Ambrose A. Call State Park is located in Algona City, Kossuth County, Iowa and encompasses a total area of 138 acres of mostly heavily wooded land in rugged hills. To get to the park just travel one and a half miles southwest of Algona. The park is named after an early settler called Ambrose A. Call who together with his brother Asa, claimed a piece of land (in 1854) where the park was built.
Although the original cabin built by Ambrose is no longer present at the park, another cabin built in a similar fashion, was later on moved from a nearby homestead to the original site of Ambrose’s cabin. The park was opened to the public in 1929 after Ambrose's daughter donated the land to the state of Iowa in 1925. Today, the park is a preserve for the rugged hills of the old growth forest on the East Fork of the River Des Moines.
Some of the amenities at the park today comprise a log cabin-style lodge built in 1928 that is available for events, 16 campsites (three of which have electrical hookups), day-use lodge, playground, and two miles of trails looping across forested areas. Activities that are popular at this park include camping, hiking, and cross-country skiing during the winter season.
If you have a dog, you can also bring them to the park at no extra cost. Like in all other Iowa state parks, there are some standard rules that you must follow. Some of the rules regarding dogs and dog owners are as follows. First, your dog must always be on a leash no longer than six feet long. Dog owners must always maintain immediate control of their dogs and should not let their dogs wander aimlessly around the park. Dogs are allowed into certain designated cabins, yurts and camping tents but you are only allowed to have a maximum of two dogs per designated pet-friendly cabin or yurt.