Rice Lake State Park is a small 15-acre park that is located in Winnebago County, Iowa and can be found near Lake Mills City. To find the park, just drive about two and a half miles southeast of Lake Mills. One of the special features of this park is 1,200-acre Rice Lake that the park abuts. Other special features of the include a stone shelter that was built by the CCC in 1934. The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was set-up in 1933 as part of President Roosevelt’s ‘New Deal’ program that sought to provide work for unemployed Americans during the Great Depression.
Rice Lake State Park grounds are popular for several social functions including family gatherings, weddings, and picnics. The lake is, however, by far, the most popular attraction to the park. Some of the activities that you can enjoy in and around the lake include swimming, boating, fishing, water skiing and jet skiing. Some of the fish that you can catch in the lake include walleye, perch, northern, bass, crappie, bullheads, and bluegill.
Besides the fish, there are several other animal species within the park including bird species like the pelican and other migratory birds. These birds provide an opportunity for bird watching within the park. Other activities that you can enjoy at the park include wildlife viewing, wildflower viewing, and hiking.
If you have a dog, you can bring them to the park at no extra cost to you. Just make sure that you observe the park rules which are fairly standard across all Iowa State parks. Some of the rules that you need to observe include, ensuring that your dog is always leashed or secured in an enclosure. Your dog's leash must have a maximum length of not more than six feet. You are also expected to maintain immediate control of your dog since dogs are not allowed to run at large within the park.