Water On for 2014: Water hydrants on and shower buildings open in the campground for the 2014 season.

Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area, IA

Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area is a premier outdoor recreation venue of Linn County. This recreation area is home to a 410 acre lake, 1,517 acres of public hunting grounds, a swimming beach, campgrounds, and twelve miles of multi-use trails. As a unique resource, showcasing...
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Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area is open to hunting and trapping in season. Dog training is allowed year-round at the field trial grounds.

Attention Equestrian Riders: State regulations require horses, mules and donkeys being transported interstate (from one state to another) must have a current Certification of Veterinary Inspection (health certificate) and a negative Coggin's test (EIA). This paperwork must accompany the animal into the State of Iowa. Please refer to www.iowaagriculture.gov/animalindustry/horseadmissionregs.asp for more information. This law applies to equestrian camping, day-use and trail riding in any State owned Park or Forest.

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Overview

Description

Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area is a premier outdoor recreation venue of Linn County. This recreation area is home to a 410 acre lake, 1,517 acres of public hunting grounds, a swimming beach, campgrounds, and twelve miles of multi-use trails. As a unique resource, showcasing large tracts of restored prairie,

Pleasant Creek Recreation Area creates a wide variety of enjoyable outdoor experiences for all visitors. As a "no-wake" lake, Pleasant Creek is popular for windsurfers, kayaks, canoes, SCUBA diving and pontoon boats. Near perfect water clarity during spring, and most of the summer, allows great visibility for divers. Kayak and diving lessons are offered throughout the summer by local certified instructors.

Recreation:

Trails
There are ten miles of trails for hiking, snowmobiling, bicycling, cross-country skiing and equestrian riding, with connecting access to many area facilities and scenic overlooks.

Lake Activities
Pleasant Creek Lake offers a wide variety of fishing opportunities for both the novice and the experienced angler. From panfish to large game fish there are species for all anglers to enjoy. Channel catfish, largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, walleye, perch, white bass and muskellunge are all commonly caught. Shoreline fishing has been enhanced by the construction of jetties.

Pleasant Creek is a relaxing place to spend a day at the beach. Swimming, volleyball, showers and restrooms are all available at Pleasant Creek's spacious beach which is located on the north shore.

Pleasant Creek Lake is one of the most popular boating spots in eastern Iowa. Four launching sites are conveniently located around the lake. These sites have a total of seven ramps for fishing, leisure boating and sail boating access. Any size boat motor may be operated at "no-wake" speeds.

Hunting
Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area is open to public hunting and trapping. Popular species of game include rabbits, pheasants and quail. Pleasant Creek also has an area dedicated to field dog trials. These grounds are groomed to aid the trials, yet maintain Pleasant Creek's natural habitat. Here one may take part in or observe club-hosted shoot-to-retrieve and horseback field trials.

Facilities:

Picnicking/Shelters/Lodge
Pleasant Creek is a great place for a family picnic. Picnic areas are located on the northeast and southeast shores. Two large open picnic shelters and a small lodge, located alongside the lake, are available for reservations.

Camping
Camping is a favorite pastime at Pleasant Creek, and the three campgrounds fill most needs throughout the season. The campgrounds include electric and non-electric sites and two modern shower and restroom facilities. From the campground, campers have a pleasing view of much of the recreation area. The campgrounds are designated as non-equestrian campgrounds.

Cabins
Four rustic camper cabins are available seasonally. The rustic pine log cabins offer visitors a sense of pioneer lifestyle. The cabins have electricity, microwaves, dorm-size refrigerators, basic furnishings and covered porches. Cabins are located near the campgrounds so cabin users will have use of the shower and toilet facilities. The cabins may be reserved online.

Nearby Attractions:

Two triathlons are held each summer at and around the recreation area - Pigman Sprint Triathlon (June) and Pigman Half Triathlon (August). Fishing tournaments are held on a regular basis each season on the lake.

Nearby Cedar Rapids hosts numerous activities throughout the summer and is also home to the Hawkeye Downs Raceway and Cedar Rapids Kernels minor league baseball team. Wickiup Hill Outdoor Learning Center is located about six miles from Pleasant Creek and serves as a fun and educational guide through Iowa's natural history.

Nearby Towns
Pleasant Creek lies approximately fifteen miles northwest of Cedar Rapids and forty miles southeast of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls metropolitan area. Palo is located five miles south.

Booking Window

Camping Cabins

Fri Aug 01 2014 - Tue Jul 28 2015

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

Day-use Lodge

Fri Aug 01 2014 - Tue Jul 28 2015

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

Shelters

Fri Aug 01 2014 - Tue Jul 28 2015

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

Standard Electric

Wed Jul 30 2014 - Tue Oct 28 2014

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

Standard Full Hook-Up

Wed Jul 30 2014 - Tue Oct 28 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

Wed Jul 30 2014 - Tue Oct 28 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

Wed Jul 30 2014 - Tue Oct 28 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
  • Cabins
  • Canoeing
  • Dock, Boat
  • Dump Station
  • Firewood Sales
  • Fish Cleaning Station
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • INTERPRETIVE TRAIL
  • Jogging/Running
  • Kayaking
  • Modern Restroom
  • PARK LAKE
  • PICNIC AREA
  • Park Office
  • Parking
  • Playground
  • RESTROOMS
  • Showers
  • Swimming - Beach
  • Telephone
  • Trails, Equestrian
  • Trash Dumpster
  • Walking
  • Water Hydrants
Greater Than 1 Mile
  • River
Within 10 Miles
  • ATM/CASH MACHINE
  • CHURCH
  • Emergency Services
  • GROCERY STORE
  • Laundry
  • Motel
  • RETAIL, BAIT & TACKLE
  • RETAIL, DRINKS
  • RETAIL, ICE
  • RETAIL, SNACKS
  • Town
Greater Than 10 Miles
  • Medical Clinic
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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
Standard Non-Electric $11.00
Standard Full Hook-Up $19.00
Standard Electric $16.00
Shelters $25.00
Day-use Lodge $37.50-$75.00
Camping Cabins $35.00
($210.00 Weekly**)
Off Peak Season
Oct 01 2014 -
Oct 31 2014
Youth Group Only $15.00
Standard Non-Electric $6.00
Standard Full Hook-Up $14.00
Standard Electric $11.00
Shelters $25.00
Day-use Lodge $37.50-$75.00
Camping Cabins $35.00
($210.00 Weekly**)
Walk In Season
Nov 01 2014 -
Dec 31 2014
Youth Group Only $15.00
Standard Non-Electric $6.00
Standard Full Hook-Up $14.00
Standard Electric $11.00
Shelters $25.00
Day-use Lodge $37.50-$75.00
Camping Cabins $35.00
($210.00 Weekly**)
Walk In Season
Jan 01 2015 -
Mar 31 2015
Youth Group Only $15.00
Standard Non-Electric $6.00
Standard Full Hook-Up $14.00
Standard Electric $11.00
Shelters $25.00
Day-use Lodge $37.50-$75.00
Camping Cabins $35.00
($210.00 Weekly**)
Off Peak Season
Apr 01 2015 -
Apr 30 2015
Youth Group Only $15.00
Standard Non-Electric $6.00
Standard Full Hook-Up $14.00
Standard Electric $11.00
Shelters $25.00
Day-use Lodge $37.50-$75.00
Camping Cabins $35.00
($210.00 Weekly**)
Peak Season
May 01 2015 -
Sep 30 2015
Youth Group Only $15.00
Standard Non-Electric $11.00
Standard Full Hook-Up $19.00
Standard Electric $16.00
Shelters $25.00
Day-use Lodge $37.50-$75.00
Camping Cabins $35.00
($210.00 Weekly**)

*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):
42.12333, -91.81944
42°7'24"N, 91°49'10"W

From Interstate 380, take the Center Point Exit 35. Go southwest on Highway W36 also called Lewis Bottoms Rd. for five miles to McClintock Rd Turn right/west onto McClintock Rd, drive for one half mile on McClintock Rd and into the parks main entrance.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area
4530 McClintock Road
Palo  IA  52324-0242

Phone Number:

Information:  (319) 436 - 7716
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