Primitive Camping 2024 (Seasonal Permit)

Hardin County Conservation Headquarters, Hardin County

Thursday, October 31, 2024

* Even though the "event date" is 10/31/24, the permit is good for the days paid for and reported on the registration form.    


Primitive camping is available at numerous parks in Hardin County including: Bigelow Park, Cross' Ford River Access, David Bates Memorial Park, Eagle City Park, Iowa Falls River Access, Lepley Park, and Reece Memorial Park.    



Seasonal Permit: $100/unit per camping season 

 A seasonal permit will allow you to camp in any designated primitive camping area in Hardin County for that year's camping season (April-October).

Daily Permit: $10/unit per night - Daily permits are valid for the number of days paid for, the first night is the night that registration and payment is received. 

You must visit the Daily Permit Registration page to purchase and register.

A unit is considered an RV/camper or tent. You may have multiple persons staying in each unit, the permit is not a per-person fee.



To be considered a registered camper you must:

  1. Pay for your permit by selecting “Register Online” located at the top right corner of this page. Your license plate number must be reported under the comments section at check-out to be considered a registered camper. 
  2. Register within 30 minutes of arrival.

Once registered, campers will receive an email confirmation for their online payment which will serve as proof of registration. 


Park Rules & Regulations:

Hardin County Rules & Regulations

*Each primitive park enforces a 14-day stay limit for both daily and annual permit holders. Campers must leave the park once they reach this limit. However, they are welcome to visit other primitive camping parks.  

To Register

Register Online

Include your license plate number under the comments section at time of check-out.


Primitive Camping 2024 (Seasonal Permit)


Thursday, October 31, 2024
12:01 AM - 12:02 AM


Multiple Primitive Parks in Hardin County
15537 S Ave.
Ackley, IA 50601
Hardin County Conservation Office Phone: 641-648-4361 Email:
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