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Otter Creek Lake & Park Update 10/11/2021:

Otter Creek Lake & Park is now CLOSED until 2023 in preparation for the Lake Restoration Project. This closure includes; the entire lake bed, all campgrounds, all public walking trails, all hunting grounds, and the Nature Center at Otter Creek Lake & Park.

If you are looking for camping opportunities in Tama County, encourage you to checkout T.F. Clark Park located in Traer, Iowa.

For questions regarding the Otter Creek Lake Restoration Project, the closure of Otter Creek Lake & Park, or camping at T.F. Clark Park to contact us at: 641-484-2231.

Come Visit Otter Creek Lake and Park

Otter Creek Lake Restoration Project

Lake Restoration Project Plan
In-Lake Poster

Watershed Poster

      Click Here! To view and download the Public Information Sheet that was provided during the Public Meeting held on 4/13/2021 via Zoom.

      Click Here! To view the 2015 Otter Creek Watershed Plan.


To access further information including park rules and
directions to the park please scroll down to bottom of this page.


All Tama County Conservation Board Meetings are held at 6:30pm on the first Wednesday of every month and are located in the Nature Center at Otter Creek Lake & Park. For questions regarding the monthly board meetings, contact Stephen Mayne, Conservation Director by email at:

Click Here! To view the most recent Tama County Conservation Board Meeting Agenda.

Monthly Meeting Minutes can be viewed upon request by scheduling an in-person viewing time by contacting us by email at: or by phone at: 641-484-2231.


Tama County Conservation

Tama County Conservation
2283 Park Road
Toledo, IA 52342
Telephone and FAX: (641) 484-2231

Staff (Full Time)
Stephen Mayne, Director 
Brendan Kelly, Naturalist/Park Ranger
Dustin Horne, Conservation Technician/Park Ranger
Board Members
Carolyn Adolphs, Traer
Allan Atchison, Toledo
Bryan Wacha, Tama
John Keenan, Tama
Nathan Wrage, Gladbrook

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Iowa Code, Chapter 350
"The purposes of this chapter are to create a county conservation board and to authorize counties to acquire, develop, maintain, and make available to the inhabitants of the county, public museums, parks, preserves, parkways, playgrounds, recreational centers, county forests, wildlife and other conservation areas, and to promote and preserve the health and general welfare of the people, to encourage the orderly development and conservation of natural resources, and to cultivate good citizenship by providing adequate programs of public recreation."
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To view Chapter 350, County Conservation Law in its entirety please click on this link

Please tour the rest of the Conservation area below:
Facilities - Rules - Nature Center - Links
- Conservation Minutes
Map to Otter Creek Lake and Park
- Fees

Under pertinent federal regulations prohibiting discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, genetic information or disability the Tama County Conservation Board strives to provide quality programs of environmental education and outdoor recreation for all persons. If you feel that you have been discriminated against in any program, activity, or facility operated by the Tama County Conservation Board you should write to: Director, Tama County Conservation Board, 2283 Park Road, Toledo, IA 52342, or the Equal Opportunity Commission, U.S. Dept. of Interior, Washington, D.C. 20240.
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