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Emerson Bay State Recreation Area — Emmerson Bay State Recreation Area is located in Iowa

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Directions

Located on the southwest side of West Lake Okoboji off of Hwy 86.

Address

3100 Emerson St
Milford, IA 51351

Coordinates

43.35569179 N
95.17530875 W

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Access

  • Drive-In
    Park next to your site
  • Boat-In
    Sites accessible by watercraft.

Stay Connected

  • WiFi
    Fair
  • Verizon
    Good
  • AT&T
    Unknown
  • T-Mobile
    Unknown

Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • RV Sites
  • Standard (Tent/RV)
  • Group

Features

For Campers

  • ADA Access
  • Trash
  • Picnic Table
  • Firewood Available
  • Phone Service
  • Reservable
  • Showers
  • Drinking Water
  • Electric Hookups
  • Toilets
  • Alcohol
  • Pets
  • Fires

For Vehicles

  • Sanitary Dump
  • Sewer Hookups
  • Water Hookups
  • Pull-Through Sites
  • Big Rig Friendly

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6 Reviews

Opus 15 !.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2022

Nice State Park Campground

Nice state park campground in West Okoboji Iowa. Close enough to the action of Lake Okoboji yet has a fairly remote feel. After doing some looking around the area, I believe that this is probably the nicest campground in the area. Sites are fairly close but not super tight. This is a good place to stay for a few days if you want to explore all that Okoboji has to offer. It was full the entire time that we were here and it does fill up quickly so book your trip well in advance.

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Petra H.
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2021

Beautiful Area

Overall a good experience. The location, sites, amenities, shower rooms are clean and great. I don’t know why the vibe feels a bit off except to say the people. Seems a little unfriendly. People cutting through sites. Parents not being kind, some kids being over the top.

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Month of VisitJuly
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Alec S.
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2020

Great site to spend a week

I can not say enough about this campground. The sites are well maintained, bathrooms are IMPECCABLE someone was out cleaning the shower house at 11pm one night. The staff are extremely friendly and there is so much fun for the kids to bike, swim (sand beach), and fish. The surrounding area provides so much entertainment you can easily spend a week.

Adrian D.
Reviewed Apr. 5, 2020

Since I was a wee lad!

Emmerson Bay is the Best for Tubing on tbe Iowa Great lakes so access for your boat here too is also amazing, However theres not a place here to park it. But this place is awesome for icefishing as well!

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Samantha S.
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2019

Great experience

Spaces were clean, bathrooms were nice. Beach is very close. Showers were private. Close to many amenities and quiet overall

Samantha B.
Reviewed May. 14, 2018

The best place in town

This campground is right on the lake! The spots are spacious, the bathrooms are clean, and the price is right. There are a few docks available for boating, fishing or just lake gazing. This is a great location as a home base to everything in Okoboji. Start the morning with coffee at the beach, hop on the Great Lakes bike trail and everything is nearby.

All the campsites are on crushed gravel so be prepared to sweep frequently or leave your shoes outside.

Dog friendly, lots of places to walk the dogs. Can't leave the dogs unattended in the camper, so keep that in mind when planning trips. Boji Bark has doggie daycare.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Does Emerson Bay State Recreation Area — Emmerson Bay State Recreation Area have RV hookups?

According to TheDyrt.com, Emerson Bay State Recreation Area — Emmerson Bay State Recreation Area has water hookups and sewer hookups.

What is the max vehicle length at Emerson Bay State Recreation Area — Emmerson Bay State Recreation Area?

Emerson Bay State Recreation Area — Emmerson Bay State Recreation Area allows vehicles up to 50 feet.

Are fires allowed at Emerson Bay State Recreation Area — Emmerson Bay State Recreation Area?

Yes, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, fires are allowed at Emerson Bay State Recreation Area — Emmerson Bay State Recreation Area, although make sure to check current fire restrictions in the area.

Is there cell phone reception at Emerson Bay State Recreation Area — Emmerson Bay State Recreation Area?

According to campers on TheDyrt.com, Verizon signal is good, AT&T is unknown, and T-Mobile is unknown.