Jester, Lewis A., Park



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»   Jester Park Nature Center Grand Opening
August 5 - August 5, 2018   1:00 - 5:00 PM
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Diverse recreational experiences await visitors on 1,675 acres of land, located along the west shore of Saylorville Lake. Additionally, Jester Park is a popular migration stop for large flocks of pelicans and waterfowl that use Saylorville Lake during the fall and spring. Don't forget the binoculars on your next visit to the park. 

Bison and Elk Herds
At the end of the 3-mile-long park drive you'll be rewarded with a vision of the wildlife that were abundant in Iowa more than 200 years ago. The bison and elk herds that live in this wildlife animal enclosure have been popular attractions at Jester for almost four decades.


Jester Park is easily reached by taking Interstate 35/80 exit #127 (Highway 141 West) go north seven (7) miles. Turn right onto NW 121st Street. Drive two (2) miles. Take a slight turn right onto NW 118th Avenue, then a slight left onto NW Jester Park Drive.

Jester, Lewis A., Park

11407 NW Jester Park Drive
Granger, IA 50109 


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  • Boating 
  • Camping
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Equestrian Center
  • Fishing
  • Geocaching
  • Golfing
  • Hiking
  • Lodge
  • Picnicking
  • Playgrounds
  • Playscape
  • Shelters
  • Snowmobiling
  • Wildlife Exhibit

Operating Hours & Seasons

Summer Hours:  6:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. (daylight savings time in the spring until standard time in the fall)
Winter Hours: Sunrise to sunset  (standard time in the fall until daylight savings time in the spring) 

Campgrounds are closed from December 1 - March 31 (except to walk-in tent camping, which is allowed year-round).  Campground shower houses are open mid-April through mid-October. More information on camping can be found on our website at


Many exciting park and trail improvements are happening in Polk County thanks in part to the Polk County Water and Land Legacy bond referendum that was supported by voters in November of 2012. This may result in closed recreation areas due to construction. We encourage the public to stay involved and updated on these improvements by regularly visiting our website at

A "No Motorized Vessel Zone" is located north of the Mile Long Bridge during April 1 to August 31. During periods of flood storage, restriction may be lifted. Please contact the US Army Corps of Engineers at Saylorville Lake for details. Call 515-276-4656 or visit their website at