George Wyth State Park

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George Wyth State Park

Iowa

(319) 232-5505

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Overview

Escape the hustle and bustle of urban life and get away to nature right in the city. George Wyth is located within the Waterloo/Cedar Falls metro area. Trees lessen city sounds and provide a shady, green spot for outdoor recreation including picnicking, hiking and camping. Four lakes provide visitors with boating, sailing, fishing and windsurfing opportunities. Designated a National Urban Wildlife Sanctuary, the park is a haven for wildlife, and more than 200 species of birds have been spotted.

George Wyth has 5.5 miles of paved multi-purpose trails, which are great for biking, in-line skating and walking. These trails are linked to an 80-mile trail network within the cities of Waterloo and Cedar Falls. George Wyth also has 6 miles of grass hiking trails. In winter, sports such as cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling are also popular.

The park is unique in that it has several water areas: Brinker Lake (120 acres, open for power boating), George Wyth Lake (75 acres, no wake lake with handicap accessible fishing pier and fishing jetty's), Fisher Lake (40 acres natural lake), Alice Wyth Lake (60 acres, electric motors only) and the Cedar River. Sailboating and windsurfing are also popular. George Wyth beach is one of the most popular swimming spots in the area. The lakes and river provides anglers a variety of fish in a very scenic natural setting. Boat ramps are available on the river and lakes.

At George Wyth, the visitor can truly "get away" from the busy metropolitan area and take advantage of a variety of outdoor recreation activities in a very natural setting.

Map of George Wyth (IA)

Latitude, Longitude: 42.537777, -92.410984

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Activities

  • Boating

    The park has 4 lakes with various motor restrictions--contact the park office for details. Boat ramps are available on the rivers and lakes.

  • Camping

    The campground has 69 camping units (some electric and some non-electric) and modern showers, rest rooms and a trailer dump station. 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.

  • Fishing

    Visitors can fish at Wyth Lake (75 ac.), Brinker Lake (20 ac.), Fisher Lake (40 ac.) and Alice Wyth Lake (60 ac.).

  • Hiking

    George Wyth has 5.5 miles of paved multi-purpose trails, which are great for biking, in-line skating and walking. These trails are linked to a 80 mile trail network within the cities of Waterloo and Cedar Falls. George Wyth also has 6 miles of grass hiking trails. In winter, sports such as cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling are also popular.

    The Cedar Trails Partnership includes over 80 miles of paved, multi-use recreation trails in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls metropolitan area. The trail system provides links for parks, playing fields, lakes, business, shopping districts, schools and neighborhoods in the metro area.

  • Picnicking

    The scenic beauty of George Wyth State Park makes it a very popular picnic spot. Three open shelters near the river and Fisher Lake may be reserved online through the park reservation system.

    A lodge with a fireplace is ideal for group events and can be reserved for a fee. The lodge may be reserved online through the park reservation system.

  • RVing

    The campground has 46 electric units and a trailer dump station.

  • Water Sports

    The park is unique in that it has several water areas: Brinker Lake (120 acres, open for power boating), George Wyth Lake (75 acres, no wake lake with handicap accessible fishing pier and fishing jetty's), Fisher Lake (40 acres natural lake), Alice Wyth Lake (60 acres, electric motors only) and the Cedar River. Sailboating and windsurfing are also popular. George Wyth beach is one of the most popular swimming spots in the area. The lakes and river provides anglers a variety of fish in a very scenic natural setting. Boat ramps are available on the river and lakes.

    The Cedar Valley Paddlers Trail is the first trail to open under the DNR Water Trail Grant and the first looped trail. It starts at Fisher Lake in George Wyth. All four lakes in George Wyth, Cedar River, and two lakes at Hartman Reserve Nature Center make up the trail. The trail is 10 miles with 1.6 miles of portaging and 8.4 miles of water. This can change some depending on the water levels during the year. People of all ages can enjoy this trail because you can create your own smaller or bigger trails within this one.

  • Winter Sports

    Both cross-country skiing and snowmobiling are popular winter sports in the park.

Seasonality/Weather

Iowa summers are known for heat and humidity, with daytime temperatures often near 90°F and sometimes exceeding 100°F. Spring ushers in the beginning of the severe weather season--thunderstorms and tornadoes are common during the spring and summer months. Average winters in the state have been known to drop well below freezing, even falling below 0°F.

Park Partners

Cedar Trails Partnership

The Cedar Trail Partnership (CTP) is a non-profit, volunteer organization devoted to promoting the continued expansion and safe enjoyment of the recreation trails in the Cedar Valley. The CTP promotes trail expansion and usage throughout the year. All funds raised by donations, membership dues, and the Annual Trails Festival support trail enhancement and maintenance, trail safety and education, and promotion of the trail system to both community members and visitors.

(800) 845-1955

Directions

Driving

Nearby cities include Waterloo and Cedar Falls.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(319) 232-5505

Campground reservations

(877) 427-2757

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