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Prairie Rose State Park
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680 Road M47
Harlan, Iowa   51537

Phone: 712-773-2701
Reservations: 712-773-2701
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Prairie Rose State Park is one of the most attractive outdoor recreation areas in western Iowa. The 422-acre park lies in a region of scenic hills, six miles east and three miles south of Harlan.

The park received its name from a small town called Village of Prairie Rose which was once located near the present park location. Plans for Prairie Rose were initiated in the 1930s. However, actual construction of the dam started in 1958 with the park dedication taking place in 1962.
 Hiking Trailyes
 Swimming Beachyes
BoatingLaunch Rampsyes
 Electric Sitesyes
 Water/Electric Sitesyes
 Full Hookup Sitesyes
Camping at Prairie Rose, whether for a weekend or a family vacation, is delightful. There are 97 campsites, 61 with electric hookups. Two campgrounds are available. The larger one features electrical hookups and modern shower and rest room facilities. The other campground, with non-modern rest room facilities, is popular with tenters. 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.
The lake is popular for all types of boating from canoes and sailboats to motor boats and, in the winter, ice boats. Any size boat motors may be used at "no wake" speeds. Two modern boat ramps provide easy access to the lake.

Anglers of all ages will find a challenge at Prairie Rose. The lake provides excellent bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, bluegill and crappie fishing from boat or shoreline. Six new fishing jetties have just been completed. There are two fish cleaning docks located on the lake for successful anglers convenience.

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Prairie Rose State Park provides a number of beautiful picnic areas with excellent views of the 218-acre lake. These are ideal places for family cookouts. Two open picnic shelters are available for a fee and may be reserved through the park office. Both of the shelters have electrical outlets available.
A nature trail is located in the northwest corner of the park, starting from near the beach area. Hikers can enjoy the scenery along the three mile trail. A bridge now crosses the spillway making it possible to travel from the camp area to the beach. It winds along the shore line and around the reestablished prairie and is a great place to observe a variety of plants and wildlife.

There is a multi purpose trail located in the eastern portion of the park and provides excellent wintertime fun, such as snowmobiling and cross country skiing. The two mile snowmobile trail is located in the eastern portion of the park and provides great wintertime fun.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
October 9 No water by BEPCO
park review stars; one to five 2011 - there is No water in the lake; must be getting ready to fix it up. The lake bottom has some man made structure but very very litte of it. This is a good time to get some equipment in there and do it right, if money permits. Then it will take a while to stock it with fish..
July 20 Love this place by gvinson
park review stars; one to five We love coming here, the DNR people are always friendly and you never feel crowded if when the campground is full!
June 14 Coming back
park review stars; one to five We camped here in 2009 and we were so impressed with the 2 level campground that we are coming back in July, 2011. We felt like we were the only camper there due to the lay out of the camp ground.
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