Brown’s Lake Bigelow Park

Bigelow Park is located one mile west of Salix, Iowa on a 600-acre lake known as Browns Lake.

Bigelow Park is located one mile west of Salix, Iowa on a 600-acre lake known as Brown’s Lake. Originally a state park, Bigelow Park is 36 acres and has been managed by the Woodbury County Conservation Board since 1970 and includes numerous amenities.

Brown’s Lake is managed by the DNR. It is a natural oxbow of the Missouri River, formed when the river was free to meander across the river valley. Browns Lake offers excellent fishing opportunities for largemouth bass, northern pike and channel catfish. A fishing dock and boat ramp provides access to the lake, which is a popular area for recreational boaters and water skiers as well.

A public hunting and DNR wildlife management area is located on the west side of Brown’s Lake. Campgrounds are open and pressurized water systems are available May 1 through October 31.

On site facilities:

  • 29 full hookup (20/30/50 amp) campsites (fee charged)
  • shower house with family shower facilities, flush toilets and hot water (also serves as tornado safe room)
  • Dale G. Bell Shelter – enclosed shelter house (fee charged)
  • open picnic shelter
  • fishing pier (handicap accessible)
  • two fishing jetties (one handicap accessible)
  • boat ramp and boat dock with kayak launch
  • beach area (Memorial Day to Labor Day, 11 am – 8 pm – No lifeguards)
  • new beach restrooms and concession building selling a variety of snacks, beverages, and camping supplies
  • kayak, pedalboat, and paddleboard rentals (fee charged)

Activities & Amenities


Iowa Fishing Permit

Iowa Hunting License

Camping Rates

Electric, Water & Sewer Sites $30/night

Campground operates on a first-come, first-served basis only.  No reservations accepted.

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