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Shelter - Wapsi Bluff

4732 Horseshoe Falls Road
Ph: 319-892-6450
Central City, IA, 52214


An open air shelter and deck, which offers a breathtaking view of the Wapsipinicon River, is located just beyond the entrance of Pinicon Ridge Park. Along with a 250 person seated shelter, the facility includes new restrooms, a concrete parking lot and entrance road improvement, and bioswales to control stormwater runoff. Future development at this site will include a playground and a recreation trail connection to the park that also connects to Central City. The $1.7 million Wapsi Bluff Shelter project is funded in part by Linn County Water and Land Legacy Bonds and a $400,000 Iowa Great Places grant from the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.  Pinicon Ridge Park is part of the Cedar-Wapsi Recreational Byway, along with Prospect Meadows and Indian Creek Nature Center, which received an Iowa Great Place designation in 2014. This redevelopment of an area that use to include a former park shop and service yard has transformed into a scenic overlook for public gatherings and events. The overlook concept was included in the Pinicon Ridge Park Master Plans, approved in 2015. 


Wapsi Bluff Shelter is located in Pinicon Ridge Park on the south "day-use" side of the park. From Highway 13 turn onto Maine Ridge Drive, then right onto Horseshoe Falls Rd. Wapsi Bluff Shelter is located at 4729 Horseshoe Falls Rd., Central City, IA, 52214.


Tables - 45 tables seating up to 250 people

Serving Counter - 36' long with 3 outlets

9,500 sq. ft. venue total, including a 2,100 sq. ft. deck overlooking the river. 

Handicap Accessible
Picnic Table
Pressurized water
Refuse cans


$350/day - Friday, Saturday, Sundays, Holidays

$250/day - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, non-Holidays

Hours of Operation & Seasons

Available from 7:00 AM - 10:00 PM


Wapsi Bluff Shelter is closed from October 15 thru April 15 annually, opening for reservations NOW for dates after May 1, 2021. 


Beer Keg Permit - $25. (Beer kegs are not allowed in cabins, campgrounds, or park spaces. A permit for a beer keg for a lodge or shelter event must be purchased upon reservation checkout, or can be added after initial reservation by calling Conservation Headquarters at 319-892-6450).