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Gull Point State Park

1500 Harpen Street


The Gull Point campground is one of the most popular in the lakes area. The campground is well shaded and features paved roads, playground equipment, modern restroom and shower facilities, as well as a sanitary dump station. There are a total of 112 campsites, 60 with electrical hookups. Advance campsite reservations can be made online through the park reservation system. Half of the campsites are still available on a first-come, first-serve basis.


The western portion of Gull Point State Park is a hiker's delight, with a fine self-guided interpretative trail. On the 1.3 mile trail, visitors can identify a variety of natural features by using the trail brochure. This area of the park is an excellent place to observe a wide variety of wildlife from songbirds to white-tailed deer. In the winter, the area is open for cross-country skiing.


Joshua Appel

Monday, May 28, 2018
I had my wedding reception here and had a stellar evening. The main lodge stays cool in the summer heat due to the stone construction, even without modern AC. The view from the lodge is beautiful for photo backgrounds as well. I believe it was only $200 to rent this space for the night...which is some serious value. No hard liquor and I believe you have a midnight curfew, but these rules actually kept guests in line so it worked out even better than I could have hoped for. I would highly recommend renting this space.

Mike Ingram

Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Always liked this place. Today a woman cleaning the restroom, a “campground host” insulted me. I walked to the restroom to rinse off a filter and noticed a van parked handicapped w/o a placard. I turned into the restroom door and the sink was right there. I heard someone say “you can’t be in here when I am” I simply said ok let me rinse my mess here. I heard her leave the room 10 seconds later and I followed in 10 more seconds, she was outside the door. She actually said to me, “there’s the sign, can’t you read?” I just told her to relax and walked back to my camper. Insulted by an old woman cleaning the toilet at a campground... that parks in handicapped spaces w/o a placard...that’s a first.

John Brady

Monday, June 18, 2018
We loooove this place! Nature trails, docks, electric and non sites. Always clean! Always friendly staff! Great job Iowa DNR!

Dillon Greer

Sunday, July 1, 2018
I've been camping here since I was a kid and have always loved it but on my recent visit my group was harassed and threatened by the DNR staff. They tried to evict us for simply having 3 tents on one campsite when we were never told this was a violation. The DNR even saw us putting up all 3 tents and never said a word until we were all settled. After threatening to kick us out they told us we could pay for another site and they would "allow" us to keep all 3 tents as is. When we asked why paying them an additional fee would all the sudden solve the issue they had no answer for us and told us to pack up and get out. They demanded we give them our drivers licenses and when I asked why they wouldn't say. They accused us of "cranking music" when my husband was playing his acoustic guitar at 5 in the afternoon and told him if he got his guitar out again they would come and arrest all of us for "disorderly conduct". Never in my life have I been treated so rudely and by state officials no less. Other campers approached us afterwards and expressed their concern for the way we were treated. These DNR individuals do not deserve to keep their jobs and certainly should not be allowed to carry firearms considering their hot head approach to a simple situation. They escalated the situation immensely and clearly were on a massive power trip. This is an amazing campground with great facilities and those DNR should be embarrassed that they give the park a bad name.

Todd Watson

Thursday, May 31, 2018
Well run and clean with great facilities. Way to go Iowa DNR.

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