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:

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 

For maps of these areas go to: Union IHAP 1Union IHAP 2Union IHAP 3 


Other Useful Links: Union County Tourism