The 1,834-acre Jester Park
- located on the western shore of Saylorville Lake
- offers more than 250 campsites
(some with electric hook-ups; all first come, first served); picnic shelters
that can be reserved (515.323.5300); two boat ramps; a playground area
with seasonal restroom access; more than eight miles of hiking trails
; a snowmobile trail; an 18-hole championship golf course
(515.999.2903) that also offers a nine-hole beginner's course and a learning center with a driving range and practice greens; and an Equestrian Center
, accessed from a turn-off just before the main park entrance, that offers horseback riding lessons
, wagon rides, birthday parties, and more.
The park is also known for the bison and elk herds
, located in a massive enclosure at the end of a three-mile drive.
The Polk County Conservation Board offers naturalist-led programs
for children and families at the park throughout the year.
Up and coming golfers - ages eight to 14 - can enhance their skills by attending the summer Junior Golf Camp
at the Jester Park Golf Course. Call 515.999.2903 for more information, or to register.