Union Grove State Park

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Union Grove State Park

Iowa

(641) 473-2556

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Overview

Union Grove State Park, located in northwest Tama County, is a very popular outdoor recreation area. The park was established in 1938. Its focal point is beautiful 110-acre Union Grove Lake. The lake and the attractive parklands provide a pleasing contrast to the nearby residential and agricultural areas. Union Grove State Park truly offers outdoor recreation fun for everyone.

Union Grove State Park has some excellent trails. One of these is located near the campground and the other, in the north corner of the park, is located in a beautiful woodland. Both provide excellent hiking opportunities. A variety of animals, including deer, can often be seen on the trails. The park hosts numerous varieties of songbirds and waterfowl. The trails are open for snowmobiling in the winter. A beautiful re-established prairie and a pine plantation are located in the northeast corner of the park, just off the main roadway.

Whatever activity you choose, you're sure to enjoy your stay at Union Grove. If visiting for a few days, take time to explore nearby communities and their unique attractions such as a 12-level tree house, matchstick sculptures, living history garden and many local festivals from art to music to corn.

Map of Union Grove (IA)

Latitude, Longitude: 42.130806, -92.727256

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Activities

  • Boating

    Any size boat motors may be operated at no-wake speeds. Two boat ramps provide convenient lake access.

  • Camping

    Union Grove campground provides an ideal spot for a family get-away. The campground has 26 campsites, 7 with electric hookups. Non-modern rest room facilities are available. Advance campsite reservations can be made online through the park reservation system. Half of the campsites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

  • Fishing

    The lake is a fine place to fish. Anglers can look forward to good catches of crappies, bluegills, catfish, bass and bullheads.

  • Hiking

    Union Grove State Park has some excellent trails. One of these is located near the campground and the other, in the north corner of the park, is located in a beautiful woodland. Both provide excellent hiking opportunities. A variety of animals, including deer, can often be seen on the trails. The park hosts numerous varieties of songbirds and waterfowl. The trails are open for snowmobiling in the winter. A beautiful re-established prairie and a pine plantation are located in the northeast corner of the park, just off the main roadway.

  • Off Highway Vehicles

    Designated trails are open for snowmobiling in the winter.

  • Picnicking

    Union Grove State Park is a fine place for a family cookout. A number of shaded picnic areas are present, all within sight of the lake. An open picnic shelter is available at the west boat ramp and may be reserved online through the park reservation system.

  • RVing

    The campground has 26 campsites, 7 with electric hookups, and a dump station.

  • Water Sports

    The park offers unsupervised swimming, boating and fishing.

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

Union Grove State Park is located near Gladbrook, Iowa; Toledo, Iowa and Tama, Iowa.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(641) 473-2556

Campground reservations

(877) 427-2757

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