Nelson Park

This 165 acre park was developed in 1963 and is located four miles west of Dow City, Ia, Nelson Park provides picnicking, hiking, swimming, boating, fishing, and camping for all ages. Four separate campgrounds are available for the camper with shelter houses available for rental or on a first-come, first-served basis.

There are also 4 primitive cabins available for rent.


Traveling west on US Highway 30, take the Nelson Park Road two miles west of Dow City, Ia, then follow signs to the park.


This park has an 11 acre lake, large modern campground with comfort station,  three other camping areas, a beach and swimming area, play area, and shelter rentals for picnicking. The park also has 4 primitive cabins that start at $31.50/night.

Operating Hours & Seasons

6:00 AM until 10:30 PM


Seal coat roads may be closed in the winter and spring.