Facilities and Activities
The two lodges at Dolliver, built during the 1930's, may be rented for day use. They are ideal for group events such as family reunions and wedding receptions. The lodges may be reserved online through the park reservation system.
An open picnic shelter may be reserved online through the park reservation system. A playground is located in the picnic area for the younger visitors.
Dolliver has two basic family cabin that sleep four, and are equipped with a refrigerator and sink. They are located only a short distance from the modern rest room and shower building in the campground. The cabin can be reserved online through the park reservation system.
The group camp has a dining hall, modern rest rooms and showers and 10 separate sleeping cabins. The camp is available on a reservation basis for a variety of group events. See Group Camp Rental Reservation for specifics on reservation policy and rates.
The Dolliver campground is located in a pleasant setting overlooking the Des Moines River. All campsites have electricity, there is a modern restroom and showers and a trailer dump station. Advance campsite reservations can be booked through the park reservation system. One fourth of the campsites are still available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
A trail will take you out past the Copperas Beds which are unique sandstone formations towering 100 feet above Prairie Creek. The trail then continues on up into oak covered hillsides and back down past Bone Yard Hollow. Trails also take you out to the Indian Mounds and up more wooded hillsides.
Boating and Fishing
Dolliver is located on the Des Moines River, which is popular for both boating and fishing. A modern boat ramp is located in the park and is a popular "put in-take out" spot for canoeists as well as anglers.
Bluffs, canyons, the Des Moines River, Prairie Creek and Indian mounds are all part of the natural and cultural history that make Dolliver State Park so valuable to the people of Iowa. Purchased for $38,500, the 457-acre park was dedicated in 1925. During the dedication ceremonies, a memorial plaque, the work of noted sculptor Laredo Taft, was unveiled before a crowd of 13,500 people.
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