Thorpe Park (office moved to Hanson Nature Center)

Thorpe Park Boundary

The park is truly a "multiple use" area. It contains a wetland that is popular with waterfowl hunters in the fall, and 15-acre Lake Catherine, which provides a quiet fishing spot year-round. Much of the park is made up of an oak-hickory savanna with numerous prairie areas. A rental cabin along the lake provides an excellent getaway, as well! Trumpeter swans often nest at the park, and the area is also popular with family campers and picnickers.  


Located 5 1/2 miles West of Forest City on B14, 1 1/2 miles North, 1 mile West


There are 13 campsites with electricity and water hook ups and 2 primitive tent only campsites. There is a pit toilet at the campground and also one by the shelter house on the North East side of the lake. There are 2 fishing jetties and 2 docks on the lake. One of the docks has a boat ramp beside it (electric motors only).

Operating Hours & Seasons

Campsites are typically open from May through mid-October.


There is no deer or turkey hunting allowed in Thorpe Park. The red line on the photo below indicates the boundary of Thorpe Park. There is no deer or turkey hunting allowed inside of the red boundary lines.