Backbone State Park

Location: 15 miles SW of Elkader off Highway 13

Address: 1347 129th St, Dundee IA

Phone: 563-924-2527

Activities: Camping, Canoeing/Kayaking, Cross Country Skiing, Fishing, Picnicking, Playground, Snowmobiling, Swimming, Walking

Dedicated in 1920, Backbone is Iowa’s first State Park. It encompasses 2,000 acres of wooded bluffs along the Maquoketa River. The rugged, narrow ridges cut into the bedrock by the river are the “Devil’s Backbone” for which the park was named. Many of the park’s stone shelters, buildings and facilities were constructed during the 1930’s by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Activities include picnicking, camping, trout fishing, and rock climbing. The 21 miles of trails in the park offer hiking, bicycling, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. Swim, boat or fish on Backbone Lake. Open shelters, auditorium, stone lodge and cabins are available for rent.

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