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Ambrose A. Call State Park, IA

Status: Open through Wed Sep 30 2015   Season Dates
Max reservation window: Wed Sep 02 2015   Later Dates
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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.


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.


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.

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.

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • Day-use Lodge
  • Hiking Trail
  • Historic Sites
  • Jogging/Running
  • Parking
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Less Than 1 Mile
  • Swimming - Pool
  • Tennis
Greater Than 1 Mile
  • Fuel, Vehicles
  • Golf
  • Hospital
  • Hunting
  • Medical Clinic
  • Motel
  • Museum
  • Shopping
  • Town
Alerts and Important Information
Bicycles are not allowed on the hiking trails. Snowmobiles are not allowed in the park.

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