FAQ

Camping

When do the campgrounds open in the spring?

At Otter Creek Lake and Park in central Tama County we open the campgrounds each spring as soon as the weather allows and the roads and campgrounds are firm which is typically from mid-April to May 1. Notice will be posted on MyCountyParks.com each year when the campgrounds open for the season.  


When do the campgrounds close in the fall?

The campgrounds at Otter Creek Lake and Park stay open each fall until the weather causes closure. Typically we close our campgrounds upon the first measurable snowfall or extended cold spell near or below freezing. This is generally sometime in early November. Closing of the campgrounds will be posted on MyCountyParks.com each year.

Do you have a reduced off-season camp fee rate?

At Otter Creek Lake and Park we transition to a reduced off-season camp rate on the Monday closest to October 15. The off-season rate is extended until the campgrounds close. In the spring a reduced off-season rate is in effect until the first full week of May.

Do you restrict the number of consecutive nights that I can camp at your park?

At Otter Creek Lake and Park a fourteen day stay limit is enforced. Once the camping unit or camper has stayed fourteen consecutive nights they must vacate the park overnight before being allowed to return to camp. 

General Questions

How can we view the beautiful exhibits at the Tama County Nature Center?

The final phase of the Nature Center exhibits was completed at the end of June, 2016. The Tama County Nature Center is located within Otter Creek Lake and Park.

 At this time we do not have a set schedule of times the public can view the space. It is anticipated that a schedule will be set sometime in early 2017. For now we will gladly give you access to the exhibit space whenever anyone is present in the office. It may be best to call ahead to make sure someone will be around to let you in. The office number is: 641-484-2231.