I do belive my dad help build the park - He was with the CCC Corp in 8-3-33 his name was Leo H Brooks I think at the time was 18 and from Charles City Iowa or there about the Camp # P-56- Co No.779 Commanding officer was Major J.C.Mullenix and I was wounding if you have any in put on that
One of the best - First, Bearded and Hooked would like to thank Viking Lake State Park for hosting us this weekend. You guys were awesome. We have camped at MANY campgrounds across the U.S. over the years, and Viking Lake State Park is one of the best! The grounds are well taken care of, the tent site areas are clean of rocks, and sticks. The bathrooms and showers are the best I have seen in a state park. And DNR does a fantastic job taking care of any issues, questions, and keeping everyone safe. They do more than most that I have seen. We will most definitely be coming back and encouraging others to make a reservation there. Thank you for the awesome experience
Nicely kept - Sites are about 20 feet apart unlike what it looks like on the campsite map.
Tent sites are all sloping on the grassy hillside. They could improve it by making some level ground. Level sites are in the middle (6,8,10,11).
Nice trail through the woods. Lake is shallow on campground side but its an easy drive around to the other side.
Nice Park but Not Employees - We have camped in Iowa State Parks for years without a single problem or incident. Love camping in Iowa but the Camp Host and the DNR employee were very rude and harassed us and other campers several times. Will not be back
Little White Church - Less than a half a mile from the Mill is a little white german church. I was married in the church in the fall of 2011. We spent the rest of the day out at Wild Cat enjoying the huge bluffs, the clear creek, pretty waterfall, and easy trails. At dusk you could hear the distant howl of wolves and relax in the stillness of the woods. Pretty amazing place. One of my favorite state parks in Iowa and worth the drive.
Our cabins are located on my fourteen acres of ground next to Stephens State Forest in south-central Iowa located on the Chariton River bottom approximately 60 miles south of Des Moines in some of Iowa's best white tail and turkey habitat.