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George Wyth State Park

Abundant in woodlands and wildlife, George Wyth State Park is an “urban sanctuary” offering diverse outdoor activities for visitors. The park was named George Wyth State Park in 1956 after a well-known Cedar Falls businessman, and its secluded environment is the perfect get-away near the cities of Waterloo and Cedar Falls.


Hike or bike more than three miles of paved, multi-use trails. Ten miles of multi-use soft trails are also available. Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and fat tire biking are popular winter trail activities. George Wyth’s trail system is linked to a 100-mile trail network promoted by The Cedar Falls Partnership and links playgrounds, lakes, shopping districts and neighborhoods between Waterloo and Cedar Falls.

 Observe a variety of bird species at the bird blind near the back of the park. More than two-hundred species of birds have been spotted by birders, along with other wildlife.

 Boat or fish in one of four lakes at George Wyth including Brinker, George Wyth, Fisher and Alice Wyth lakes. Brinker Lake offers 180 acres of power boating with no wake until 9am; George Wyth Lake is a “no wake” lake with a swimming beach and universally accessible fishing pier; Fisher Lake is a 40-acre natural lake and an oxbow to the Cedar River and Alice Wyth Lake allows electric motors only across its 60 acres. Each lake contains a boat ramp and three universally accessible fishing jetties can be found around George Wyth Lake. Brinker Lake is the only boating lake in Black Hawk County.

 Camp  at the park’s large campground, featuring electric and non-electric sites, modern showers and restrooms, and a trailer dump station. One-fourth of the campsites are available for self-registration on a first-come, first-serve basis and advance campsite reservations can be made online through the online reservation system for George Wyth State Park.

Reserve one of four open picnic shelters near the river and Fisher Lake for an outdoor gathering during your visit. The Canfield Shelter, Josh Higgins Shelter and Rotary Shelter are ADA accessible. The day-use lodge is available for large events such as wedding receptions and family reunions and can be reserved through the online reservation system for George Wyth State Park.

George Wyth State Park
3659 Wyth Road
Waterloo, IA 50703
Ph. 319-232-5505

Use extreme caution when launching boats on Wyth Lake at George Wyth State Park. The lake is 4-5 feet below normal. Large boats and pontoons are not recommended to launch on Wyth Lake at this time due to the potential of dropping the trailer off the end of the boat ramp. Other boaters use extreme caution when launching so you don't drop off the end of the boat ramp. We are in the process of trying to fix this situation but it could be a couple of weeks before we can get it fixed. If water levels continue to drop we will have to shut the ramp down until we can make some adjustments.
  • Bird blind
  • Hiking trails
  • Playground
  • Swimming beach
  • Boat ramps (4)
  • Universally accessible fishing pier 
  • Universally accessible fishing jetties (3)
  • Day-use lodge (1); ADA accessible
  • Shelters (4)
  • Modern restroom
  • Showers 
  • Electric Campsites (47)
  • Non-electric campsites (13)
  • Tent only campsites (6)
  • Walk to campsites (3)
  • Youth group only campsites (1)
  • Dump station