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Gull Point State Park
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Gull Point State Park © Hal Olson
Gull Point State Park © Hal Olson
Gull Point State Park © Hal Olson
Gull Point State Park © Hal Olson
Gull Point State Park © Hal Olson
Gull Point State Park © Hal Olson
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1500 Harpen Street
Milford, Iowa   51351

Phone: 712-337-3211
Reservations: 712-337-3211
Email: park email button icon
The "lakes area" of northwest Iowa offers a tremendous array of outdoor recreation opportunities, year-round. The unique setting of beautiful and clear Lakes East and West Okoboji, Big Spirit Lake and other water bodies truly provides wonderful opportunities for outdoor recreation. The focal point for state parks and recreation areas in this region is beautiful Gull Point State Park, established in 1933. Gull Point provides a pleasing, shaded setting on West Okoboji Lake and offers a well-rounded variety of outdoor recreation facilities.
 Hiking Trailyes
 Swimming Beachyes
BoatingLaunch Rampsyes
 Electric Sitesyes
The Gull Point lodge, built during the 1930's by the Civilian Conservation Corp, is the largest such facility in the state. It features kitchen facilities and will seat 140 people. The lodge is a wonderful setting for group activities such as wedding receptions and family reunions. The lodge is available on a reservation basis through the park manager.
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. Starting February 13, 2006 advance campsite reservations can be booked through the park reservation system. Half of the campsites are still available for self-registration on a first-come, first-serve basis.
1. Gull Point State Park offers a designated swimming area on West Okoboji Lake.
2. Lifeguards are not provided, so swim at your own risk.
3. The sandy beach is perfect for sunbathing and building sandcastles before or after swimming.
4. Swimming lessons aren't offered by the park; bring your equipment if needed.
5. No pets allowed in the swimming areas to ensure safety and cleanliness of water bodies.
6. The lake's clear waters provide excellent conditions for swimmers of all levels.
7. Restrooms and changing facilities near the beach make it convenient for swimmers.

The park offers a variety of boating options for visitors. There is an unsupervised beach area where you can launch your own boat, and the nearby West Okoboji Lake provides ample space for sailing or motorized boats. The lake also has several fishing spots that are accessible by boat, with species like walleye, northern pike and smallmouth bass available to catch. Canoeing and kayaking opportunities abound as well due to calm waters in certain areas around the lake.

West Okoboji and the many other lakes are some of the prime fishing spots in Iowa. Anglers will find challenging sport pursuing a variety of game fish, including walleye, northern pike, smallmouth bass, white bass, perch, bluegills, crappies, catfish and bullheads.

Gull Point is a great place for a family picnic. Several open shelters are available and may be reserved for a fee through the park manager.
While exploring the park, cyclists can enjoy a 1.5-mile trail that winds through picturesque woodland and prairie landscapes.

However, be aware this path is shared with pedestrians so exercise caution when cycling to avoid accidents.

In addition, it's important for riders to note there are no bike rental facilities available within the area itself.

Also remember helmets aren't provided on-site; bring your own safety gear as part of responsible biking practices in public spaces.

Please respect all posted signs regarding speed limits or restricted areas designed for wildlife preservation purposes.

Lastly but importantly: always stay hydrated during physical activities like bicycling especially under hot weather conditions!
The park offers birdwatchers a variety of species, including waterfowl and songbirds. Birding trails are also available.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
August 9 Horrible customer service
park review stars; one to five We rented two camp sites for seven people 2 adults and 5 kids. We adhered to the two tents/4 people per site rule. However, the DNR counted one of our tents as three tents, simply because it was three single person dome tents That connect together, and made us rent a third site. The worst part was how rude the lady was. She wouldnt even listen to me when I tried to show her the tent bag, indicating it was one tent. She acted as if we were criminals. Since there was NO two way conversation allowed, I indicated that we would pay for the extra site but would never be back, at which point she said Thats fine. Worst customer service ever Three sites for 2 adults and five kids. Really I dont recommend this place at all There are way better places to stay in the Okoboji area
July 20 a hot weekend by not happy
park review stars; one to five lots of rules that are strickly enforced, no parking except right infront of camper, need to have boats far away in another parking lot long walk to the beach, very little breeze
September 18 Great State Park by Scott White
park review stars; one to five Great park with hot showers. Great place to fish.
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