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Picnic Where The President Picnicked

A 1954 photo depicts dignitaries honoring a former president at a picnic shelter.
People in West Branch feted President Hoover (seated, second from left) for his 80th birthday.

National Archives & Records Administration

Picnic where the President picnicked! Herbert Hoover celebrated his 80th birthday in 1954 at a picnic shelter built by Boy Scouts in his honor.

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site has two picnic shelters. Either may be used first come, first served for free or reserved for $25.00. To reserve a picnic shelter, fill out a reservation form (PDF file). Completed forms with the $25 application fee may be delivered to the Visitor Center at 110 Parkside Drive or mailed to P.O. Box 607, West Branch, IA 52358.

Picnic Shelters

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    Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.

    The picnic shelters are just west of the historic buildings. Both picnic shelters are accessible by paved trails.

    Parking for the shelters is on the north side of the loop drive, past Herbert Hoover Presidential Library & Museum. Parking is allowed in only in designated spaces. Visitors can walk to the shelters from the parking area by crossing the foot bridge over Hoover Creek. The nearest restrooms are in the comfort station next to the West (Boy Scout) Picnic Shelter.

    Reservations are not required. Either picnic shelter may be used first come, first served for free or reserved for $25.00. 

    To reserve a picnic shelter, fill out a reservation form (PDF file). Completed forms with the $25 application fee may be delivered to the Visitor Center at 110 Parkside Drive or mailed to P.O. Box 607, West Branch, IA 52358.

    Last updated: November 12, 2018