Green Valley State Park

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Green Valley State Park

Iowa

(641) 782-5131

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Overview

Cool off from the hot Iowa summer with a trip to Green Valley State Park. Green Valley's 390-acre lake draws hundreds of visitors on hot summer days. Not only does it offer excellent fishing, boating and swimming, it is also the focal point for a great variety of other outdoor recreation pursuits. The swimming beach is a great place to cool off on a hot summer day for both kids and grown-ups. Green Valley has long been a popular "fishing hole" for both bank and boat anglers. A number of fishing jetties are available, as well as two fishing piers for persons with varying ability.

A self-guided nature trail and multi-purpose trails, many bordering the lake, provide visitors excellent opportunities to investigate the 1,060-acre park and enjoy its wildlife and plants. Green Valley is also a popular place for picnicking and camping. The park offers 100 campsites, as well as the rustic pine log camper cabins, giving visitors a sense of pioneer lifestyle.

Map of Green Valley (IA)

Latitude, Longitude: 41.113450, -94.387870

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Activities

  • Boating

    Green Valley Lake is used for all types of boating. Boat ramps are available. Jet-powered crafts are prohibited. Water skiing is allowed in designated area only.

  • Camping

    There are 100 campsites (83 electrical sites with 18 of those as full hook-up sites), modern restrooms and showers, and a trailer dump station. All sites will be first come/first serve until the information for the renovated campground can be placed on the park reservation system. A playground is located near the campground.

    The rustic pine log camper cabins offer visitors a sense of pioneer lifestyle. The cabins have electricity, a covered porch and basic furnishings. Visitors must provide their own bedding, towels, cooking utensils and other camping items. Cabins are located near the campgrounds so cabin users will have use of the shower and toilet facilities. The cabins can be reserved online through the park reservation system.

  • Fishing

    Green Valley has long been a popular "fishing hole" for both bank and boat anglers. A number of fishing jetties are available, as well as two fishing piers for persons with varying ability. Fish-cleaning stations available as well as ice fishing and 24-hour fishing areas. Fish species include: bluegill, crappie, redear sunfish, catfish, and largemouth bass.

  • Picnicking

    There are picnic areas throughout the park; open shelters are available for online reservation through the park reservation system.

  • RVing

    There are 100 campsites (83 electrical sites with 18 of those as full hook-up sites) and a trailer dump station.

  • Water Sports

    Green Valley Lake is used for boating, fishing, swimming, and water skiing. Water skiing is allowed in a designated area only. For safety reasons, there are special regulations governing water skiing. All other boats must keep out of the general traffic pattern of boats pulling skiers and must not operate at speeds greater than five miles per hour when within 50 feet of another craft or person. All water skiers, including those using surfboard-type devices, must wear U.S. Coast Guard approved life-saving jackets. No boat is allowed to be operated within 100 feet of shore at speeds greater than five miles per hour. Boats must also maintain a "no wake" speed when outside the ski zone.

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.

Directions

Driving

Creston is two and one-half miles southeast on State Route 186. Afton, Orient and Greenfield are also close by.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(641) 782-5131

Campground reservations

(877) 427-2757

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