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Shelter - Riverside

4791 Horseshoe Falls Rd
Central City, IA 52214

Riverside Shelter is located in the very popular riverside picnic area in Pinicon Ridge Park. With adjacent playground, sand volleyball and horseshoe courts - the location along the backwaters of the Wapsipinicon River puts this facility much in demand during the warm seasons.



This facility is located on the day use portion of Pinicon Ridge Park, accessible from the south access entrance off Maine Ridge Road (south of the bridge over the Wapsipinicon River on Highway 13). Follow the main park to the riverside area of the park, and the shelter is just off to your right near the playground complex.


  • 32’ x 56’ - 1792 square feet of sheltered use area
  • Open air shelter (not enclosed) picnic shelter
  • Sheltered capacity - 50 to 60 people
  • Eight picnic tables under roof, including double sized handicap accessible table. Four picnic tables on patio.
  • Two large charcoal grills / four refuse cans
  • Six double electrical outlets
  • Large food preparation counter
  • Parking for 130 cars directly adjacent  
  • Flush restrooms nearby
  • Watercraft Concession within walking distance
  • playground adjacent 
  • Sand volleyball and horseshoe court for exclusive use (Horseshoes & volleyball available on request)
  • Pressurized drinking water at shelter
  • Lighting available for evening use
Handicap Accessible
Picnic Table
Pressurized water
Refuse cans


Monday - Thursday: $35 per day

Friday - Sunday: $50 per day

Policies and Fees

Hours of Operation & Seasons

Riverside Shelter is a seasonal facility available for reservations from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily April 15th - October 15th. (NOTE: When not reserved, the shelter is available on a first-come, first-served basis, but without electricity.)


Closed October 16th - April 14th

The area surrounding Riverside Shelter is prone to flooding during moderate high-water episodes on the Wapsipinicon River.  If flooding occurs, the shelter may be closed.