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Description - No matter what the season, the trees make Red Haw a beautiful place to visit. The 649-acre park is filled with hawthorns, oaks, maples and pine trees. During the summer months, visitors can enjoy swimming and boating. In the winter, visitors can enjoy ice skating, sledding, skiing and snowmobiling. Hiking trails wind through the park and around the sparkling clear 72- acre lake.

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Picnic areas offer a splendid view of the lake and are equipped with fireplaces. There are many tables by the water's edge and the whole area is carpeted with mowed grass. A rustic open picnic shelter, located atop a hill, is a fine spot for large gatherings. This shelter and four smaller ones may be reserved for a fee through the park manager.


Red Haw's shady campground overlooks the beautiful lake. There are 80 camping units (60 with electrical hookups), paved roads, modern rest rooms, showers and a trailer dumping station. A playground provides fun for little campers. A boat ramp is conveniently located near the campground. Camping permits are obtained by self-registration at the campground. Camping Fees can be paid at the site.


Hiking trails wind through park and around the lake. A multi-use trail which allows snowmobiles follows the lake shore on the east and south side of the lake with several loops to off some diversity. A hiking trail for pedestrians only follows along the west end of the lake.

Lake Activities (swimming, boating, fishing) Un-supervised swimming is available at the beach.

Two boat ramps provide easy access to the lake, where only electric trolling motors are allowed. Boats are available for rent near the beach.

Fishing for bluegills, crappies, catfish and bass is popular during the summer, and ice fishing is allowed during the winter. Red Haw is known as one of Iowa's premier "panfish" lakes.

Public Hunting

Red Haw State Park has recently purchased an additional 229 acres south of the existing park. Designated for public hunting, this area offers upland hunting opportunities and can be accessed by a county road south of the park.

Location - Chariton is one mile west. Russell is seven miles southeast. Des Moines is 50 miles northwest.

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Contact Information:
Red Haw State Park, RR 1, Box 212 , Chariton, IA , 50049, Phone: 641/774-5632, Fax: 641/774-8821
, Red_Haw@dnr.state.ia.us

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