Central Park

Central Park
Central Park
Central Park Open Air Shelter
Central Park Prairie
Central Park Cabins

Central Park Fishing
Central Park Canoe Group

Located near the center of Jones County, Central Park houses the administrative offices of the Jones County Conservation Board.  This 297 acre park includes a 25 acre lake as well as a 7 acre pond.  Both have good populations of largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, and catfish for those who enjoy fishing. Around five miles of hiking trails transverse the woodlands, restored prairie, and wetland habitat.    

A playground area, swimming beach and sand volleyball court are near the enclosed pavilion which is a popular family reunion location.      

Central Park has 2 cabins as well as modern, semi-modern, electric and primitive camping from April 15 – October 15.   Primitive camping is available year round. 

 

***The Central Park Lake is currently drained and under restoration. 

The campground at Central Park will be open for camping from April 15 - October 15 on a first come first serve basis.  

 

Nature Center at Central Park:  The main office of the Jones County Conservation Board is located in the Nature Center and the building can be viewed most weekdays Monday - Friday.  Call the office at ph: 563-487-3541 to ensure availability.  Public education programs are given almost every Saturday from Memorial - Labor Day Weekend.  Upcoming programs are posted at the Nature Center and online at www.jonescountyiowa.org/nature-center.  From Memorial Day through Labor Day the Nature Center is open from 1 -  5 PM on Saturdays and Sundays.  Please visit our Events and Programs page for more information and a current schedule of events at www.jonescountyiowa.org/conservation.

 

Central Park Map




Location

12515 Central Park Rd., Center Junction, IA 52212

Central Park is located near the center of Jones County just outside of Amber and Center Junction.

Features

This 297 acre park includes a 25 acre lake and a 7 acre pond with good populations of largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, and catfish for those who enjoy fishing.     Around five miles of hiking trails transverse the woodlands, restored prairie, and wetland habitat.     A playground area, swimming beach, sand volleyball court, and horseshoe pits are near the enclosed pavilion which is a popular family reunion location.      Central Park has 2 cabins, modern, semi-modern, electric and primitive camping. 

The Jones County Nature Center draws thousands of visitors each year.  Public educational programs are given almost every Saturday from Memorial - Labor Day Weekend and monthly the remainder of the year.  Upcoming programs can be viewed at www.jonescountyiowa.org/conservation.

 

Central Park Watershed Map



Operating Hours & Seasons

Central Park has 2 cabins, modern, semi-modern, electric and primitive camping available from April 15 – October 15. 

The park itself is open year round.

From May through September the Central Park Nature Center is open Saturday and Sunday from 1-5 PM.  It is also open most weekdays throughout the year but visitors are encouraged to call prior to visiting to ensure availability.  

 




Closures

Electrical and water hook ups are turned off October 1 thru April 15.  (This may vary slightly due to weather.)