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Trails Closed: Effective October 23, 2014 trails are temporarily closed to equestrian and bike use due to wet conditions. The 12-mile all-weather gravel Lake Trail remains open. This bulletin will be removed when trails have been re-opened.
Brushy Creek Beach Closed in 2014: The beach at Brushy Creek will be closed to public access in 2014 for a major beach renovation. The project includes major excavation, new roads and parking lots. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Brushy Creek State Recreation Area, IA
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DescriptionBrushy Creek is one of Iowa's premier outdoor recreation destinations. At 6,500 acres, it has the largest tracts of public recreation land with a mosaic of native prairie, grassland, timber, riparian and lake habitats. The 690-acre lake is the deepest artificial permanent pool lake in Iowa and has an extensive network of trails. Join our interpreter in the summer for nature-related programs and hikes. Each spring, the park hosts a geo-caching event and fishing derby for kids. Program event details are posted at the campground kiosks.
A large sandy beach is located on the west side of the lake. Swimming is allowed at the designated beach area only.
The south equestrian campground has a modern shower and restroom, electric and non-electric sites along with some full hookup sites (water and sewer), horse wash area, ample shade, and a hitch rail at every site.
Day Use Areas
Shooting RangeTwo gun ranges are located at Brushy Creek State Recreation Area. The target range (paper targets only) is south of the park office on Brushy Creek Road approximately 1/4 mile north of County Rd D46. The clay target range is located off of Taylor Ave. just south of Hwy 20 and west of County Road P73.
Lehigh is located five miles west on County Road D46. Duncombe is located five miles north on County Road P73. Fort Dodge is located approximately fifteen miles northwest of Brushy Creek off of Hwy 20. Webster City is located approximately fifteen miles northeast on Hwy 20.
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Alerts and Important InformationTrails are closed to non-foot traffic during wet conditions. Horses are not to be hitched or tied to trees, shrubs or park facilities in a manner that will cause injury or damage to the plant or facility. Animals may be hitched to trailers for short periods of time for grooming and saddling. Animals must be stabled inside a trailer, at a hitch rail or in stalls or corrals if provided. Portable stall/pens or electric fences are not allowed.
Multi-Use Trail System Rules:
1. Always call ahead for current trail conditions (515) 543-8298.
2. Stay on designated trails only.
3. Respect others' trail rights.
4. Report any trail problems to park staff.
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.
Getting There:GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
Visitors from the North
From Hwy 20 go south on P73, for West Entrance go east on Lake View Dr.; for South Entrance continue on P73 and go east on D46.
Visitors from the South
Trap Shooting Range can be reached by taking 250th from County Rd P73, then turn right onto Taylor Ave.
Mailing Address:Brushy Creek State Recreation Area
3175 290th St
Lehigh IA 50557
Phone Number:Information: (515)543-8298