Summer offers warm days perfect for water activities, though it can be quite busy. Winters are quiet but can be cold, making it less ideal for camping and outdoor activities.

Know before you go

  • Check the park's official website for any alerts or closures before your visit.
  • Be prepared for varying weather conditions and pack accordingly.
  • Ensure you have a valid fishing or boating license if you plan to engage in these activities.
  • Take note of park hours, typically from 6am to 10:30pm, to plan your activities within this timeframe.
  • Remember to respect wildlife and follow Leave No Trace principles to preserve the park's natural beauty.

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