Swan Lake – Carroll, Iowa

Swan LakeSwan Lake, a 116 acre man-made lake, is located three miles south of Carroll, Iowa, in Carroll County. Before the 1983-1985 restoration, the lake had a maximum depth of 6 feet and an average depth of 3 feet. This produced a poor fishery due to frequent winterkill. Restoration consisted of draining, mechanical dredging, and construction of 10 fishing jetties and an enclosed fishing shelter- the first of its type in Iowa.

Swan Lake State Park is a 510 acre area with tent and trailer camping. Electrical hookups are available, as are drinking water fountains, showers, flush toilets, picnic grounds, cross country skiing, hiking, bridle and snowmobile trails, a swimming beach, baseball and winter sports, and a nature center with programs, especially on weekends.

Location: 22811 Swan Lake Dr. Carroll, IA 51401

Phone: (712) 792-4614  


  1. Marian M. MdNabb says:

    I see that Swan Lake is located 3 miles south of Carroll, but it doesn’t tell me where south, south on 71 , south on a county road, south where ??? We’ll be coming to attend a Frog and Toad seminar on March 15, so please let me know where Swan Lake is located, thanks, Marian

  2. From Carroll go on US 3 for 2.5 miles, turn right onto CR-N33 for 1 mile, right onto CR-E37 for 0.7 miles and then left onto Noble Ave for 0.4 miles. This is according to MapQuest

  3. Tami Johannsen says:

    When does the camping grounds open for the year? Such as the water and electrical hook ups ready for use. Please send response via email. Thanks!

  4. In speaking with park personnel they suggested waiting until May to come if you want water and electricity. They want to avoid freezing water lines in April so come in May and enjoy all the activities and beauty of the area!

  5. Brenda Morris says:

    When does the water get shut off in the fall? we were thinking of camping around the 20th of Oct. Also I read that you have full hookups…. is that true? and how many? Thanks.

  6. Since they have no email to contact them you will need to call for the information. Phone: (712) 792-4614

  7. chelsea says:

    you helped me get my home work done Yay!!!!!!!

  8. Lydia Tippy says:

    I have Always love going to the Lake even as a Little kid i love Nature and i think out of all the state parks i have been to Swan Lake is the best….. Fair warning dont let the kids take their lunch into the petting zoo or farm it will be taken by the goats. i heard something about Swan Lake beeing an Indian War site is this true just wondering to the Park Rangers and Staff- keep doing what you do the lake always looks beautiful and very well kempt. i always love coming up to visit its kind of like my vacation to Florida, but even better

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