Lakeside's facilities are ideal for small conferences, meetings, and retreats. Mahan Hall, our largest indoor space, can accommodate up to 100 people with lecture-style seating.

Overnight lodging is available at Lakeside when university classes are not in session. Lakeside can accommodate up to 92 guests as follows: 47 in cottages and hotel-style units with private baths, heat, and air conditioning; and 45 in unheated cabins served by separate bath houses. A neighboring camp can sometimes provide additional lodging.

Food service is available through private caterers. Lakeside's Mess Hall can be rented for serving meals.

Summer Session Room and Board Weekly Rates for Students and Researchers

  • Room without bathroom
    Meals included $225 per week
  • Room with bathroom (double occupancy)
    Meals included $275 per week
  • Room with bathroom (single occupancy)
    Meals included $425 per week

Researchers who stay less than one week will be charged the daily room
and meal rates.

Lodging and Food Daily Rates for Visitors

Overnight guests of students and faculty are welcome if lodging is available. Please contact the staff to make arrangements. Daily rates for lodging are applicable all year.

Cabin-style accommodations cost $20 per person per night. Cabins are not climate controlled, and guests share a bathhouse. Guests provide their own bed linens and towels.

Motel-style accommodations cost $65 per room per night. Rooms have heat, air-conditioning, and private baths. Bed linens and towels are provided.

Meals are available in the Dining Hall when classes are in session. The cost is $7.00 for breakfast, $8.50 for lunch and $10.00 for supper. Children under 5 eat free when accompanied by a parent who has purchased a meal.

Facility Rentals

Community organizations are welcome to use Lakeside for retreats, meetings, and small conferences. Please contact the Director to check on the availability of facilities and schedule their use.

Fees for using the teaching laboratories, classrooms in the Waitt Water Quality Laboratory, the Library, Mahan Hall, and other facilities are $17 per building per hour (maximum of $68 per day) plus the actual cost of any special set ups and for cleaning up afterward, if necessary.

The Dining Hall normally serves meals only during the summer session. Catered meals, however, can be arranged for groups meeting at Lakeside, and the Dining Hall can be rented for meal services. The fee is the same as other buildings.

Sorry, but Lakeside's facilities are not available for weddings and private parties.

Shuttle Service Rates

To or from Sioux Falls Airport (FSD): $50.00 one way or $100.00 round trip. This fee will be added to your University of Iowa bill or your invoice if you are an international scholar.

Please indicate on the registration form if you will need an airport shuttle. Two weeks before your class begins you will need to contact with your airline, flight number, and time of arrival. Further questions about air travel can be directed to