Sportsman Park

Nature Trail
Nature Trail
Shower House/Restrooms

One of two cabins at Sportsman Park

Located 1/2 mile northeast of Dawson, Sportsman Park has 40 acres of oak and hickory timber overlooking the North Raccoon River. It is a great place for fishing, hiking along the nature trails, picnicking and camping with nearby access to the Raccoon River Valley Trail. 

The park features:

  •  separate areas for tent and RV camping, with a modern shower house with restrooms nearby.
  •  reservable shelter: Sportsman's Lodge available year round for groups up to 120.
  •  two all season cabins that each sleep up to five.
  •  a handicap accessible playground.


Sportsman Park 
13821 130th Street 
Dawson, Iowa 50066 

Sportsman Park is located just east of Dawson on 130th St.
From Highway 141, turn north into Dawson.
Go approximately 1 mile, then turn right (east) onto Railroad Ave.
Follow Railroad Ave. (which becomes 130th St.). It will curve left (north).
As the road curves right (east), the entrance gate will be directly in front of you.



Sportsman's Lodge Shelter house:
  • available year round
  • tables and 120 chairs provided
  • this enclosed facility includes ceiling fans, heat, air-conditioning and built in serving counters.
  • Rental fee $105/day. Security deposit: $150 

Sportsman campgrounds are open year around.  

A shower house with restrooms is available May through October, earlier and later if weather permits.

The electrical camping area has rock pads and electrical upgrades.
Primitive Camping (no electricity),  $8.00/night - primitive sites are not reservable.
Modern Camping-electrical hook-up sites, 10 sites available, four of the ten sites are reservable. $12.00/night if not reserved and $17.00/night for reservations.

Two 18' x 14' all season cabins for rent.  
Capacity - sleeps  5  
Rate Info 
Amenities - ADA shower & restroom, microwave & refrigerator, heat & air conditioning

Operating Hours & Seasons

May 1 through October 31
The park is open to the public daily from 8am to 10pm. 

November and April
The park is open daily to the public from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Cabins and Sportsman's Lodge shelter remain available for rent.
Camping will be allowed when conditions permit. 
Modern restrooms are closed/portable unit available. Restrooms may be open earlier or later depending on the weather.

November 1 through April 30
The park is open daily to the public from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, weather permitting.
Cabins and Sportsman Lodge shelter remain available for rent.
Modern restrooms are closed/portable unit available.



The park is open year round, weather and road conditions permitting.

Dallas County Conservation Board
14581 K Ave.
Perry, Iowa 50220
Phone 515-465-3577
FAX 515-465-3579
Office Hours: M-F 8:00am - 4:30pm