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Conservation Department - Linn County

Posted on: April 4, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Linn County Campgrounds to Open April 13

camping at Wanatee

LINN COUNTY, IA -April 4, 2023- The Linn County Conservation Department invites you to further connect with the outdoors by enjoying some camping this year. All Linn County Conservation managed campgrounds, including the popular modern campgrounds at Buffalo Creek Park, Morgan Creek Park, Pinicon Ridge Park, and Wanatee Park, will open for the season at 8 a.m. on April 13. A majority of the campsites at these parks have water and electric hook-ups. A firewood bundle is available for purchase at each modern campground. Most all family campground sites are first come-first served with self-registration (cash or check). 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 camping area also open April 13. 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  The modern 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 Road, Palo

Modern and group camping

Pinicon Ridge Park, 4900 block of Valley Farm Road, Central City

Modern, primitive, and group camping

Wanatee Park, 1700 Bald Drive, 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 Road, Central City

Primitive camping 

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

Primitive and equestrian camping 

More campground information
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