Swede Point Park


This hidden gem is nestled in the woods along the Des Moines River. Here you will find a campground, playground, sand volleyball and hiking trails. 

This 128-acre park was acquired in November of 1974 by the US Army Corps of Engineers for the Saylorville Lake Project. It was previously known as Camp Laurie, a state Salvation Army Camp. The Boone County Conservation Board has been fortunate enough to acquire 25 year management leases from the USACE since September 1976. The park got its name because of its location being near the original location of Swede Point, IA founded in 1846 by early Swedish settlers.


1601 322nd Lane

Madrid, IA 50156

PHONE: (515) 353-4237

EMAIL: bccb@boonecounty.iowa.gov

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  • Self-registration campground (no reservations - first come, first serve)
    • 24 electrical campsites with 30 amp breakers - $18 / night
    • Group camping area with 8 electrical sites - $18 / night
    • 10 non-electrical campsites - $11 / night
  • Youth camping area (by reservation only)
  • Modern shower houses with flush toilets
  • Multiple water hydrants
  • Dump stations
  • Hiking trails
  • Sand volleyball court
  • Updated playground
  • Enclosed shelter (by online reservation only)
  • Open air shelter
  • Wildlife viewing blind

Please view the Park Rules for further information.

Operating Hours & Seasons

The campground is open from April 15 - October 15, but may be open later depending on weather.

Park hours are 5:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.


The park is open year round.

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