Matsell Bridge Shooting Range

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The Matsell Bridge Shooting Range, located at 200 Range Lane (formerly 3716 Matsell Park Rd) Central City, Iowa is part of the Matsell Bridge Natural Area.  The shooting range features a 200, 100, and the pistol only 15-yard range. These areas are open on a first come, first serve basis. 

Shooting Range Permits

A Matsell Bridge Shooting Range permit is required to use the range. Ranges and shooting stations are available on a first come-first serve basis. 

Daily shooting range permits 

Daily permits can be purchased at an on-site kiosk for $10. 

Annual shooting range permits 

Calendar year annual permits are available for purchase online for $50.  Once registration has been submitted, you will receive a confirmation email. This email is your permit. You must print and have this email posted at your shooting station. Annual permits can NOT be purchased on site.  

Purchase your 2023 Shooting Range Permit

Shooting Range rules

It is the goal of Linn County Conservation to have a safe facility.  

Shooting Range Rules (PDF)

As the rules stipulate, PAPER TARGETS ONLY.   Do not put targets on baffles. 

Portable Target Stand Directions (PDF) Download these plans to create your own target stand (wood or PVC) 


A small archery area is available next to the 15-yard shooting range. Targets, which must be brought in by the user, may be placed in front of the termination berm. The annual permit/daily user fee applies. 


The shooting range is closed January and February, then reopens when weather conditions allow, typically mid-March. 

The shooting range opens at 8 a.m. daily, closing times vary with the season:

  • 4:30 p.m. - March (when conditions allow for opening) until daylight savings time begins
  • 6:00 p.m. - March after daylight savings time begins 
  • 7:30 p.m. - April through September 15
  • 6:00 p.m. - September 16 until daylights savings time ends.
  • 4:30 p.m. - Daylight savings time end through December 31. 

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