Parks & Trails

Visit Our Parks

We invite you to visit our varied and beautiful parks. We'll be happy to help you enjoy them in anyway we can. In return, we ask that you observe all rules and regulations while visiting Story County parks.

View this matrix (PDF) for a convenient snapshot of what each area has to offer. Click on each park or area for maps and more information.

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View Map of Parks and Natural Areas in Story County (PDF)

View 911 Addresses & Locations (PDF)

Park Rules

  • A carry-in, carry-out trash policy exists at all county parks. Any trash you carry in must be taken with you.
  • Be considerate of others so that everyone may enjoy the outdoors.
  • Building of fires is permitted only in designated areas. Be sure your fire is out before leaving.
  • Camping and swimming are permitted only in designated areas.
  • Only electric trolling motors are allowed on Story County lakes; gasoline-powered motors are prohibited.
  • Park hours are 5:00 AM - 10:30 PM, unless otherwise designated.
  • Park only in designated parking areas.
  • Pets must be kept on leashes in non-hunting areas at all times.
  • Please do not remove or damage any park vegetation. Nuts, fruit, and mushrooms, however, may be harvested.
  • Please observe and obey all signs.
  • Public hunting is allowed only in designated areas. Dogs must be kept on leashes from March 15 to July 15 in public hunting areas and under control at all other times.
  • Remember, take only photographs; leave only footprints.

Story County Conservation (SCC) strives to be wise stewards of our wildlife, lands, and water. This recently led us to adopt a rule requiring non-toxic ammunition for all hunting in SCC areas.

View this and all other SCC regulations here.

More information about non-toxic ammunition can be found at www.IowaLeadingTheWay.com and www.huntingwithnonlead.org

Thank you for helping to advance our conservation heritage. 




Area Assessment and Policy Regarding Other Power Driven Mobility Devices (OPDMD)

Story County Parks Finder App - view a map and get information for all the city, county, and state-owned parks and natural areas in Story County