MCINTOSH WOODS STATE PARK
McIntosh Woods State Park features a campground that was extensively renovated in the early 1980s. The campground has 49 campsites, 45 with electricity. A modern rest room and shower building are present, as well as a playground equipment for little ones. Starting February 13, 2006 advance campsite reservations can be booked through the park reservation system. Half of the campsites are still available for self-registration on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Visitors to McIntosh Woods may stay in one of two yurts available for rent. The "yurt" or "ger" as it is often referred to is based on a nomadic shelter used in Central Asia. It is a 16-foot circular tent structure with a wood frame, lattice walls and a vinyl covering. The yurt also has windows, a clear dome on the roof and a framed door. It comes with a full-size futon, twin bunk beds and a table with chairs and is treated like a camping cabin rental. The yurts can be reserved for a fee through the Internet at www.reserveiaparks.com or by calling toll-free 1-877-IAPARKS.
1. McIntosh Woods State Park offers a designated swimming area on Clear Lake's shoreline.
2. No lifeguards are present, so swim at your own risk.
3. Swimming is free and open to the public during park hours.
4. The sandy beach makes for an enjoyable sunbathing spot post-swim.
5. Restrooms and changing facilities are available near the swimming area for convenience.
McIntosh Woods State Park is one of the major boating access points for Clear Lake. A modern boat ramp is present with an extensive paved area for vehicle and trailer parking.
Clear Lake is very popular with anglers of all ages. A variety of fish may be taken in Clear Lake; everything from bluegills and crappies to bass and northerns. To enhance angler enjoyment, a modern fish cleaning station is located near the boat ramp area at McIntosh Woods.
McIntosh Woods State Park is located near Mason City
McIntosh Woods State Park is a popular spot for picnickers. The grassy and shaded picnic areas are a fine place for a family cookout. An open picnic shelter has been built near the boat ramp and is available on a reservation basis through the park manager for a fee.
A one-mile nature trail takes visitors into the heart of McIntosh Woods and signs describe different features of the parks.
Birdwatchers can enjoy spotting various species such as warblers, thrushes and sparrows. The park's diverse habitats attract a wide range of birds throughout the year. Birding enthusiasts may also spot waterfowl on Clear Lake or in wooded areas during migration seasons.
Ventura Access is located only a mile west of McIntosh Woods in the town of Ventura. The area features a boat ramp, an open picnic shelter (which may be reserved for a fee through the park manager, playground equipment, rest room facilities and ball field. It is an excellent spot for a variety of outdoor recreation fun. A fishing dock is available at the boat ramp and is designed for handicap access.