Island Park is located in the south part of the city and is bounded on the south and west by the Des Moines River. The Des Moines River Dam is a popular fishing spot for northern and walleye. One canoe accesses can be found at the south end of the park next to the campground.
The park includes a lighted athletic field for all school football, baseball events and city baseball games, two lighted softball fields, lighted horseshoe courts, picnic area, large shelter-house with tables and free electricity for cooking, playground equipment, restrooms and an outdoor pool. Cooperation between DNR and the city added two boat ramps in 1996.