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NEW BEACH HOURS: Effective June 19, 2015 the beach will be open from 4 am to 6 pm. Other areas of the park are still open until 10:30 pm.
Beach Lodge to be Removed from Reservation System: The beach lodge is scheduled to be removed from the reservation system. Due to ongoing parking limitations and heavy use of the beach area by beach users, the lodge will not be available for rentals beginning Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. People wishing to rent the lodge in April, May (up to the Thursday before the Memorial Day holiday weekd), and after Labor Day through October, may contact the park office at 319/624-2200 to reserve the facility.
RAGBRAI EVENT GOING BY LAKE MACBRIDE ON JULY 24, 2015: RAGBRAI (Register's Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa) will stop and overnight at the Iowa River Landing/Coralville on July 24. The event draws 10,000 bicyclists and spectators. The bicycle event will go right by the south arm of the lake. Regular park visitors should be aware that the park could see an increase in visitors due to the event. Traffic getting to the park could also be congested. Campers wishing to camp at Lake Macbride must reserve a campsite or register as a first-come, first-serve camper and pay the appropriate fees. All camping rules and regulations apply including a limit of six people per campsite and one camping unit per campsite or a maximum of two tents per campsite. If you have any questions regarding camping or the park, please call park staff at 319/624-2200. For more information about RAGBRAI, please visit RAGBRAI.com

Lake Macbride State Park, IA

Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
Max reservation window: Sun Oct 04 2015   Later Dates


Lake Macbride State Park is Iowa's largest state park, where 2,180 acres bids a variety of outdoor activities, including fishing, boating, swimming, camping, hiking, picnicking (reservable shelters and lodge) and much more. Located in the wooded valleys of Mill and Jordan Creeks, Lake Macbride is certain to meet the needs of outdoor enthusiasts.

Lake Macbride offers swimming as well as refreshments at the beautiful beach area. Swimming is restricted to the designated beach area only.

Multi-use trails wind for miles around the lake. All park trails offer opportunities for the sights and sounds of Iowa at its best. Bird watchers will thrill to the sight of nearly every songbird native to the region. During the spring and fall, shorebirds, waterfowl and ospreys are frequent visitors. During winter months, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling are popular.


A five-mile crushed limestone multi-use trail is located on the north side of the lake and connects the park to the community of Solon. This trail is very popular with bicyclists. While a majority of this trail runs along the shoreline of Lake Macbride, several portions pass through oak/hickory forest or alongside restored Iowa prairie. More than seven miles of additional hiking trails await your visit, including one especially scenic crushed limestone trail that extends 1.5 miles between the beach and the lake 's dam.

Volkssport Trails & Events: Six permanent Volkssport trails have been established for seasonal use within state parks and recreation areas.

Lake Activities
On a hot day, Lake 's beach, located in the northern unit of the park, is the perfect place to cool off or simply relax and enjoy the view. Located nearby is a boat rental and concession operation. Lake Macbride offers 812 acres of artificial lake prime for catching fish including walleye, channel catfish and muskie. Lake Macbride may be the only lake in Iowa in which the prized Kentucky spotted bass can be caught. Fishing amenities include boat ramps, a universally accessible fishing pier, a dozen fishing jetties, boat rentals, great shoreline access throughout and a fish cleaning station. A section of the lake shoreline is designated as 24-hour fishing access.

A state-maintained boat ramp and dock on the adjacent Coralville Lake provides access to the Iowa River at no cost to park visitors. Ramp users must follow park hours, however, and vacate by 10:30 p.m.

Pontoons, motorboats, canoes, kayaks and paddleboats are available for rent near the beach. The boat rental number is (319) 624-2315. All boats must operate at 5 mph or less. A 10 horsepower motor limit is in effect on Lake Macbride from the Friday before Memorial Day through Labor Day. At other times there is an unrestricted horsepower motor limit operated at a "no-wake" speed. Pontoon docking spaces are available for rental, as are dry-storage spots for boats.


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 online. A day-use lodge is also available and great for family reunions.

Lake Macbride State Park has two campgrounds. The modern campground in the northern unit of the park has electric and full hook-up (water and sewer) sites as well as a shower, restroom and trailer dump station.

The non-modern campground in the southern park unit has non-electric campsites and both flush and non-flush restrooms available. This campground is located in a beautiful shaded setting near the lake. Both campgrounds have a playground nearby.

Nearby Attractions:

Lake Macbride is nestled immediately adjacent to Coralville Lake, where power boats and jet skis are allowed to operate. The Herbert Hoover Presidential Museum is located nearby in West Branch. Iowa Children's Museum, Amana Colonies and the University of Iowa's Museum of Natural History are just a few of many local attractions in the surrounding Cedar Rapids/Iowa City area.

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • Bait
  • Bicycling
  • Boat Launch Ramp
  • Boat Rental
  • Boating
  • Canoe Rental
  • Canoeing
  • Concession
  • Dock Slips
  • Dock, Boat
  • Docks, Fishing
  • Dump Station
  • Firewood Sales
  • Fish Cleaning Station
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Ice Sales
  • Jogging/Running
  • Lake
  • Modern Restroom
  • Mountain Biking
  • Paddle Boating
  • Park Office
  • Playground
  • Showers
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming - Beach
  • Toilet, Pit/Vault
  • Trash Dumpster
  • Water Hydrants
  • Wildlife Viewing
Greater Than 1 Mile
  • Golf
  • Town
Within 10 Miles
  • Archery
  • Hunting
  • Jet-Skiing
  • Viewing Platform/Overlk
Greater Than 10 Miles
  • Fuel, Boats
  • Fuel, Vehicles
  • Geological Formations
  • Hospital
  • Interpretive Center
  • Marina
  • Motel
Alerts and Important Information

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
41.80278, -91.57417
41°48'10"N, 91°34'27"W

Directions from the main entrance to the modern campground: From Solon take County Road F16 west out of town for 5 miles, when entering the park follow the signs to the campground.

Directions to the Primitive campground: From Solon, take 5th St. west out of town for 3 miles. As you enter the park follow the sign to the campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

Lake Macbride State Park
3525 Hwy 382 NE
Solon  IA  52333

Phone Number:

Information:  (319) 624-2200