The Oakland Mills Nature Center outside of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa offers classes on nature, a display of the plants, animals and bugs of the area. They also have some cabins at the park for guests, There are two cabins which are heated, cooled and have a restroom with shower so you will be able to have a great stay at the Oakland Mills cabins.
A historic wagon bridge across the Skunk River has been converted to a pedestrian footbridge to provide visitors with a scenic overview of the area. Covered picnic areas are also located on the footbridge.
The Oakland Mills Dam was a hydroelectric plant built in the 1920′s. This plant provided electricity for the area for nearly 40 years before being abandoned. Now used as a fishing pier on the Skunk River, it is an area landmark. A viewing telescope has also been installed to view the wildlife found along the banks of the Skunk River.
The South Shore Area has a 24 site semi-modern campground (with electrical hook-ups) and 11 primitive sites, each with a view of the Skunk River. Facilities include a picnic shelter, rest rooms, a modern fish cleaning station, a trailer sanitation dump station and fishing accesses to the Skunk River.
The park area is on the river, there is camping available, a restaurant on the north side of the river which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. It’s a quaint place that seats about 40 so you will want to get there early.
The Waterworks Park is across the road to the west from the Center, there is swimming and camping available there along with the old mill from years ago.
This is a neat place to visit to get a taste of nature.
Contact: Henry County Conservation Department
2591 Nature Center Drive, Mt. Pleasant, IA.
Phone: 319/986-5067 Fax: 319/986-5469