Crystal Lake Park

Crystal Lake State Park is managed by the Hancock County Conservation Board. Crystal Lake Park is located on the East side of Crystal Lake. The park offers the only public boat launch and beach on the lake as well as a campground with 65 Electric and 30 Primitive (non-electric) sites. All sites are rented on a first come, first served basis, and are not reservable.



Electric sites are located on a bluff that overlooks the Lake, and are situated toward the north end of the park. Primitive sites are centrally located in the park, with many offering shoreline camping.


Electric sites offer rock camping pads with 20/30/50 amp service. All Primitive sites are grass; sites that are along the shore provide a great opportunity for fishing from your own campsite.  There is a Shower/Restroom  facility centrally located between the two campgrounds, as well as a restroom facility located on the south end of the Primitive sites near the Beach.


Park Hours are 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. all park users and guests must vacate unless they are registered campers. Weather permitting, the campground, water and park facilities at Crystal Lake Park are open from the third week in April  through October the third week of annually. 
The electric campsites are closed from the fourth week of October through the second week of April annually.


Electric sites at Crystal Lake Park are $15/night and primitive sites (non-electric) are $10/night



Crystal Lake Park Cabins


The Crystal Lake Park Cabins are located in the center of the park over looking the lake. The park is located on the east shore of Crystal Lake. 



The Crystal Lake Park Cabins are located in the center of the park over looking the lake. The park is located on the east shore of Crystal Lake. 


All cabins are identical. The living room features a table with 4 chairs, an easy chair and sofa that both convert into futon beds. The air conditioning unit for  the cabin is located in the living room and has a remote control for ease of use. The kitchen has a sink, stove with range, apartment sized refrigerator, microwave and coffee pot. Basic cooking and eating utensils are included in each cabin. Sleeping accommodations include the use of one full-size bed with one twin bunk bed and one full-size futon per cabin. 

Cabin #1 has been fitted with an ADA compliant accessibility ramp to make the facility accessible. Please note that cabin amenities (i.e. restroom/ kitchen) have not been updated to ADA standards. Renters who have accessibility needs should inquire about availability.

Each cabin can comfortably sleep 4 people. Each cabin has a 6' X 15' deck facing the lake. Also included outside of each cabin is a picnic table, a campfire ring and parking for 2 vehicles.


Crystal Lake Cabins are available for reservation up to one year in advance. 
Weather permitting, these cabins are available for rent from April 15 to November 15th by reservation. A calendar showing availability is located on the Hancock County Webpage.  Closed mid November to mid April.


All rentals will also be charged a state required 5% motel tax.
Sunday through Thursday (non-holidays): $50.00/night*** If a cabin is rented for three consecutive nights, beginning Sunday or  Monday, you will receive a 4th night stay at no additional charge (weekends and holidays excluded).
Friday and Saturday (non-holidays): $70.00/night.
Holidays (3 night minimum stay): $80.00/night.
Weekly Rental (excluding Holidays): $350.00/week.
Damage Deposit of $100.00 is required for each cabin reservation. 

Crystal Lake Cabins Reservations can be made by calling 641-923-2720



shelter house


There is one shelter house available for rental at Crystal Lake Park. It can be reserved after January 1st of each year at $20 per day. 

If, for some reason, you need to cancel your shelter reservation after you have paid for the shelter rental, the rental fee will not be returned for any reason. 

For shelter reservations you can call the HCCB at 641-923-2720. 


The lake at Crystal Lake, Iowa is located at the north edge of town, and consists of 264 acres with a maximum depth of approximately 18.4 feet. 


Popular Fish in Crystal Lake

  • Black Crappie
  • Bluegill
  • Channel Catfish
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Northern Pike
  • Walleye


  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
  • Accessible Shoreline
  • Fish Cleaning Station