Brushy Creek State Recreation Area is one of Iowa’s largest parks encompassing a total area of about 6,000 acres of land. The park is located in Lehigh city, Webster County, Iowa. If you want to access the park, just travel four miles south of Duncombe off Country Road P-73 and you will get to the main entrance to the park.
Besides being one of Iowa’s largest state parks, the park is also one of the newest parks owing to a debate that went on for several years. In 1967 the Iowa Department of Natural Resources published its intentions to flood Brushy Creek’s forested canyon. This intention was met with robust opposition that led to the proposal to have the creek flooded being suspended for more than 20 years.
Three main compromises to the initial proposal saw that improvements to the park were made. The improvements included the following. First, a sensitive 260-acre tract of land within the park was protected. Secondly, more land was purchased to build equestrian trails (1,750 acres) and third, a smaller 690-acre lake was to be constructed.
Some of the other amenities within the park that visitors can enjoy today include showers and restrooms, playgrounds, both equestrian and non- equestrian campgrounds, campsites, horse wash areas, hitch rails at each site, an arena, picnic areas, multi-use trails, boat ramp, fishing jetties, open shelters, two shooting ranges, swimming beach, and a fishing pier.
Activities that make the park popular include fishing, boating, hiking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, camping, horseback riding, snowmobiling, swimming, shooting, and hunting. Additionally, you can bring your dog to the park to enjoy the recreational activities.
If you choose to bring your dog to the park, just remember that you have to follow Iowa state park rules. Some of the rules regarding dogs and dog owners include the following. First, you must always ensure that your dog is on a leash no longer than six feet long. Secondly, you must ensure that your dog never wanders around the park and more specifically, you must always ensure that you attend to your dog when within campgrounds. If you choose to camp within the park, you should be aware that there is a limit of two dogs per every dog-designated yurt or cabin.