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PARKS

Mason City’s many parks offer shelter houses that can be reserved. Reservations are taken from January 2nd to September 30th of each year. Reservations are taken in person only and are non-refundable. Picnic Packs and Equipment bags containing a volleyball, net, softball, bat, nerf are also available. For more information visit Mason City Parks and Recreation Department. For reservations/availability call 641-421-3673.

CAMPING

Listen to the gentle night sounds, catch fireflies and watch the twinkling stars while enjoying the crackling campfire at one of several Mason City area campgrounds. Whether you are looking for a place to park your home on wheels, or you prefer to sleep under the stars nestled in a comfy sleeping bag; there are many public and private campgrounds that are sure to satisfy your urge to get away from it all.

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  • Lime Creek Nature Center

    A 440-acre public conservation facility, the Lime Creek Nature Center and Conservation Area is nestled atop the limestone bluffs of the Winnebago River. The Lime Creek Nature Center is a premier conservation education facility in Iowa, and a “must-see” destination for travelers and nature enthusiasts. The center features a variety Read more [...]

  • Arthur J. Gerk Arboretum

    Located within Georgia Hanford Park on the southeastern side of Mason City, the Arthur J. Gerk Arboretum has 39 acres and more than 400 trees and shrubs, including 70 different species of trees – most of which are identified with both common and scientific names. Entrances to the park are Read more [...]

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    Central Park

    Located in the heart of downtown Mason City, this 2.6-acre park was commonly referenced as “Public Square”. Surrounded by shopping, dining, and historic architecture the park is home to several monuments including the magnificent 1884 Civil War statue, the Statue of Liberty, and Mason City Veteran’s Monument. Several sculptures from Read more [...]

  • East Park

    Located on the east side of Mason City, East Park spans 57.6 acres of developed parkland. Two rivers – Winnebago River and Willow Creek – flow through the park and are great spots for fishing. The park is also home to a 2-mile hard surface trail system featuring two scenic Read more [...]

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    Georgia Hanford Park

    Located on the southeast side of Mason City, Georgia Hanford Park contains 59.73 acres of parkland. Entrances are located at South Pennsylvania Avenue and South Georgia Avenue. Mason Creek traverses the park, creating two man-made ponds. The park features 1.26 miles of walking trail, volleyball, basketball, a baseball diamond, playground, Read more [...]

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    MacNider Woods

    Located along the north bank of Willow Creek, MacNider Woods is a 28-acre wooded park. The lime-chipped multipurpose trail runs beside Willow Creek, connects to Parker’s Woods and continues to the Downtown District.

  • Margaret MacNider Campground

    Located along the Winnebago River, within steps of the Mason City Aquatic Center. A pedestrian footbridge connects the 95-site campground to beautiful East Park. The campground is open from mid-April to mid-October depending on weather conditions. Campers can choose from 20 full hookup trailer camping pads with water, sewer, and Read more [...]

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    Parker’s Woods

    Located near Willow Creek, Parker’s Woods provides a great spot for fishing and wading. A lime-chipped multipurpose trail runs beside Willow Creek, connects to MacNider Woods, and also provides access to the Downtown District. Additional amenities within the 13-acre park include baby swing, basketball, benches, charcoal grills, fishing, fitness equipment, Read more [...]

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    White Wildlife Area

    Located along the Shellrock River, this 34-acre park provides diverse wildlife habitat. Boardwalk trail loops through open marsh, wooded swamp, restored prairie, and streamside timber. Located just north of Rock Falls on blacktop S-62.

  • Wilkinson Pioneer Park

    A beautiful 80-acre park offers trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. Located in Rock Falls, along the Shellrock River. The covered bridge and rare native prairie remnants provide the opportunity for peaceful reflection as well as beautiful photo ops. Enjoy a picnic or a relaxing river float. Canoe/kayak launch Read more [...]