2. Swede Point

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This 128-acre park was acquired in November of 1974 by the US Army Corps of Engineers for the Saylorville Lake Project. It was previously known as Camp Laurie, a state Salvation Army Camp. The Boone County Conservation Board has been fortunate enough to acquire 25 year management leases from the USACE since September 1976. The park got its name because of its location being near the original location of Swede Point, IA founded in 1846 by early Swedish settlers. This little gem is located just west of Madrid, off of Highway 210.  It's within two miles of the newly constructed High Trestle Trail.  This small park offers:

  • 24 electric camping sites and two non electric camping areas.
  • Modern bathroom and showering facilitySwede Point entrance resized for MCP
  • Two hiking trails
  • Picnicking
  • Updated Playground 
  • Enclosed shelter (by reservation only)
  • Composed of prairie, streams, and oak-hickory woodlands and savannas, you will find a large array of wildlife here from deer and coyotes to owls and hummingbirds.  The Des Moines River is just a short but challenging hike down into the deep valley, but well worth the effort.  At the river you might find bald eagles, raccoon, pelicans, and more.  If you are looking for a quiet get away, look no further.
  • Campground and park open April 15 - Oct 15 (may change due to weather)


  • Electric - $18.00
  • Non-Electric - $11.00

Park Maps:

Swede Point Park

Swede Point Campground Area