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.
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.
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.