Iowa State Parks and Recreation Areas

A Guide to Iowa State Parks

Experience Iowa's natural beauty and all the fun our state parks offer as you make memories with family and friends. With an array of activities for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages, there's something for everyone whether you're visiting for an afternoon or a week!

Iowa State Parks Design Guide: Long-term vision for State Park architecture.

Please be aware that facilities within county managed state parks are not on the State Parks reservation system.

Equal Recreational Opportunities
All persons are entitled to full and equal enjoyment of the recreational opportunities, privileges and advantages available in Iowa's great outdoor.

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State Parks Bureau
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Wallace State Office Building
Des Moines, Iowa

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Recreation Areas

Recreation opportunities abound in Iowa State Parks and Recreation Areas. From hiking and camping to bird-watching and bicycling, each park offers outdoor enthusiasts a multitude of diverse and exciting adventures. Rich in history and natural resources, Iowa is a treasure chest of recreational excellence.

The following are designated as recreation areas. Hunting, in accordance with applicable laws, is allowed on these areas and they are usually open for public access 24 hours a day. Beach and camping regulations as well as campground visiting hours still apply in these areas.

    • Badger Creek, Madison County
    • Brushy Creek, Webster County
    • Pleasant Creek, Linn County
    • Volga River, Fayette County
    • Fairport, Muscatine County (no hunting)
    • Mines of Spain, Dubuque County (contact park manager concerning limited hunting seasons)
    • Wilson Island, Pottawattamie County
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