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Description - 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.

Attractions - Picnicking/Shelters

Green Valley is a popular family picnic spot. Its open shelters may be reserved for a fee through the park manager.


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.


There are 145 campsites (85 with electrical hookups), modern rest rooms and showers, and a trailer dump station. Camping permits are obtained by self-registration at the campground. Camping Fees can be paid at the site. A playground is located near the campground.


A self-guided nature trail and multi-purpose trails, many bordering the lake, provide visitors excellent opportunities to investigate the 990-acre park and enjoy its wildlife and plants.

Lake Activities (boating, fishing)

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. Two modern fish cleaning stations are located in the campground and adjacent to the beach.

Two fishing piers on both the north and south shorelines are accessible to persons with varying abilities.

In-board motors are not allowed on Green Valley Lake, this includes jet skis and jet boats.

Green Valley Lake is used for all types of boating; water skiing is allowed in a designated area. 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. Four boat ramps on Green Valley Lake provide convenient lake access.

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

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Contact Information:
Green Valley State Park, 1480 130th Street , Creston, IA , 50801, Phone: 641/782-5131, Fax: 641/782-8330
, Green_Valley@dnr.state.ia.us

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