Recreational area is a huge asset to Webster County and our state
15 Sep 2017
The Gypsum City Off-Highway Vehicle Park is a major local recreational asset.
The park opened to the public in July 2006 and has been growing and evolving ever since. It serves all-terrain-vehicle, dirt bike and snowmobile enthusiasts. The park is well on its way to becoming one of the most significant venues of its type in the entire Midwest. It has become a destination that is drawing more and more visitors to Webster County each year.
This summer a full-service campground began welcoming patrons. This latest enhancement is making the already popular attraction even more appealing.
According to Webster County Conservation Director Matt Cosgrove having a campground in the OHV Park was included in the master plan developed for the site. While development of the facility involved a number of partner organizations, including the Webster County Development Corporation, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the city of Fort Dodge, Webster County Conservation was brought into the mix in 2009.
“Our board was looking for additional camping,” Cosgrove said. “The county leases 40 acres for the campground.”
In 2011, Webster County Conservation started making plans for the campground area and applying for grants to construct it. The plans call for the eventual construction of a 72-site campground. Currently, there are 32 spots. More will be added as the need develops.