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Union Grove State Park
Starting October 15th the modern restroom/shower building will be closed for the season. Water hydrants are still available for use in the campground. Pit vault restrooms are available for use in the campground year round. The modern restroom will reopen mid-April 2021.
Starting October 15th the modern restroom/shower building will be closed for the season. Water hydrants are still available for use in the campground. Pit vault restrooms are available for use in the campground year round. The modern restroom will reopen mid-April 2021.

Union Grove State Park

1215 220th Street
Gladbrook, IA 50635
ph. 641-473-2556
fax. 641-473-3059
Union_Grove@dnr.iowa.gov

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Facilities and Activities

Falls at Union Grove ParkPicnicking/Shelters
Union Grove State Park is a fine place for a family cookout. A number of shaded picnic areas are present, all within sight of the lake. An open picnic shelter is available at the west boat ramp and may be reserved online through the park reservation system.

Camping
Union Grove campground provides an ideal spot for a family get-away. The campground includes full hookups and non-electric. Modern family style shower facilities are available. Advance campsite reservations can be made online through the park reservation system. 25% of the campsites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Cabins
There are two modern year-round cabins are available. They are ADA accessible and sleep up to four people. Each cabin features a bathroom with shower/tub; full kitchen with basic set of dishes, pans, utensils and a dishwasher; single bedroom with a queen bed and a futon in the living room area can fold down into a second bed.  Cabin users must provide their own bedding, towels and other toiletry items. Both cabins are pet friendly and a short distance from the south hiking trail and Union Grove lake. The cabins can be reserved through the park reservation system

Trails
Union Grove State Park has some excellent trails. One of these is located near the campground and the other, in the north corner of the park, is located in a beautiful woodland. Both provide excellent hiking opportunities. A variety of animals, including deer, can often be seen on the trails. The park hosts numerous varieties of songbirds and waterfowl. The trails are open for snowmobiling in the winter. A beautiful re-established prairie and a pine plantation are located in the northeast corner of the park, just off the main roadway.

Lake Activities (swimming, boating, fishing)
The beach offers unsupervised swimming fun for all ages. The lake is a fine place to fish. Anglers can look forward to good catches of crappies, bluegills, catfish, bass and bullheads. Any size boat motors may be operated at no-wake speeds. Two boat ramps provide convenient lake access.

Union Grove State Park, located in northwest Tama County, is a very popular outdoor recreation area. The park was established in 1938. Its focal point is beautiful 110-acre Union Grove Lake. The lake and the attractive parklands provide a pleasing contrast to the nearby residential and agricultural areas. Union Grove State Park truly offers outdoor recreation fun for everyone.

Nearby Towns
Union Grove State Park is located near Gladbrook, Iowa; Toledo, Iowa and Tama, Iowa.



Nearby Lakes

Union Grove Lake
Union Grove W.A. Pond
Sand Lake
Iowa River (Iowa Falls to Marshalltown)


Amenities

Within park
Beach, Bicycling, Bird Watching, Boating, Cabins, Camping - Electric, Camping - Nonelectric, Camping - Youth Group, Cross Country Skiing, Dock, Boat, Dock, Fishing, Dump Station, Fishing, Hiking, Park Lake, Picnic Area, Picnic Shelter, Pit Toilets, Restrooms, Snowmobiling, Swimming - Beach, Trails, Cross Country Skiing, Trails, Hiking, Trails, Snowmobile, Walking, Water Hydrants , Wildflower Viewing, Wildlife Viewing

Less than a mile
Boat Launch Ramp

More than a mile
ATM/Cash Machine, Church, Fuel, Boats, Fuel, Vehicles, Grocery Store, Medical Clinic, Swimming - Pool



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