Wakpicada Natural Area

Wakpicada campsite

Wakpicada boat access

Wakpicada Natural Area
(Pronounced: Wapicada - the "K" being silent) This 352 acre natural area along the Wapsipinicon River was one of the first areas acquired by the Linn County Conservation Board as a wildlife management area. The area contains oxbow wetlands and several ponds that remain from the sand quarrying that took place with the four-lane construction of nearby IA Hwy. 13 in the 1970s.

For hunting rules and regulations, please visit the Iowa DNR website.

Primitive camping is available at Wakpicada. The campground features 8 primitive sites with fire rings.  There is no electric or water service.  There is not a shower house, but there are vault toilets.  Wakpicada is open to equestrian camping.


The Wakpicada Natural Area is located just south of Central City near the Linn County Fairgrounds. For a map of the area, click here.


- Primitive camping & restrooms
- Boat ramp access to the river
- Hiking/equestrian trail
- Hunting (and is a popular destination for waterfowl hunters)
- Restablished remnant prairies

- Boating
- Primitive camping (equestrian permitted)
- Hiking/Equestrian Trail
- Fishing access to the Wapsipincon River
- Pond fishing in quarried sand pits
- Hunting & trapping

Operating Hours & Seasons

Area open from 4:00 AM - 10:30 PM (excluding registered campers), year round.