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 3 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. Park also has ?2 primitive cabins in the Modern Hill Campground that rent for $31.50/night.  Each has full size bed, twin bed, a/c, microwave and dorm fridge.  Each cabin site has a picnic table and fire ring.

 New in fall of 2017, there is a fishing themed cabin that has a futon, bunk beds, fridge, microwave, and table located by the boat ramp.  There is no running water in the cabins ?so you will need to use facilities across from cabins for restrooms, etc.  The fishing themed cabin is $42 per night.

Operating Hours & Seasons

6:00 AM until 10:30 PM