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Lake Macbride State Park
LAKE MACBRIDE STATE PARK
LAKE MACBRIDE STATE PARK
3525 Highway 382 NE
Solon, Iowa   52333

Phone: 319-624-2200
Reservations: 319-624-2200
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Lake Macbride State Park

Lake Macbride State Park
'Lake MacBride'
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Lake Macbride State Park
'Lake MacBride'
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Lake Macbride State Park
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Lake Macbride State Park
'Lake MacBride'
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Lake Macbride State Park
'Lake MacBride'
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Lake Macbride State Park
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Lake Macbride State Park
'Lake MacBride'
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Lake Macbride State Park
'Pelican at Lake MacBride'
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Lake Macbride State Park
'Pelican at Lake MacBride'
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Lake Macbride State Park
'Artificial Reef'
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Just made for fishing

Lake Macbride State Park
'Near the Dam'
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Tranquility near the fishing spot

Lake Macbride State Park
'Spillway'
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Water coming over the dam

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'Sun Sets Over Lake'
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The last rays of the day.

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'Reflections'
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Mirrored Reflections on Lake Macbride

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'Babes Eating'
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Eating and growing on the South shore of Lake Macbride

Lake Macbride State Park
'Raptor Project'
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Rehabilitation and recovery for hawks

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'Paddling'
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Lake Macbride Boat Rentals

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Lake Macbride State Park
'ANIMAL VIEWING AREA'
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VISITORS AT THE BIRD BLIND

Lake Macbride State Park
'BIRD BLIND'
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THE BIRD BLIND AT THE RAPTOR CENTER

Lake Macbride State Park
'BIRD BLIND'
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THE BIRD BLIND AT THE RAPTOR CENTER.

Lake Macbride State Park
'BIRD BLIND'
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THE BIRD BLIND AT THE RAPTOR CENTER.

Lake Macbride State Park
'Anglers Point'
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The colors turn to fall at Anglers Point near Solon, Ia

Lake Macbride State Park
'Wildlife'
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Reflections of fall colors

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'Fishing By Dam'
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Fishing by the dam

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'Lake McBride'
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Full Throttle

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'Sunday Morning'
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Summer 2013 Fishing

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'Lake Macbride'
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Mid-Summers Sunrise....

Lake Macbride State Park
'Eagle soaring'
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Lake Macbride State Park
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Lake Macbride State Park
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Lake Macbride State Park
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Lake Macbride State Park
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Lake Macbride State Park's 2,180 acres offer much to the outdoor enthusiast: fishing, picnicking, swimming, hiking, camping, boating and lots more. The park is located in two units. The northern unit lies at the end of County Road F-16, 4 miles west of Solon. Here you will find a modern campground, boat ramps, beach and boat rental, picnic areas and the park office. The southern unit is located off County Road F-28 (Fifth Street in Solon), 3 miles west of Solon. The southern unit offers a non-modern campground, boat ramps, picnic areas, a frisbee golf course and a prairie.
History of the Area
An effort to establish the wooded valleys of Mill and Jordan Creeks as a state park was initiated by the Iowa City Chamber of Commerce and J.N. "Ding" Darling, a noted Iowa Conservationist. To raise funds to purchase additional land for the park, lots were sold in the area.

In June, 1937 the park opened to the public. The name for the park was selected from several hundred contest entries. Thomas Macbride had a distinguished 40-year career as professor of botany and president of the University of Iowa. He has been called the "father" of conservation in Iowa. In 1895 he addressed the members of the Iowa Academy of Science on the need to establish a statewide system of "country" or "rural" parks.

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) constructed a number of facilities at Lake Macbride in the 1930's including the beautiful stone shelter and beach building.

In 1955, the lake was enlarged. A portion of the park borders Coralville Lake, one of Iowa's largest artificial lakes, constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
Day-UseFishingyes
 Hiking Trailyes
 Swimming Beachyes
BoatingLaunch Rampsyes
CampingPrimativeyes
 Electric Sitesyes
 Water/Electric Sitesyes
WinterActivitiesyes
Camping
Lake Macbride State Park has two campgrounds. The modern campground in the northern unit of the park has 50 sites with 37 electrical hookups and 13 without, a shower and restroom and a trailer dump station.

The non-modern campground in the southern park unit has 60 campsites and a non-flush restroom. This campground is located in a beautiful shaded setting near the lake. Both campgrounds have a playground nearby. 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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Swimming
Lake Macbride offers swimming as well as refreshments at the beautiful beach area. The Macbride beach is a great place for young and old to cool off on a hot summer day. Swimming is restricted to the designated beach area only.
Boating
There are seven boat ramps on the lake and one on Coralville Lake. Pontoons, motorboats, canoes and paddle boats are available for rent near the beach. The boat rental number is 319/624-2315. A 10 horsepower motor limit is in effect on Lake Macbride from May 21 through September 7. At other times there is an unrestricted horsepower motor limit operated at a no-wake speed. Any size motor may be used on Coralville Lake. Pontoon docking spaces are available for rental, as are dry-storage spots for boats.


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Picnicking
Lake Macbride State Park is a great place for a family picnic or get-together. Four open picnic shelters are available and may be reserved for a fee through the park manager. A day use lodge is also available and great for family reunions. To reserve the lodge please contact the park manager.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
September 22 Stunning scenery
We drove through Lake Macbride State Park last night just to enjoy the scenery. Was beautiful! Give it a few weeks and the trees will be breath-taking! Such happy memories of swimming and picnicking at Lake Macbride as a teenager! Such a treasure!
August 11 Love the deluxe pontoon
The pontoons are the best just to relax and hang out on the water the only thing i wish is the radios on them would be fixed
July 25 Awesome for the family! by James
April 16 Nice fishing lake
Lots of structure around the lake. good structure from shore or from a boat great walking path around the lake makes fishing access really easy with many fair to large size fish to catch
June 6 great boat rentals by marylou
Enjoyed the paddle boat rental for very reasonable price Lots of boats to choose from Looking forward to enjoying more of this park


Area Campgrounds

Colony Country Campground
1275 W Forevergreen Road
North Liberty, IA
319-626-2221


Scales Pointe Campground
1850 Scales Bend Road
North Liberty, IA
319-665-3474


Sleepy Hollow RV Park & Campground
3340 Blackhawk Avenue
Oxford, IA
319-828-4900


Area Accommodations (over 15 miles away)
Savanna - Savanna, ILHotels/Motels
Located just 30 minutes from Galena and 2 hours from Chicago, Savanna is a great place for renewal and regeneration. We invite you to browse through our web-site and plan your getaway today.
Web Site: visitsavanna.com
75.3 miles from park*
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Savanna - Savanna, ILTourism
Located just 30 minutes from Galena and 2 hours from Chicago, Savanna is a great place for renewal and regeneration. We invite you to browse through our web-site and plan your getaway today.
Web Site: visitsavanna.com
75.3 miles from park*
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