Field Trip: Experience the trails, camping, canoeing and more at Lake Macbride

Lake Macbride State Park and the Macbride Nature Recreation Area (MRNA) cover nearly 2,700 acres north of Iowa City, offering endless opportunities for summer fun: two campgrounds with 48 total campsites, fishing, boating, bicycling, picnicking, swimming, hiking, archery and plenty of wildlife.

Distance from Iowa City: 20 miles, about a 15-minute drive
Nearby: Iowa City, North Liberty, Solon, Cedar Rapids
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Lake MacBride

Lake MacBride

Lake MacBride


Multi-use trails wind for miles around the lake on all sides.

Lake MacBride

Watch and Learn:

Bird watchers flock to the Macbride Raptor Project to glimpse songbirds, shorebirds, waterfowl and majestic birds of prey. MNRA is also home to the University of Iowa’s Environmental Education Programs: School of the Wild and Wildlife Camps.

Lake MacBride

Lake MacBride


The MNRA is home to the University of Iowa Sailing Club; rent a pontoon, motorboat, canoe, paddle boat or kayak at the State Park.

Lake MacBride


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This article was originally published in Little Village issue 180. Words and photos by Dawn Frary.

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