Union County offers an array of outdoor recreational opportunities unmatched in south central Iowa. Five lakes and 6,090 acres of publicly owned woodland and prairie…all conveniently located within a 20 mile radius. Come and Enjoy!!!
Parks and Wildlife Areas
The Union County Conservation manages 9 different parks and wildlife areas:
- Cedar Park – General Information
- Garfield Park
- Groesbeck Wildlife Area – General Information
- High Lakes Outdoor Alliance Shooting Range – General Information or High Lakes Outdoor Alliance
- Mount Pisgah Park – General Information
- Talmage Hill Park – General Information
- Talmage Hill Wildlife Area – General Information
- Three Mile Lake Recreation Area – General Information
- Thayer Lake – General Information or Thayer Lake
Three Mile Recreation Area
This 2,675 acre recreation area encompasses an 880 acre lake and is open to public hunting. There are 2 campgrounds, 9 cabins, 1 lodge, and 4 shelter houses available to rent.
Campsites are not reservable and are on a first come-first served basis.
The Lodge is able to be reserved by calling the office at 641-347-5100.
Cabins and shelter houses can be reserved on-line by going to: Cabin and Shelter Reservations
For more information, locations, or maps of Three Mile Lake Recreation Area, go to Three Mile Recreation Area or call the office at 641-347-5100.
Additional Recreational Opportunities
Also located in Union County and managed by the State of Iowa are:
- Green Valley State Park – This 360 acre lake and 990 acre state park has 14 miles of hiking trails, modern campground with 145 sites, and 3 cabins. For more information about Green Valley State Park go to: Green Valley State Park
- Mitchell Marsh – This 144 acre area consisting of half marsh and half upland is open to public hunting. For more information or hunting boundaries go to: Mitchell Marsh Wildlife Management Area
- Summit Lake – This 250 acre lake is open to fishing and portions of it open to hunting. For more information or lake maps go to: Summit Lake or Summit Lake Wildlife Management Area
- Twelve Mile Lake – This 660 acre lake is surrounded by 850 acres of land open to public hunting. For more information, lake maps, or hunting boundaries go to: Twelve Mile Lake or Twelve Mile Lake Wildlife Management Area
- Iowa Habitat and Access Program (IHAP) Areas – Union County is also home to 3 IHAP Areas. An IHAP area is a privately owned piece of land that is open to public hunting through the IHAP program. For more information on these areas go to: Iowa Habitat and Access Program
Other Useful Links: Union County Tourism