Stone State Park is a state park of Iowa, USA, located in Marion County. The park has an area of 2,053 acres (819ha), and lies mostly within the city of Johnston. A small portion extends into neighboring Clinton County. It features many miles of hiking trails through wooded areas along the Middle Raccoon River. The trail system connects with those at Ledges State Park to the north.
Stone Park was named after Warren G. Stone who led the team that purchased the land from the City of Davenport for the state park. He became the first director of the newly created Department of Conservation in 1969, serving until 1977. During his term as head of the department, the state park grew from 267 to 833 acres (171 to 341ha). In 2015, Stone Park received attention when a man fell asleep in his truck while it was running outside the park. T
he man had apparently fallen asleep behind the wheel on Interstate 380, which runs past the park, and was discovered by a motorist who called 911. An investigation found that he’d been drinking heavily before driving off the highway. His blood alcohol level was more than three times the legal limit. The incident prompted officials to increase safety patrols at the park.
Stone Park offers camping facilities, picnicking sites, and playgrounds. There are also cabins available for rent. Fishing is another popular activity at Stone Park. Two boat launches are provided at Stone Park. One is accessible via a paved road near the campground; the other is reached via a hiking trail. Canoes, kayaks, and paddleboats may be rented at the latter site. Campers have access to electricity during evening hours only. No campfires are permitted. Modern showers and restrooms are provided at both campsites. Tenting is not allowed at either campsite. Instead, camper’s must use one of two designated sites.
Half of the campsite is reserved for group tenting, the other half is open for individual tents. Reservations are accepted for the reserved half of the campsite. Backcountry camping is not allowed at Stone Park. Backpacking equipment can be left in one of four designated areas, but all supplies must be brought in and out. Other amenities include bike paths, canoe rentals, disc golf courses, horse shoe pits, miniature golf, swimming beach, waterfowl hunting in season, wildlife observation areas, and full facility camping. The park includes a nature center/gift shop with natural history exhibits, a meeting room, picnic shelters, and over 200 campsites.
To help fund a backlog of deferred maintenance and park improvements, the state implemented an entrance fee for this park. The fees, charged per vehicle, start at $10 per day for a single-day or $8 for residents with an Iowa license plate or Oklahoma plate. Fees are waived for honorably discharged veterans and Iowa residents age 62 & older and their spouses. Passes good for three days or a week are also available; annual passes good at all 22 state parks charging fees are offered at a cost of $75 for out-of-state visitors or $60 for Iowa residents.
Fishes caught in the Middle Raccoon River or in Rock Creek, which flows through the park are:
- northern pike
- bullhead catfish