Lake Iowa Park offers a quiet, safe and beautifully-maintained campground that includes 123 rocked pads with electricity. Two shower building with Poweshiek Rural water, dump station and water hydrants. Tent camping areas also available.
The 97 acre lake suuports bass, bluegill, red ear sunfish, crappie and catfish. A boat ramp with parking area, fish cleaning station and a restroom are provided. There are no-wake/no wave restrictions on the lake.
Picnic areas include seven shelter houses that overlook Lake Iowa. The Roundhouse is an enclosed facility with outside BBQ grills available. The remaining are open air shelters include grills, bathroom facilities, water, electrcity and some playground equipment. All shelter may be reserved in advance for a small fee.
Beach and swimming areas are open from Memorial Day to Labor Day (No lifegaurd, swim at your own risk).
Hiking trails connect the shelter houses and wind around the lake and through native prairies and woodlands.
Mission Statement - Gateway Park and Preserve is a place where the people of the Iowa River Valley can nurture and reconnect to the native plants and animals of the region. Based upon the wisdom of yesterday and a capacity to adjust to tomorrow, the children and elders of the community trust that in a time beyond theirs and the earth will have the ability to sustain itself generation to generation. -Gerould Wilhelm, Ph.D.
Gateway Park and Preserve is located 1/2 mile north of the City of Marengo, Iowa and occupies a portion of the southern bank of the Iowa River. The project site is 131 acres and includes a 41-acre lake and a 12-acre pond which were created through the excavation of sand and gravel which was used for a concrete business. There is a network of walking and biking trails, that encompass the lake and pond. While still in early development, we hope to be a viable asset to the community, county and surrounding area.
Gateway Park Arboretum
Mission Statement - The 'Friends of Gateway Park Arboretum' are dedicated to preserving and promoting the Arboretum as an outstanding environmental resource and a vital regional asset by providing educational opportunities, the 'Friends' stimulate interest in appreciation for, and understanding of horticulture and gardening.
Gateway Park Arboretum is nestled on the southern edge of the park within 7 1/2 acres.