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Lake Darling State Park
LAKE DARLING STATE PARK
LAKE DARLING STATE PARK
111 Lake Darling Road
Brighton, Iowa   52540

Phone: 319-694-2323
Reservations: 319-694-2323
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Lake Darling State Park

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Lake Darling State Park was dedicated on September 17, 1950. J. N. "Ding" Darling, for whom the park was named, "set the gate," a ceremony in which an honored guest closes the valve on the spillway, completing the impoundment process. Ding Darling was the editorial cartoonist of the Des Moines Register and was a champion of conservation during the early part of this century. Through his efforts, the conservation movement was fostered in Iowa. In recognition of his contributions, Lake Darling State Park was named in his honor.

Lake Darling State Park is 1,417 acres in size, including a beautiful 302-acre lake with almost 18 miles of shoreline. The park, with its beautiful wooded hills and valleys and lovely lake, offers something for outdoor recreation enthusiasts, young and old.
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
Day-UseFishingyes
 Hiking Trailyes
 Swimming Beachyes
BoatingLaunch Rampsyes
CampingPrimativeyes
WinterActivitiesyes
Camping
Lake Darling has a large and well equipped campground. A total of 118 campsites are present, 81 with electrical hookups. The campground has 2 modern rest room buildings, as well as a conveniently located trailer dumping station. 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. There is playground equipment in the campground.
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Boating
Lake Darling is a popular boating lake for both power and non-power boats. The concession offers boat rental opportunities. Any size motor may be operated on Lake Darling at "no wake" speeds.


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Picnicking
Lake Darling State Park is a great place for a family cookout. A number of scenic picnic areas overlook the lake. An Open Picnic Shelter is available for use and may be reserved for a fee through the park manager.
Trails
Hikers will find plenty of opportunity at Lake Darling State Park. Several trails are present and hikers will see a variety of plant, animal and bird species. One of the trails extends through a re-established prairie and another winds through heavily wooded timber to a cemetery dating back to the 1800s.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
September 9 A true Iowa treasure! by okbotto
We love this park! Beautiful! The most serene camping and fishing location. This is the most underused park in Iowa. It is a true Iowa treasure.
March 26 AWESOME by lovesoccer_lez or green
THis park is AWESOME LOVE IT -GREEN
February 20 Our Favorite! by John & Deb
We have been going there for years and love the place. The water quality has always been an issue but love the layout and views.Try to camp there 3-4 times a year!
June 6 My favorite park in the state
Has a little something for everyone
April 18 A country girls dream! by Mandi
Beautiful lake, lush green grass, trails are filled with greenery just so beautiful.


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