John F. Kennedy Memorial Park

Kenney Park Entrance Sign
John F. Kennedy Memorial Park
1415 Nelson Ave
Fort Dodge, IA  50501
Phone: 515-576-4258
Fax: 515-574-3763
Located 4 miles North
of Fort Dodge on highway P56

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John F. Kennedy Memorial Park is the largest and most popular area managed by the Webster County Conservation Board.  Construction of Kennedy Park began in 1962 and the park was officially dedicated in 1965.

The park is a 400 acre multi-use facility that offers something for everyone.  Whether you have an entire weekend or just a few hours, you will find fun and excitement for the whole family.  There are 6 open shelter houses with grills scattered throughout the park that are on a first-come first-serve basis.  Many shady picnic sites are available with grills, water, playground equipment, and sanitary facilites. There are miles of hiking trails as well as a softball field and a volleyball court located in the park. Keep scrolling to see more of Kennedy Park ammenities.

Camping at Kennedy Park
Campground Open April 15-October 15th Annually
The Kennedy Park Campground offers large, shaded sites for all types of camping-from the weekend tent camper to the full-time camper.  Conveniently located just four miles north of Fort Dodge on County Road P-56, the park offers the camping enthusiast one of the finest camping facilities around.  With over 100 sites, the campground contains modern restrooms and shower facilities that are cleaned daily.



Rates for 2018 Season

Full Hook-up Campsite

$22.00 per night

Electric Only Campsite

$18.00 per night

Primitive (Tent) Campsite

$15.00 per night

Seasonal Sites


White Oak Camping Cabin $50.00 per night + 5% tax on total
Firewood $5.00 for 15 logs
Dump Station $3.00 (non-campers)
No Reservations
2 week limit stay (no more than 14 days out of a 21 day period between Labor Day and Memorial Day)
Handicapped accessible restroom & shower facility
Firewood available at scheduled times
Camp host May-September
Sunday church service
Pets allowed. Must be supervised and on a leash no longer than 6 ft.
Camping Cabin Rental

Camping Cabin
The Camping Cabin at Kennedy Park is available to stay in on a reservation basis.  The reservations can be made starting January 1st for the upcoming camping season.  The cabin is 12 ft x 18 ft and can sleep up to 6 people.  There is a bunk bed and futon inside as well as a mini fridge and a microwave.  There is no running water but a hydrant is next to the cabin.  The cabin is heated and air-conditioned.  Check-in time is 3:00 pm and the check-out time is 12:00 noon.

Campground Map View PDF Map
Q & A for Campers View as Webpage View PDF Brochure
Q & A for Camping Cabin Rental View as Webpage View PDF Brochure
Key Box Instructions View as PDF  


Badger Lake
  • Fishing
  • Fishing docks provided
  • Handicapped accessible fishing jetty
  • Boat Ramp (No gas motors)
  • Swimming beach (No lifeguard on duty)
  • Hiking trail (Map)
Badger Lake

Badger Lake is located in the center of Kennedy Park and offers numerous recreational opportunities.  It is a 45-acre man-made lake stocked with largemouth bass, crappie, channel catfish, bluegill, and northern pike.  The lake can be fished year-round providing both good open water and ice fishing success.  Only electric trolling motors are allowed for use in the lake.  A boat ramp with a courtesy dock as well as a handicap accessible fishing dock is located on the south side of the lake in the middle of the park. A swimming beach is located down the hill from the Heun Shelter.


Bob Heun Shelter House
The Bob Heun Shelter at Kennedy Park is available for rent on a reservation basis.  Reservations can be made in advance up to 1 year before the date of use.  The shelter is equipped with a refrigerator, sink and microwave.  It has air conditioning, heat, and bathrooms.  The shelter is capable of seating 150 people with the chairs and tables that are provided.  It is available from 6:00 am to 10:30 pm.


Heun Shelter

Rental Rates
Friday-Saturday-Sunday-Holidays $260.00 / day
Monday - Thursday $130.00 / day
Non-profit (Mon-Thurs) $50.00

+++Rental Checks will be cashed by the Webster County Treasurer+++

Reservations can be made by visiting .
Inside the Heun Shelter
Q & A about the Shelter-General Info
Key Box Instructions  


Reception and Nature Center
Reception Center Sign
Our reception and nature center is located on the main road above the boat launch. Informative brochures, maps, and field guides are available for references. The nature center contains dozens of mounted animals displayed in their natural habitats. Future plans include interactive displays also. The center is open when staff is present or by appointment. Live specimens may be on display at various times of the year.


Lakeside Municipal Golf Course
Golfing at the Park!
Located within walking distance of the campground is the 18 hole Lakeside Municipal Golf Course.  This is a Par 72 course with wide open long front 9 and challenging short back 9 with water affecting 5 holes, many trees and sharp dog leg holes.  Weekday and weekend/holiday rates for 9 and 18 holes are available.  For more information visit the Lakeside Municipal Golf Course website or contact the Lakeside Golf Course at 515-576-6741.


Veterans Memorial Park
Veterans Memorial Park

Located in the northwest corner of Kennedy Park, south of the Children's Forest, the concrete pathway leading to Badger Lake is lined with over one hundred flowering trees. Engraved black granite markers are placed at the base of each tree. Overlooking the lake is an amphitheater with seating to reflect upon those who have given so much to preserve the freedoms we enjoy today. At the lower level of the amphitheater, engraved pavers are placed. The granite markers and pavers are available for sponsorhsip to honor those that have served or memorialized those who have died. In addition to the pavers and engraved markers, any veteran Wounded in Action, Missing in Action, Killed in Action, or Purple Heart recipient will have their name placed on a granite stone located near the amphitheater. Flags representing the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard join the United States, Iowa and POW/MIA flags at the edge of the pavers.

Amphitheater and Shelter Rental/Day $100.00. Military rental is free.

Park Open 6:30am - 10:30 pm
Open Shelter and Amphitheater open April 1st - Veteran's Day
Secondary park gates close November 11th - walk-in only


There is so much more at Kennedy Park!
Children's Forest
Childrens Forest
Children's Playground
Childrens Playground
Nature Trail
Nature Trail Info
Open Shelters with grills
and picnic tables
Open Shelter
Bird Blind Viewing
and Feeding Station
Butterfly Garden
and Model Backyard


Wildlife Area
Wildlife Area Info
Remote Control Airplane
Flying Area
Remote Control Airplane
Dog Training Area
July 15-March 15
Dog Training Area
Wintertime Activities
Winter Activities Info






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