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Mini-Wakan State Park
Location Dickinson, Iowa, United States
Area 20 acres (8.1 ha)
Elevation 1,404 ft (428 m)
Established 1934
Governing body Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Website Mini-Wakan State Park
Mini-Wakan State Park Historic District
Built 1934
Built by Civilian Conservation Corps
Architect Amos Barton Emery
Architectural style Rustic
MPS CCC Properties in Iowa State Parks MPS
NRHP reference No. 10000021
Added to NRHP February 17, 2010

Mini-Wakan State Park is located north of Spirit Lake, Iowa, United States. The 20-acre (8.1 ha) park is along the north shore of Big Spirit Lake. It provides space for picnicking, hiking, biking, swimming, boating and fishing on the lake. The park is connected to the Dickinson County trail system in Iowa and the Jackson County trail system in Minnesota. It was listed as a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places in 2010.

History

Local residents acquired the initial 12.5 acres (5.1 ha) for Mini-Wakan. Civilian Conservation Corps Company 778 began park development sometime between the beginning of June and the end of October 1933 as part of their work with the National Forest Service. Their work included grading for a road, building the picnic and parking area, the stone gate pillars, and placing riprap along the lake shore. Work on the shelter house was completed in 1934 after they were transferred to the National Park Service. The park was put under the jurisdiction of Gull Point State Park in 1936.

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