LIDTKE MILL – Lime Springs, Iowa

lidtkemill.jpg    LIDTKE MILL – Lime Springs, Iowa

This mill, on the Upper Iowa River, is one of the few remaining examples in Iowa of an old flour mill. The mill has working turbines. On the mill grounds is a 1900 Victorian style home which has been furnished in the Late Victorian décor. Across the river is a beautiful park where primitive camping is permitted. The footprints of a worker nearly electrocuted there can still be seen in the floor of the control room.

Admission – There is a charge for camping in the park

Directions –1 mile north of Lime Springs, between U. S. Highway 63 and County Road V36

The Lidtke Mill Complex is open 2 days a week from Memorial Day – Labor Day.
Hours: Saturday and Sunday – 1:00 to 4:00.
For more information please call the Lidtke Mill Historic Site at 563-566-2828 or 563-566-2310.

Credit Cards – None

Phone – (319) 566-2828


  1. It is nice park and I loved looking at the old mill. However, the camping north of the river is not free or primitive. The park has electric to all sites and I think I paid $15 last summer. The conservation board site says that there is a fee.


  2. Robin Shay says:

    Does the Lidtke Mill have records of the millers who once worked there? My great-great grandfather is on the census in the 1860′s in Lime Springs, and is listed as a miller. His name was George W. Warren. Could he have worked at another mill nearby? I am planning a visit to Lime Springs in August, but thought I’d see if I could gather any information ahead of time.
    Thank you,
    Robin Shay
    Menomonie, WI

  3. The campground is semi primitive, with 30 and 20 amp boxes available at five or six locations. There are no designated sites, so you just place your tent or trailer within reach of an electric box. There is a shower/restroom with hot water, and a faucet to fill your freshwater holding tank. There is no dump station, however there is a dump station at a local truck stop on Hwy 63 outside town.
    Fee is $17 per night with electric.
    There is talk of them making designated sites in the near future, probably with electric and water to each site

  4. Hello,
    I love to camp, swim, and paddleboat out there. It is very fun, however it was more fun on my birthday weekend because there was a rope swing. Now there is not so it is not as fun. My birthday is May 29, so if someone could hopefully put up a rope swing on the big tree next to the dock the weekend before and after my birthday, it would mean the world to me.

    Thanks you,

Speak Your Mind