One of Crawford County's unique natural areas, this 165
acre park is located four miles west of
Dow City and
provides picnicking, hiking, swimming, boating, fishing
and camping. Developed in 1963, it has provided
thousands of hours of enjoyment to young and old alike.
Four seperate campgrounds are available for the camper,
with a total of 90 sites. Four shelter houses are available
on a first come - first served basis or by calling the
Conservation Office in the Courthouse at 712-263-2748
for reservations.
Traveling west on Highway 30, take the Nelson Park Road
two miles west of
Dow City, then follow the signs 4 miles
to the park.
Camping Rates:
Electric - $17.00
Non-Electric - $12.00
(Sorry, We Do Not Take Reservations For Overnight Camping)
Shelter Rates:
Large Shelters (Upper & Lower) -$40.00
Small Shelter (By The Lake) - $20.00
$100 Deposit on shelters
Can be reserved up to 12 months in advance.
Call 712-263-2748 For Reservations
(We do not accept reservations by email at this time)
(If not reserved, they are on a first come-first served basis)
Shelter Photos & Info

2 Small Cabins are now available at
Nelson Park for $30/night*
Fishing Themed Cabin by the boat ramp
*plus 5% excise tax
Call 712-263-2748 to reserve
Nelson Park
1450 Nelson Park Road
Dow City, Iowa. 51528
Please remember that all areas are carry in
- carry out pertaining to trash. What you
bring in please carry out.
Notice To Fisherman
Minimum Legal Length For Bass
15 Inches
This is to:
1. Prevent Overharvest of Bass
2. Provide more Bass fishing
3. Increase Quality of Bass & Bluegill
4. Maintain Preditors to Control Small Bluegill
Legal Limits
Largemouth Bass: 3
Channel Catfish: 8
Crappie: 25
Bluegill: 25
Illegal Bass Must Be Returned To The Water
Unharmed Immediately After Being Taken
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Two new cabins are now available at Nelson Park, call 712-263-2748 to reserve one today!