Picnicking/Shelters/Lodge A large picnic area with tables and grills is nestled under trees close to the lakeshore. Two open picnic shelters may be reserved online through the park reservation system. One shelter has electricity, tables and running water. There is a playground nearby. A renovated lodge near the beach can be rented for a fee. The lodge may reserved online through the park reservation system. Camping Two modern campgrounds located a short distance from the lake provide 140 campsites (30 with electrical hookups), restroom, shower facilities and a trailer dump station. Advance campsite reservations can be made through the park reservation system. Half of the campsites are still available on a first-come, first-serve basis. There is also an equestrian campground that provides 22 camp sites, 8 with electrical hookups. In addition, there are 15 holding pens. Cabins Lake of Three Fires is a fine place for a family vacation at an economical cost! The modern cabins will comfortably accommodate four persons each. They have heat/AC and are equipped with a refrigerator, microwave and cooktop stove. Renters must provide bedding, towels, cooking and eating utensils. The cabins are available year round for reservations. The cabins can be reserved online through the park reservation system. Trails The park contains eight miles of marked trails for hikers, horseback riders and snowmobiles. Lake of Three Fires is one of southwest Iowa's most scenic parks and the trails provide great opportunities to experience the beauty year round. Lake Activities (swimming, boating, fishing) A sandy beach area provides swimming fun for everyone. There is a playground near the beach area plus a sand volleyball court. There is a concrete boat ramp near the beach and one in the south camp area. All motor boats must operate at a no wake speed. Hunting On the north border of the park is a 220 acre public hunting area and on the south border is a 160 acre public hunting area. The 85-acre Lake of Three Fires is nearly a mile long and a half-mile wide, with scenic inlets ideal for fishing and boating. Surrounding the lake are 691 acres of picturesque woodlands. Although summer is the most popular season, any nice spring or fall day will draw hundreds of picnickers, hikers, photographers and fishermen. There are eight miles of marked trails for hikers, horseback riders, and snowmobilers. Playgrounds are located in the picnic area and at the beach area. There are horseshoe pitching areas at the beach area near the lodge, the camp area and the picnic area.
Missy B. on Lake of Three Fires State Park
Hiked this trail about a month ago, the trail was closed for maintenance but we went anyways. It was about 8-9 miles long. The grass was just a little tall so ticks were drawn to us! The hike was beautiful and quite! Worth it!!!!
This is a gorgeous State Park that is well-maintained. We hiked a small loop and fished small ponds along the way. Fairly easy trail for eight and six-year-old although the low spots were a little bit wet a little bit of mud from the last rain. Where good shoes that you don't mind getting muddy! The amenities are excellent here our family were certainly come back and enjoy the park!
if you're looking for a level place to hike, this park is for you! They don't have a huge variety of trails and only one trail head that we could find, but it was one of our most peaceful hikes we've had. We didn't see any other hikers, bikers, or equestrians on the trail. The hike around the lake is 8 miles with several trails off the main trail. It was very level and very muddy due to recent rains in the area. There are ABUNDANT deer too. We saw at least a dozen on a 5 mile hike. The signage in the park is desperately lacking. I downloaded a pdf of the trail map from the parks website which was quite helpful.
Amy R. on Lake of Three Fires State Park
Beginner at hiking. The actual hiking trail was very short. We went on the equestrian trails which were....ok.