VIKING LAKE STATE PARK
A lodge/restaurant has been added to the park. This facility overlooks the lake and includes a new concession area along with a restaurant. Come enjoy great food and a beautiful view of the lake.
The Viking Lake campground is one of the most popular in southwest Iowa. The spacious, shady campground is located on the lakeshore. There are 120 campsites (94 with electrical hookups, 22 full service, 9 buddy sites, and 26 non-electrical), modern rest rooms and showers and a trailer dump station. A playground is located in the campground. 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. Viking Lake State Park offers a designated swimming area on its 136-acre lake.
2. No lifeguards are present, so swimmers swim at their own risk.
3. Swimming is free and open to the public during park hours.
4. The sandy beach provides easy access for all ages into shallow waters near shorelines.
5. There's ample parking available close to the swimming area with restroom facilities nearby as well.
The boat concession near the swimming area has bait for sale and motor boats, paddle boats and pontoon boats for rent. A concrete boat ramp is nearby and a docking area is a short distance away in a well protected cove. Rental spaces are available on an annual reservation basis. Any size boat motors may be used on Viking Lake provided they are operated at "no wake" speeds.
Anglers can enjoy fishing from the shoreline or boat. Species include largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie and catfish. A fish cleaning station is available.
Viking Lake State Park is
A long sweep of shady, grassy hillside extends down to the water's edge forming a beautiful picnic area. The upper road also goes to an open picnic shelter and overlook with an excellent view of the lake. The shelter may be reserved for a fee through the park manager. There is also a large overlook above the beach area.
For biking enthusiasts, the park offers a 6-mile trail around its beautiful lake. Be mindful of hikers sharing this path.
The terrain is moderately challenging with some hills and curves, so exercise caution while cycling.
Remember to wear safety gear such as helmets when riding on these trails for your protection against potential accidents.
During wet weather conditions, it's advisable not to bike due to slippery surfaces which can lead to falls or injuries.
Avoid night-time bicycling since there are no lights along the paths; visibility may be poor leading potentially hazardous situations.
Always adhere strictly all posted signs and rules regarding bicycle use within the area for everyone's enjoyment and safety.
Hiking trails totaling six miles provide visitors an excellent look at the park's natural features. The Bur Oak Nature Trail and its accompanying booklet provide insight on many of the important shrubs, plants and trees found at Viking Lake. The one mile trail takes abut one hour to walk. In winter, snowmobiles may be operated on designated trails.
The park is home to various bird species, making it a popular spot for birdwatching. Birders can enjoy spotting waterfowl and songbirds around the lake area or in wooded sections of the park. The diverse habitat attracts migratory birds as well during spring and fall seasons.