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Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area
SHELTERS REMAIN CLOSED. All shelters remain closed through May 28, 2020. As DNR continues to monitor the situation, please be aware that the closures could be extended. (Updated 05/23/2020)
PLAYGROUNDS CLOSED: All park playgrounds remain closed. (Updated 05/23/2020)
CAMPGROUNDS OPEN: Modern restrooms and shower buildings will OPEN on Friday, May 22. Camping is limited to campers with self-contained restrooms only until then. A this time, campgrounds are open only to campers, NO visitors. Water hydrants and dump stations are open. Youth group campsites will remain closed. Campers should practice social distancing and proper hygiene and follow the Governor's recommendation regarding group size. (Posted 05/20/2020)
CABINS/YURTS OPENING ON MAY 22: Cabins and yurts will open on Friday, May 22. Check-in time has changed to 5 pm and check-out time has changed to 9 am. Kitchenware (pots/pans/utensils) and dishes have been removed from modern cabins. Renters will need to bring their own kitchenware and dishes. (Updated 05/20/2020)
LODGES REMAIN CLOSED: Day-use lodges remain closed through May 28, 2020. As DNR continues to monitor the situation, please be aware that the closures could be extended. (Updated 05/13/2020)
Alcohol is prohibited inside the fenced in designated beach area. Alcohol may not be possessed or consumed within the fenced designated beach area.

Facilities and Activities

Picnicking/Shelters/Lodge
Pleasant Creek is a great place for a family picnic. Picnic areas are located on the northeast and southeast shores. Several open shelters and the day-use lodge may reserved online through the park reservation system.

Camping
The Pleasant Creek campground features a variety of campsites, including electrical hook-ups and 2 modern shower and rest room facilities. From the campground, campers have a pleasing view of much of the recreation area. 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.

Cabins
Four camper cabins are available seasonally. The rustic pine log cabins offer visitors a sense of pioneer lifestyle. The cabins have electricity, microwave ovens, small refrigerators, basic furnishings, and covered porches. Visitors must provide their own bedding, towels, cooking utensils and other camping items. Cabins are located near the campgrounds so cabin users will have use of the shower and toilet facilities. The cabins can be reserved online through the park reservation system.

Trails
There are 8.5 miles of trails for hiking, snowmobiling, bicycling, cross-country skiing and equestrian riding, with connecting access to many area facilities and scenic overlooks. Contact the park office for trail closings due to wet conditions.

Lake Activities (swimming, fishing, boating)
The lake is one of the highest quality fishing lakes in the region and is stocked with largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, channel catfish and muskellunge. Shoreline fishing has been enhanced by the construction of jetties.

Pleasant Creek is a relaxing place to spend a day at the beach. The swimming area is located on the north shore.

Pleasant Creek Lake is one of the most popular boating spots in eastern Iowa. Four launching sites are conveniently located around the lake. These sites have a total of seven ramps for fishing, leisure boating and sailboating access. Any size boat motor may be operated at "no wake speeds."

Hunting
Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area is open to public hunting and trapping. Popular species of game include rabbits, pheasants and quail. Pleasant Creek is also a popular site for organized dog field trials.

The idea for a state recreation area at Pleasant Creek originated in the early 1960s when the Iowa Conservation Commission (now the Iowa Department of Natural Resources) began investigating the possibility of a large lake to serve the outdoor recreation needs of a multi-county region of northeast Iowa. Today, a 410-acre lake and more than 1,500 acres of land are available to visitors conveniently close to the cities of Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Palo and Waterloo/Cedar Falls. The lake offers a variety of fishing, boating and swimming opportunities. Trails offer visitors scenic views of wooded hills, marshy areas and meadows. The area is open year-round and provides a maximum of outdoor recreation activities.

Nearby Towns
Pleasant Creek lies approximately 15 miles northwest of Cedar Rapids and 40 miles southeast of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls metropolitan area. Palo is located 5 miles south.



Nearby Lakes

Pleasant Creek Lake
Goose Pond
Chain-O-Lakes Area
Seminole Valley Park Lakes


Amenities

Within park
Archery, Beach, Bird Watching, Boat Launch Ramp, Boating, Cabins, Camping - Electric, Camping - Nonelectric, Camping - Youth Group, Camping Cabins, Canoeing, Cross Country Skiing, Day-use Lodge, Dock Slips, Dock, Boat, Dock, Fishing, Dump Station, Fish Cleaning Station, Fishing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Horseshoe Pits, Hunting, Interpretive Programs, Jogging/Running, Kayaking, Modern Campground, Mountain Biking, Park Lake, Picnic Area, Picnic Shelter, Playground, Restrooms, Restrooms, River, Showers, Snowmobiling, Swimming - Beach, Trail, Interpretive, Trails, Cross Country Skiing, Trails, Equestrian, Trails, Hiking, Trails, Mountain Bike, Trails, Snowmobile, Walking, Water Hydrants , Wildlife Viewing

Less than a mile
More than a mile
ATM/Cash Machine, Church, Fuel, Boats, Fuel, Vehicles, Grocery Store, Hospital, Interpretive Center, Maintenance, Boat, Maintenance, RV/Camper, Motel, Nature Center, Retail, Bait & Tackle, Retail, Drinks, Retail, Ice, Retail, Snacks, Town



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