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Backbone State Park
BACKBONE STATE PARK
BACKBONE STATE PARK
347 129th Street
Dundee, Iowa   52038

Phone: 563-924-2000
Reservations: 877-427-2757
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Backbone State Park
'Photographer by Robert Gruhn'
© Photographer by Robert Gruhn

Backbone State Park
'Cabin 8'

Downhill looking uphill.

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View from the Backbone

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Backbone State Park
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Backbone State Park
'Photographer by Robert Gruhn'
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Backbone State Park
'Photographer by Robert Gruhn'
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Backbone State Park
'Photographer by Robert Gruhn'
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'Reflections of Fall Colors'
© Photos taken by Connie L. Chase at Backbone State Park.

Fall view from my kayak at Backbone State Park.

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'Trail Along the Bluffs'
© Photos taken by Connie L. Chase at Backbone State Park.

East Lake Trail at Backbone State Park.

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'Creek at Backbone'

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'Colors on the Water'
© Photos taken by Connie L. Chase at Backbone State Park.

Limestone bluffs near main lookout taken from my kayak at Backbone State Park.

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'Bluffs of Backbone'
© Photos taken by Connie L. Chase at Backbone State Park.

Limestone bluffs near main lookout taken from my kayak at Backbone State Park.

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'The River Far Below'
© Photos taken by Connie L. Chase at Backbone State Park.

The Loop area past the Backbone trail at Backbone State Park.

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'Path of Brilliant Colors'
© Photos taken by Connie L. Chase at Backbone State Park.

East Lake Trail at Backbone State Park.

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'Rush of Water'
© Photos taken by Connie L. Chase at Backbone State Park.

Fresh water spring at Backbone State Park.

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'Climbing the Bluffs'
© Photos taken by Connie L. Chase at Backbone State Park.

Limestone bluffs near main rock climbing area at Backbone State Park.

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'Limestone and Sunlight'
© Photos taken by Connie L. Chase at Backbone State Park.

East Lake Trail at Backbone State Park.

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'East Gate'

Early on a foggy morning.

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'Deer in the park'

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Below the spillway.

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The boat docks seen from the boat launch at sunrise on a foggy morning.

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'Cabin 8 from the side'

Cabin 8 seen from the front of cabin 10.

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'Cabin 8 Front'

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'Cliffs at Backbone'

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'Winding River'
© Photos taken by Connie L. Chase at Backbone State Park.

East Lake Trail view, near main lookout at Backbone State Park.

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'Brilliant Colors'
© Photos taken by Connie L. Chase at Backbone State Park.

Fall colors along the Maquoketa River taken from my kayak at Backbone State Park.

Backbone State Park
'Photographer by Robert Gruhn'
© Photographer by Robert Gruhn

Backbone State Park
'Photographer by Robert Gruhn'
© Photographer by Robert Gruhn

Backbone State Park
'Photographer by Robert Gruhn'
© Photographer by Robert Gruhn

Backbone State Park
'Photographer by Robert Gruhn'
© Photographer by Robert Gruhn

Backbone State Park
'Photographer by Robert Gruhn'
© Photographer by Robert Gruhn

FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
Day-UseFishingyes
 Hiking Trailyes
 Swimming Beachyes
CampingPrimativeyes
 Electric Sitesyes
 Full Hookup Sitesyes
WinterActivitiesyes
Cabins
The modern two-bedroom cabins and renovated one-bedroom cabins are available and are equipped with heating and air conditioning. The two-bedroom cabins are available year round. The one-bedroom style cabins are available April through October. Renters must provide their own bedding and dinnerware. The cabins can be reserved for a fee through the Internet at www.reserveiaparks.com or by calling toll-free 1-877-IAPARKS.
Camping
There are 125 camp sites located in two campgrounds. The South Lake Campground contains 49 non-electric sites, 49 electric sites, 2 shower buildings, a playground and a dump station. The Six Pine Campground, near the west entrance of the park, contains 27 non-electric sites and provides pit latrines. 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.
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Picnicking
Backbone is a beautiful place for a family picnic. Several open shelters and an auditorium may be reserved for a fee through the park office.

A stone lodge overlooking the lake may be rented through the park concessionaire at 563/933-2273. Constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps, it is very popular for family reunions, weddings and other large gatherings.
Trails
Backbone has 21 miles of hiking and multi-use trails. Visitors can hike along trails winding through old twisted and windblown cedars and up rough, rocky staircases to one of the highest points in northeast Iowa, the "Devil's Backbone." During winter, visitors can cross-country ski and snowmobile.

Bicyclists can pedal through scenic splendor and explore the park on these designated trails; Barred Owl, Bluebird, East Lake and West Lake. Mountain bikes must stay on the trails.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
July 16 Paradise in Iowa by Mark - California
Backbone State Park is a true treasure for all to enjoy.
October 7 Great park needing attention!!!! by Andy
Backbone is a great place and i have lived here my entire life and over the last decade it is starting to decay due to violent floods and poor government funding please help this beautiful park
April 30 I must go there again! by Zorro
While visiting my wonderful family in Iowa, they took me to Backbone State Park, I fell in love with that place. The last time was 3 years ago, and I am visiting my family again this yr and I told them I got to go back, and they will take me. Love the unique environment comparing to where I am from, Southern California! Sure am looking forward to spending the day mediating there this summer!
March 27 An pleasant surprise in the heart of IA by Corey J
I was married in Backbone State Park after only a single visit to checkout the venue. I was extremely pleased to find such a jewel hidden in plain sight around the surrounding corn fields.
August 18 God did this park right!!! by Mary P- Omaha
You are driving east on some little road through the corn fields, and suddenly you see a patch of trees. As you enter the park you are suddenly in a mini Grand Canyon with rocks, streams and rivers. God did it right with this park, oh and those guys who work there do a great job too!!!
March 22 Family Fun by Michelle
It is alway fun a Backbone.It is soothing to feel the sand between my toes and see my children having fun.
March 21 Family Fun by Michelle
It is always fun at Backbone.My family loves to catch the fish and see them swim away from us.My child is having a birthday soon and Backbone is her favorite place.
February 12 favorite park for fishing and fun by Carl & Nancy
the Christmas in July camp wkend has become a family reunion and annual event for our family from southeast Iowa. Thanks for all the work it takes and we will see you this year as well!
September 1
I used to live in Strawberry Point and my family has rented a cabin for Thanksgiving for the past 10 years. It is FABULOUS! I would recommend this park to anyone!
May 23 Backbone by Jules
My family and i have been going to backbone for generations and we love it more and more every year!!!! thank you for all the great memories! we hope to make many more!
May 11 the most relaxing vacations
we have been to bakebone state park for three years and it is the most relaxing and enjoyable vacations I look forward to it every year
May 5 Amazing cabins by Harlan Thomas
Every year my family, my friends and I go to Backbone State park. We rent the Cabins for 3 days and 2 nights. I love hiking and fishing. In the summer I love boating. I wish I lived out there.


Area Accommodations (over 15 miles away)
Carroll County Tourism - Carroll County, ILHotels/Motels
You will feel right at home when you reach Carroll County, our corner of beautiful Northwest Illinois. The magnificent Mississippi River and outdoor spaces will refresh your spirit and touch our soul.
Web Site: gocarrollcounty.com
78.6 miles from park*
Area Resources
Carroll County Tourism - Carroll County, ILTourism
You will feel right at home when you reach Carroll County, our corner of beautiful Northwest Illinois. The magnificent Mississippi River and outdoor spaces will refresh your spirit and touch our soul.
Web Site: gocarrollcounty.com
78.6 miles from park*
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