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One of two cabins at Sportsman Park

Sportsman Park
13821 130th Street
Dawson, Iowa 50066

Turn north off HWY 141 onto County Road P46. Proceed 1/2 mile into Dawson and turn east (right) on E. Railroad Avenue. East Railroad Avenue becomes 130th St. as you leave town. Follow the road about 1/2 mile and the road will turn to the north.  The park entrance is found at the point where the road turns back east.

Located 1/2 mile northeast of Dawson, Sportsman Park has 40 acres of oak and hickory timber overlooking the North Raccoon River. You might enjoy fishing, hiking along the nature trails, picnicking or camping. 

The new Sportsman's Lodge shelter house is available for rent year round. The Lodge seats 120 with tables and chairs provided.  This enclosed facility includes windows with screens, ceiling fans, heat, air-conditioning and built-in serving counters. Reservations are required. Reservation fees are $100 per day and a $150 damage deposit is required which we will return to you if there are no damages following your reservation.

There are two all season cabins available for rent year round. Please call our office at 515-465-3577 for details of the reservation fees.

A shower house and modern restroom has been added at Sportsman Park and is open May through October. A portable unit will be available November through April.


The electrical camping area has recently been renovated to include new rock pads, electrical upgrades and a shower house/restroom.
Primitive Camping (no electricity),  $8.00/night
Modern Camping-electrical hook-up sites, 10 sites available, $12.00/night 
Four of the ten sites are reservable.  Reservations must be made at least 14 days in advance and there is a $5.00 reservation fee per site. A showerhouse with restrooms has been constructed near the campground.  Modern restrooms and shower house available during the season (May through October)


Sportsman's Lodge 
 Capacity-120  Rental Fee-$100  Deposit - $150  Amenities-electricity, windows with screens, ceiling fans, heat, air-conditioning, built in serving counters, folding tables and chairs provided 

Raccoon Lodge   Capacity-40   Cost-$35/day    Amenities-Electrical outlets, fireplace
The Raccoon Lodge is designated for Scouting and Youth groups only.
A handicap accessible playground and modern restrooms and shower house are located nearby.
Call 515-465-3577 to reserve shelters.

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Two 18' x 14' all season cabins for rent.   Capacity - sleeps  5   Rate Info   Amenities - ADA shower & restroom, microwave & refrigerator, heat & air conditioning

Operating Hours & Seasons

May 1 through October 31 camping, rented shelters, restrooms and entry gate are open daily 8am to 10pm. 

November 1 through April 30, the entry gate will be open 8am to 5pm for day activities only. Camping will be allowed in the months of November and April, only as conditions allow. The restrooms will remain closed; however, there will be a portable unit available November through April.

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