rip off - It might be a good idea to at least put notice on the fee collection post to let people know the park is closed. We took a trip to the park today, only to pay the $5.00 fee, then find out the park was closed. What a waste.
Wilderness in the big city - We loved it. One trail was a bit hard to find....you need to cross the ravine it is dry and there are 2 concrete pipes you need to cross...this is well before the huge staircase.....You feel like you are in a large wilderness. We will definitely go back. Beautiful....we really enjoyed the fall colors.
- Have lived in the area for many years and have been pleased to watch it evolve to what it is today. Unfortunately, on my recent visit August 9, 2020, the garbage was unbelievable. Spilling out of the cans and scattered all over both front shelters - grounds and tables. In this time of covid and distancing, I was meeting a friend there and bringing coffee to be outside and social distance. It was very disappointing and unfortunate. Hoping this was an isolated incident and has been cleaned up.
Horrible customer service - We rented two camp sites for seven people 2 adults and 5 kids. We adhered to the two tents/4 people per site rule. However, the DNR counted one of our tents as three tents, simply because it was three single person dome tents That connect together, and made us rent a third site. The worst part was how rude the lady was. She wouldnt even listen to me when I tried to show her the tent bag, indicating it was one tent. She acted as if we were criminals. Since there was NO two way conversation allowed, I indicated that we would pay for the extra site but would never be back, at which point she said Thats fine. Worst customer service ever Three sites for 2 adults and five kids. Really I dont recommend this place at all There are way better places to stay in the Okoboji area
MY HOMETOWN PARK - JENNY BREZINA I grew up in Iowa on a farm.My dad took us fishing off the spill way back then man did he catch fish Family 0f 9. YEARS OF MEMORIES Terry took us swimming had to walk a long way paving road. Swimming started to itch Dr. said sand flees. MRS SLUMPart and music teacher took us on a nature hunt for drift wood made a clay bunny SITTING ON MY PIECE OF WOOD received an A. I love the spring flowers HUBBY LOVES FALL
DEER Son loves to swim and to cath the big one
Great Fishing and hunting - A friend of mine and I went fishing on the lake and had very good luck. We stayed 4 nights. The Park Ranger was an excellent source of information about where to fish and what bait to use. He was very friendly and accommodating. We also wanted to do a little squirrel hunting and he directed us to a nearby open area and recommended a likely spot. Again we had good luck. Having the Park Ranger as a resource at Three Fires Lake made the trip for us.
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