Lake Manawa State Park

Lake Manawa is one of western Iowa’s premier spots for boating, hiking or just relaxing outdoors. More than 1,500 acres surround the lake and originally constructed in 1881 after a Missouri River flood, Lake Manawa State Park continues to be a major outdoor recreation center for thousands of visitors. “Manawa” is a Native American term meaning peace and comfort, making it the perfect spot to read a book, have a picnic or enjoy the outdoors during your visit.

In total the park stretches 1,529-acres. The lake was formed by a Missouri River Oxbow that today provides fishing, premier power boating, paddle boats, and beaches. The park includes eight miles of mountain bike trails as well as hiking and nature trails.

Lake Manawa State Park offers fun for the whole family, including:

  • Hiking and biking: A paved nature trail designed for both biking and walking. Mountain bikers can utilize eight miles of unpaved trails are perfect for mountain biking.
  • Play: Built in 2018, Lake Manawa’s Dream Playground is the largest ADA accessible playground in Iowa and offers 18,000 square feet of fun for all ages and abilities.
  • Boat: Go out on Lake Manawa or rent a paddle board, canoe or kayak to the Missouri River.


Contact Information

Jeff Smith
Reservations and Information:

1100 S Shore Dr, Council Bluffs, Iowa 51501, United States

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Other Information

  • Hours Open

    Hours of operation: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. 7 days/week or call 712-366-4802.
  • Accessibility

    Dream Playground at Lake Manawa State Park is the largest ADA accessible playground in Iowa