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McIntosh Woods State Park

McIntosh Woods State Park is a 60-acre natural enclave on the northwest shore of Clear Lake in northern Iowa. A variety of recreational activities include fishing, boating, kayaking and more. Visitors can enjoy a unique camping experience in one of two yurts, which are the only yurts in the Iowa state park system. Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and ice fishing are popular winter activities at the park.


Hike the 1.5-mile boardwalk trail through the mallard marsh leading to a wildlife viewing blind. A one-mile paved bike trail winds through Ventura West Cove on the west end of the lake. Spring and fall migration viewing is popular among bird watchers.

Boat at McIntosh Woods, a major boat ramp access for Clear Lake. Fishing is a popular activity on the lake, and two fishing jetties provide shoreline access. One of the fishing jetties is ADA accessible, and a fish cleaning station and modern boat ramp are available near the water.

Stay overnight in one of two yurts or at the park’s shaded campground. McIntosh Woods is the only state park with yurts, and one yurt is ADA accessible. The campground offers electric and non-electric sites, a modern restroom and a shower building. One fourth of the campsites are available on a first-come, first served basis and advance campsite and yurt reservations can be made online.

Camp at the lakeshore campground featuring a new playground, electrical hookups and full hook ups. Modern restrooms, showers and a trailer dump station are also available. One fourth of the campsites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and advance reservations can be made online.

Reserve one of two open picnic shelters for an outdoor gathering during your visit. The shelters are ADA accessible and can be reserved through the the online reservation system for Mcintosh Woods State Park. Several grassy and shaded picnic areas are also available throughout the park.

McIntosh Woods State Park
1200 East Lake Street
Ventura, IA 50482
Ph. 641-829-3847

  • Hiking trails
  • Playground
  • Boat ramp
  • Fishing jetties (2)
  • Fish cleaning station
  • Shelters (2); ADA accessible
  • Modern restroom
  • Showers
  • Yurts (2)
  • Electric campsites (45)
  • Non-electric campsites (4)