Lake Anita State Park

Location: Anita, Iowa

Webpage: Iowa State Park

General Description: Lake Anita State Park features a 171 acre reservoir on a branch of the Nishnabotna River in southwest Iowa.  It is one of the more popular state parks in this part of the state offering a large picnic area and 161 camping sites.  These camping sites range from tent only to full hookups.  All of the sites are back-in and restricted to RVs less than 50 feet.  Amenities include two bathroom/shower facilities, boat ramp, fishing dock, swimming area, and playground.  There is also a 1 mile self-guided nature trail and one end of the Grassy Root Trail that leads to the town park in Anita.


1) This is a very nice state park that is well maintained, although you need to know your reserved site number as there is no check-in facilities.  The reservations are marked at each site, so if you don’t know your site then you can find it by walking the campground.  All of the sites have a view of the lake and access to a bathroom facility.  My only problem with the campgrounds is the long on-way road winding into the campground which is very rough.  It is like a long series of reverse speed bumps the entire way in.


2) The bathrooms are modern and clean.  We also found the playground to be well maintained as well with raked sand.


3) The Grassy Root Trail into Anita is a moderate walk along a stream and the backyard fences of residents along the trail.  It is about 1.5 miles one-way to the city park.