FAQ

Camping

Briggs Woods and Little Wall Lake campgrounds

Briggs Woods and Little Wall Lake campgrounds each have 6 designated sites available for reservation for the periods of April 1 through October 31 each year.

They each also have a group camping circle of 6 available for reservation; required to pay for all 6 sites.

  • There is a $5 per night additional charge for reservations 
  • Holiday weekends are excluded from reservations.
  • All other sites are first-come first-serve.
  • Reservations must be made AT LEAST 5 days in advance.
  • We have a No Refund policy; however, if you need to cancel your reservation you have one opportunity to reschedule within the camping season


General Questions

What is the cancellation policy?

Please consider this policy prior to purchasing your facility reservation. SHOULD YOU CHOOSE TO CANCEL A RESERVATION, YOU WILL FORFEIT 100% OF ALL RESERVATION FEES PAID.  You will have  one time to reschedule 12 months from the rental date, and a coupon code will provided for you to use when making the next reservation.  Cancellations must be made 15 days in advance. ALL cancellations or requests for refunds cannot be done online and must be made by calling the Conservation Office at (515) 832-9570.  

What is the refund policy?

Please understand at the time of booking your reservation that you immediately prohibit other people from reserving & utilizing that facility - they therefore go elsewhere to locate a facility for that date. 

You will have  one time to reschedule 12 months from the rental date, and a coupon code will provided for you to use when making the next reservation.  Cancellations must be made 15 days in advance.

We will observe a NON-REFUNDABLE reservation fee policy with the following exceptions:

  • Accident, serious injury or death of an immediate family member 
  • Travel conditions where a substantial risk is required in order to travel such as a winter storm where a travel advisory has been issued 
  • We are unable to provide your facility (or like facility) in operable condition for the date of your event 
  • ALL requests for refunds cannot be done online and must be made by calling the Conservation Office at (515) 832-9570. 

How do you contact Hamilton County?

HAMILTON COUNTY CONSERVATION
2490 Briggs Woods Trail Webster City, Iowa, 50595

PHONE: (515) 832-9570

Office Hours:  8:30 am to 5:00 pm - Monday thru Friday
**November thru March closed on Wednesday

Office
Brian Lammers, Executive Director     hccblammers@wmtel.net
Lori Westrum,  Office Manager    hccbwestrum@wmtel.net

Parks & Natural Resources
Scott Grimm, Natural Resources/Park Officer    hccbgrimm@wmtel.net
John Laird Park,  Ranger/Naturalist   hccblaird@wmtel.net

Bailey Morton, Park Officer - Briggs Woods Park   hccbmorton@wmtel.net

​Michelle Pelzer, Park Ranger - Little Wall Lake Park   hccbpelzer@wmtel.net


How do I learn more about working for or being involved with the conservation?

Visit our "Current Employment" tab at top. You can also contact our main office at (515) 832-9570 to see of future or volunteer opportunities available.

Where do you meet when you rent a Canoe/Kayak?

This depends on which float you choose.

If you are canoeing/kayaking on one of the lakes, then they go to the campground host at Briggs and Little Wall.

What months can I canoe/kayak?

This can vary every year as the Boone Rivers is a shallow river, but normally May & June.

Renting on the lakes though are available longer during the summer months.

Are there maps for the river floats?

Maps are given by the person running the shuttle.  A map is also placed on the website as well within the Canoe information.

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Reserving a Facility

I can't reserve a facility or check availablitity, what should I do?

We apologize that you are having trouble making a reservation or viewing the availability of a particular facility.  If you are having trouble reserving a facility, make sure you have an account and are logged in. 

To search all the available dates for a specific facility, you will first need to become a MEMBER of MyCountyParks.com by creating a simple user profile – there are no costs associated with becoming a member.  Once a member, you may then check out the availability calendars for any of the facilities that are available for online reservations.

If you continue to have problems, please email us hccb@wmtel.net or call us at (515) 832-9570. We will help you with your problem as soon as possible.

How do I reserve a facility (shelter/cabin) in Hamilton County?

Steps to Reserve a Facility from Hamilton's Homepage (campsite, shelter, or cabin)   

  1. You will need to login to the reservation system by entering your username and password. If you have not made a username and password yet, you will need to create one. The system requires that at least one capital letter, one lowercase letter and one number be used and it needs to be 6-8 characters long when creating an account.
  2. From the HOME PAGE for HAMILTON COUNTY, select "Facilities".
  3. This will open a new window that will provide you with information about ALL FACILITIES available in Hamilton County only. Facilities are listed alphabetically according to TYPE of facility: CABIN, CAMPSITE, SHELTER.
  4. Click on the  "Reserve Online" link on that particular facility to begin your reservation process.
  5.  Enter the arrival and departure dates (the date may be the same date for shelter reservations). Click on "Confirm Availability." The system will ask for pertinent reservation information. At the end of each screen, click on Next Step to advance through the process.
  6. After viewing your cart for accuracy, click “Next Step.” A pop-up message will appear asking if you would like to add another facility to the cart. Click “Continue Shopping” if you would like to add more to your order like another cabin rental or campsite. Different facilities in the same park can be put on the same order. If you are finished, click the “Check Out” button.
  7. Complete the information requested on right hand side of screen (first name, last name, etc.; click on "Next Step."
  8. Complete the payment information and click on "Submit Purchase."
  9. Order Receipt will appear as your next screen, print for your records and bring with you the day of your reservation. A receipt will be emailed to you automatically.

Steps to Reserve a Facility from MyCountyParks.com Homepage (campsite, shelter, or cabin)

  1. From the home page of mycountyparks.com click on the “Make Reservation” tab at the top of the page or on the word "Reserve" found below the small pictures displayed.
  2. Under the “Where” section on the “Facilities” page, select "Hamilton” from the Counties drop down list (it may take a second for the screen to refresh).
  3. Select the park from the Parks drop down list (wait for screen to refresh). If you do not select a park, all of our parks with available facilities will show.
  4. Select the type of facility you wish to reserve from the - - All Facility Types - - box. We offer reservations for some of our campsites, our shelters, and our cabins.
  5. Click on any amenities that you require. If you do not select anything, all facility types will show.
  6. Fill in the dates you want to book in the arrival and departure boxes. If you are flexible or want to see availability calendars, do not fill in these boxes and all facilities we offer will show. An availability calendar is available in the detailed description of each facility.
  7. Click on "Search" at the bottom of screen.
  8. A list of facilities available for renting will appear. Scroll through the list to find the facility you interested in. If you are ready to make a reservation, click on the RESERVE ONLINE link to the right of the  facility.  If you need more information or would like to see an availability calendar, click on the underlined name of the facility. Information about the selected facility will appear; you can click on "Check Availability" or "Make a Reservation" on the right side of the screen. If you click on Check Availability a calendar appears that identifies the dates the facility is reserved and the dates the facility is open for reservation.
  9. You will need to login to the reservation system by entering your username and password. If you have not made a username and password yet, you will need to create one. The system requires that at least one capital letter, one lowercase letter and one number be used and it needs to be 6-8 characters long when creating an account.
  10. Enter the arrival and departure dates (the date may be the same date for shelter reservations). Click on "Confirm Availability." The system will ask for pertinent reservation information. At the end of each screen, click on Next Step to advance through the process.
  11. After viewing your cart for accuracy, click “Next Step.” A pop-up message will appear asking if you would like to add another facility to the cart. Click “Continue Shopping” if you would like to add more to your order like another cabin rental or campsite. Different facilities in the same park can be put on the same order. If you are finished, click the “Check Out” button.
  12. Complete the information requested on right hand side of screen (first name, last name, etc.; click on "Next Step."
  13. Complete the payment information and click on "Submit Purchase."
  14. Order Receipt will appear as your next screen, print for your records and bring with you the day of your reservation. A receipt will be emailed to you automatically.


Rules

What do I have to do to clean up a facility?

Cabins and facilities have cleaning list posted in their respected facility. Try to leave facilties in better condition then what you found them in. Wipe up counters, appliances, spills, sweep and mop if necessary. Pick up trash in and around the grounds.

What if I need to make a change to my reservation?

Call us at 515-832-9570