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Trapper's Bay State Park
Location Dickinson, Iowa, United States
Area 57.5 acres (23.3 ha)
Elevation 1,463 ft (446 m)
Established 1933
Governing body Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Website Trapper's Bay State Park
Trappers Bay State Park Picnic Shelter
Area less than one acre
Built 1933
Architect Central Design Office, Ames
Architectural style Rustic
MPS CCC Properties in Iowa State Parks MPS
NRHP reference No. 90001676
Added to NRHP November 15, 1990

Trapper's Bay State Park is located on the west side of Lake Park, Iowa, United States. The 57.5-acre (23.3 ha) park is along the north shore of Silver Lake. It provides space for picnicking, including a shelter listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and boating and fishing on the lake.


Property for Trapper's Bay was acquired by the state in 1933. 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. Work on the picnic shelter and the latrines was begun in 1933 and completed by March 1934 after they were transferred to the National Park Service. The park was put under the jurisdiction of Gull Point State Park in 1936.

Picnic Shelter

The Rustic style structure features back and side walls composed of random rubble stone. On the center of the back wall is a stone fireplace and chimney. Two round timber posts with bracing hold up the timber gable roof. Exposed purlins extend below the overhang of the roof. Located on a small point of land near the lake, the significance of its architecture is that it was designed to blend into its natural surroundings by means of its material, design, and workmanship.

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