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Peterson Park East
Parks and Trails
Location: 55756 180th St.
Ames, IA 50010
Amenities: Designated Public Hunting Area, Free Parking, Hiking, Pets Allowed, Picnic Tables, and Pond and River Fishing
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Link: Map of Peterson Park (East and West)

Peterson Park is a 200-acre park (approximately 31 acres of water) along the Skunk River Greenbelt. There are park entrances on both the east and west sides of the Skunk River. 
  • Fishing is available at East and West Peterson Park and along the Skunk River. The ponds contain a variety of fish including largemouth bass, bluegill, and catfish. There is a length limit of 15 inches for bass caught on Story County lakes. All other state fishing rules apply.
  • McMichael Pioneer Cemetery and segments of the Stagecoach Trail
  • Hunting is permitted only with shotgun and bow. Please remember to get permission when hunting within 200 yards of any occupied building, even when hunting public land.
  • Pets must be kept on leashes from March 15 to July 15 to protect nesting birds. Hunting dogs must be kept under control in designated hunting area.