Description - The rolling hills of beautiful Springbrook State Recreation Area abound with deer, red and gray fox, coyote, raccoon, beaver, muskrat and wild turkey. Almost every kind of bird that visits Iowa can be found here. Trails lead through 920 acres of prairie and woodland, near small ponds, the Middle Raccoon River and the beautiful spring-fed 17-acre, artificial lake. The state acquired the park in 1926 and most of the buildings were constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. Springbrook truly offers "something for everyone!"
Two beautiful open picnic shelters, one located on the lakeshore near the beach, may be reserved for a fee through the park office. Picnic areas have tables, grills, water and restroom facilities.
The large campground has 118 campsites (81 with electrical hook-ups). Modern showers and restrooms, a trailer dump station, fireplaces and tables are available. Camping permits are obtained by self-registration at the campground. Camping Fees can be paid at the site.
Springbrook's six rustic family cabins provide great opportunities for an economical getaway. Available for weekly rental, the cabins will accommodate up to four people. They are equipped with refrigerators, stoves, water and flush toilets. Cabin users must provide their own bedding, towels, dishes and other camping items. Hot water is not available, however, showers are located in the campground. Cabins may be reserved for a week through the park office after January 1st. Call 641/747-3591 for reservations. Cabin rental fees vary from park to park.
Great hiking trails totally 12 miles lead to the heart of Springbrook. You are almost guaranteed to see deer when taking an evening or morning stroll on the nature trail which winds around the lake. In winter, snowmobiling is allowed on four miles of designated trails.
The Central Iowa State Park Bike Route is a 160-mile loop connecting Big Creek, Ledges and Springbrook primarily utilizing paved county highways and the paved Raccoon Bicycle Trail. Riders may choose to ride the entire bike route only a portion of it. The route ambles through 14 charming towns, is relatively flat, with a few challenging hills as you make your way across the picturesque valleys of the Des Moines and Raccoon rivers.
Carry your own gear and "rough it" in the campgrounds or take comfort in a local bed and breakfast or motel along the route. Some bed and breakfasts and park concessionaires offer a shuttle service for gear or luggage for a nominal fee. Reservations for gear shuttle must be made in advance. Detailed route brochures available from the DNR.
Lake Activities (swimming, boating, fishing)
There is a sandy beach for sunbathing and unsupervised swimming. A stone and log open shelter with restrooms, located at the beach is available for rental.
A boat ramp on the lake provides convenient access for anglers seeking crappie, largemouth bass, bluegill, sunfish, bullhead and catfish. Ice fishing is enjoyed in the winter. Only electric motors are allowed on the lake. A boat ramp and three fishing jetties are located on the Middle Raccoon River. A newly constructed trail takes anglers to a fishing riffle.
Hunting is allowed, in season, on certain portions of the northeast and southwest area of Springbrook as posted.. A controlled deer hunt is held periodically in certain areas of the recreation area. Contact the ranger for details.
Guthrie Center is seven miles from the park and has a golf course, Laundromat and churches. Panora is 12 miles from the park and offers river fishing and a golf course. Des Moines, the capital city of Iowa, is a one-hour drive to the east. Bagley is eight miles north.