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Description - McIntosh Woods State Park is located on the northwest shore of beautiful 3,684-acre Clear Lake. The 60-acre park, purchased in 1943, is an oasis of nature in an area of residential, commercial and agricultural land.

Attractions - Picnicking/Shelters

McIntosh Woods State Park is a popular spot for picnickers. The grassy and shaded picnic areas are a fine place for a family cookout. An open picnic shelter has been built near the boat ramp and is available on a reservation basis through the park manager for a fee.


McIntosh Woods State Park features a campground that was extensively renovated in the early 1980s. The campground has 49 campsites, 45 with electricity. A modern rest room and shower building are present, as well as a playground equipment for little ones. Camping permits are obtained by self- registration at the campground.


Visitors to McIntosh Woods may stay in one of two yurts available for rent. The "yurt" or "ger" as it is often referred to is based on a nomadic shelter used in Central Asia. It is a 16-foot circular tent structure with a wood frame, lattice walls and a vinyl covering. The yurt also has windows, a clear dome on the roof and a framed door. It comes with a full-size futon, twin bunk beds and a table with chairs and is treated like a camping cabin rental.


A one-mile nature trail takes visitors into the heart of McIntosh Woods and signs describe different features of the parks.

Lake Activities (Swimming, boating, fishing) McIntosh Woods State Park is one of the major boating access points for Clear Lake. A modern boat ramp is present with an extensive paved area for vehicle and trailer parking.

Clear Lake is very popular with anglers of all ages. A variety of fish may be taken in Clear Lake; everything from bluegills and crappies to bass and northerns. To enhance angler enjoyment, a modern fish cleaning station is located near the boat ramp area at McIntosh Woods.

The park has a point or peninsula of land jutting out into the lake. This area includes an unsupervised beach which is popular for swimmers of all ages.

Location - McIntosh Woods State Park is located between the cities of Clear Lake and Ventura. Mason City is 10 miles to the east of Clear Lake and Garner is 7 miles west.

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Contact Information:
McIntosh Woods State Park, 1200 East Lake Street , Ventura, Iowa , 50482, Phone: 641/829-3847, Fax: 641/829-3841
, McIntosh_Woods@dnr.state.ia.us

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