Jester Park Cabins
**Further details of the rental cabins at Jester Park have now been posted on www.mycountyparks.com. We anticipate reservations to be accepted online by Tuesday, December 10, and information about the cabins' amenities and fees has now been posted. A Grand Opening event will take place in the spring to celebrate the completion of the cabins and the restoration of Two Dam Pond.
**Reservations will be available beginning on Memorial Day weekend and beyond in 2014.
Four modern rental cabins are being constructed at Jester Park in 2013/14. Each cabin has a two-story walkout floor plan. One cabin has two bedrooms and sleeps 8 people. The three remaining cabins have one bedroom and sleep 6 people. Amenities will include a full kitchen, gas fireplace, front porch, back deck overlooking the timber, and a communal fire pit.
Jester Park is Polk County Conservation’s oldest and most popular regional destination spot. More than 350,000 annual visitors enjoy the many attractions that this 1,800-acre park provides. A master plan was developed for the park in 2009. Ranking high on the recommendation list was the construction of rental cabins that would provide park users with affordable and scenic overnight accommodations that offer many modern day comforts. Passage of the Polk County Water and Land Legacy bond referendum in November of 2012 has allowed us to move forward with many priority projects such as the Jester Park cabins.
The proposed cabin site was carefully selected for its beautiful woodland setting and close proximity to many recreational amenities and environmental education programming opportunities. The cabins will be nestled in amongst a mature pine grove that is adjacent to Two Dam Pond. This 2.8 acre pond is a popular fishing spot and public programming site. An accessible canoe/kayak access, fishing pier, and hiking trail around the pond will provide safe and healthy outdoor activities for people of all ages and abilities. Within short walking distance, cabin users will stumble upon a secluded bird blind, elk and bison wildlife exhibit, and an innovative natural playscape.
There are also many exciting places to explore while hiking on the nature trails that connect to the cabins. Jester Park and the Saylorville Lake region is a goldmine for outdoor recreation. Premier camping, picnicking, boating, beach use, interpretive programming, hiking, cycling, golfing, and horseback riding are just a handful of the many opportunities that await cabin visitors.
Cabins will be available to rent year round. Online rental information is available to the public at www.mycountyparks.com.