Water trail campsites are non-electric, tent-only sites and available for use by Paddlers Only. Water trail campsites are
reservable or on a first come first serve basis. Several large trees provide shade for this
grassy, level area adjacent to the South Des Moines River.
campground has five sites; each site comes with a picnic table and fire ring.
There is also a small shelter that is equipped with a concrete pad and a grill,
this shelter is a “common” area for all campground users to utilize. A pit
latrine is located just north of the campground.
Registered youth groups may also use the sites after obtaining a
Special Use Permit. Contact park personnel at 515/266-1563 to obtain a Special
Reservations must be made at 5 days in advance of the date of
reservation. For example to make a Friday reservation, you must reserve the
facility no later than midnight Monday of that week.
We have a Limited Refund policy; however, if you need to cancel your
reservation you have one opportunity to reschedule. Be sure to read the
Facility Contract for details.
Yellow Banks offers additional campsites, both
electric and non-electric, that are available first come, first serve.
The water trail campground
is located on the Des Moines River in Yellow Banks Park. The park is located southeast of Pleasant Hill off SE Vandalia
6801 SE 32nd Avenue
Pleasant Hill, IA 50327
(515) 266-1563 .
Maps of the area can be found on our website at http://www.polkcountyiowa.gov/conservation/things-to-do/camping/.
A low-impact river access is provided to
facilitate conveyance of watercraft over the levee and down the river bank.
A large parking lot is available for vehicles
ALL trash must be carried out.
Picnic Table: Yes
Trash Receptacle: No
Firewood is available for purchase during posted times. Iowans are encouraged not to transport firewood (or other infested materials) across county or state lines. For more information, click on the following link: INFORMATION
Carry in/carry out refuse
Camping Rate: $18.00/per night
PAYABLE ON SITE TO PARK STAFF: Additional Fee for tent with 2nd tent: $5.00/per night
Reservations may be made up to ONE YEAR to date in advance. Campgrounds are closed: December 1 through March 31.
Minimum: 1 night minimum
Hours of Operation & Seasons
Water trail campsites are
available April 1 through November 30.
Reservations are accepted April 15 through October 15.
- Reservations are not available October 16 through
- Water trail campsites
are closed December 1 through March 31.
- Water and modern restroom / shower facilities,
located in main campground, are closed, approximately mid October to mid April.
FIREWOOD is available for purchase from campground fee
attendant. Iowans are
encouraged not to transport firewood (or other infested materials) across
county or state lines. For more information, click on the following
require that you post your camping receipt on site marker provided.
youth groups may also use the sites after obtaining a Special Use Permit.
Contact park personnel at 515/266-1563 to obtain a Special Use Permit.