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Nicholson-Ford OHV Park

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Alt Names

Iowa River, Linn Creek, Marshall County, Marshalltown OHV Park

Last Known StatusOpen

This offroad park offers 120 acres of tight woods and river bottom trails, small hills and dry creek beds to explore. The property has a large and flat staging area with a vault toilet and signage marking the trails.

The trails are open year-round but can get very muddy during and after wet weather, and make take a few days to dry out. There is no fee to ride however vehicles must display a current Iowa DNR sticker.

The park is only open for day use but camping can be found at nearby Union Grove State Park or at Tama County OHV Park.

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LOCATION

Nearest CityMarshalltown, IA
AddressE. Marion Street, Marshalltown, IA 50158
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From: Marshalltown, IA
1) Take US-30 to exit 186
2) Turn north off the exit ramp on 118th Avenue, continue 3.8 miles
3) Turn right (east) on Marion Street, continue .25 miles
4) Staging area is on the left (north).

TYPE OF AREA

AreaTrail
LandCounty Land

QUALITY

RatingRatingGood    
Recommended StayFull Day

REGULATIONS

Permit RequiredYesIA DNR Permit
Dates OpenDaily dawn to dusk
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthYes (62 inches)has entrance gate or posts
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles MotorcyclesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSPermitted(maximum width 62 inches)
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs / Jeeps (registered)Prohibited
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Prohibited
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
No Restriction
Helmets RequiredYes
Bicycles
Hiking
Horseback
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingProhibited
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingUnknown
Emergency / Law Enforcement
Insurance*Disclaimer: RiderPlanet strongly recommends that you have medical insurance and carry motorcycle insurance or ATV insurance before taking your vehicle to any of the locations depicted here.

FEES

Parking ($0.00)
EntryNo ($0.00)
RidingNo ($0.00)
Camping
Tent: $0.00
RV: $0.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $0.00

CONTACTS

Contact InfoTyson Brown (Conservation Officer)
Nicholson-ford OHV Park
(641) 751-5246
www.iowadnr.gov
Contact InfoIowa DNR
(515) 281-5918
www.iowadnr.gov
CommentOHV Permit Info

COMMENTS

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TERRAIN

Miles Of Trail20
Climate TypeForest
Elevation860 to 880 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Heavily Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has mostly loose dirt.Mostly
Hard PackThe trail has little hard pack terrain.Little
SandThis trail has little sandy areas.Little
MudThe trail has mostly mud after it rains.Mostly
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has little rocks.Little
TreesThe trail has almost all trees.All
Steep HillsThis trail has few steep hills.Few
Water CrossingsThe trail has many water crossings.Many
Small JumpsThis trail has few small jumps.Few
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has some berms.Some
Sand/Gravel PitsThis county land has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis county land has some single track trails.Some
RoadsThis county land has no roads.None
ShadeThis county land has many shaded areas.Many
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has little expert terrain.Little

KEY SERVICES

First Aid First Aid1-5 Miles (SW)Marshalltown Medical and Surgical Center (641) 754-5152
Gasoline Gasoline1-5 Miles (SW)Casey's General Store (641) 753-9947
Diesel Diesel1-5 Miles (SW)Casey's General Store (641) 753-9947
Potable Water Water1-5 Miles (SE)Shady Oaks Campground (641) 752-2946
RV Hookups RV Hookup1-5 Miles (SE)Shady Oaks Campground (641) 752-2946
RV Dump Station RV Disposal1-5 Miles (SE)Shady Oaks Campground (641) 752-2946
Primitive Camping Campground5-20 Miles (NE)Union Grove State Park (641) 473-2556
Convenience Store Conv Store1-5 Miles (SE)Shady Oaks Campground (641) 752-2946
Swimming Swim Area5-20 Miles (NE)Union Grove State Park (641) 473-2556
Body of Water Water BodyOn SiteIowa River/Linn Creek
Boating Launch Boat Ramp5-20 Miles (NE)Union Grove State Park (641) 473-2556
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