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Cabin - Red Oak

3745 Matsell Park Road
Central City, IA, 52214

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319-892-6450
Red Oak Cabin is a secluded rustic Cabin with approx. 660 sq. feet of living space located in Matsell Bridge County Park. Red Oak cabin has a spectacular view of the Wapsipinicon River. The only cabin in Linn County open year round, it has become a favorite with those wishing to hunt public land or just a rustic winter getaway. There is no electricity - the perfect place to pull your kids away from technology and reconnect as a family! Access to Red Oak Cabin is hike-in only. Users must carry-in their own supplies and gear. Reasonable accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities who qualify under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Arrangements must be made at least one week in advance of the reservation. Please contact the Conservation Office at (319) 892-6450.

Location

Located in the Matsell Bridge Natural Area between Central City and Anamosa, IA.

Amenities

Amenities include:

  • One room cabin with 660 sq. feet of living space (22’ X 30’ cabin)
  • Enclosed rustic cabin – few amenities – no electricity, indoor plumbing or running water
  • Heated with wood burning stove 6 picnic tables in/near the cabin
  • Carry-in/carry-out refuse requirement
  • Large covered porch – on bluff, overlooks river
  • Pedestal stove/cooking grill outside
  • Fire ring for outdoor fire (a large bundle of firewood is provided with the reservation. Additional wood will be available at the cabin. If the extra wood is burned, the firewood charge of $5/rick will be deducted from your facility deposit)
  • Pit vault restroom nearby (toilet tissue is provided)

Renter will need to bring:

  • Complete bedding with pillow, sheets, blankets and/or sleeping bags
  • Complete table service with cups, glasses dishes and silverware
  • Dish soap, dish cloth, cloth towels, potholders, all cooking pots, pans, etc.
  • All food & beverage supplies
  • All bath linens and toiletries
  • Any radio, television, alarm clocks
  • Lawn chairs if desired
Carry in/carry out refuse
Fire ring
Firewood available
Picnic Table
Table with chairs

Fees

$60 per night, plus a $50 deposit

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Hours of Operation & Seasons

  • Reservations may be made up to two years to the date in advance
  • Two-night minimum reservation for weekends, three nights on holiday weekend
  • One-night reservations available on weekdays  (Monday - Thursday)
  • Matsell Bridge Natural Area is open from 4:00 AM - 10:30 PM, non-registered campers need to exit the area by 10:30 PM
  • Check-in time may be any time after 3:00 PM on the day of arrival, and check-out time is prior to 1:00 PM on the day of departure

Closures

The Red Oak Cabin is open all year round with the following exclusions: Christmas Holidays - December 24 & 25; New Years Holidays - December 31 & January 1; naturally occuring conditions may cause closure of this facility from time to time due to hazardous driving or inaccessibility.