Black Hawk State Park RV & Campground Guide


Black Hawk State Park is the home of the southernmost glacial lake in the United States, Black Hawk Lake. The 957-acre natural lake is one of the most popular features of the park, but there are plenty of nature recreation opportunities both on and off of the water! The State Park is also home to the only trail in Iowa that starts and ends at two state parks – starting near Black Hawk State Park and ending at Swan Lake State Park nearby. It’s even open in the winter for snowmobiling and cross-country skiing. Read on to find out what makes this State Park worth a visit!

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Spring 44-71 F
Summer 47-84 F
Fall 62-75 F
Winter 8-31 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Black Hawk State Park

When it comes time to lay your head down at night on a camping trip, some trips call for a tent under the stars and some are time for comfortable glamping! An RV offers a private bathroom, your own kitchen you can stock as you please and best of all, a comfortable bed to call your own! If you’ve decided to rent an RV for your next camping trip, considering using  RVshare.com. There is a perfect, completely custom RV out there for you that fits not only all your camping needs but your budget, too. Plus, all rentals come with nationwide insurance and 24/7 roadside assistance.

After you’ve selected the perfect RV, it’s time to find the perfect camping site. The Black Hawk State Park features a large campground that offers both electric and non-electric sites, plus plenty of amenities like a dump station, modern shower and restroom facilities, opportunities for water recreation, playgrounds, a volleyball court and more. Reservations can be made in advance and although one-fourth of campsites are available for self-registration on a first-come, first-served basis, they fill up fast. Luckily, there are plenty of campgrounds in the area. Here are some worth checking out:

Camp Crescent

Less than 10 minutes from Black Hawk State Park, Camp Crescent is set on the shores of Black Hawk Lake and is run by the city of Lake View. The municipal RV park is open from April 15 to October 1st each year. There are plenty of amenities and recreation opportunities at the family-friendly campground. Rates begin at $18 a night.

Water hookup: yes

Electrical hookup: yes

Sewer hookup: yes

Wifi: no

Pet-friendly: yes

Other amenities: 24-hour courtesy patrol, chapel services, courtesy lake dock, diner/snack bar, dump station, family park, forest areas, ADA accessible, picnic area, playground, phone, recreation such as a beach, swimming, fishing, boating, hunting and more.

Sunrise Campground

Sunrise Campground is located on the shore of another nearby Lake – Lake Storm Lake. It offers both primitive and full service camping sites, and is staffed from mid-April to mid-September. With plenty of amenities and a boat ramp located across the street, there is no shortage of fun to have in your time away from the State Park!

Water hookup: yes

Electrical hookup: yes

Sewer hookup: yes

Wifi: yes

Pet-friendly: yes

Other amenities: restroom and laundry facilities, wood and ice available for purchase, cable, fire pit, picnic tables. Located in walking distance to King’s Pointe Waterpark, the Regatta Grille, Sunrise Pointe Golf Course, Pirates’ Pointe Mini Golf, Mandeville Disc Golf Course, sand volleyball courts, family playground and a public beach.

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What to Do at
Black Hawk State Park

Inside Black Hawk State Park

Whether you’re visiting Black Hawk State Park to try to snag a big fish on Black Hawk Lake or looking forward to a scenic hike, there is something for everyone to do inside the park. Some of the paved trails are even available for winter recreation. 

Black Hawk Lake Activities – The 957-acre Black Hawk Lake is one of the most popular features of the State Park!  Roughly 50% of the lakeshore offers public access to the lake, there are three boat ramps and no motor size restrictions, plus a universally accessible fishing pier. There is a swimming beach located along Black Hawk Lake, but angling and boating out on the lake are some of the most popular activities.

Hiking and Nature Activities – With over 30 miles of trails, there are plenty of ways to take in the beautiful surroundings and wildlife at Black Hawk State Park. Trails are open for hiking, biking, in-line skating and even cross-country skiing and snowmobiling in the wintertime. The Stubb Severson Nature Trail is 1.6 miles and the Sauk Rail Trail is a 33-mile, hard-surfaced, multi-use trail. The Sauk Trail is also the only trail in the state that starts at one park and end at another!

Picnicking – After boating all day or enjoying a nice long hike, taking time to stop and enjoy your surroundings is the perfect way to relax. The park offers many areas to cookout or have a picnic, all within sight of the lake. There are also two shelter houses that are available for reservations as well as on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Outside Black Hawk State Park

There is so much to see and do inside Black Hawk State Park, but the fun doesn’t end when you leave the park. There are many unique things to do when you’re done enjoying nature and recreation experiences within the park. Here are some nearby things worth checking out:


After a long day spent enjoying nature, a meal with family always hits the spot! From homemade pasta to hand-cut steaks, there are plenty of restaurants offering delicious food. Here are some nearby restaurants worth checking out:

The Bar in Lake View

Located just minutes from the State Park, the Bar in Lake View offers American food such as burgers, wings and more in a casual atmosphere. Specials are offered nightly and almost every weekend a band plays.

Type: American

Location: Lake View, IA

Charlie’s Steakhouse

A local favorite, Charlie’s Steakhouse serves up hand-cut steaks, fresh seafood, burgers, BBQ and much more in a fun atmosphere with beers on tap and flat-screen TVs. It’s a family-friendly restaurant that also serves lunch and is sure to have something for everyone! 

Type: Steakhouse

Location: Carroll, IA

Napoli’s Italian Restaurant

A locally-owned, family-friendly restaurant, Napoli’s serves homemade Italian classics like chicken parmigiana, homemade pasta, veal and much more.

Type: Italian

Location: Carroll, IA


Lake View Main Street

If you’re looking for incidental items, there is a Walmart Supercenter located just a half hour from the State Park. Otherwise, Main Street in Lake View has a variety of stores perfect for window shopping or picking up a unique souvenir from your trip.

Location: Lake View, IA


Lake View Historical Museum

History buffs will love visiting the Lake View Historical Museum. The town of Lake View is home to Black Hawk Lake and the State Park, and the historical museum, which was built in 1996, offers a glimpse into the history of the area. Over 130 species of birds are on display as well as the Dr. Mark A. Durst train display, which features a mini Lake View, Lake and Danbury.

Location: Lake View, IA

Prairie Pedlar

From April to mid-October, visit the thirty themed gardens on seven acres and take in the beautiful sites and colors of the gardens. Taking a stroll through these gardens is a true feast for the eyes and a great way to relax after spending time in the State Park. There is also a barn, old country schoolhouse, garden folly, greenhouses and a gift shop on site.

Location: Odebolt, IA

Sac City Museum Village and World’s Largest Popcorn Ball

Visit nearby Sac City and take in the Museum Village, which features displays of local historical items and buildings. And while you’re there, be sure to take in the World’s Largest Popcorn Ball, standing taller than eight feet and weighing over 9,000 pounds!

Location: Sac City, IA

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How to Get to
Black Hawk State Park

Black Hawk State Park is located on S. Blossom in Lake View, Iowa. For more information and directions, click here.

Entering Black Hawk State Park

No need to worry about paying entrance fees to enjoy a visit to Black Hawk State Park - Iowa State Parks do not charge entrance fees!  

Whether you’re ready to catch a big fish, want to take a long hike or bike ride or just simply set up a beach chair and enjoy the beach, Black Hawk State Park is the perfect location! There is something for every type of nature lover to do inside the park. When you post your fun vacation photos on social media, don’t forget to tag us, or shoot us a photo and some details at [email protected]. We may just feature your story on our blog or social media channels. Happy camping!

Frequently Asked Questions About Black Hawk State Park

What is the best time of year to visit Black Hawk State Park?

Because of the area's large deciduous forests, the best time to visit Black Hawk State Park is in the autumn. You can enjoy phenomenal views of the changing foliage while hiking, boating, or even swimming.

What is the climate of Black Hawk State Park?

The summers aren't terribly hot, and the average high is in the mid-80s. During the early autumn, the temperature ranges from the 50s to the 70s. The winter is not as cold as you might think, staying in the 30s.

What kind of wildlife can be found in Black Hawk State Park?

Black Hawk State Park is home to many species of both waterfowl and songbirds. You won't find many predators, either, because the park takes humane steps to protect threatened species.

Are there designated RV camping spots in Black Hawk State Park?

Black Hawk State Park itself offers more than 100 RV sites, most of which have electric hookups. There are also a dozen parks just a short drive away.

Are pets allowed at Black Hawk State Park?

You are allowed to bring dogs. They must be leashed. Of course, it is also important to pick up after your pets in order to maintain a clean environment for other visitors.