Pinicon Ridge Park

Camping at Pinicon Ridge Park

Camping at Pinicon Ridge park
Camping at Pinicon Ridge park
flying squirrel
Group Camps at Pinicon

camping cabins
Family Camping
Camping is a popular outdoor recreation activity at Pinicon Ridge Park. Campgrounds are open from April 15 through late October, ground conditions permitting. To provide a variety of camping experiences, the park offers campsites that range from primitive sites with no hook ups to modern sites with electricity and water. Campsites are equipped with a firepad and and picnic table with showers and restrooms nearby. Family campgrounds, such as Flying Squirrel and Plains are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. All campers must self-register and pay the required fee. A dumping station for use by campers who camped in Linn County parks is available. Camping discount booklets are also available from the park office and campground hosts.Firewood is available at the campground host site.

Group Camping
There are 7 group campgrounds available by reservation at Pinicon Ridge Park.  The group camps are designed for use by groups larger than 6 people and 3 camping units or more.  Group campgrounds are located on the south side of the river.  To reserve a group campground, click here and then click the group camp you'd like to reserve. 

Camping Cabins
Four camping cabins with varying amenities are available by reservation.  All cabins have heat and air conditioning.  Pintail Cabin has 2 bedrooms (sleeps up to 8 people); Bob White and Aspen cabins have 1 room living area with restrooms (sleeps up to 6 people); and River Otter Cabin is a 1 room cabin with a pit vault restroom nearby (sleeps up to 6 people). 


Pinicon Ridge is located in NE Linn County, just west of Central City, IA. There are two entrances to the park, one each on the north and south side of the Wapsipinicon River. Access to the south entrance is off Maine Ridge Road from Hwy. 13, and then turning north (right) on Horseshoe Falls Road. This side of the park is home to the lodges and shelters, wildlife exhibit, watercraft rentals & canoe trips, the landmark observation tower, disc golf, hiking trails and the group camp complex. The north entrance is accessed from Hwy. 13 by going west on Valley Farm Road, and turning south (left) on Flying Squirrel Trail. You will find our main campgrounds and cabin complex on this side of the river, along with hiking trails and a hunting/dog exercise area


Lighted winter sledding hill
Hunting & dog training area 
Frisbee Golf
Watercraft Concessions
Observation Tower
Alexander Wildlife Area
Boat Ramp & Canoe/Kayak Access


Park open daily from 4 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.    


Campground closes in late October, reopens April 15.


Flying Squirrel A , B and C Loops $23/night
Plains electric $23/night
Plains non-electric $17/night
Group Camp 1 and 2 $100/night
Group Camps 3-7 $60/night