Lenon Mill Park

Lenon Mill Park
Lenon Mill Park
Canoeing on the Middle Raccoon River
Camping at Lenon Mill Park
Fishing at Lenon Mill Park

Historic Site of Lenon Mill
Marker at Lenon Mill Historic Site
Lenon Mill and Dam
Scenic View of Dam at Lenon Mill Park

Lenon Mill Park is nestled along the scenic Middle Raccoon River and is the original site of the old Lenon Mill, built in 1863.  The mill no longer stands but visitors can view the one grindstone that remains to mark the historic spot or sit by the river and watch the river flow over the old dam.  

Lenon Mill Park is the 1st point of access on the Middle Raccoon River Water Trail - Route A.  The park also offers camping, picnicking, and excellent fishing. Species of fish commonly caught at Lenon Mill Park include Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Crappie, Bluegill, Walleye, Channel Catfish and an occasional Northern Pike.  

Middle Raccoon River Water Trail - Route A

  1. Lenon Mill Park Access
  2. P28 Access
  3. Middle Raccoon River Access
  4. Cowles River Access


500 W South Street - Panora, Iowa

(2 blocks west of the Guthrie County Historical Village and Museum.)

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Lenon Mill Park features primitive camping, RV-camping with electric hook-up, water, bathrooms, a shelter house, swing set, horseshoe pit, picnic tables, a canoe access, and excellent fishing.

  • Camping cost is $20 per night per camping unit.
  • Camping sites are first come-first served, no reservations accepted.
  • Camping site is considered occupied when camping unit is on site and registration envelope filled out and paid for.
  • Shelter house can be reserved for $15.00 for the day or first come-first served, if not reserved.  Contact the GCCB to make a reservation:  641.755.3061.

Operating Hours & Seasons

Basic GCCB Park Rules

  • Parks open at 6:00 a.m.
  • Parks close at 10:30 p.m. for non-campers.
  • Park in designated areas.
  • Fires, Wastes - use containers provided.
  • Keep pets on leash.
  • Do not pick any wildflowers.
  • All State and Federal Laws apply to county areas.
  • Speed limit is 15 m.p.h.
  • Hunting in designated areas only.
  • Keg Beer - Permit required.

Please note:  Restroom facilities are opened in spring, when weather permits, and closed in fall through winter season.