Thomas Mitchell Park

Park Sign
Park Sign

Thomas Mitchell Campground Map
Thomas Mitchell Youth Campground Map

A tall, wooded ridge is the most prominent natural feature of this park south of Mitchellville. Thomas Mitchell, a native of New Hampshire, built his cabin here along Camp Creek in 1844. His cabin site is no longer visible, but Polk County's first settler of European descent is still remembered by a park monument and the town of Mitchellville which bears his name.

In addition to its many recreation opportunities with over 175 acres to explore. The park sustains an oak-hickory woodland filled with mushrooms, wildflowers, and wildlife that attracts campers, picnickers, and hikers.


Primitive Camping will close on July 8th for the rest of the season for camping upgrades.

Beginning September 3, 2024 the shower house will be closed. Camping will remain open and a portable restroom will be offered in the campground.


From I-80, take exit 143 (Altoona) south, turn east on 8th Street (turns into NE 46th St.). Turn south on 108th St. Park entrance 1/4 mile on west side.

GPS address:

Thomas Mitchell Park

4520 NE 108 St.

Mitchellville, IA 50169


Mailing address: 4590 NE 108th Street


  • Ball diamond
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Geocaching
  • Hiking
  • Picnicking
  • Playground
  • Shelters
  • Snowmobiling

Operating Hours & Seasons

  • Summer Hours (April 1 -October 31) | 6:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
    • The north side of Easter Lake Park is open sunrise to sunset year-round.
    • Fort Des Moines Park is open 8 a.m. to sunset year-round.
  • Winter Hours (November 1 - March 31) | Sunrise to sunset
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 2021. 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 Bond Updates