Union Grove State Park
Lake Restoration Project: Union Grove Lake was drawn down in June of 2015. The lake should be re-filled by early summer of 2016. During the drawdown and refill period, campsite reservations will be on a first come/first serve basis. Please contact the Park Manager, Roger Thompson at 641 473-2556 to make your reservations for the Family Modern Cabins and for the West Shelter.(Updated 3/29/2016)

Facilities and Activities

Falls at Union Grove ParkPicnicking/Shelters
Union Grove State Park is a fine place for a family cookout. A number of shaded picnic areas are present, all within sight of the lake. An open picnic shelter is available at the west boat ramp and may be reserved online through the park reservation system.

Union Grove campground provides an ideal spot for a family get-away. The campground has 25 campsites, 9 with full hookups and 14 non-electric. Modern family style shower facilities are available.. Advance campsite reservations can be made online through the park reservation system. Half of the campsites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Union Grove State Park has some excellent trails. One of these is located near the campground and the other, in the north corner of the park, is located in a beautiful woodland. Both provide excellent hiking opportunities. A variety of animals, including deer, can often be seen on the trails. The park hosts numerous varieties of songbirds and waterfowl. The trails are open for snowmobiling in the winter. A beautiful re-established prairie and a pine plantation are located in the northeast corner of the park, just off the main roadway.

Lake Activities (swimming, boating, fishing)
The beach offers unsupervised swimming fun for all ages. The lake is a fine place to fish. Anglers can look forward to good catches of crappies, bluegills, catfish, bass and bullheads. Any size boat motors may be operated at no-wake speeds. Two boat ramps provide convenient lake access.

Union Grove State Park, located in northwest Tama County, is a very popular outdoor recreation area. The park was established in 1938. Its focal point is beautiful 110-acre Union Grove Lake. The lake and the attractive parklands provide a pleasing contrast to the nearby residential and agricultural areas. Union Grove State Park truly offers outdoor recreation fun for everyone.

Nearby Towns
Union Grove State Park is located near Gladbrook, Iowa; Toledo, Iowa and Tama, Iowa.

Nearby Lakes


Within park
Beach, Bicycling, Bird Watching, Boating, Cabins, Camping - Electric, Camping - Nonelectric, Camping - Youth Group, Cross Country Skiing, Dock, Boat, Dock, Fishing, Dump Station, Fishing, Hiking, Park Lake, Picnic Area, Picnic Shelter, Pit Toilets, Restrooms, Snowmobiling, Swimming - Beach, Trails, Cross Country Skiing, Trails, Hiking, Trails, Snowmobile, Walking, Water Hydrants , Wildflower Viewing, Wildlife Viewing

Less than a mile
Boat Launch Ramp

More than a mile
ATM/Cash Machine, Church, Fuel, Boats, Fuel, Vehicles, Grocery Store, Medical Clinic, Swimming - Pool