Vernon Springs Park


11562 Valley Ave Cresco, Iowa



Take a walk (and maybe a fishing pole) on Iowa’s first Rock Arch Rapids. Located on the Vernon Springs Mill Pond, this innovative fish ladder replaced a 150-year-old spill-water dam reconnecting hundreds of miles of river habitat. Over 280 feet of pools and rapids showcase this stunning new recreation area and is located at the end of the Prairie Springs Recreational Trail.

While you are there, leave enough time to tour the Prairie’s Edge Nature Center and check out the newly renovated and spectacular displays of wildlife and plants native to our area. Next door is the ever-popular Turkey River Campground enjoyed throughout the camping season.

Directions from Cresco

From the stoplight intersection of Hwy 9 / 3rd St SW (Sterling) turn south one block, turn right one block and turn left onto Vernon Rd. Stay on Vernon Road as it curves to the left and turns into Valley Ave. This will lead you to the bridge and just beyond is a large parking lot to stop, get outside, and enjoy the Rapids!