restricted to roadways and designated parking areas.
Parking is prohibited on the dam. Park roads are public
roads and all Iowa laws pertain.
15 miles per hour
on roadways. 5 miles per hour in camping areas
One vehicle and
one camping unit allowed per site. Registration is
required within one hour of site occupancy. Campers must
register or vacate by noon.
Picnics & Fires
facilities provided and fire rings or grills.
- no lifeguards employed. Glass containers are not
permitted on the beach and beverage containers are note
permitted in the water. Swimming is permitted only within
the boundary ropes.
Keep on a leash at
all times. Not permitted on the beach.
Shall be discarded
in containers provided within the park area.
Permitted only in
areas open for public hunting. Steel shots required.
Gun must remain unloaded outside of hunting zone.
*Refer to full posting of regulations at the park entrance,
parking areas, and park buildings and facilities.
*Violation of these rules or applicable state laws is a
Recreation Area is a 282 acre highly developed multi-use
recreation area. It offers a wide variety of activities
for all seasons.
A few of the features
at Lake Pahoja include: 6 open picnic shelters with modern
restroom facilities and drinking water available, three
playgrounds, two volleyball courts, a basketball court, and
horseshoe pits. Two enclosed lodges are also available --
each containing four to six picnic tables, a fireplace, and
outdoor pedestal grills.
cabins were built in the spring of 1998 by the employees and
volunteers of the Lyon County Conservation Board. These
rustic getaways were designed to provide a camping experience in
which you do not need to pull a unit or pitch a tent. The
cabins are one room, 14' x 14' with a 9' x 18' deck. They
are designed to be accessible to persons with disabilities.
Cabins have two sets
of bunk beds . Each cabin includes electricity, sink with
cold running water, microwave, hot plate, refrigerator, table,
ceiling fan, broom and mop. Cabin renters provide all
personal items such as linens, blankets, sleeping bags, pillows,
cooking and eating utensils, etc. A picnic table and fire
ring with a grill are provided for each cabin. These
cabins are heated, but the water into the cabins in the cold
winter months of the year.
The enclosed lodge & cabins may be reserved in advance.
Campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis
only. Reservations for the calendar year begin on January
2 and can be made by stopping in or calling the Rock Rapids
office. A reservation is confirmed when payment is
All of the facilities have been made handicapped accessible
along with the 1 1/3 mile asphalt hiking/biking trail along the
north shore. A 3 2/3 mile hiking trail encircles the lake
for the nature and exercise enthusiasts.
Lake Pahoja Recreation Area is open year-round and offers a
variety of recreation activities such as ice fishing, hunting,
biking, bird watching, canoeing, plus a whole lot more.
At the northeast end of the lake there is a 350' x 100' swimming
beach and an adjoining comfort station for those interested in a
little sun and fun!
A Favorite Spot to Cool Off in the Summer
FISHING & BOATING
A concrete boat ramp and wooden dock are located on the north
side of the lake. Boating is allowed on Lake Pahoja with
electric trolling motors.
Anglers can try their luck fishing for Largemouth Bass, Crappie,
Channel Catfish, Perch, Bullheads, and Bluegills. A valid
Iowa fishing license is required. The Lyon County
Conservation Board is dedicated to maintaining the fishing
quality of the lake and has established many artificial fish
A fish cleaning station is also available to anglers on the
north side of the park.