conservation board
Tama County Conservation

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


Campgrounds Open on Off-season Basis

Spring and early summer offers some of the best camping of the year. The campgrounds at Otter Creek Lake and Park are open on an off-season basis. This means that the electricity, dump station, water and restrooms are available but other amenities such as the shower-house and fishing docks are not.

Off-season rates are $10 per night for accepted electrical living units, $7 for tents. Tents using electricity (in the tent section) are $8 per night. Off-season rates will be in effect through April 30, 2017.  

NOTE: The north loop camp area will be closed during the early part of the camping season. This is due to the electrical upgrades done last fall. We must wait for the soil to dry somewhat so trench lines can be filled, leveled and then seeded with grass. Thanks for your patience.

This only affects the North Loop camp area. South loop, Camper's Hill and Beach Pads in the RV campground will be open for camping starting on April 13.

Otter Creek Lake and Park is a 522 acre multi-use facility with a 70 acre lake. Activities hosted at the park include fishing, camping, boating, hiking, swimming, picnicking, and nature observation.   The park offers 65 electric and 17 tents sites. All sites are offered on a first come, first served basis. No reservations will be taken.  

Directions to Otter Creek Lake and Park are as follows: From the intersection of Highway 63 and Highway 30 in Toledo, Go north 2.2 miles on Hwy 63, East 3.6 mi on E-43, and 1.5 miles N on N Ave.

Fee Structure


Otter Creek Lake & Park

T.F. Clark Park

CAMPING FEES (All camping rates are per adult living unit per night)



Off-season camping rates



      RV Camping units



      Tents (w/o electric)



      Tents (with electric in tent camping section)



Shelters can be reserved by calling the main office at (641) 484-2231

No Charge


      Shelter reservation fee

No Charge


Nature Center Rental



  Activity room w/kitchen



  Youth overnight***



*** For further information pertaining to non-profit youth overnights at the Nature Center please contact the main office.

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

Board Meeting Minutes

Under pertinent federal regulations prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, or handicap 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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