Beaver Meadows

Beaver Meadows was donated to the State of Iowa in 1934 by the John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company and was originally developed in 1935 as a State Park by the Works Progress Administration as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal Program. The original park included a nine-hole golf course, camping and picnic areas, a shelter house, limestone restroom and low-head dam.  Today the park is owned by the city of Parkersburg with the camping area managed by the Butler County Conservation Board under a long-term lease agreement.

Campers and park users at Beaver Meadows will find a variety of recreational opportunities to enjoy.  Sixteen 50 amp electrical sites provide plenty of power for today's campers and the modern restroom has flush toilets.  Showers provide campers with a fresh start to the morning or a place to clean up after a day of playing in the outdoors.  Two shelter houses provide an area for groups to gather while kids will enjoy the playground.   

Anglers will like the fishing opportunities in Beaver Creek provides as they work to catch catfish, smallmouth bass, and walleye while the area above the dam provides a small and relatively calm area for canoe and kayak enthusiasts to paddle.  Two 9-hole traditional golf courses, Beaver Meadows located adjacent to the campground and nearby Legend Trail, provide ample opportunities for those interested in golfing while a challenging 9-hole disc golf course can be played within the park. 

Other local amenities include several restaurants, the C.C. Wolf Mansion Historical Home, and City Swimming Pool and Park.


Beaver Meadows Campground is located on the north side of Parkersburg, Iowa at 32078 Highway 14.  The park is located between Beaver Creek and Beaver Meadows Golf Course.  Park users gain access through the golf course entrance.


  • Camping area with 16 -50 amp electrical sites
  • Modern toilet facility with flush toilets and showers
  • Fishing access to Beaver Creek
  • Canoe and Kayak Access
  • 9-Hole Disc Golf Course
  • Two Shelter Houses
  • Playground
  • Located next to a public golf course

Operating Hours & Seasons

Beaver Meadows is open year round 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Access to the restrooms and electricity is limited by seasonal changes.



Beaver Meadows is currently open for the season.