Central Park

Central Park Open Air Shelter
Central Park Open Air Shelter
Central Park Lake Project
Central Park Prairie
Central Park Canoe Group

Central Park Cabins

Featured Events
»   Join OWL (Older Wiser Livelier) Dubuque, Jackson & Jones OWL Group Maiden Voyage - Mississippi River
October 1, 2018    8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
»   Annual Jones County Fall Colors and Archaeology Paddle
October 20, 2018    9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
»   Let's Take a Closer Look - Nature Up Close Micro-Class
November 14, 2018    6:30 - 7:30 PM
»   Central Park Nature Center Winter Holiday Open House
December 1, 2018    10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
»   Owl Prowl and Moonlit Walk
January 18, 2019    7:00 - 8:00 PM
»   Great Backyard Bird Count - February 15th - 18th
February 16, 2019    10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
»  more events
Featured News

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. Primitive camping is available year round. No reservations are made for the campsites - first come first serve basis.

 

***The Central Park Lake is currently drained and under restoration.   The beach, fishing access and boat ramp will be under construction through fall 2018.

Visit: www.jonescountyiowa.org/current-projects-and-news to learn more about the Central Park Lake Restoration.

 

Nature Center at Central Park:  The main office of the Jones County Conservation Board is located in the Nature Center.  Several educational displays and hands on activities can be viewed in the Nature Center most weekdays Monday - Friday.  Call the office at ph: 563-487-3541 to ensure availability.  From Memorial Day through Labor Day the Nature Center is open from 1 PM -  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

Central Park Trail Map

 

Help us learn about your visit to Central Park - tell us what you liked and what you want improved - click here  


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.  No reservations are made for the campsites - a first come first serve basis.

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.

 



Operating Hours & Seasons

Central Park has 2 cabins, modern, semi-modern, electric and primitive camping. 

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 15 thru April 15.  (This may vary slightly due to weather.)