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George Wyth State Park, IA

George Wyth Memorial State Park is considered an "urban wildlife sanctuary" located between Waterloo and Cedar Falls in Black Hawk County. Visitors can "get away" from the busy metropolitan area and take advantage of a variety of outdoor activities in a very natural...
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George Wyth Campground Standard Non-Electric 6 51 Back-In
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George Wyth Campground Standard Non-Electric 6 24 Pull-Through
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George Wyth Campground Tent Only 6 24 Pull-Through
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George Wyth Campground Standard Non-Electric 6 45 Back-In
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George Wyth Campground Standard Non-Electric 6 39 Back-In
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George Wyth Campground Walk To 6 45 Hike-In
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George Wyth Campground Walk To 6 24 Hike-In
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Overview

Description

George Wyth Memorial State Park is considered an "urban wildlife sanctuary" located between Waterloo and Cedar Falls in Black Hawk County. Visitors can "get away" from the busy metropolitan area and take advantage of a variety of outdoor activities in a very natural setting.

Recreation:

Trails
George Wyth has 3.5 miles of paved multi-purpose trails, which are great for biking, in-line skating, running and walking. The park also offers 6 miles of grass hiking trails. In winter, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are very popular. These trails are linked to a 100 mile trail network within the cities of Waterloo and Cedar Falls. This trail system provides links for parks, playing fields, lakes, businesses, shopping districts, schools and neighborhoods in the metro area.

The Lake-to-State Park Bike Route is a 50 mile route connecting Pine Lake and George Wyth State Park. The route primarily utilizes county highways and established bike routes and paths once inside Cedar Falls/Waterloo.

Lake Activities
George Wyth has four lakes each with its own niche. Brinker Lake (formerly East Lake) is 120 acres and open for power boating after 9 a.m. George Wyth Lake is a 75 acre "no-wake"lake with a universally accessible fishing pier. The beach, one of the most popular swimming spots in the area, is located on George Wyth Lake where wind surfing is also a popular activity. Fisher Lake is a 40 acre natural lake and an oxbow to the Cedar River which borders the park. Alice Wyth Lake is 60 acres and only allows electric motors. Anglers can try their luck for crappie, bluegill, walleye, northern, bass and channel catfish in any of the lakes. There is a boat ramp at each of the lakes and there are three universally accessible jetties around George Wyth Lake.

The Cedar Valley Paddlers Trail is the first looped water trail. It starts at Fisher Lake in George Wyth. All four lakes in George Wyth, Cedar River, and two lakes at Hartman Reserve Nature Center make up the trail. The trail is 10 miles with 1.6 miles of portaging and 8.4 miles of water. This can change some depending on water levels during the year. People of all ages can enjoy this trail because you can create your own smaller or bigger trails within this one.

George Wyth also has a bird blind located at the back of the park. Birders have seen more than two-hundred species of birds throughout the year, with many rare birds spotted. Other wildlife can also be seen through the blind.

Facilities:

Picnicking/Shelters/Lodge
The scenic beauty of George Wyth State Park makes it a very popular picnic spot. There are four open shelters near the river and Fisher Lake that may be reserved for a family picnic or special occasion. At the back of the park you will find our popular day-use lodge ideal for family reunions, weddings and receptions. The lodge may be reserved through the reservation system as well.

Camping
A growing number of campers are enjoying the experience of camping within a metropolitan area. The campground boasts both electric and non-electric sites, modern showers, restrooms and a dump station. There is access to the Cedar Valley Trails right from the campground.

Nearby Attractions:

The Mud Run is held in May each year. The Cedar Trails Festival and Accel Triathlon are held in June. The Eco-Triathlon is held in August and the Park to Park half-marathon is held in September.

Nearby Towns
Cedar Falls and Waterloo.

Booking Window

Day-use Lodge

Mon Aug 04 2014 - Fri Jul 31 2015

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

Shelters

Mon Aug 04 2014 - Fri Jul 31 2015

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

Standard Electric

Sat Aug 02 2014 - Fri Oct 31 2014

Reservations must be made 2 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 3 Month(s) in advance.

Standard Non-Electric

Sat Aug 02 2014 - Fri Oct 31 2014

Reservations must be made 2 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 3 Month(s) in advance.

Tent Only

Sat Aug 02 2014 - Fri Oct 31 2014

Reservations must be made 2 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 3 Month(s) in advance.

Walk To

Sat Aug 02 2014 - Fri Oct 31 2014

Reservations must be made 2 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 3 Month(s) in advance.

Youth Group Only

Sat Aug 02 2014 - Fri Oct 31 2014

Reservations must be made 2 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 3 Month(s) in advance.

Season Dates

Season Schedule

Park Season Start End
Peak Thu May 01 2014 Tue Sep 30 2014
Off Peak Wed Oct 01 2014 Fri Oct 31 2014
Walk In Sat Nov 01 2014 Wed Dec 31 2014
Walk In Thu Jan 01 2015 Tue Mar 31 2015
Off Peak Wed Apr 01 2015 Thu Apr 30 2015
Peak Fri May 01 2015 Wed Sep 30 2015
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Bicycling
  • Bird Watching
  • Boat Launch Ramp
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Dump Station
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • INTERPRETIVE TRAIL
  • Jogging/Running
  • Kayaking
  • Modern Restroom
  • Mountain Biking
  • PARK LAKE
  • PICNIC AREA
  • Park Office
  • Parking
  • Playground
  • RESTROOMS
  • River
  • Seasonal Festivals
  • Showers
  • Swimming - Beach
  • Telephone
  • Toilet, Pit/Vault
  • Trails, Bicycle
  • Trash Dumpster
  • Water Hydrants
  • Windsurfing/Sailboarding
Less Than 1 Mile
  • Marina
Greater Than 1 Mile
  • ATM/CASH MACHINE
  • Antiquing
  • CHURCH
  • Fuel, Boats
  • Fuel, Vehicles
  • GROCERY STORE
  • Golf
  • Hospital
  • Interpretive Center
  • Laundry
  • Medical Clinic
  • Motel
  • PUTT-PUTT COURSE
  • RENTALS, BICYCLES
  • RETAIL, BAIT & TACKLE
  • RETAIL, DRINKS
  • RETAIL, FIREWOOD
  • RETAIL, ICE
  • RETAIL, SNACKS
  • Shopping
  • Swimming - Pool
  • Tennis
  • 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
Youth Group Only $15.00
Walk To $11.00
Tent Only $11.00
Standard Non-Electric $11.00
Standard Electric $16.00
Shelters $25.00
Day-use Lodge $35.00-$70.00
Off Peak Season
Oct 01 2014 -
Oct 31 2014
Youth Group Only $15.00
Walk To $6.00
Tent Only $6.00
Standard Non-Electric $6.00
Standard Electric $11.00
Shelters $25.00
Day-use Lodge $35.00-$70.00
Walk In Season
Nov 01 2014 -
Dec 31 2014
Youth Group Only $15.00
Walk To $6.00
Tent Only $6.00
Standard Non-Electric $6.00
Standard Electric $11.00
Shelters $25.00
Day-use Lodge $35.00-$70.00
Walk In Season
Jan 01 2015 -
Mar 31 2015
Youth Group Only $15.00
Walk To $6.00
Tent Only $6.00
Standard Non-Electric $6.00
Standard Electric $11.00
Shelters $25.00
Day-use Lodge $35.00-$70.00
Off Peak Season
Apr 01 2015 -
Apr 30 2015
Youth Group Only $15.00
Walk To $6.00
Tent Only $6.00
Standard Non-Electric $6.00
Standard Electric $11.00
Shelters $25.00
Day-use Lodge $35.00-$70.00
Peak Season
May 01 2015 -
Sep 30 2015
Youth Group Only $15.00
Walk To $11.00
Tent Only $11.00
Standard Non-Electric $11.00
Standard Electric $16.00
Shelters $25.00
Day-use Lodge $35.00-$70.00

*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):
42.53306, -92.41194
42°31'59"N, 92°24'43"W

Located off of Hwy 218. Coming from the south follow Hwy 218 north and take Broadway Street/Waterloo Airport Exit and follow the signs.
Coming from the north, follow Hwy 218 south and take the Broadway St./Waterloo Airport Exit, then turn right at the stoplight. The park is on the right.
Coming from the west, take Hwy 20 east to Hwy 58 north, to Hwy 218 south, then take the Broadway St./Waterloo Airport exit, turn right at stoplight, and the park will be on the right.
Coming from the east, take Hwy 20 west to Hwy 218 north, then take the Broadway St. /Waterloo Airport exit and follow the signs.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

George Wyth State Park
3659 Wyth Rd
Waterloo  IA  50703

Phone Number:

Information:  (319) 232-5505
Additional Information