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USA Parks
Northwest Region
Brushy Creek State Park
3175 290th Street
Lehigh, Iowa   50557

Phone: 515-543-8298
Reservations: 515-543-8298
Brushy Creek State Park

Brushy Creek State Park
'Family Fishing'
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Fishing is fun for the whole family on Brushy Creek lake.

Brushy Creek State Park
'Clouds on Water'
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Reflections on a warm summer day at Brushy Creek lake.

Brushy Creek State Park
'Beautiful July Day'
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Brushy Creek lake offers beautiful scenery.

Brushy Creek State Park
'Over look at Brushy Creek'

Brushy Creek State Park

 Hiking Trailyes
 Swimming Beachyes
BoatingLaunch Rampsyes
 Electric Sitesyes
 Water/Electric Sitesyes
Equestrian Camping:

Equestrian users enjoy one of the most modern camp facilities in the Midwest. The northern equestrian campground has a modern shower and restroom, 125 campsites (50 electrical), horse wash area, ample shade, a substantial hitch rail at every site (users are required to tie animals to rails) and a 100' by 200' arena. Water hydrants with potable water are available, as are picnic tables, grills, and a playground. In the future another shower/toilet building will be constructed.

The south campground has a modern shower and restroom with 70 electric and 35 non-electric sites and the same amenities as the northern campground. Starting February 13, 2006 advance campsite reservations can be booked through the park reservation system. Half of the campsites are still available for self-registration on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Horses are not to be hitched or tied to trees, shrubs or park facilities in a manner that will cause injury or damage to the plant or facility. Animals may be hitched to trailers for short periods of time for grooming and saddling. Animals must be stabled inside a trailer, at a hitch rail or in stalls or corrals if provided. Portable stall/pens or electric fences are not allowed.

Non-Equestrian Camping:

A non-equestrian campground has 47 sites including 37 electric sites, and 10 with full water and sewer hookups. This location makes the campground very inviting to those using the nearby boatramp and beach. This area is also available for picnicking. Non equestrian campers are also welcome to use any of the equestrian campgrounds.
Swimming is allowed in the designated beach area only. A large sandy beach is located on the west side of the lake.
Several boat ramps and fishing jetties are located around the 690 acre lake. A fishing pier is located on the west side of the lake, north of the beach area. There are fishing tournaments occurring almost every weekend out on the lake.

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Brushy Creek is a great place for picnics and large gatherings. Picnic areas are located around the park. They offer tables and fire grills. Two open shelters are available for rent by contacting the park manager.
With approximately 50 miles of multi-use trails, there are trail activities for everyone including horseback riding, hiking, snowmobiling, cross country skiing, and mountain biking. Mountain biking is allowed on all multiple use trails. A map of these trails is on display at the information kiosks located in the equestrian campgrounds. When using the multi-use trail system: 1) Always call ahead (515)543-8298 for current trail conditions 2) Stay on designated trails only 3) Respect others' trail rights, 4) Report any trail problems to park staff, and 5) Enjoy!
Area Attractions
Shooting Range:

Two ranges are located at Brushy Creek SRA. One is south of the park office approximately 1/2 mile north of County Rd. D-46. The other is a trap range located in the northern section of the park. It can be reached by taking 250th from Co. Rd. P-73, then turn right on Taylor Ave.

At over 6,000 acres, Brushy Creek is one of Iowa's largest tracts of public outdoor recreation land. Visitors can get a real sense of being "away from it all" while, at the same time, enjoying a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities such as camping, hunting, horseback riding, and winter sports. The development of a 690 acre lake and associated facilities will provide additional opportunities for boating, swimming, and fishing, picnicking. These developments are under construction and are expected to be completed in the future.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
November 17 Memories of the Past by Ann
Lots of memories for me as I lived here for several years, went to the country school located on the corner of 290th street and Brushy Creek Road. I am in the process of writing a family history and story of this area.
August 22 Horse Camp by Urban Cowgirl
I was disappointed to see last year that sevaral NON-Horse people were able to reserve sites in the horse camp. There are so few nice horse camps in our area, that is seem this should not be allowed unless there are empty spaces near the camp date. We would not be allowed to swipe up camp sites in their disignated areas. For this reason several of our horse friends could not get in to camp.
August 14 hidden secret by toes in the stirups girls
the best horse trails around and well maintained grounds - lots of shade good hitching posts and shower houses are well maintained, hosts and park DNR are also great people.A wonderful place to go!!!!
June 18 needs more shore fishing
needs more shore fishing access very poor if you do not have a boat
August 22 Great!
Nice trails and lots of them. Could even ride around the lake when it was raining. Great place to go!
August 26 great fishing by hiker
i love all the fishing and stuff but the best part is the scenery
August 7 nice park
like the park but hate the states reservation web site there is no place to cancel a reservation,or if there is i cant find it.
November 5 great riding by p2
very nice horse campgrounds
June 11 Great place to camp & ride by TBoard
Great trails, beautiful scenery, been going there 3yrs. 1st yr. great experience, 2nd yr bathrooms need cleaned during weekend, last weekend was there bathrooms/showers needed cleaned and the camp grounds really needed to be mowed. Its a beautiful place a shame not to take care of it. Love going there to ride & camp.
November 5 Great fishing by aroyster
Such a fun place to spend a weekend if you want to ride, fish and relax. Its quiet and not loud with partying kids. Great place to spend time with the family. Duncombe also has a gas station where we get all of our bait, lunch, snacks and gas.
May 26 its perfect for trail riding
the campgrounds are perfect for keeping your horse near to your camping area and the trails are great. beautiful scenery.

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