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part ofCoralville Lake, US Army Corps of Engineers
Status: Open through Tue Sep 29 2015   Season Dates


Sandy Beach Camp is located on the northern shores of Coralville Lake near Iowa City. The area offers camping, hiking, lake fishing, boating, swimming, water skiing and picnicking.

Natural Features:

Coralville Lake sits on the Iowa River. The environment is wooded with mixed hardwood and pine forests.

The lake and surrounding land is managed for wildlife like the eastern bluebird, box turtles, hawks and whitetail deer.


Visitors enjoy Coralville Lake for boating, fishing, swimming and waterskiing. Anglers will find large and smallmouth bass, crappie, walleye, catfish.


The campground offers 50 sites with electrical hookups and 10 walk-to primitive tent sites.

Nearby Attractions:

The Devonian Fossil Gorge is just below the dam, offering a unique opportunity to explore a 375-million-year old sea floor and discover fossil remains of sea life that once inhabited this tropical marine environment. Twenty Discovery Points can be found throughout the site.

The Lake MacBride Golf Course is nearby, offering nine holes among rolling hills. Several additional golf courses are scattered around the lake.

Iowa City/Coralville offers the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, University of Iowa campus, hospital and clinics, numerous restaurants and shops as well as Coral Ridge Mall.

Cedar Rapids has wonderful cultural, historic and ethnic attractions such as The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library and is the home of the Kernels Professional Baseball Club.

West Branch boasts the Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and Presidential Library/Museum.

At Amana Colonies visit seven quaint villages with outstanding restaurants, wineries, historic sites and specialty shops.

Kalona is known as the “Quilt Capital of Iowa” and is home to an Old Order Amish and Mennonite Community.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Beach
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Electric Hookups
  • Entrance Station
  • Fish Cleaning Stations
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Parking Area
  • Pay Phone
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Pit Toilets
  • Playground
  • Showers
  • Vault Toilets
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Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
41.81361, -91.59528
41°48'49"N, 91°35'43"W

Take I-380 to exit 10. Turn east onto 120th Street, then south onto Curtis Bridge Road. Follow to Sandy Beach Road, turn east and follow signs to the campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

SOLON   IA  52333-9395

Phone Number:

Information:  319-338-3543x6300
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