“The park ….is a shelter for all of us—a place to get away from the world into a quiet retreat where it is possible to live with nature, the greatest teacher of all. The park is more than a playground. It is a place where we conserve the spiritual values which make civilization.”
— “The History of Lake Macbride State Park” by Golda Leighton Jenkinson 1969 and The Daily Iowan, May 31, 1934.


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The sale of lots in what became the Cottage Reserve area financed the purchase of the land which created Lake Macbride State Park. This land was deeded to the State at no cost to the State subject to certain conditions.