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Springbrook State Park

Springbrook State Park

2437 160th Road
Guthrie Center, IA 50115
ph. 641-747-3591
fax  641-747-8401

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Facilities and Activities

Camping at Springbrook

Two beautiful open picnic shelters, one located on the lakeshore near the beach, may be reserved online through the park reservation system. Picnic areas have tables, grills, water and restroom facilities.

The large campground includes electrical hook-ups, modern showers and restrooms, a trailer dump station, grills and tables. Advance campsite reservations can be made through the park reservation system. One fourth of the campsites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The Sherburne House, a 10-acre addition to Springbrook, is available for reservations year round. It has four bedrooms, three bathrooms, two living rooms, a full service kitchen and sleeps 10 to 14. This getaway is nestled in a wooded area on the park's west side, with a scenic overlook and great opportunities to view wildlife. It is the perfect place for a reunion or family weekend retreat. Reservations can be made through the park reservation system.

Great hiking trails totaling 12 miles lead to the heart of Springbrook. You are almost guaranteed to see deer when taking an evening or morning stroll on the nature trail which winds around the lake.

Lake Activities (swimming, boating, fishing)
There is a sandy beach for sunbathing and unsupervised swimming. A stone and log open shelter with restrooms, located at the beach may be reserved online through the park reservation system.

A boat ramp on the lake provides convenient access for anglers seeking crappie, largemouth bass, bluegill, sunfish, bullhead and catfish. Ice fishing is enjoyed in the winter. Three fishing jetties are located along the lake trail. Boats using the lake may only use electric motors. A boat ramp is located on the Middle Raccoon River. A trail also takes anglers to a fishing riffle.

Hunting is allowed, in season, on certain portions of the northeast and southwest area of Springbrook as posted. A controlled deer hunt is held periodically in certain areas of the recreation area. Contact the ranger for details.

The rolling hills of beautiful Springbrook State Park are abound with deer, red and gray fox, coyote, raccoon, beaver, muskrat and wild turkey. Almost every kind of bird that visits Iowa can be found here. Trails lead through 930 acres of prairie and woodland, near small ponds, the Middle Raccoon River and the beautiful spring-fed 17-acre, artificial lake. The state acquired the park in 1926 and most of the buildings were constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. Springbrook truly offers "something for everyone!"

Nearby Towns
Guthrie Center is eight miles from the park and has a golf course, Laundromat and churches. Panora is 12 miles from the park and offers river fishing and a golf course. Des Moines, the capital city of Iowa, is a one-hour drive to the east. Bagley is six miles north.

Nearby Lakes

Springbrook Lake
Lake Panorama
Bays Branch


Within park
Beach, Bird Watching, Boat Launch Ramp, Boating, Cabins, Camping - Electric, Camping - Nonelectric, Camping - Youth Group, Canoeing, Dock, Fishing, Dump Station, Fish Cleaning Station, Fishing, Hiking, Horseshoe Pits, Jogging/Running, Kayaking, Modern Cabins, Modern Campground, Paddle Boating, Park Lake, Picnic Area, Picnic Shelter, Playground, Restrooms, River, Scenic Driving Routes, Showers, Snowmobiling, Swimming - Beach, Walking, Water Hydrants , Wildflower Viewing, Wildlife Viewing

Less than a mile
More than a mile
ATM/Cash Machine, Church, Golf, Grocery Store, Hospital, Laundry, Swimming - Pool, Town