Visit Gull Point State Park on Lake Okoboji

The Oakwood Inn is a Select Registry Bed and Breakfast Inn located in Okoboji near Spirit Lake.

Head to Gull Point State Park for hiking on Lake Okoboji

There’s no shortage of places to get outdoors in the Iowa Great Lakes Region, and Gull Point State Park is a fantastic area to explore on West Okoboji Lake. This lakefront park is known for its picturesque scenery, wooded areas, and outdoor fall activities—featuring hiking trails, birdwatching opportunities, and lake-based activities such as boating, fishing, and even swimming, depending on the weather.

Fall is a beautiful time to visit Gull Point State Park and the Iowa Great Lakes Region in general. The cooler weather is perfect for all the best outdoor adventures, and the changing leaves add a picturesque backdrop—creating a magical palette for romantic getaways, friend’s trips, and solo retreats. If hiking is on your agenda, the Dickinson County Trail system is fantastic to explore on foot or by bike, and as a guest at our Iowa Bed and Breakfast, you’ll be steps away from the trail from our property. 

The Oakwood Inn is a luxurious, adults-only retreat in Okoboji that’s set back from the busier tourist areas and close enough to so much for the perfect getaway. When you’re here, you’ll not only have an elegant and beautifully appointed guest room to make your home bases, but you’ll also love enjoying our garden grounds, verandas, and indoor shared spaces. We’ll treat you to a delicious home-cooked breakfast with seasonal ingredients and tried-and-true recipes each morning. We can’t wait to host you at our Iowa Bed and Breakfast; book your room today! 

Gull Point State Park is a great place for outdoor recreation on lake Okoboji

Head to Gull Point State Park & More Nature Areas in Iowa

Exploring Gull Point State Park is just one of the lovely nature areas in the Iowa Great Lakes Region. As a guest at our Iowa Bed and Breakfast, you’ll only be a quick scenic drive or bike ride to all of the best adventures here.

Here are four things to do at Gull Point State Park: 

  1. Discover the Hiking Trails: Explore the western portion of Gull Point State Park on a 1.3-mile interpretative trail—helping visitors identify diverse flora and fauna along the route. The Barney Peterson Nature Trail is an excellent spot for observing wildlife, including songbirds and white-tailed deer.
  2. Getting Out on the Water: The clear blue waters of West Okoboji are the highlight of a visit to Gull Point State Park. Launch your kayaks or canoes, stroll along the beach, and find some of the best fishing for walleye, northern pike, smallmouth bass, white bass, perch, and more. 
  3. Pack a Picnic: You’ll find plenty of quiet spots to set up a picnic blanket or in one of the open shelters of the park. 
  4. Winter Recreation: When the snow hits, guests love cross-country skiing along the hiking trails at Gull Point State Park. Bundle up, and we’ll await your return to warm up at our Iowa Bed and Breakfast! 
Other Nature Areas in Okoboji to Explore: 

After you’ve explored Gull Point State Park, there are plenty of other nature areas for outdoor activities.

  1. Emerson Bay State Recreation Area: Emerson Bay’s Lighthouse Point offers spectacular views of West Lake Okoboji from its observation tower. It includes popular amenities such as picnic areas, a sandy beach, and a boat ramp. It’s also located near the Iowa Great Lakes Bike Trail System. 
  2. Dickinson County Trail System: One of our favorite walking and biking routes is The Dickinson County Trail, less than 50 feet from our Iowa Bed and Breakfast’s front door. This multi-use trail offers miles for visitors to explore and experience some stunning Iowa Fall colors. 
  3. Kenue Park: This 70-acre park is a hidden gem in Okoboji. It’s home to the Dickinson County Nature Center and offers visitors walking trails and an 18-hole professional-level Okoboji Gold Disc Golf Course.
  4. Pikes Point State Park: Known as one of the best swimming areas on West Okoboji Lake, Pikes Point is a peaceful place to dip your toes in the crisp blue waters. 

As always, as a guest at our Iowa Bed and Breakfast, our knowledgeable Innkeepers are more than happy to make personalized recommendations, suggestions for rentals, and give detailed directions. 

After exploring Gull Point State Park head back to our Iowa Bed and Breakfast

Get Cozy at our Iowa Bed and Breakfast this Fall

After a day in the fresh fall air with fiery hues and crisp sunshine, you’ll love returning to our luxurious Iowa Bed and Breakfast. Head back to your guest room and refresh after hiking at Gull Point State Park or beyond. If you’ve thought ahead and reserved one of our romantic packages, we can have flowers, wine, a charcuterie and cheese board, and special touches awaiting your return! 

We have 11 spacious guest rooms available at our Iowa Bed and Breakfast, each tastefully decorated and adorned with luxurious amenities with your comfort in mind. All of our rooms are designed for couples or solo travelers. You can expect to find all the comforts of home, such as fireplaces, private verandas and patios, luxurious linens, and more. If you’re looking for an extra indulgent experience, be sure to choose one of our guest rooms with a whirlpool tub en suite. 

Great fall getaways often comprise simple moments over coffee with colorful foliage as your backdrop, all adding together to create a unique and unforgettable retreat. You’ll absolutely love waking up to the delicious smells of breakfast being prepared from scratch, just for you. Enjoy your meal in our bright, sunny dining room, in the privacy of your own rooms, or take it to go on your adventures. Let us know in advance about dietary restrictions—we’re always happy to accommodate. Start planning your next trip to the Iowa Great Lakes Region, and book your stay today! 

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