Red Haw State Park – Chariton, Iowa
This state park is a nice place to visit all year round. In this 420-acre site is located a 72-acre lake that has a sandy beach. The lake is noted for its clear water and for large bluegills.
Hiking trails wind through the park and around the lake. A multi-use trail which allows snowmobiles follows the lake shore on the east and south side of the lake with several loops to offer some diversity. A hiking trail for pedestrians only follows along the west end of the lake.
The campground that overlooks the lake in one spot has a playground for children and a modern shower building. Visitors will find that 60 of the 80 campsites offer electrical hookups, paved roads, modern rest rooms, showers and a trailer dumping station. A playground provides fun for little campers. A boat ramp is conveniently located near the campground.
Red Haw State Park has recently purchased an additional 229 acres south of the existing park. Designated for public hunting, this area offers upland hunting opportunities and can be accessed by a county road south of the park.
In the spring the park has many beautiful redbud trees in bloom. Hiking trails are available; swimming, boating, and fishing are allowed. The 649-acre park is filled with hawthorns, oaks, maples and pine trees. During the summer months, visitors can enjoy swimming and boating. In the winter, visitors can enjoy ice skating, sledding, skiing and snowmobiling. Hiking trails wind through the park and around the sparkling clear 72- acre lake.
Admission – None
Directions – 1 mile east on U. S. Highway 34 Chariton is one mile west. Russell is seven miles southeast. Des Moines is 50 miles northwest.
Hours – None
Phone – (641) 774-5632