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June 16 Celebration to Mark the 50th Anniversary of Prairie Rose State Park
Posted: 06/12/2012
HARLAN — A celebration will be held Saturday, June 16 to mark the 50th anniversary of Prairie Rose State Park. The program will be held outside the park office and shop area at 2:30 PM.

Refreshments will be provided and the Friends of Prairie Rose will sell commemorative t-shirts and have historic photos on display.

In an effort to preserve Iowa’s natural beauty and provided outdoor recreational facilities, plans for Prairie Rose and more than a dozen other state parks were initiated in the 1933 25-Year Conservation Plan. Actual construction of the dam did not begin until 1958 and the park was dedicated on June 16, 1962.

Today, Prairie Rose provides the outdoor recreation it was intended for to more than 100,000 plus visitors each year.  The park offers a wide variety of amenities including   a campground, cabins, picnic areas and more than seven miles of multi-use trails. The 218-acre lake -- popular for fishing, boating and swimming -- is currently under renovation.

For more information about the event or Prairie Rose State Park, contact Park Manager Michelle Reinig at 712-773-2701 or