Dakins Lake

Girl Scout Yoga is introducing me to quite a few new people. And places!

Over this past weekend I had a session scheduled in Zearing, Iowa. Never heard of it, but there is a lot of places that I haven’t heard of. I really didn’t want to make the hour drive by myself, especially when the weather was going to be in the 70’s! Then it hit me. Weather in the 70’s? An hour away? LET’S GO CAMPING!

A quick search of the area and I located Dakins Lake in Story County. The website said it opened April 1st for weekends, however I couldn’t reserve a site since reservations must be made 5 days in advance. Which means we must reserve before Monday if we plan to arrive that Friday. Since none of the sites were reserved for the weekend we decided to take a chance and head on up without a reservation.

The main campground is pretty small, 11 full hook-up sites and 18 sites with electricity and water. We chose one with just electric and water since we were only going to stay a couple days. All the spots seemed pretty level and we chose spot #7, which was near the park so we could still see the kids. If all the spots were full we would not have been able to see the park from this spot. Luckily for us, there was only 2 other campers, one of which was the host.

The girls were not too impressed with the park area, however that might have been a different story if there were more kids there. There is a trail that goes all around the lake which made my Saturday morning run nice (.75 miles around) being so close to the camper. The only real complaint we would have is that there is very little water pressure.

All in all the place wasn’t bad, but nothing stuck out either. If we were in the area, yes we would camp there again, but we wouldn’t actively seek it out. However, we were camping, and that was really all that mattered. 🙂

Dakins Lake
Full hookup is $24/night and water & electric is $17/night.
29 sites, 11 full & 18 water/electric
70613 130th Street, Zearing, IA  50278