Frank A. Gotch State Park

An approx 67 acre park located on the confluence of the East and West Forks of the Des Moines River.  A park which has significant History in that in the 1800's a Stockade style Fort was built on the location and used as a trading post.  No remnants of the fort have been located.

The second park obtained after organization of the Conservation Boards.  The park while State owned has been leased from the DNR and is under the management of the Humboldt Co. Conservation Bd.  Gotch Park offers electric and water sites for $17 per night and non-electric sites for $10 per night. NO reservations are taken all sites are a first come basis.  A camphost is onsite during the camping season to answer any questions and help in anyway to make your stay enjoyable.  A log cabin is also available for rent.  The cabin offers accomodations for up to 6 people, microwave, small refrigerator, air conditioning and heat.  An enclosed shelter and open air shelter are also available to rent and make a great setting for family get togethers.  Other amenities include a boat ramp, playground equipment, horseshoe pits and access to a limestone trail that is great for walks and biking.  


Easy access to the park from the intersections of Highways 169 and Highway 3 would be to go south on Highway 169 4 miles, east 1 mile and 1 1/2 north.


This park feature 32 campsites with water and electricity & dump station. The park also offers 8 seasonal campsites from April 1st to October 31st.

Playground, picnic areas, 1 enclosed shelter and 2 open air shelters that are available for rent.

A Cabin rental for a family outing that sleeps 6, kitchen table, microwave & refrigerator.  The cabin also has heat and air conditioning.  

Full shower & restroom facility.

Boat ramp for your fishing needs.

Canoe/Kayak Access

Blacktop roads.

Access to a portion of the multi-use Three Rivers Trail.


Access to Fishing

Camp Host on site for information

Operating Hours & Seasons

Actual camping starts April 1st until Oct 31st of each year.   A full shower and bathhouse is available for the season to all campers.

No snow removal however.

Camping Rates:  Electric $17 per night & Non-Electric $10 per night.  NO Reservations are taken all sites are a first come basis.  For information about Gotch Park please call 515-890-7483.


Park is closed from 10:30PM to 4:00AM daily for non park users.