Soaking in the river’s bend

UNION – A beautiful bend of the Iowa River can be viewed at Daisy Long Memorial Park, located one mile east of Union.

C.F and Daisy Long donated the original seven acres park to the Hardin County Conservation Board in 1963. It was the original site of a water powered grist mill in 1856.

“There is a kiosk with information on it and you can still see part of the foundation of the mill,” said Wes Wiese, director of Hardin County Conservation.

The park features camping, fishing and picnicking areas. A short trail runs along the river with plans to expand a trail in the future due to a donation of land from the family of Dr. Lloyd and Rosa Bates.

“The scenery is great,” Wiese said. “It’s a great stretch of river for boating and fishing. It’s a very popular park.”

Bathrooms and a shelter house were added at the park in 2000. Camping on site is $15 a night for electrical and $10 a night for tents.