Nations Bridge Park
Guthrie County Conservation
The park has a total of 81 acres that can be used for picnicking, camping, hiking, fishing, disc golf, and many other recreational activities. Wildlife is abundant at Nations Bridge Park. Deer, turkeys, squirrels, rabbits, quail, raccoons, coyote and a variety of songbirds can be seen at the park. The South Raccoon River also provides quality catfishing.
A favorite spot for fishing is the old swimming hole just below the shower building although swimming is not allowed in the river. Nature trails can be found throughout the park. A self-guided nature trail is located on the east side of County Highway P28.
Nations Bridge Park offers a variety of camping opportunities, such as camping pads and primitive camping. Modern showers, flush toilets, a trailer dump station, restrooms, grills and picnic tables are also available. There are approximately 45 electrical outlets at different locations throughout the park.
Additional recreational opportunities abound within a short distance of Nations Bridge Park. Areas, such as the Middle Raccoon River, the Guthrie County Historical Village, and the Raccoon River Valley Trail offer a variety of recreational activities for campers.
The Middle Raccoon River from Panora to the Guthrie/Dallas County line offers excellent fishing for smallmouth bass, walleye, and catfish. This river is one of five protected waterways in the state of Iowa making it a premier site for canoeing.
PANORA is 9 miles north on County Highway P28.
STUART is 5 miles south on County Highway P28.
DES MOINES, the capital city of Iowa, is a short 30-minute drive to the east on I-80.
Basic Park Rules and Fees pertain to Nations Bridge Park.