Let Clover Woods host your group with many lodging and camp activity options.

A camp and retreat center for nonprofit groups of 10-180, Clover Woods Camp & Retreat Center, formerly the Iowa 4-H Center, consists of over 1100 acres of woodlands, meadows, wetlands, and fields in the heart of Iowa's scenic Des Moines River Valley. Home to deer, wild turkey, raccoons, migratory waterfowl, and birds, the area is a haven to many wild species. Richardson’s Creek borders Clover Woods to the east and flows into the Des Moines River bordering the property on the west and south. The trail system is extensive with 23 miles of trails to explore through the forest and along the Des Moines River. There are ponds and creeks throughout the property, and the site has a strong sense of being remote with long vistas of natural prairie and the surrounding forest. Throughout camp are small gathering areas, many with views of the recreation fields, forest, and camp that offer a pleasant atmosphere for nurturing and connecting to the peacefulness of this place.  

Please call us at (800) 678-5102 for availability, detailed site information, or to make a reservation. We look forward to making your experience possible!


"Our group was well cared for."

4-H Cultural Conversations

"The facility was very clean and nice."

4-H Senior Ski Trip




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Meal Service - Homemade cafeteria- or buffet-style meals are available for all groups, served in the dining hall or on the outside patio by our friendly staff. The large kitchen and dining hall are equipped with all necessary equipment for cooking and serving. A screened picnic area with BBQ accommodates up to 200 guests. The minimum for food service is 16 guests.

Do Your Own Cooking - Each village and the lodge feature kitchens with stoves and refrigerators, and are equipped for guests to cook their own meals if they prefer.

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Hickory Village - 7 cabins that sleep 10 each for a total of 70 beds, plus main lodge with large meeting room, kitchen, and bathrooms. Minimum of 16 guests for rental.

Oak Village - Sleeps up to 36 guests in two buildings. The main lodge has 4 bedrooms that sleep 16, plus 2 bathrooms, large meeting room with fireplace and a piano, and kitchen. The second building, Twin Oak, has 2 sleeping rooms with 10 beds and a bathroom in each room. Minimum of 16 guests for rental.

Elm Village - Sleeping capacity of 96 in 3 buildings. The main lodge has 2 sleeping rooms that sleep 16 each and 2 bathrooms, plus kitchen and large room with a piano and pull-down projection screen. Minimum of 16 guests for rental. 

Cedar Lodge - House style three-level cottage sleeps up to 10 people, with two bathrooms and a kitchen, plus a large room with fireplace and seating for 25 people. Minimum of 4 guests for rental. 

Maple Village (currently closed) - 8 cabins that sleep 11-12 each for a total of 90 beds. Main lodge has large meeting room, kitchen, and bathrooms.  

Birch Village (currently closed) - 9 cabins that sleep 8-10 each for a total of 81 beds. Main lodge has large meeting room, kitchen, and bathrooms. 


areas for your groups

Each village has a meeting space with furniture and a small kitchen. The buildings, meeting, and sitting rooms allow for indoor and outdoor meeting space in a relaxing environment. Each kitchen is large enough to allow groups to do their own cooking. A few of the lodging areas have a smaller meeting area in addition to the larger meeting space. Elm Lodge is unique in that geothermal energy from underground is used for heating and cooling the building. In addition, the camp features the following program spaces for all guests to use:

Pinecone Amphitheater, seats up to 200

Campfire Circles & Large Fire Rings

Outdoor Seating/Meeting Areas

Multiple Inspiration Points


Basketball, volleyball, and badminton courts

Several very large recreation fields, with soccer goals 

A par course

Playground for children

2 gaga pits


Native American Earth Mounds - Archeological

Climbing tower, low ropes course, zip line, and archery range may be available for use at an additional charge. 

Positive life experiences are waiting.

Let our friendly reservations staff answer your questions and book your group!


Clover Woods Camp & Retreat Center

Reservations: (800) 678-5102

Address: 1991 Peach Avenue, Madrid, IA 50156

Coming to camp? We recommend visitors use our tried and true printable driving directions listed below in the site documents.

Site Director Phone: (515) 795-3338

To schedule a tour of Clover Woods Camp & Retreat Center, please call the site director.

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