Wakpicada Natural Area

Wakpicada campsite

Wakpicada boat access

Wakpicada Natural Area
(Pronounced: Wapicada - the "K" being silent) This 352 acre natural area along the Wapsipinicon River was one of the first areas acquired by the Linn County Conservation Board as a wildlife management area. The area contains oxbow wetlands and several ponds that remain from the sand quarrying that took place with the four-lane construction of nearby IA Hwy. 13 in the 1970s.

For hunting rules and regulations, please visit the Iowa DNR website.

Primitive camping is available at Wakpicada. The campground features 8 primitive sites with fire rings.  There is no electric or water service.  There is not a shower house, but there are pit vault toilets.  Wakpicada is open to equestrian camping.


The Wakpicada Natural Area is located just south of Central City near the Linn County Fairgrounds. For a map of the area, click here.


- Primitive camping & restrooms
- Boat ramp access to the river
- Hiking/equestrian trail
- Hunting (and is a popular destination for waterfowl hunters)
- Restablished remnant prairies

- Boating
- Primitive camping (equestrian permitted)
- Hiking/Equestrian Trail
- Fishing access to the Wapsipincon River
- Pond fishing in quarried sand pits
- Hunting & trapping

Operating Hours & Seasons

Area open from 4:00 AM - 10:30 PM (excluding registered campers), year round.