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Description - Union Grove State Park, located in northwest Tama County, is a very popular outdoor recreation area. The park was established in 1938. Its focal point is beautiful 110-acre Union Grove Lake. The lake and the attractive parklands provide a pleasing contrast to the nearby residential and agricultural areas. Union Grove State Park truly offers outdoor recreation fun for everyone.

Attractions - Picnicking/Shelters/Lodge

Union Grove State Park is a fine place for a family cookout. A number of shaded picnic areas are present, all within sight of the lake. An open picnic shelter is available at the west boat ramp and may be reserved for a fee through the park ranger.


Union Grove campground provides an ideal spot for a family get-away. The campground has 21 campsites, 7 with electric hookups. Non-modern rest room facilities are available. Camping permits are obtained by self-registration at the campground. Camping Fees can be paid at the site.


Union Grove State Park has some excellent trails. One of these is located near the campground and the other, in the north corner of the park, is located in a beautiful woodland. Both provide excellent hiking opportunities. A variety of animals, including deer, can often be seen on the trails. The park hosts numerous varieties of songbirds and waterfowl. The trails are open for snowmobiling in the winter. A beautiful re-established prairie and a pine plantation are located in the northeast corner of the park, just off the main roadway.

Lake Activities (swimming, boating, fishing)

The beach offers unsupervised swimming fun for all ages. The lake is a fine place to fish. Anglers can look forward to good catches of crappies, bluegills, catfish, bass and bullheads. Any size boat motors may be operated at no-wake speeds. Two boat ramps provide convenient lake access.

Location - Union Grove State Park is located near Gladbrook, Iowa; Toledo, Iowa and Tama, Iowa.

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Contact Information:
Union Grove State Park, 1215 220th Street , Gladbrook, IA , 50635, Phone: 641/473-2556, Fax: 641/473-3659
, Union_Grove@dnr.state.ia.us

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