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Humboldt County is proud to be home to the Humboldt Recreation Center donated by the Ken and Marilyn Nielsen family.  The Center is a tremendous asset that helps better position Humboldt County as businesses seek to attract and retain quality workforce.  The Center greatly compliments the recreational opportunities available in Humboldt County and will continue to enhance the quality of life for many years.  

The Center boasts 70,000 square feet of fitness space including:

  • 200-meter track
  • 2 full length basketball courts (with volleyball standards)
  • 3 pickle ball courts
  • Weight room
  • Treadmills and other exercise equipment
  • 2 racquetball courts
  • Yoga and dance studio
  • CrossFit room
  • Spin bike room
  • Saunas
  • And so much more…

For more information on the Humboldt Recreation Center please visit the Center Facebook page!

Humboldt County is also home to many trails, parks, camping and other outdoor recreational amenities as well.  For more information on the recreational amenities available in Humboldt County please contact us at rechbt@cityofhumboldt.org


Sheldon map - CopyJoe Sheldon Park is located 1 3/4 miles west of Humboldt, consists of 80+ acres. It contains 3 separate campsites, picnic areas, boat ramp, shelters, showers/restrooms and an 18-hole disc golf course. The park has several areas to enjoy, with campsites, modern restroom/shower house, playground, shelter houses, band stage, boat ramp and sand volleyball court. 

Pioneer Prairie Pothole
is located 5 miles south and 7 miles west of Humboldt on blacktop road C49.  This is an 80 Acre upland and wetland habitat area.  Hunting is permitted.

Gotch ParkFrank A. Gotch Park is located 4 miles south of Humboldt. This beautiful 67 acre park is very inviting to campers with a pleasant quiet atmosphere. Located to give you access to the east and west forks of the Des Moines river and the Three Rivers Bike trail. Gotch Park offers campsites with electricity and water and a log cabin is also available for rent.  Other amenities include an enclosed shelter, open air shelter, boat ramp, playground equipment, horseshoe pits and access to a limestone trail that is great for walks and biking.

Old Settlers cabin - CopyLotts Creek Area/Old Settlers Park is located a 1/2 mile west of Livermore. The park is a 40 acre parcel that has shelters, playgrounds, restrooms, and electric facilities for camping. Located on this property is a small log cabin constructed by earlier settlers.

Oakdale Park
is located 2 1/2 miles south and 1 1/2 miles east of Renwick. The park is jointly managed by the Humboldt and Wright County Conservation Boards. Shelters, electric hookups and restrooms are available. The Izaac Walton league maintains a clubhouse and trap shoot range on the area.

Rutland Marsh - CopyRutland Marsh is located 1.5 miles north and 1.5 miles west of Humboldt on blacktop road C29.  This is a 70 acre upland and wetland habitat area.  Hunting is permitted.

Frank Gotch - CopyBicknell Park - CopyBicknell Park
is located at 1st Avenue North and 9th Street North. Shelter, picnic tables, grills and playground equipment available at this area. This park is the location of the Frank Gotch statut.  Excellent view of the Des Moines River.  Very scenic in a heavily wooded area. 

John brown2 - CopyJohn Brown Park is located at 2nd Avenue South and 5th Street South.  Includes historic Liberty Fountain as the centerpiece, playground equipment, a baseball/softball backstop, open areas, and many benches to just sit and relax.  This park is the second oldest in the city.  Picnic tables are also provided.

Lake Nokomis Park is located near the West Des Moines River Dam Site. The park shelter offers electrical service and a beautiful view of the Des Moines River looking west over Lake Nokomis with natural surroundings with picnic tables, horseshoe pits grills, boat dock, and a concrete boat ramp. 

Rainbow Park is located North of Rainbow Drive, this park has playground equipment, basketball courts and horseshoe courts.

Turtle Park is located on South 9th Street. Nice nature area on the bank of the West Fork of the Des Moines River with a playground and climbing wall. 

Gazebo Worthington - CopyWorthington Park is located at 6th Avenue Southwest, across from Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church. Recreational facilities for youth and adults, including new playground equipment for the kids, a wonderful gazebo and park shelter. 

Taft parkTaft Park is located on North Taft Street and 3rd Street North. Our largest park features newly remodeled basketball courts, sand volleyball, playing areas, picnic tables, grills, benches to sit and relax, and a shelter that can be used on a first-come-first served basis. Adult softball league and many little league games are held at the main ball diamond located here. A skate park is also located here. Taft Park has Humboldt’s largest community playground, Wildcat Wonderland. This is a very impressive site, which includes slides, swings, swinging platforms, tire nets, bucking broncos, terraces, and an outdoor classroom.

Jim Heinz complex - CopyJim Heinz Youth Sports Complex is located on Highway 3 West near the Humboldt Airport. This facility includes three Little League baseball fields complete with electric scoreboards, concession stand, restrooms, drinking fountains, and parking area.


Fish Hatchery 2015Humboldt Fish Hatchery - 
Every year the Parks & Recreation Department receive thousands of walleye fry from the Department of Natural Resources. The fry are raised in the ponds until they reach 2-3 inches in length and then they are released into the river. This program is at least partially responsible for the excellent walleye fishing that Humboldt enjoys. This is one of the few programs of its kind and is a truly unique asset for our community. In fact, this program benefits anglers from all of central and northwest Iowa.  

Trail with SnowCottonwood Trail
 is a paved biking and walking trail.  It starts at the dam at Lake Nokomis and travels around the fish hatchery ponds, under the four lane highway bridge, along the West Fork of the Des Moines River, past the swan pond and ends at the millrace.  

Rose Mill ParkRose Mills Park is located on the south side of Rutland.  Amenities include a boat ramp, picnic area, camping, fishing, Rutland dam, playground and is close to the Three Rivers Trail.

Three Rivers Trail BridgeThree Rivers Trail is a crushed stone trail that runs along 33 miles of the old Chicago and Northwestern Railroad right of way between Rolfe and Eagle Grove. As the name implies the trail crosses three rivers. These rivers include the West Branch of the Des Moines River, the East Branch of the Des Moines River, and the Boone River.