Wilson Island State Recreation Area

Named after former Gov. George Wilson, Wilson Island State Recreation Area in western Iowa covers 544 acres of cottonwood stands along the Missouri River. The secluded park provides a quiet retreat with campsites, hiking trails and picnicking areas. The open spaces welcome wildlife, and visitors may see deer grazing in the fields, flocks of geese flying overhead, or even Bald eagles perched on the cottonwoods. Early American history shows that Lewis and Clark camped on this area of the river in 1804.


PLAN YOUR VISIT

Camp at one of Wilson Island’s many large, well-shaded campsites. The modern style camp area offers visitors showers, flush toilets, electric campsites and two large youth group camping areas.

Hike on the approximately five miles of trails throughout Wilson Island. These trails also can be used for snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and mountain biking.

Hunt in the hundreds of acres of public hunting areas. The entire recreation area, except where there are campgrounds and other developed sites, is open for hunting.

Fish in the Missouri River for walleye, paddlefish, catfish and more. Right on the river, Wilson Island offers a boat ramp and is the perfect place to cast a line.

Bird watch in the rolling Loess Hills. The wave-like hills look over the Missouri River and make a great place to see migratory birds, especially in the spring and fall.



Wilson Island State Recreation Area
32801 Campground Lane
Missouri Valley, IA, 51555
712-642-2069
wilson_island@dnr.iowa.gov


The Wilson Island campground will be closing for the winter on October 15, with the last night available to camp being October 14th. The campground will reopen April 15th, 2022.
Drinking Water Health Advisory- Recent testing showed that the tap water at Wilson Island is above the Manganese EPA advisory limit of 0.3 mg/l. Results in the system were 0.79 mg/l. This advisory is for infants under the age of 6 months. Manganese is naturally occurring in soil water and the air. However to much can increase the risk of health problems, particularly for infants under the age of 6 months. Park staff is evaluating options and seeking outside advice on the best manner to reduce manganese. For further information contact the park office at 712-642-2069. Updated 8/4/21
AMENITIES AT A GLANCE
  • Trails
  • Boat launch ramp
  • Camping – electric
  • Camping – youth group
  • Dock
  • Dump station
  • Firewood sales
  • Modern campground
  • Picnic area and shelter
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Showers