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Springbrook State Park
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Springbrook State Park Spring 2011 © Ernst Krenger
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Springbrook State Park Park and Lake © Ernst Krenger
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Springbrook State Park Autumn 2016 © Ernst krenger
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Springbrook State Park Spring 2011 © Ernst Krenger
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2437 160th Road
Guthrie Center, Iowa   50115

Phone: 641-747-3591
Reservations: 641-747-3591
Email: park email button icon
Two beautiful open picnic shelters, one located on the lakeshore near the beach, may be reserved for a fee through the park office. Picnic areas have tables, grills, water and restroom facilities.
History of the Area
Located in Guthrie County, the land that would become Springbrook State Park was originally prairie and forest. Native American tribes hunted and lived on this terrain before European settlers arrived.

In the 19th century, homesteaders cultivated the area for agriculture. The landscape transitioned from natural to farmland.

The park's establishment dates back to 1926 when it began as a conservation experiment under Iowa's Fish and Game Department.

During its early years, efforts focused on reforestation projects aimed at restoring some of its original woodland character after agricultural use diminished native vegetation.

A Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp operated here during the Great Depression; CCC workers built roads, trails, picnic areas, shelters - many structures still stand today reflecting historical craftsmanship.

Post-World War II saw an increase in recreational development with amenities added such as camping facilities enhancing visitor experience while preserving nature aspects.

Over time management practices have evolved emphasizing habitat restoration including oak savanna ecosystems once prevalent across much of Iowa but now rare due to past land-use changes.

Today visitors can explore over eight miles of hiking trails or engage in various water activities thanks largely to a man-made lake created by damming Spring Creek decades ago.
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Springbrook's six rustic family cabins provide great opportunities for an economical getaway. Available for weekly rental, the cabins will accommodate up to four people. They are equipped with refrigerators, stoves, water and flush toilets. Cabin users must provide their own bedding, towels, dishes and other camping items. Hot water is not available, however, showers are located in the campground. The cabins can be reserved for a fee through the Internet at or by calling toll-free 1-877-IAPARKS.
The large campground has 118 campsites (81 with electrical hook-ups). Modern showers and restrooms, a trailer dump station, fireplaces and tables are available. 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 can enjoy boating on the 17-acre man-made lake. Motorized boats are not allowed, making it a peaceful environment for canoeing and kayaking. A boat ramp is available to make launching easier. Canoes and paddleboats are also available for rent at the concession stand during summer months.
Visitors can enjoy fishing in a 17-acre lake, teeming with largemouth bass, bluegill and channel catfish. There's also an opportunity to fish for bullhead or crappie species. The park provides boat rental services too. Fishing from the shoreline is another popular option among visitors.

Springbrook State Park offers picnic areas with tables, grills and shelters. There's also a lodge available for larger gatherings.
Great hiking trails totally 12 miles lead to the heart of Springbrook. You are almost guaranteed to see deer when taking an evening or morning stroll on the nature trail which winds around the lake. In winter, snowmobiling is allowed on four miles of designated trails.

The Central Iowa State Park Bike Route is a 160-mile loop connecting Big Creek, Ledges and Springbrook primarily utilizing paved county highways and the paved Raccoon Bicycle Trail. Riders may choose to ride the entire bike route only a portion of it. The route ambles through 14 charming towns, is relatively flat, with a few challenging hills as you make your way across the picturesque valleys of the Des Moines and Raccoon rivers.

Carry your own gear and "rough it" in the campgrounds or take comfort in a local bed and breakfast or motel along the route. Some bed and breakfasts and park concessionaires offer a shuttle service for gear or luggage for a nominal fee. Reservations for gear shuttle must be made in advance. Detailed route brochures available from the DNR.
Biking enthusiasts can enjoy a 3-mile trail, but be aware it's shared with hikers. Always exercise caution.

The terrain is varied and includes both flat areas as well as challenging hills for experienced bikers.

Riders should note that the trails are not paved; expect gravel or dirt surfaces which may become muddy after rainfalls.

Remember to bring your own bike since there isn't any rental facility available within this park area in Iowa.

Please respect wildlife by staying on designated paths and avoiding off-trail biking activities.

Be mindful of other visitors when cycling at high speeds - safety first!
Birdwatchers can enjoy spotting various species such as warblers, woodpeckers and waterfowl. The park's diverse habitats attract a wide range of birds throughout the year. There are several trails offering different birding experiences in woodland areas or near bodies of water.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
December 10 It made our year. by EV/ DR-M 8th graders
park review stars; one to five Our 5th grade class went here in April of 2009 and here is us writing back to it. We wish we could all pack up and go back right now. We made so many memories and met so many new people. WE LOVE SPRINGBROOK!!!
August 25 State Park Beauty! by Kelly U.
park review stars; one to five Between big, old shade trees to help keep you cool and the camping area located down in a protected valley, the only thing that would make this Park better is a cold spring-fed creek. Oh wait, it has that too! Awesome place!!!!!!!!!
July 28 Beautiful by lamousey
park review stars; one to five Beautiful park! Will camp there again for the hiking but the swimming not so much lake very dirty-that is the only thing that disappointed us! The park itself very clean and lots of shade-the playground could use some more shade!
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- If you're in Des Moines, Iowa: Start on I-235 W from E Grand Ave and Easton Blvd.
- Follow I80-W to IA 141-N exit towards Perry/Urbandale for about 20 miles.
- Continue onto NW Urbandale Dr/NW Beaver Dr then turn right onto Meredith Drive after approximately a mile.
- After another half-mile or so, take the left lane to merge into IA 141 N via ramp toward Grimes/Perry.
- Stay on this road until reaching Guthrie Center (approximately an hour's drive).
- Once there, follow State Highway Route #44 West out of town; signs will guide you directly to Springbrook State Park.

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