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Shelter - Riverside

4791 Horseshoe Falls Rd
Central City, IA 52214

Due to ongoing changes with the COVID-19 pandemic, Linn County Conservation reserves the right to further amend current guidelines and restrictions for this facility due to  health and safety concerns for the public and employees, and/or compliance with the State of Iowa Proclamation of Disaster orders. Current Guidelines for use are found here: COVID-19 Lodge and Shelter Use Guidelines 

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 summer months!



This facility is located on the "day use" portion of Pinicon Ridge Park, accessible from the south park entrance off Maine Ridge Road - directly west of Central City, IA. On Maine Ridge (west of Hwy. 13), turn right (north) into the park on Horseshoe Falls Road. Follow the main park aroad (and associated signs) to the Riverside area of the park, and the shelter is just off to your right near the playground complex.


4791 Horseshoe Falls Rd.

Central City, IA 52214


  • 32’ x 56’ - 1792 square feet of sheltered use area
  • Open air shelter (not enclosed) picnic shelter
  • Sheltered capacity - 50 to 60 people
  • 10 picnic tables under roof + 4 tables on patio
  • Two large charcoal grills / 4 refuse cans
  • 6 double electrical outlets
  • Large food preparation counter
  • Parking for 134 cars directly adjacent (additional parking for 51 cars within walking distance)
  • Pit vault restroom nearby
  • Watercraft Rental within walking distance
  • Horseshoe court & playground adjacent
  • Sand volleyball 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).


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.