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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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Good ole Iowa

Plenty of Hiking and boating, won't find a better place or cleaner water anywhere else around. There's also a beach (well what people in Iowa call a beach) peddle boats, kayaks... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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Solon, Iowa
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33 reviews
15 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Hills, tees and lots of water. This is a gorgeous park that will make you believe you left Iowa. You can rent boats, canoes and kayaks. Plan ahead on weekends and get a reservation if you want to be sure to get a boat. Great safe beach for kids. Lake is also pretty good fishing.

Thank noahpaulkeck
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Plenty of Hiking and boating, won't find a better place or cleaner water anywhere else around. There's also a beach (well what people in Iowa call a beach) peddle boats, kayaks, pontoon rentals, etc. Not a bad place to grill, or camp, or have a picnic. Bring the whole family!

Thank Leftoverstardust
New York City, New York
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5,398 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 742 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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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46 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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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122 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 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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135 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 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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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 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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53 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 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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13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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

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