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Conservation Department - Linn County

Posted on: April 4, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Linn County campgrounds to open April 15

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LINN COUNTY, IA -April 4, 2022- The Linn County Conservation Department invites you to further connect with nature by spending some quality time outdoors camping this year. The popular modern campgrounds at Buffalo Creek Park, Morgan Creek Park, Pinicon Ridge Park, and Wanatee Park will open for the season by 8 a.m. on April 15.

A majority of the campsites at these parks have water and electric hook-ups. A firewood bundle is available to purchase at each campground for $6 each. Most all family campground sites are first come-first served with self-registration. Only A-loop at Wanatee Park can be reserved online in advance, as well as group camps at Morgan Creek Park and Pinicon Ridge Park.

The primitive (no water or electricity) Matsell Bridge Equestrian Campground and Mt Hope also opens April 15. The nearby Matsell Bridge Primitive Campground is open year round, as is primitive camping at the Wakpicada Natural Area. 

To learn more about policies, fees, and additional information about our campgrounds, visit the camping page at  Campgrounds typically close for the season October 15.

Linn County Conservation Camping Areas:

Buffalo Creek Park, 5034 Buffalo Creek Park, Coggon

Modern camping


Morgan Creek Park, 7287 Worcester Rd., Palo

Modern and group camping

Pinicon Ridge Park, 4900 block of Valley Farm Rd., Central City

Modern, primitive, and group camping


Wanatee Park, 1700 Bald Dr., Marion   

Modern camping, including limited reservable sites


Matsell Bridge Natural Area, 3745 Matsell Park Road, Central City

Primitive campground and primitive equestrian campground

Mount Hope, Stone City Rd, Central City

Primitive camping 

Wakpicada Natural Area, 300 block of Central City Rd., behind the Linn County Fairgrounds

Primitive and equestrian camping

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