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Lake Manawa State Park

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Drove around and caught a sunset

Drove around the lake. There were people parked and sitting on chairs, enjoying the evening. Some... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Denver, Colorado
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Lovely Spot Right Off the Freeway

This lake is right off of Interstate 80, could be an easy place to stop and picnic or play if... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Logan, Utah
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1100 S Shore Dr, Council Bluffs, IA 51501-7354
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Drove around the lake. There were people parked and sitting on chairs, enjoying the evening. Some people fishing, others out in their boats. The sun was orange and setting. Went to the beach area and found the boat piers. Sat and watched the sun set...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This lake is right off of Interstate 80, could be an easy place to stop and picnic or play if you're roadtripping East/West. We met up with local friends here who had jet skis. The beach area where we were didn't have a sandy entrance...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed July 9, 2019

Clean beach with lots of space and very large swimming area. I think it's more of a local haunt, because it was off the beaten path, tucked into a state park and not crowded at all. We went in June and water was clean and...More

Date of experience: June 2019
1  Thank 3waves
Reviewed May 23, 2019

We went there to take the grandchildren to the dream playground. The playground was a big hit and was well maintained. The ride around the lake is also worth the trip.

Date of experience: May 2019
1  Thank Charles P
Reviewed November 25, 2018

Always a beautiful, peaceful place to visit. There are birds and waterfowl here all year round. Lots of eagles in the wintertime. Love to watch them sit on the ice waiting for fish. Pelicans migrate thru here in the spring and fall. Always lots of...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank CastlePerson
Reviewed November 22, 2018

I stopped to take my daily walk. It was chilly (about 40 degrees) and very few people. This is a scenic area with a great road around the lake. There was a thin layer of ice on the water and, being it was November, the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank torpdo
Reviewed September 26, 2018

There are also some nice places to pull off the roadside and picnic near the lake. Some really nice pavilions that are reservable, too. There is a fenced-in, paid swimming beach with sand volleyball courts as well - snack bar and changing rooms. The dream...More

Date of experience: August 2018
3  Thank Avidtravelbug
Reviewed September 4, 2018 via mobile

We wanted to go somewhere where our dog could splash in the water a little and run around to get out some energy. The weather was nice and he had a blast in the water. Lots of picnic shelters and playgrounds. Bring your bug repellent,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank 171Scott
Reviewed July 22, 2018 via mobile

We enjoy lake manawa no matter the season.we were delighted to find literally 1000s of GIANT water lilies. Quiet places to sit, read, chat & photo ops.!! Also, a great place for eagle sightings!

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank l0uettas
Reviewed July 10, 2018 via mobile

Lots of water fun! Plenty of fishing, boating and swimming. Lots of shelters for picnics and a really neat playground for kids...and adults who are still kids at heart! Very peaceful, lots of wildlife and good trails to walk on. Beautiful place to go for...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Bobby S
June 9, 2018|
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Response from l0uettas | Reviewed this property |
I have no clue. We go their for photo ops., bird watching & relaxing. We are close & do not spend the night. Though Council Bluffs, ia. Has several nice hotels with in driving distance. Good luck.
Lynece M
January 23, 2018|
Response from Avidtravelbug | Reviewed this property |
All types of boating, from fishing boats, pontoons, sailboats to jet ski's, water skiiers, tubers, etc. Regarding swimming, I'd keep to the beach area for safety reasons.