Jester Park is our go-to camping destination in central Iowa! By far, this county park has a lot of fun activities and access points to the Saylorville waterway circuit. In addition to the water access ways, there is a sweet pond to fish in, several hiking trails, a brand new (opened August 2018) Nature Center, amphitheater, bison and bird viewing, and even cabins if you want to rent them (fully stocked, linens included!).
Our favorite spot to camp is 410 and 409. It's a secluded area within the 400s that is lined with trees on one side and a drop off into the Saylorville water circuit on the other (see photos). For $15/night/camping spot, you can enjoy the best view of stars and amazing sunsets. We go a couple times a year to camp and Jester has even been the place where we hold special events like birthdays/going away parties.
The campgrounds are clean and quiet. Currently some camping spots are out of use due to flooding, but they are working on clean up
Great campsite for a night or the weekend. We camped in one of the sites nearest the water with no amenities. Not crowded with easy access to each site!
I've been here several times! It's a HUGE park and so many hiking trails! They have a fun kids exploration area along with a viewing area with elk and Buffalo. Nearby there's a brand new mini golf course along with a full golf course. Definitely worth a stop!
As a kid our boy scout troop always came and camped at Jester Park for our troop campouts. A lot has changed since then. The County has invested a lot of resources into this park making it a great place to stay when enjoying the fun at Saylorville Lake. The facilities are modern and clean and there is some real pride at this park. I highly recommend it.
So quiet and peaceful down by the water. Beautiful scenery, great playground, friendly atmosphere.
Lots of different camp sites. Large park with great hiking trails and fishing.
Pretty nice park during the week, on weekends it is way too crowded
Had a great time with a group of volunteers. The view at campsite 4 was great overlooking Saylorville Lake. Great for families.