Diamond Lake’s Future Development Project:
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County Conservation Board acquired 86 acres of land (Jordan Land)
which lies directly east of Diamond Lake Park in 2006. Funding for
this land acquisition project came from a Land and Water
Conservation Grant (a federal grant), with the remaining funds
coming from the Brownell’s Family Foundation, Poweshiek County Board
of Supervisors, and Diamond Lake camping receipts.
With this acquisition, the Board will now be able to enhance and
protect the Diamond Lake watershed, as well as, develop this area
for additional recreational opportunities with the construction of a
modern campground, hard surface trail, and a 7 acre pond.
Part of this 1.5 million dollar project will focus on the
development of a new campground at Diamond Lake. The Board’s design
of the campground area would include: constructing a new 32 site
electrical campground with concrete roads and gravel camping pads;
constructing a small playground; constructing a restroom/shower
house facility; constructing a dump station; planting several trees
throughout the proposed campground; and planting several acres of
native grass and forbs that would surround the campground.
Construction started on the new Diamond Lake campground during the
fall of 2009 with a rough grade, and continued into the summer of
2010 with the completion of grading on the roads and camping pads.
In the summer of 2011 all the electric lines and pedestals were
installed, as well as, water lines, hydrants, and a dump station
located at the east end of the new campground. The Board finished
the new campground project with concrete roads that were poured in
the summer of 2012. The new campground will open April 26, which is
the first day of the 2013 camping season at Diamond Lake. The Board
will look at constructing the new shower house sometime in 2014 or
The Board finished construction on the 7 acre pond
which included a silt basin at the east end during the fall of 2008.
This pond project will further protect the water quality of Diamond
Lake from the east side (the last major drainage coming into Diamond
Lake which had no protection).
The Board received two State Fish Habitat Stamp Grants, the first to
cover the cost of constructing the pond, and the second, a grant to
armor the shoreline and jetties with rip rap (large rocks). The pond
was stocked with bluegills, catfish, and bass. Hopefully, there
should be a few large catfish and bluegills big enough to keep in
The Conservation Board was awarded a $170,000 Region 6 DOT Grant.
With these DOT Enhancement funds, along with a REAP Grant secured by
the City of Montezuma, a 3,100 foot hard surface (concrete) trail
was constructed that connects Diamond Lake Park to the City of
Montezuma. Construction was started during the fall of 2009 on the
rough grade for the trail. The Board accepted bids for the trail
construction on July 20, 2010 and construction started about a month
later. With the additional seeding of native grasses and forbs along
the trail, the project was completed during the spring of 2011
The last phase of the development for this 86 acre project is the
construction of four to six camping cabins located at the extreme
south end of the 86 acres, just off County Road F-57. The Board
would like start on the cabins hopefully within the next 5 to 10
years, of course, when depends on available funding.