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Lake Macbride State Park

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Address: 3525 Highway 382 NE, Solon, IA 52333-8911
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+1 319-624-2200

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Beautiful lakeside park

What a beautiful lakeside park. Lots of great natural views. It's definitely in it's natural state. Easy parking, but a little drive into the countryside.

Reviewed 3 days ago
Bernardo F
New York City, New York
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

What a beautiful lakeside park. Lots of great natural views. It's definitely in it's natural state. Easy parking, but a little drive into the countryside.

Thank Bernardo F
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Reviewed 18 March 2017

One of my favorite spots in Eastern Iowa is the waterfall at Lake McBride State Park. It is usually best seen in the late winter/early spring when the water is low enough to walk below the falls. It can be quite windy though, so wear a jacket and hat, even in 60 degree weather!

Thank Hannah H
Solon, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

There are seasonal HP restrictions and full time no wake regulations on the lake. There is access to Coarlville Lake in the park for people who want unrestricted boating.

Thank Chuck D
Oskaloosa, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

Our family decided to tour the waterfalls of Iow, but with a pending snowstorm, we squeezed in this one before we scurried home to beat the bad weather. Lake MacBride State Park is bigger than we realized, so between Google maps and a map of the lake we found online, we did eventually find the waterfall. There are a few... More 

Thank Stanbro81
Solon, Ia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017

Lake Macbride state park is one of Iowa's premier state parks, and Iowa's largest. it boast a whopping 2,180 acres.and bids a variety of outdoor activities including fishing, boating,camping, swimming,hiking,picnicking with reservable shelters. It also offers an 812 acre lake which has wonderful fishing. Also includes a wide variety of rental boats of all kinds.All boats must maintain a 10... More 

Thank Chris M
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

We've been coming here for many years. It's a lovely lake. From Memorial Day to Labor Day there is a limit on size of boat motor with a max of 10. The lake has some charming lookouts, nice walking trails along the water's edge, nice camping areas and a good swimming area with boat rental. The local towns of Solon... More 

Thank Teapotrose
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

We've been a couple times now and just love this place. We've rented canoes and kayaks and would highly recommend to families.

Thank doni1824
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Reviewed 24 August 2016

Beautiful place to visit, take a drive, fish or stop and relax. Also some awesome trails to escape everyday noise!

Thank Emily W
New Jersey
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Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

We camped here for 3 days and camped in the non reservable section . Although our site was nice, we had to try to turn around in a different section which took 20 minutes to do due to the tight corners. We watched someone else experience the Same trouble. So go somewhere else if you are larger like coralville or... More 

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Reviewed 2 August 2016

Lovely, peaceful setting with plenty of picnic and family fun places. They even have houseboats to rent. Great family fun.

Thank Marilyn G

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