Campground
Lee D.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2020

So much to do!

The best feature of this park, in my opinion, is the four-mile paved recreation trail that goes around the entire 171-acre lake. Good for walking, running, or biking. The lake is beautiful, and we also saw people boating, kayaking, and fishing. Although swimming is also allowed, the beach was not the best for this activity. 

The campsites are a little too close together for our liking, however, many are shaded and have a direct view of the lake. Full hookup, electrical, and primitive sites are available. We were there on a Sunday in August and the dumpster was overflowing, likely due to a large weekend crowd; I would expect that it would be emptied on Monday. 

Lake Anita is a very nice state park about an hour west of Des Moines. There are also several picnic shelters located throughout the park and a nice playground centrally located in the playground.

  • Running Man Sculpture near the entrance to the trail
  • Four-mile paved trail around the lake offers many recreational options
  • Many sites look out on the lake
  • Nice playground
  • Nice playground
  • Many sites are shaded and face the lake
  • Not much separation between sites
  • Sites are close together
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