Fort Dodge

Fort Dodge is our home, a community with a big heart and a robust spirit. A place where big city opportunities unite with small town values. A community with a warm and welcomingatmosphere, friendly neighborhoods and caring citizens who enjoy an excellent quality of life. It is a place where citizens feel a sense of belonging, nurtured by a community spirit that fosters individual initiative while cultivating the importance of working together for the common good.

Located in the beautiful Des MoinesRiver Valley, Fort Dodge is a community with character and integrity; a familyfriendly city of more than 26,000 peoplewho enjoy excellent schools, safe neighborhoods and quality health care.Grounded in traditional Midwestern values, Fort Dodge is a city with a rich heritage and an abiding respect for its history that celebrates its traditions with charming community celebrations and cultural events.

With an entrepreneurial spirit and a vision for growth and prosperity, Fort Dodge serves as a regional business center for retail shopping,entertainment, financial services, education, and health care. Fort Dodge’s business community is a cross section of large companies and small businesses offering an enterprising mix of retail, manufacturing, financial services,transportation, agricultural and service industries.

The “Heart” of Fort Dodge is its people; friendly, caring and talented people who share an abiding respect for each other and a human touch that creates a rich and thriving place for people to live, work, recreate and raise their families. It is a community that knows its future is based on the development of its young people and its ability to provide them with the greatest opportunities to reach their full potential.Founded in a spirit of hope and promise, Fort Dodge is a city that welcomes new opportunities with a sense of urgency,embracing the future with a progressive and optimistic attitude. A faithful and wholesome community, Fort Dodge embraces a spirit of connectedness that makes it the special place that it is our home.

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  • Fort Dodge Churches

    With more than 50 churches representing a broad spectrum of denominations, the faith community of Fort Dodge is strong, active and varied. Individual congregations offer worship services,activities, and programs to meet the spiritual needs of all ages, and backgrounds. Clergy and lay representatives from many of the churches meet regularly

  • Brushy Creek

    Those looking to get away from city life, whether for an hour or a day, can find what they are looking for at Brushy Creek State Recreation Area in southern Webster County. Brushy Creek is located just 15 miles southeast of Fort Dodge, and offers outdoor enthusiasts more than 6,000

  • Kennedy Park

    Located just minutes from Fort Dodge, the John F. Kennedy Memorial Park spans 395-acres and includes the 45-acre Badger Lake and a beautiful 18-hole municipal golf course. The lake is stocked with large-mouth bass, crappie, channel catfish, blue gill and northern pike. There is a boat ramp and dock and

  • Dolliver Park

    Dolliver Memorial State Park is located 10 miles south of FortDodge. The park is located on the Des Moines River and is popular for fishing and boating as well as the opportunities for family gatherings and camping. The extensive trails provide a wonderful opportunity for hiking. A popular destination along

  • Fort Dodge Parks

    Offering more total park acres than any other community in the state, Fort Dodge offers a broad array of recreational activities. Fort Dodge supports 32 parks which offer everything from fishing and hiking to swimming and biking.The most popular park is Snell-Crawford.Known for it easy accessibility, and attractiveness, the park

  • Education in Fort Dodge

    A strong indicator of the quality of a community is itscommitment and dedication to the education of its youth. Thecitizens of Fort Dodge demonstrate their commitment anddedication to youth and education in many ways. The mostrecent evidence is the new construction of Butler ElementarySchool and Fort Dodge Catholic Elementary School.