Central Park Lake

General Information

County: Jones
Location: 2 miles West of Center Junction
Acres: 24.00
Maximum Depth: 16.7 ft. (2018)
Motoring Restrictions: Electric motors only

Nearby Parks

Wapsipinicon State Park

Amenities

Amenities at Central Park Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Accessible Pier
  • Boat Rental
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
Most areas have soft shorelines and some smaller bodies of water may have unsafe ice. Remember to check ice frequently and to take safety gear every time.
The first 6-8 feet are soft and slushy so use caution getting on. The rest of the lake has about 7" of ice.
Bluegill - Slow: Most fish have been smaller. Mornings/evenings have been best.
Download Printable Lake Map

You can zoom in on the map for bathymetric information for some lakes

  • 09/30/2021 - 435 Channel Catfish (9)
  • 09/05/2019 - 7,336 Redear Sunfish (1.4)
  • 06/07/2018 - 1,680 Largemouth Bass (1.6)
  • 06/05/2018 - 4,050 Bluegill (4)
  • Brittle Naiad
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:
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Contacts

Iowa-Caught Fish Are Safe to Eat, In Almost All Cases

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.