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Ambrose A. Call State Park, IA

Ambrose A. Call State Park is a 138 acre "oasis" of rugged hills heavily wooded with virgin timber in an area of gently rolling farmland. This park is managed by Pilot Knob State Park and is located near the east fork of the Des Moines River. Ambrose Call and his brother...
Status: Open through Tue Sep 30 2014   Season Dates
Max reservation window: Thu Oct 30 2014   Later Dates

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Bicycles are not allowed on the hiking trails. Snowmobiles are not allowed in the park.
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Ambrose A. Call State Park Day-use Lodge 48 Accessible
Electric Hookup - no Full Hookup - no
Pets Allowed - no Near Water - no
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Overview

Description

Ambrose A. Call State Park is a 138 acre "oasis" of rugged hills heavily wooded with virgin timber in an area of gently rolling farmland. This park is managed by Pilot Knob State Park and is located near the east fork of the Des Moines River. Ambrose Call and his brother, Asa, were early settlers in the area who carved their name, the first in Kossuth County, on a walnut tree at the present site of the park. The brothers spent their first night in Kossuth County on July 9, 1854. The next day, while Asa went for his wife and supplies, Ambrose and a traveling companion, William Smith, began work on a cabin in what is now the state park.

Recreation:

Trails
The rugged and heavily wooded park offers two miles of trails that wind through the forest, down a ravine, and along a picturesque winding creek. Many species of shrubs, flowers and trees can be found at A.A. Call. A cross-country ski trail is available in the winter which is also popular for snowshoeing and hiking.

The18-hole Frisbee golf course is challenging and heavily used by avid players.

Facilities:

Day-Use Lodge
A log-cabin style lodge built in 1928 provides an excellent setting for such group activities as wedding receptions, family reunions, and community get-togethers. It is highly recommended that you contact the Park Ranger at Pilot Knob State Park, (641) 581-4835, if you are unfamiliar with the facility and would like more information about the lodge.

Camping
Ambrose A. Call State Park offers 16 campsites. Of these, 13 include electric hookups. A vault restroom is located in the campground. Camping permits are obtained by self-registration Reservations are not taken for camping at this park.

Nearby Attractions:

Nearby Towns The park is located in Kossuth County, approximately 1.5 miles southwest of Algona.

Booking Window
Sun Aug 03 2014 - Thu Jul 30 2015

Reservations must be made 4 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

Season Dates
Day-Use Lodge: May 1 - September 30

Season Schedule

Park Season Start End
Peak Thu May 01 2014 Tue Sep 30 2014
Peak Fri May 01 2015 Wed Sep 30 2015
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Day-use Lodge
  • Hiking Trail
  • Historic Sites
  • Jogging/Running
  • PICNIC AREA
  • Parking
  • RESTROOMS
  • WILDFLOWER VIEWING
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Less Than 1 Mile
  • Swimming - Pool
  • Tennis
Greater Than 1 Mile
  • ATM/CASH MACHINE
  • CHURCH
  • DINING
  • Fuel, Vehicles
  • GROCERY STORE
  • Golf
  • Hospital
  • Hunting
  • Medical Clinic
  • Motel
  • Museum
  • RETAIL, DRINKS
  • RETAIL, ICE
  • RETAIL, SNACKS
  • Shopping
  • Town
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Fees and Cancellation Policies

Facility Rates*
Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
Peak Season
May 01 2014 -
Sep 30 2014
Day-use Lodge $40.00-$80.00
Peak Season
May 01 2015 -
Sep 30 2015
Day-use Lodge $40.00-$80.00

*Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
**Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
Getting There
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
43.05167, -94.25417
43°3'6"N, 94°15'15"W

On Hwy. 169 on the south end of Algona turn west onto Call Park Drive and go about 2 miles.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Ambrose A. Call State Park
Route 1 Box 264
Algona  IA  50511

Phone Number:

Information:  (641) 581-4835
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