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Brushy Creek State Recreation Area

708 Margaret Ave, Callender, Iowa

Admin: Jodi Heslop

Horseback riding, and camping. 45 miles of multi-use trails (non-motorized). Including the 12-mile all-weather gravel trail around Brushy Creek Lake. The trails can be explored by horseback riding, mountain biking or on foot, and snowmobiling and cross country skiing in the winter. The trails are pretty easy to navigate. The South Equestrian Camp has a total of 92 sites. 62 Electric sites, 8 full hook-up on cement, and 20 primative sites. The campgrounds are large roomy sites. They can accomidate a larger LQ horse trailer. Most of the sites have plenty of shade. The North Equestrian Campground has 114 sites. 47 Electric sites. 63 Primative sites. Shower Houses at both camps, plenty of hyrants, manure bunkers, and hitching rails at everysite Note that NEITHER of these campgrounds are HORSE ONLY campgrounds. The Beach Campground is NO HORSES. You can spend all day riding here. There is also a Day parking area if you want to come for the day and ride. I would reccomend that you make a reservation as the weekends usually fill up. Especially of the 4th of July and Labor Day Weekend. The week days are the best times to come. The campgrounds are quite, and not many people. On a side note PLEASE DO NOT tie your horses to the CABLE above the hitching rail, as this is for stabalization, and hay bags, NOT for HORSES to be tied too. I have been camping here since before the lake. It is a nice place to come with any age or experience level of horse.

TRAIL HEAD

Multiple

TYPE OF DESTINATION

Layover - Camping Available
Camping / Lodging with Facilities - Campground
Primitive Camping with no Facilities - Trail Head, Nat’l Park, Wilderness, etc.
Day Ride - Trails Only / No CampingEffort level - Easy, Beginner

AMENITIES FOR 2 LEGGED -

-- Electric Hookups

-- Room for Large Living Quarters Trailers

-- Showers

-- Restrooms

-- Porta-potty's / Pit Toilets

-- Garbage Containment

-- Manure Removal

-- Water / Drinkable

-- Water / Potable

-- Restaurants / Café Nearby

AMENITIES FOR 4 LEGGED -

-- Horse Stanchions

-- Dogs Allowed in Camp

-- Dogs Must be on a Leash

-- Dogs cannot be Left Unattended

-- Dogs Allowed on Trails At Owners Risk

-- Other

TYPE OF LAND

- Public Land

- Federal Land

- National Land

ACCESS TO TRAILS

- Trails right from location

- Some road riding to Trails

WATER CROSSINGS

- Streams

- Rivers

- Lake access

Type of Footing on the trails

- Sandy, Desert, Dry

- Dirt

- Clay, Mud

- Meadow, Grass

- Gravel, Rock

- Shoes / Boots Suggested

Type of Terrain

- Flat

- Some Road Riding to Trails

- Hills

TYPE OF HORSE I WAS RIDING

- Non-Gaited

LOCAL WILDLIFE

Typical Iowa forest critters.

PEAK RIDING SEASON / WEATHER

Any time is a great time at this campground.

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