Brushy Creek State Preserve

270th Street

Brushy Creek State Preserve is located in Brushy Creek Recreation Area, a 6,500-acre public area in Webster County located twenty miles southeast of Fort Dodge. During environmental studies conducted as part of a controversial proposal to construct a 1,000-acre recreational lake, a portion of the area was discovered to contain sig­nifi­cant geological exposures, archaeological sites, and habitat for the woodland vole, a state-threatened species. In 1988, a 260-acre portion of the recreation area was dedicated as a geological, archaeological, and biological state preserve. A 700-acre lake was later completed upstream from the preserve. Geologically, the scenic Brushy Creek valley, located within the Des Moines Lobe landform region, contains a remarkable record of 11,000 years of history in its alluvial terraces, benches, and apronlike fan deposits. These features display the effects of glacial melting from the Des Moines Lobe as well as the rapid deepening of the nearby Des Moines River valley. In addition, erosion by Brushy Creek has revealed stratigraphic deposits of a pre–Des Moines Lobe landscape. This geologic record, seen nowhere else in northern Iowa, provides important insights into the evolution of the Iowan Erosion Surface. Fossil wood and plant materials found here are dated at 37,000 years and indicate the presence of a spruce forest similar to the Canadian boreal forest of today


Brian Batcheller

Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018

A Lot of bad camping spots mixed with A Lot of good spots. Prices a bit high, but the employees are great people. Shooting range is a dump and needs a range master or more patrolling officers. Good fishing year around.

Cindi Werthmuller

Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018

Best place to camp and ride! All weather trail offers 365 riding, camp grounds are well taken care of. Trails are open and well maintained.

Katt Bernu

Monday, Aug. 7, 2017

Great little campground tucked in amongst the sprawling crop fields of Iowa! They had really nice showers and bathrooms and some really choice camping spots. We camped in one of the equestrian grounds and it was neat seeing people and their horses milling around. People seemed pretty respectful of the quiet hours and signing up to get a site was really easy. The park ranger on duty at the office was also super helpful!

Emily Ford

Monday, Jan. 8, 2018

Love this park, camping, fishing, swimming, hiking. They have done a lot of improvements and it’s a great place to get outside.

Erin Christian

Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017

We camp here a lot in the off season. Great park and with the new beach renovations it adds a lot of value! Very clean and great to visit. Tons to do whether you have horses or want to go fishing.