Gull Point State Park RV & Campground Guide

Iowa

Located in the heart of the Great Lakes region of northwest Iowa, Gull Point is a 380-acre state park that sits along the shores of Iowa's largest and most popular lake – Okoboji. The park is a popular spot for swimming, fishing, hiking, and boating. Its large lodge, which was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, and picnic areas are popular sites for wedding receptions and other events. Park visitors can also enjoy the amenities offered by nearby cities, including Arnolds Park, Spencer, and Estherville. With winter temperatures that drop below freezing, peak camping season in northwest Iowa falls between early May and late September, but Gull Point campsites are accessible year-round.

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Weather
Spring 23-71 F
Summer 48-83 F
Fall 24-73 F
Winter 6-29 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Gull Point State Park

No matter what time of year you visit this lakeside park, an RV is the ultimate camp base. You can pull right up to your campsite without having to worry about inclement weather or when you're going to assemble your tent. Don't have an RV? RVshare can help you find the perfect RV for your Gull Point State Park adventure. 

Gull Point State Park Campground

Gull Point State Park Campground has 112 shaded campsites, 52 of which boast 30-amp electric hookups. The sites are slightly sloped and can accommodate vehicles up to 25 feet in length. All sites are within walking distance of the park's modern shower and restroom facilities. Plus, the campground offers grills, picnic areas, playground equipment, potable water stations, and a sanitary dump station. Water, shower buildings, and dump stations are closed between late October and early April. However, campers are still welcome to enjoy the sites. Rates start at $16 per night.

  • Water hookup: No
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: No
  • Wi-Fi: No
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Lodge, group shelters, bathrooms, showers, drinking water

Arnolds Park Campground

Arnolds Park Campground is a city-run lakeside campground with 15 lakeside campsites. Visitors gain access to the park's boat ramp and dock. The park is open from May to September. Sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Of the 15 sites, three have water. All campsites have electricity. Rates start at $25 per night.

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: No
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Restrooms, showers, dock, boat ramp, picnic tables, fire pits, playground

Fieldstone RV Park

Fieldstone RV Park is a nine-minute drive from Gull Point State Park. The campground boasts 200 deluxe RV sites, all of which have sewer, water, and electric hookups. The campsites are located in an open field. Prospective campers must call for rates.

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Restrooms, showers, laundry

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What to Do at
Gull Point State Park

Inside Gull Point State Park

Gull Point State Park visitors can enjoy a wide variety of lake-based recreation, including boating, swimming, and fishing. The park also has a hefty network of trails, including a 1.3-mile self-guided interpretive trail. For those winter-sports enthusiasts out there, it is an excellent place to cross-country ski once it has snowed. People also flock to Gull Point to see the wildlife, which includes everything from songbirds to white-tailed deer. 

Outside Gull Point State Park

With Gull Point State Park located right on the western shores of Okoboji, there's no shortage of entertainment just outside the park limits. Visitors can find an excellent selection of restaurants, shops, and other attractions in the neighboring towns. Keep in mind that many of these establishments are only open during the tourist season, which runs from May to September. 

Restaurants

Ciao Boji!

Ciao Boji!, one of the Iowa Great Lakes region's newest Italian restaurants and wine bars, is just minutes from Gull Point State Park. Ciao Boji!'s executive chef uses only the freshest local ingredients to make her handcrafted dishes. Enjoy a deluxe pasta dinner and treat yourself to some cannoli or gelato.

Type: Italian

Location: 108 U.S. Hwy 71 S, Arnolds Park, IA 51331

Nautical Bar and Grill

After a long day of water recreation, Arnolds Park's Nautical Bar and Grill is a fitting place to grab a drink and a bite to eat. This maritime-themed eatery offers craft beers, domestic beers, cocktails, and grilled specials. They're also known to have live music and comedy.

Type: American

Location: 95 W Broadway St, Arnolds Park, IA 51331

Nektar

Nektar is Arnolds Park's top stop for fresh-pressed juices, espresso drinks, smoothies, and baked treats. Make your Gull Point morning even more memorable with a quick visit to this bustling coffee shop. Be sure to grab some of the shop's custom swag before you hit the road.

Type: Coffee Shop

Location: 612 US-71, Arnolds Park, IA 51331

Shopping

Central Emporium

You can pull your boat right up to the marina at the Central Emporium. This funky waterside shopping center is home to locally-owned shops, including Animal House Okoboji, Boji Toes, Brad's Bungalow, Classy & Sassy, and much more. It's a great place to grab souvenirs, pamper yourself, or do some window shopping.

Location: 144 Lakeshore Dr, Arnolds Park, IA 51331

Sightseeing

Arnolds Park Amusement Park

You don't want to miss all the entertainment at Arnolds Park Amusement Park. As one of the world's longest operating amusement parks, this venue offers fun for the whole family. There are kids' rides, thrill rides, and even a go-kart raceway. Visitors can visit the on-site museums, play midway games, or sunbathe by the beach.

Location: 37 Lake St, Arnolds Park, IA 51331

Clark Museum of Okoboji Area & Iowa History

Be sure to stop by the Clark Museum of Okoboji Area & Iowa History to see historical artifacts from Lake Okoboji, Arnolds Park, Milford, and other area towns. There's even an exhibit on the Arnolds Park Amusement Park. There are lots of gems in this museum's massive collection.

Location: 2151 213th Avenue. Milford, IA, 51351

Okoboji Classic Cars

If you're an auto enthusiast, you don't want to miss the museum at Okoboji Classic Cars. Two-thirds of this classic car restoration company consists of a custom car showroom. There are even some life-sized historical dioramas, including one that depicts the Arnolds Park Amusement Park circa the 1960s.

Location: 810 Jeppeson Rd, Milford, IA 51351

Iowa Great Lakes Maritime Museum

The Iowa Great Lakes Maritime Museum immerses visitors in Iowa Great Lakes history. You can see most of the museum's extensive collection of maritime artifacts in a 30- to 60-minute tour. The museum is located in the Arnolds Park Amusement Park complex.

Location: 243 W Broadway St, Arnolds Park, IA 51331

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How to Get to
Gull Point State Park

Gull Point State Park is on the west side of Lake Okoboji. The park is a three-minute drive from Iowa Highway 86. Visitors should head south on Highway 86 toward the 193rd Street Loop. Turn left onto Edgewood Drive. Then, take a slight left onto Harpen Street. The Gull Point State Park entrance is at 1500 Harpen St. 

Entering Gull Point State Park

Day-use visitors may access the park from sunrise to sunset. 

Park Entry Per Person : $0

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