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Parks and Modern Camping

Our parks are managed with two elements in mind- the park user and wildlife.Cerro Gordo County Conservation Logo Improvements are made to accomodate the diverse interests of the park user and provide quality outdoor recreational opportunties. Management practices are employed to provide much needed habitat for the myriad of wildlife that frequent our park areas. Campgrounds are usually open from May through September. If you have questions, suggestions, or comments about our park areas, please contact our office at (641)423-5309.

Ingebretson Park (pdf) - 203 Ash St. E. Thornton, IA 50479
Camping Fees - $7.00/Night without electricity  $12.00/night with electricity.sited on a branch of Beaver Dam Creek just off of Interstate 35. Twenty-three electrical sites are available. Shower house, firewood, dump station and water fill are available. Thornton's public golf course is located immediately north of the park. Southeast of the intersection of Hwy 107 and County Road B-65 in Thornton. Land donated by Alfred and Harry Ingebretson.

Linn Grove Park (pdf) - 518 Madison St. W. Rockwell, IA 50469
The first county conservation board park has complete camping facilities on 38 acres along a meander of Beaver Dam Creek. Sixty-six electrical sites are available. Shower house, firewood, dump station and water fill are available. One of the most popular county campgrounds, with a golf course, swimming pool and tennis court nearby. Just southeast of the intersection of Hwy 65 and County Road B-60 in Rockwell.

Wilkinson Pioneer Park (pdf) - 21425 Vine Ave. Rock Falls, IA 50467
A beautiful 80-acre park with complete camping facilities. Sixty-six electrical sites are available. Shower house, firewood, dump station and water fill are available. A covered bridge and a rare remnant of native prairie are located in the park. A great place to have a picnic or start a canoe ride. At the end of County Road B-20 in Rock Falls. Land donated by Mr. and Mrs. Rufus Wilkinson in 1960.

Strand Park (pdf) - 20057 340th St. Plymouth, IA 50464
This 33-acre park on the Shellrock River features a tennis and basketball court, playground, picnic area, shelter, and canoe access. Southeast of the intersection of County Road S-56 and 340th St north of Plymouth. Land donated by Oswald and Maude Strand.

Spring Creek Preserve (pdf) - 15829 300th St. Mason City, IA 50401
The 34-acre park features a spring, limestone bluffs along the creek and fishing access on the Winnebago River.

Shellrock River Greenbelt & Preserve (pdf) - Nora Springs to Rock Falls
A 7.5 mile drive, walk, canoe trip or ride along the limestone bluffs on the Shellrock River leads through 509 acres of woods, meadows, and ponds. Primitive camping and picnic areas are available in the preserve section.

Lime Creek Conservation Area and Nature Center - 3501 Lime Creek Rd Mason City, IA 50401
An extensive trail network gives bikers, hikers, cross-country skiers and horseback riders access to a diverse natural area of nearly 440 acres. A nature center offers conservation displays, live and mounted animals, library and auditorium.

Quiet hours will be observed from 10:30 pm until 6:00 am at all camp areas.

Recreational Experiences Close to Home

To contact us:
Phone: 641-423-5309
Fax: 641-423-1566

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Cerro Gordo County Conservation Office

3501 Lime Creek Road
Mason City, IA 50401