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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
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DescriptionPleasant 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.
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.
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.
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Alerts and Important InformationPleasant 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):
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.
Mailing Address:Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area
4530 McClintock Road
Palo IA 52324-0242
Phone Number:Information: (319) 436 - 7716