Celebrate George Wyth State Park

posted on Tuesday, July 21, 2020

George Wyth State Park - American Discovery Trail

(Fisher Lake lookout on the American Discovery Trail)

In 2020, the Iowa state park system is celebrating its 100th anniversary. Locally, George Wyth State Park offers family-friendly opportunities that encourage all ages to discovery the park.

Here’s a little inspiration for a weekend getaway…



One of the most popular activities in the park are the soft trails that meander throughout for bikers and hikers as well as the hard-surfaced trails that are part of the Cedar Valley Trails system. If water trails are more your speed, the Cedar Valley Paddlers Trail visits all four lakes in the park as well as the Cedar River and Hartman Reserve Nature Center. A unique and convenient feature of this trail is that it traverses a loop so you can park your vehicle, paddle the loop, and return to the same place. Of note, George Wyth State Park is also home to the northern most point of the American Discovery Trail which is a 6,800-mile multi-use trail that stretches across the United States from Delaware to California. The newly designated Great American Rail Trail also travels through the park.  Click HERE to request a Trails & Recreation Guide (trails map) or click HERE to download a PDF of the map. 

Beach and Rentals

George Wyth Lake is a hot spot for kayaking, paddleboarding, tubing or just an afternoon on the beach. Don’t have what you need? Maxx Rentals is open seven days a week (weather permitting) and rents these items plus 18 foot water mats, pedal boats and river tubes. They even offer Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Yoga classes. Check out their website and Facebook page for details.


You’ll find that fishing in George Wyth State Park makes it a year-round destination. Four lakes at the park each offer something a little different in regards to your fishing needs. George Wyth Lake is a no-wake lake with a fishing pier and jetties. Alice Wyth Lake is 60-acre lake and allows electric motors only. Brinker Lake is the largest of the lakes and a popular spot for power boating. Fisher Lake is a 40-acre natural lake located on the north side of George Wyth State Park. Maxx Rentals even sells glow worms and night crawlers in the summer. When the weather turns cold, the sport turns to ice fishing and on any given day of the week you’ll find the lake dotted with ice fishing shelters. Check out our Let's Go Fishing blog post to learn more about these lakes and others located in Cedar Falls. 

Lodge Rental and Open Shelters

The scenic beauty of the park is a magnet for picnickers. Take a scenic drive or walk through the park and enjoy one of the many picnic tables set throughout the park or learn about renting one of four open shelters. The George Wyth Lodge has a fireplace and capacity for 48 people. Click HERE to learn more about fees and availability. 


A popular way of discovering what George Wyth State Park has to offer is by spending a weekend (or week) camping. You'll have plenty of time to explore and create your own adventure. The campground at the park offers standard non-electric sites, standard electric sites, tent camping and several walk-to sites. For your convenience, Maxx Rentals also sells firewood, snacks, food and drinks on the beach at George Wyth Lake. Learn more about the campground at George Wyth State Park HERE.

George Wyth State Park - open shelter - Fisher Lake Picnic Area


Iowa is celebrating the centennial of its state parks in 2020 by offering an Iowa State Park Passport program. The program began in June and already, 11,000 people have signed up for the Passport and have checked in to more than 10,000 locations. When you sign up for the FREE Iowa State Park Passport, all you have to do is “check in” by GPS at as many state parks as you want through the end of October. The more state parks you visit, the more chances you have to be entered for a chance to win prizes! More prizes continue to be added. Find out how it works and sign up for a FREE passport HERE.


George Wyth State Park (319-232-5505)

Iowa DNR 

George Wyth Lake guide 

Cedar Valley Trails – click HERE to request a guide or click HERE to view a copy of the map.

The Iowa DNR wants all visitors to feel safe while utilizing their parks. Please keep the following COVID-19 precautions in mind during your visits. Click HERE to learn more about alerts and closures.


Want to find more Things to DoPlaces to Stay or Places to Eat & Drink while you're in Cedar Falls? Stop by or call the Cedar Falls Visitor Center. We're located at 6510 Hudson Road and our phone number is 800-845-1955.

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