Brown's Lake / Bigelow Park
On site facilities:
- 40 electric campsites (fee charged)
- 10 tent or non-electrical campsites (fee charged)
- shower house with flush toilets and hot water
- dump station
- wireless internet
- enclosed shelterhouse (fee charged, contact resource manager to reserve)
- open picnic shelter
- picnic sites
- playground equipment
- boat ramp
- fishing dock
- beach area (Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day—no lifeguards)
- recreational play areas
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. Brown's 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. Park facilities are open and pressurized water systems are available May 1 through October 31.
Woodbury County is located in far west-central Iowa in the Loess Hills and along the Missouri River. It is home to areas such as Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center, Little Sioux Park, Snyder Bend Park and Owego Wetland. The Woodbury CCB collectively manages 16 parks, natural areas, public hunting areas, wetlands and preserves encompassing over 5,500 acres across the county. You will find a tremendous variety of outdoor recreational opportunities for people of all ages and interests.