85 State Parks 6 State Forests 2 State Fish Hatcherys 24 State Wildlife Areas 20 State Wildlife Management Areas 2 State Wildlife Refuges 2 State Fish Hatcherys 1 National Historic Site 3 National Wildlife Refuges
Nice Park but Not Employees - We have camped in Iowa State Parks for years without a single problem or incident. Love camping in Iowa but the Camp Host and the DNR employee were very rude and harassed us and other campers several times. Will not be back
fond memory of a brief visit - We had picnic lunch there in September 1980 when my wife, our baby, and I, were driving to Chicago from San Diego. My grandfather grew up in Van Buren County before he moved to California long ago, and that made my visit particularly poignant and sweet. The woods were wonderful and lovely. Now that I am retired I want to go back and camp a few nights. I have since learned that my great-grandfather was buried in 1894 at Fellows Cemetery just down the road a piece.
Beautiful in the fall - My husband and I spent an afternoon at Backbone fall 2014. So not flat like where we live. The sun in late afternoon lit up the fall color in the trees like they were glowing. I have a few nice photos on flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kittiesandsomeofmyfavoritethings/sets/72157649528615076
Would love to visit again sometime.
Great Improvements! - Hello Staff & Rangers,
Just sending a lil note to say I really like the new imporovements!
Watching the KCCI News this evening is a refreshing positive to all the news infomation out there tonight!
Keep up the great works!
Our cabins are located on my fourteen acres of ground next to Stephens State Forest in south-central Iowa located on the Chariton River bottom approximately 60 miles south of Des Moines in some of Iowa's best white tail and turkey habitat.