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Park Roads closed to traffic on August 16, 2015 : Pigman Triathlon to be hosted at Pleasant Creek SRA on August 16, 2015. Park roads will be closed to traffic from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM on this day. Emergency vehicles only will be allowed on park roads during this time.
NEW BEACH HOURS: Effective June 19, 2015 the beach will be open from 4 am to 6 pm. Other areas of the park are still open until 10:30 pm.
Lake Restoration Project: A Lake Restoration Project will be taking place at Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area. The drawdown of the lake is scheduled to start around August 15, 2015. The lake should back to normal level by late spring of 2016. If you have any questions, please contact the park office at 319 436-7716.
RAGBRAI EVENT STOPPING IN HIAWATHA JULY 23, 2015. : RAGBRAI (Register's Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa) will stop and overnight in Hiawatha on July 23. The event draws 10,000 bicyclists and spectators. Regular park visitors should be aware that the park could see an increase in visitors due to the event. Traffic getting to the park could also be congested. Campers wishing to camp at Pleasant Creek must reserve a campsite and pay the appropriate fees. All camping rules and regulations apply including a limit of six people per campsite and one camping unit per campsite or a maximum of two tents per campsite. If you have any questions regarding camping or the park, please call park staff at 319/436-7716. For more information about RAGBRAI, please visit RAGBRAI.com

Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area, IA

Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
Max reservation window: Wed Oct 07 2015   Later Dates


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.


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.

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.


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 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.

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.

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • Bicycling
  • Bird Watching
  • Boat Launch Ramp
  • Boating
  • Cabins
  • Canoeing
  • Dock, Boat
  • Dump Station
  • Firewood Sales
  • Fish Cleaning Station
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Jogging/Running
  • Kayaking
  • Modern Restroom
  • Park Office
  • Parking
  • Playground
  • Showers
  • Swimming - Beach
  • Telephone
  • Trails, Equestrian
  • Trash Dumpster
  • Walking
  • Water Hydrants
Greater Than 1 Mile
  • River
Within 10 Miles
  • Emergency Services
  • Laundry
  • Motel
  • Town
Greater Than 10 Miles
  • Medical Clinic
Alerts and Important Information
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.

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