Linn County Conservaton campgrounds opening Friday, April 12

Posted:4/11/2019 Linn

Pinicon Ridge Park campgrounds under temporary water boil order



LINN COUNTY, IA  April 11, 2019 - Linn County Conservation campgrounds open for the 2019 recreation season on April 12 at 12 p.m. Whether you have been anxious to reconnect with nature this spring, get away from the hustle and bustle, or spend some quality time with friends and family, Linn County Conservation has several options available for you to enjoy your next camping experience.

The Linn County Conservation campsites range from primitive (non-electric) to the full hook-up sites.  All family and equestrian campground sites are first come-first served, with the exception of Squaw Creek Park A-Loop which can be reserved in advance.  Group Camps at Morgan Creek Park and Pinicon Ridge Park are also reserved online. Firewood is available to purchase for in-park use at Morgan Creek, Pinicon Ridge, and Squaw Creek Parks for $5 a bundle. Bundles are also available at Matsell Bridge Natural Area service area between the primitive and equestrian campgrounds.

Fee Increase

The Linn County Conservation Board has announced an increase in overnight camping fees. An additional $2 will be applied to primitive sites while electric sites will be raised a total of $3. The increase will help compensate for the rising use and cost of electricity at the campgrounds and other maintenance with the county parks.  Camping fees last increased in 2013. Click Polices and Fees for more information.


Pinicon Ridge Park campgrounds under temporary water boil order

Pinicon Ridge Park is undergoing a transformation to improve water quality within the campgrounds by connecting to the Central City water system.   Work is nearly finished, however campers are required to boil water before drinking or cooking until further notice until final test results are completed next week. Dump stations and the Flying Squirrel Showerhouse can be used as normal.

UPDATE:  As expected, water tests came back normal and boil order lifted as of April 17 



Linn County Conservation Camping Areas:


Morgan Creek Park, 7515 Worcester Rd, Palo

Modern camping


Pinicon Ridge Park, 4729 Horseshoe Falls Rd, Central City

Modern and primitive camping


Squaw Creek Park, 4305 Squaw Lane, Marion  

Modern camping, including some reservable sites



Buffalo Creek Park, 5034 Buffalo Creek Park, Coggon

Modern camping


Matsell Bridge Natural Area, 3745 Matsell Park Road, Central City

Primitive and equestrian camping

Wakpicada Natural Area, 313 Central City Road, behind the Linn County Fairgrounds.

Primitive and equestrian camping


More information about our parks at