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Youth Group sites Y119 and Y120 are closed: Due to construction of new shower building, youth group sites Y119 and Y120 are permanently closed. Please contact park staff at 641.747.3591 for alternative site locations within the park.

Springbrook State Park, IA

Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
Max reservation window: Tue Sep 29 2015   Later Dates


Springbrook State Park truly offers something for everyone! The park encompasses 930 acres of rolling hills, mature timber, a small lake and abundant wildlife. The state acquired the park in 1926 and most of the buildings were constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s.

The park is nestled among numerous small communities which provide a variety of dining, shopping and other recreational opportunities. Whether you are here to hike, fish, camp or hunt we welcome you and hope you enjoy your stay!


Springbrook has approximately 12 miles of trails that can either challenge your athletic ability or provide a casual stroll through the timber and prairie areas. The trails connect the park and the Conservation Education Center facilities so visitors can explore both. In winter, snowmobiling is allowed on four miles of designated trails.

In addition to hikers and snowmobilers, bicyclists have ample opportunities to enjoy themselves while visiting Springbrook. The Central State Park Bike Route connects Springbrook State Park, Ledges State Park and Big Creek State Park. The 91 mile route is relatively flat, with a few challenging hills as you make your way across the valleys of the Des Moines and Raccoon Rivers.

Lake Activities
The 17-acre lake has a beach and unsupervised swimming for those who would like to relax by the water on a sunny afternoon. If you would like a break from the sun, you can have a picnic in the beach shelter, or go for a stroll around the lake on one of the trails.

Anglers will find ample opportunities to catch crappie, largemouth bass, bluegill, sunfish and catfish. The lake has three fishing jetties, two docks and a boat ramp. Although gas-powered motors are not allowed, the lake allows electric trolling motors. There is also a boat ramp in the southern portion of the park for access to the Raccoon River, and a trail farther west that takes anglers to a fishing riffle on the river.

Hunting is allowed, in season, on certain portions of the northeast and southwest area of Springbrook as posted. A controlled deer hunt is held periodically in certain areas of the recreation area to assist in maintaining the deer herd.


Two beautiful stone picnic shelters may be reserved in advance for special events or family gatherings. The Beach Shelter has electricity, water and restrooms and is located on the beach. The CCC Shelter has a fireplace, electricity, water and a nearby pit latrine and is located near the lake and trails.

The large modern campground has many amenities to make your stay even more enjoyable. The campground offers non-electric and electric campsites, modern restrooms and showers and a sanitary dump station. There is an organized youth group camping area adjacent to the campground. Campers will also find a camp store open weekends from Memorial Day to Labor Day which provides various camping supplies, food, firewood and ice. Within the campground there are sand volleyball and basketball courts, horseshoe pits and a playground.

The Sherburne House, a 10-acre addition to Springbrook, is now available for reservations from April to October. It has four bedrooms, three bathrooms, two living rooms and a full-service kitchen and sleeps 12. This getaway is nestled in a wooded area on the park's west side, with a scenic overlook and great opportunities to view wildlife. It is the perfect place for a reunion or family weekend retreat.

Nearby Attractions:

For those who like to bicycle, the Raccoon Valley Bike Trail is located 5 miles from Springbrook State Park. The Conservation Education Center, adjacent to the park, holds a number of outdoor skills camps and workshops for kids and adults throughout the year.

Nearby Towns
Guthrie Center is 7 miles south of the park, Panora is 12 miles away to the east, Bagley is 8 miles north of the park and Des Moines, the state capitol, is a one-hour drive to the east.

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • Bait
  • Bird Watching
  • Boat Launch Ramp
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Concession
  • Dump Station
  • Firewood Sales
  • Fish Cleaning Station
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Jogging/Running
  • Kayaking
  • Modern Restroom
  • Mountain Biking
  • Park Office
  • Parking
  • Playground
  • River
  • Showers
  • Skiing - Cross Country
  • Swimming - Beach
  • Trash Dumpster
  • Walking
  • Water Hydrants
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • Fuel, Vehicles
  • Town
Greater Than 10 Miles
  • Hospital
  • Motel
Alerts and Important Information
The Conservation Education Center is an Iowa DNR facility near the park that has dormitories and a dining hall. Reservations for this facility are handled at the Center. Please call 641/747-8383. for more information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
41.77639, -94.45944
41°46'35"N, 94°27'34"W

From Hwy 25 turn east on county road F25. Drive approximately 1.5 miles to park entrance.
We are located approximately 9 miles north of Guthrie Center, Iowa. From Hwy 4, turn west on county road F25. Drive approximately 5 miles (and past the Education Center entrance) to the park entrance.
We are approximately 5 miles west of Yale, Iowa or 15 miles NW of Panora, Iowa.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

Springbrook State Park
2437 160th Road
Guthrie Center  IA  50115

Phone Number:

Project Office: (641) 747 - 3591