4530 McClintock Road
Palo, IA 52324-0242
Pleasant Creek is a great place for a family picnic.
Picnic areas are located on the northeast and southeast shores. Several
open shelters may be reserved
for a fee through the park office.
The Pleasant Creek campground features 69 campsites, 43 electrical hook-ups
and 2 modern shower and rest room facilities. From the campground, campers
have a pleasing view of much of the recreation area. 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.
Four camper cabins are available seasonally. The rustic pine
log cabins offer visitors a sense of pioneer lifestyle. The cabins
have electricity, microwave ovens, small refrigerators, basic furnishings, and covered porches.
Visitors must provide their own
bedding, towels, cooking utensils and other camping items. Cabins are
the campgrounds so cabin users will have use of the shower and toilet facilities.
The cabins can be reserved for a fee through the Internet at www.reserveiaparks.com
or by calling toll-free 1-877-IAPARKS.
There are 10 miles of trails for the hiker, snowmobiler, bicycling, cross-country
skier and equestrian, with connecting access to many area facilities
and scenic overlooks.
Lake Activities (swimming, fishing, boating)
The lake is one of the highest quality fishing lakes in the region and
is stocked with largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, channel catfish
Shoreline fishing has been enhanced by the construction of jetties.
Bait is available for sale at the boat house.
Pleasant Creek is a relaxing place to spend a day at the beach. The swimming
area is located on the north shore. A privately operated concession offers
supervised swimming and a modern bathhouse where refreshments are available.
The Pleasant Creek beach has become one of the most popular in Iowa.
Pleasant Creek Lake is one of the most popular boating spots in eastern Iowa.
Four launching sites are conveniently located around the lake. These sites
have a total of seven ramps for fishing, leisure boating and sailboating access.
Boats, canoes and paddleboats may be rented at the boat house. Any
size boat motor may be operated at "no wake speeds."
Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area is open to public hunting and trapping.
Popular species of game include rabbits, pheasants and quail. Pleasant Creek is also a popular site for organized
dog field trials.
The idea for
a state recreation area at Pleasant Creek originated in the early 1960s
when the Iowa Conservation Commission (now the Iowa Department of Natural
Resources) began investigating the possibility of a large lake to serve the
outdoor recreation needs of a multi-county region of northeast Iowa. Today,
a 410-acre lake and more than 1,500 acres of land are available to visitors
conveniently close to the cities of Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Palo and Waterloo/Cedar
Falls. The lake offers a variety of fishing, boating and swimming opportunities.
Trails offer visitors scenic views of wooded hills, marshy areas and meadows.
The area is open year-round and provides a maximum of outdoor recreation
Pleasant Creek lies approximately 15 miles northwest of Cedar
Rapids and 40 miles southeast of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls metropolitan area.
Palo is located
5 miles south.
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