Things To Do

  • Whether for pleasure or for sport, Fort Dodge offers many opportunities for you to find adventure in the great outdoors.  
  • Whether for pleasure or for sport, Fort Dodge offers many opportunities for you to find adventure in the great outdoors.  

Outdoor Recreation

Brushy Creek State Recreational Area

Brushy Creek SRA is one of Iowa's largest tracts of public outdoor recreation land at 6,000 acres. The park offers picnic areas, equestrian camping, non-equestrian camping, approximately 45 miles of multi-use trails, hunting, shooting ranges and lake activities.  Both equine campgrounds have electrical and non-electrical sites with modern showers and restroom facilities. The non-equestrian campgrounds have full water and sewer hook-ups. Fishing and boating is allowed at Brushy Creek SRA but swimming is allowed only in the beach area. Brushy Lake is a no-wake lake. Hunters pursue a variety of game within the park including pheasants, white tailed deer, wild turkey, quail, rabbits and squirrels.

2802 Brushy Creek Road, Lehigh, 50557
Phone: (515) 543- 8298
Deer Creek Golf Course

Golf Course

2046 130th St., Humboldt, 50548
Phone: (515) 546- 6312
Des Moines River Water Trail

State Designated Water Trail

Fort Dodge, 50501
Phone: (515) 576- 4258
Dolliver Memorial State Park

Bluffs, canyons, the Des Moines River, Prairie Creek and Indian mounds makes up Dolliver. Sandstone formations called the "Copperas Beds” provide a view of an ancient river bed over 150 million years old. A narrow ravine running between rock walls was given the name "Boneyard Hollow" by early settlers when large amounts of buffalo bones were found in the canyon.  Amenities include amphitheater, bird watching, boat launch ramp, cabins, camping - electric and non-electric, canoeing, cross country skiing, day-use lodge, dump station, fishing, group camp, hiking, interpretive programs, picnic shelter, playground, boating, showers, swimming, trails, water hydrants, wildflower viewing and wildlife viewing.

2757 Dolliver Park Ave., Lehigh, 50557
Phone: (515) 359- 2539
Fort Dodge and Webster County Trail System

Fort Dodge and Webster County Trail Systems are growing as the community concentrates on increasing the connectivity of the trails. New wayfinding signs are posted on the trails along with informational kiosks being located at the 4 trailheads.  These informational kiosks show a trail map of the system and educate users on the unique characteristics of each location. Trailheads can be located at Rosedales Rapids Family Aquatic City, Central Avenue Plaza in Downtown Fort Dodge, Rogers Sports Complex and Kennedy Park.

Link below for a printable map of the trail system

1111 N. 32nd Street, Fort Dodge, IA 50501
Fort Dodge Country Club

The Fort Dodge Country Club is a private golf course  voted "Iowa's 18 Hole Course of the Year" twice.  It features a large practice tee, an area to practice downhill, uphill, and side hill lies, four target greens surrounded by bunkers, a separate lesson tee, three chipping greens, a putting green, and two practice bunkers. Their PGA Professional has a very active teaching program for all golfers. It hosts several golf leagues and tournaments every season.

370 Country Club Drive, Fort Dodge, 50501
Phone: (515) 955- 8551
Fort Frenzy

Fort Frenzy is a family entertainment center with both indoor and outdoor attractions.  Outdoor attractions are open seasonally.  Attractions include go-carts, bumper boats, water wars, mini golf, mini bowling, rollerskating, laser tag, spin zone, toddler area and unique arcade games.

3232 1st Ave S., Fort Dodge, 50501
Phone: (515) 576- 2226
Gypsum City OHV Park

Gypsum City OHV Park is a destination for all-terrain vehicle, dirt bike, and snowmobile riders. Currently the park is 800 acres and has 55 miles trails for atv's, off road motorcycles and side by sides units. The park includes a 15 acre, 1.5 mile motocross track, a .4 mile kids' track, a beginner/safety training area, mudding area and challenge trails.    It also includes fishing ponds. Construction of a 33-site campground began in the fall of 2013.  Site amenities will include water, electricity, picnic table, and grill.  A men’s and women’s shower/restroom, dump station, informational kiosk and park office will also be on-site.  The anticipated opening is the summer of 2015.

2390 Mills Rd., Fort Dodge, IA 50501
Phone: (515) 281- 8385
Iowa Outdoors Store

The Iowa Outdoors Store is a locally owned and operated business that takes great pride in the hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation lifestyle. Owners and sales staff grew up hunting, fishing, and trapping the lands of Iowa. 

1597 3rd Ave NW, Fort Dodge, 50501
Phone: 1(515) 955- 4868
J. F. Kennedy Memorial Park

John F. Kennedy Memorial Park is a 400 acre multiple use recreation area for camping, picnicking, hiking, and other outdoor activities including an 18 hole Lakeside Municipal Golf Course. The 53-acre Badger Lake provides for fishing, canoeing and boating (no-gas motors).  The park features a cabin, shelter house, nature center, children's forest, Veterans Memorial Park, environmental education programs, fishing docks, handicapped accessible fishing jetty, boat ramp, swimming beach, hiking trails, softball field, playground, open shelters with grills, volleyball court, bird blind viewing with feeding station, butterfly garden with model backyard, dog training area, wintertime activities and remote control airplane flying area.

1415 Nelson Ave, Fort Dodge, IA 50501
Phone: (515) 576- 4258
Lakeside Municipal Golf Course

Lakeside Municipal Golf course is a public 18 hole course which includes a long & straight front nine with a short & narrow back nine.  The course has a driving range, clubhouse with pro shop, concessions and a deck.  Multiple tournaments and special events happen at Lakeside throughout the season.  


1417 Nelson Ave, Fort Dodge, 50501
Phone: (515) 576- 6741.
Lizard Creek Mountain Bike Trails

10 miles of mountain bike trails along the Des Moines River Valley in Northwest Fort Dodge.  The trails are accessible near Water Trail Access 1.  Go through gate near railroad tracks to access the trails.

700 Phinney Park Drive, Fort Dodge, IA 50501
Phone: (515) 573-4282
Lizard Creek Water Trail

State Designated Water Trail

Fort Dodge, 50501
Phone: (515) 576- 4258
Loomis Park

City of Fort Dodge park located on the banks of the Des Moines River. Playground equipment and shelter.

402 Loomis Park Dr, Fort Dodge,
Phone: (515) 576-7237
Next Edge Performance

Next Edge Performance improves quality of life by Cryotherapy, Fitness Pod, Compression, Infrared Sauna, Oxygen Bar, Oxygen Training, Photobiomodulation Therapy (Red Light Therapy), and Pulse Electromagnetic Field Therapy (PEMF).


2419 5th Avenue S, Fort Dodge, IA 50501
Phone: 515 570-8595
Oleson Park

The Oleson Park Splash Pad is an area for water play that has no standing water while the water in the system is recycled/treated to at least the same level of quality as swimming pool standards.  The Oleson Park Bandshell was a Works Project Administration project which was completed in 1938 and is registered on the National Register of Historic Places.

1323 Oleson Park Ave., Fort Dodge, 50501
Phone: (515) 573- 7144
Rosedale Rapids Schmoker Family Park and Aquatic Center

Rosedale Rapids Family Aquatic Center is an outdoor waterpark which includes 5 slides, lazy river, wave generator and 30+ water features.

1111 North 32nd St., Fort Dodge, 50501
Phone: (515) 955- 4284
Snell Crawford Park
Public Park
Williams Drive and 12th Ave North, Fort Dodge, Iowa 50501
Phone: (515) 573- 7144
Veterans Memorial Park

Veterans Memorial Park overlooks Badger Lake and includes memorials, artwork and natural amphlitheatre.

1421 National Avenue, Fort Dodge, 50501
Phone: (515) 576-4258
Waggin Trail Dog Park at Almost Home Humane Society of North Central Iowa

The Waggin Trail Dog Park at Almost Home Dog Shelter is fenced in and has agility equipment for the dogs to play on. It is open from dawn to dusk 365 days a year to anyone who has a membership! Stop in at the Almost Home Animal Shelter, next to the park, anytime between 11am-5:30pm to get your dog(s) signed up.

725 South 32nd St., Fort Dodge, 50501
Phone: (515) 955- 8343
Willow Ridge Golf Course

Willow Ridge Golf Course is a 9 hole, 2722 yard Par 37 golf course. The course starts with a beautiful elevated tee box and ends with a picturesque Par 3 hitting over a small pond and hitting on to a newly renovated greens. It hosts a variety of golf leagues. Willow Ridge Restaurant is a 170 seat restaurant and event center which is open to the public. Reservations are not required, but are recommended. 

1788 Madison Ave, Fort Dodge, 50501
Phone: (515) 576- 5711