Parks & Rivers

Maquoketa River

A navigable waterway popular with canoeists and kayakers.  Several outfitters serve the Monticello stretch of this river.  For more information visit Jones County Conservation.

Wapsipinicon River

Running adjacent to the Wapsipinicon State Park in Anamosa, this river boasts opportunities for canoeing, kayaking and fishing.  For more information visit Jones County Conservation.


Pictured Rocks Park

Located 5 Miles South of Monticello, Pictured Rocks is one of the best places for rock climbing in eastern Iowa.

Riverside Gardens

Located in Monticello, Riverside Gardens features a variety of flowers, a picnic area, gazebo and more.

Central Park

Central Park, located in Center Junction, this 297 acre park features a nature center, a 25 acre lake for swimming, canoeing and fishing; modern, semi-modern and primitive camping; and numerous nature trails.

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Wapsipinicon State Park

The Wapsipinicon State Park is located just east of Anamosa, this State Park features a golf course, caves, playground, trails and a camping area.


Whitewater Canyon

This 562 acre wildlife area is located 5 miles east of Cascade.  This area features scenic overlooks and 200 feet cliffs.  For more information visit Jones County Conservation.