Shimek State Forest
Effective, February 20 2018, equestrian trails have been CLOSED. The wet weather trails are OPEN. Trails are closed due to spring thaw and rainfall. This bulletin will be changed when the trails have been re-opened. (updated 2/20/2018)

For more information visit the Shimek State Forest page.

Nearby Lakes

White Oak
Black Oak
Des Moines River (Ottumwa to Farmington)
Indian Lake


Within park
Camping - Equestrian, Dock, Fishing, Fishing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Non-modern Campground, Park Lake, Pit Toilets, Scenic Driving Routes, Trails, Equestrian, Trails, Hiking, Trails, Mountain Bike, Water Hydrants , Wildflower Viewing, Wildlife Viewing

Less than a mile
ATM/Cash Machine, Church, Fuel, Vehicles, Grocery Store, Hunting, Medical Clinic, Playground, Retail, Drinks, Retail, Ice, Retail, Snacks, Town

More than a mile
Antiquing, Retail, Firewood