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Green Valley State Park, IA

Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
Max reservation window: Wed Sep 30 2015   Later Dates


Green Valley is the base camp for anglers trying their luck at four area lakes (Three Mile, Twelve Mile, Summit Lake and Green Valley Lake), all located within 10 miles of each other. Whether you are here to fish, camp, swim or just relax, we hope you enjoy your stay.

The lake fishery was renovated in 2008 to eliminate some problem species. Largemouth bass, crappies, bluegill, walleyes and channel catfish have all been restocked and are growing rapidly.

A 3 mile paved multi-use trail is located on the south side of the lake. The trail passes through DNR managed Mitchell Marsh, and it's worth a stop to watch waterfowl and other wetland species of birds, particularly during spring and fall migrations. The trail connects to Creston and Southwestern Community College and continues south through town to McKinley City Park.

A newly renovated campground awaits overnight guests along with three camping cabins.


Green Valley is a popular family picnic spot. It offers two shelters that may be reserved online.


The rustic pine log camper cabins offer visitors a sense of pioneer lifestyle. The cabins have a covered porch, electricity, a microwave and dorm-size refrigerator. Cabins are located near the campground so cabin users will have use of the shower and restroom facilities.


The campground boasts non-electric, electric, and full hook-up sites (water and sewer) as well as modern restrooms, showers, and a trailer dump station. A playground is located in the campground as well.


A 10 mile trail will take you completely around the lake. If you plan to walk the entire trail, be sure to take water and sunscreen. The west side of the park does not have restroom facilities. The trail takes you through a variety of habitats, from wetland areas around the fringes of the lake to woodlands and remnants of native prairie. Depending on the time of year and time of day, the keen observer may see some of the wide variety of wildlife species residing in these various habitats. The trail is a combination of grass and existing roadways and is open to hikers and mountain bicyclists. The park also has a self-guided nature trail.

Lake Activities

Green Valley's 390 acre lake draws hundreds of visitors on hot summer days. The swimming beach is a great place to cool off for both kids and adults. Green Valley has long been a popular "fishing hole" for both bank and boat anglers. A number of fishing jetties are available, as well as fishing piers for persons with varying abilities. A section of shoreline is designated as 24-hour fishing access. Four boat ramps provide convenient lake access.

Nearby Towns

Creston is two and one-half miles southeast on State Route 186. Afton, Orient and Greenfield are close by also.

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • Bicycling
  • Bird Watching
  • Boat Launch Ramp
  • Boating
  • Cabins
  • Canoeing
  • Dock, Boat
  • Dump Station
  • Fish Cleaning Station
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Jogging/Running
  • Modern Restroom
  • Park Office
  • Parking
  • Playground
  • Powerboating
  • Sail Boating
  • Showers
  • Swimming - Beach
  • Toilet, Pit/Vault
  • Trash Dumpster
  • Walking
  • Water Hydrants
  • Water Skiing
  • Wildlife Viewing
Greater Than 1 Mile
  • Fuel, Vehicles
  • Golf
  • Hospital
  • Hunting
  • Medical Clinic
  • Motel
  • Shopping
  • Swimming - Pool
  • Tennis
  • Town
Alerts and Important Information
No in-board motors/ jet-powered boats are allowed on this lake. This includes personal watercrafts.

Water skiing is allowed in the designated zone. Boats must maintain a "no wake" speed when outside the ski zone. For safety reasons, there are special regulations governing water skiing. All other boats must keep out of the general traffic pattern of boats pulling skiers and must not operate at speeds greater than 5 miles per hour when within 50 feet of another craft or person. All water skiers, including those using surfboard-type devices, must wear U.S. Coast Guard approved life-saving jackets. No boat is allowed to be operated within 100 feet of shore at speeds greater than 5 miles per hour.

Cabin renters must provide their own bedding, pillows, towels, toiletry items, cooking utensils, pots and pans and dinnerware.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
41.11417, -94.38278
41°6'51"N, 94°22'58"W

The main entrance is located 3 miles north of Creston on Green Valley Road P27, then west on 130th St about 1/3 mile, then turn south into the park.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

Green Valley State Park
1480 130th St
Creston  IA  50801

Phone Number:

Information:  (641) 782-5131