A 10-acre park set along the scenic Upper Iowa River. Enjoy fishing and canoeing the beautiful Upper Iowa River, explore the state's largest prairie area, experience history and discover nature!
This scenic park is located along the Upper Iowa River and provides an excellent camping and picnicking location while offering individuals the opportunity to fish and giving canoeists a starting point for their river trips. Camping areas are provided with electricity and water. Other facilities include a shelter, boat ramp, and playground equipment. Adding to the park's beauty is the historical Lidtke Mill and dam site.
Camping: Lidtke Park offers campers 30 electric/non-electric camping sites, water, a shelter, a boat ramp, playground equipment, modern restrooms, and the Upper Iowa Canoe Access just across the road. Camping Fees: Please check the self registration board for current rates. Self registration must be completed within one hour of arrival. As with all of our Howard County parks, campsites are on a "first come, first serve" basis. We do not take reservations at this time.
The Upper Iowa River: Canoeing, tubing and fishing the scenic Upper Iowa River are popular recreational activities utilized by visitors to the area, as well as local residents.
The natural beauty found along the twists and turns of the Upper Iowa River is filled with diverse wildlife, limestone bluffs, chimney rocks, forested areas, cold water springs and more. This unique river was nominated to be one of the First National Wild and Scenic Rivers with the Department of the Interior.
Two popular canoe trips are from Chester to Lime Springs, 7.5 river miles, or from Lime Springs to Kendallville, 28 river miles. There are also many bridges in between where one could enter or exit the river. Please call the Howard County Conservation Board at 563-547-3634 for a copy of the Upper Iowa River Canoe Guide or the Welcome Center at 563.547.3434.