Lime Creek Nature Center & Conservation Area

Camping at Lime Creek Nature Center & Conservation Area

The Lime Creek Conservation Area (LCCA) provides two sites for primitive camping.  Campsites are carry in and carry out.  Please carry out any waste.  Any unregistered vehicles on the LCCA property after park hours will be towed at the owners expense so please provide us information on all vehicles of people that will be staying at the campsite.


Located off US Highway 65 just north of Mason City (3501 Lime Creek Road).


A nine-mile network of trails dissects a 440-acre area of upland timber, open fields, restored prairie, flood-plain forest, and limestone bluffs; an ideal place for wildlife and a variety of recreational activities.  The nature center houses displays, live and mounted animals, a natural resource library, and a gift shop.


Park Hours are from 6:00 am to 10:30 pmNature Center Hours are Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm, Saturday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (5:00 pm summer hours) and Sunday 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm (5:00 pm summer hours)


Campers must register and obtain a permit at the Cerro Gordo County Conservation Board office (located in the nature center building) Monday-Friday from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm. Cost is $5.00 per night (1 tent with 1 bundle of firewood).  Extra tents and firewood will be an additional cost.