Harold Getty Lake

General Information

County: Black Hawk
Location: Located in southeast Waterloo about 1 mile north of the intersection of Highway 20 and Highway 218. Follow Mitchell Street about 0.25 miles east from Highway 218 to the Riverview Recreation Area.
Acres: 35.00
Maximum Depth: 50 ft. (2003)
Motoring Restrictions: No Wake Speed

Nearby Parks

George Wyth State Park


Amenities at Harold Getty Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Picnic Area
  • Trails
  • Restrooms
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
  • Community Fishing Location
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  • 9/5/2017 - 988 Channel Catfish (8.3")
  • 09/22/2015 - 634 Channel Catfish (8")
  • 09/30/2013 - 982 Channel Catfish (8.9")
  • 09/13/2011 - 627 Channel Catfish (8.7")
  • 09/22/2009 - 582 Channel Catfish (7.5")
The Fishing Regulations brochure is available for download. The summaries listed below are a partial listing provided for your benefit.

  • Black Crappie
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined black and white crappie, 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: No daily limit on private waters
  • Bluegill
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: No daily limit on private waters
  • Channel Catfish
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined: channel, blue and flathead catfish, 8 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined: channel, blue and flathead catfish, 30 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Largemouth Bass
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined black bass, 3 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined black bass, 6 fish
    • Length Limit: 15-inch minimum
    • Other:
Harold Getty Lake (formerly Mitchell Lake) supports populations of bluegill, largemouth bass, crappies, and channel catfish. Bluegill and crappie reproduction is good with limited recruitment to larger sizes. Bluegills top-out at about 7 inches and crappies top-out at about 9 inches. Largemouth bass reproduction and recruitment is very good, and survey data from 2014 showed multiple year classes of bass with fish up to nineteen inches in length. Growth and recruitment of channel catfish is also good. Harold Getty is connected to the Cedar River during flood flows so the following additional species are occasionally caught : common carp, freshwater drum, yellow bass, walleye, and white bass. Harold Getty Lake has good shoreline access and a hard surface boat ramp.(2015)


Fish Surveys

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Water Quality

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The vast majority of Iowa’s streams, rivers and lakes offer safe and high-quality fish that pose little or no threat to human health if consumed. Some limitations may apply for young children and pregnant women. Here’s a Fish Consumption Fact Sheet from the Iowa DNR and the Iowa Dept. of Public Health for more information. Here is a list of current fish consumption advisories for Iowa lakes and rivers.