Snively Access & Campground

Snively Map
Snively Map
Snively at Sunset
Snively Camping
Campsite at Snively

Sunrise at Snively

Camp on the shore of the Odessa Wildlife Management Complex at Louisa County's most popular campground. Many campers are blessed by beautiful sunrises and sunsets, often dotted by migrating waterfowl or pelicans riding a lazy thermal.  


Located along the Great River Road (County Road X61) in Louisa County, this area is only 3-miles from the city of Wapello, Iowa. Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge is just a couple miles North of the entrance to the park, also on the Great River Road. There is a rather winding and steep, gravel road from the paved road on top of the bluff, to the campsites at the bottom, right on the shore of the beautiful Odessa Complex.


  • 31 electric campsites; one tent only site (although tents are allowed on any site) 
  • Restrooms (pit toilet)
  • Electricity (20/30/50 amp)
  • Picnic tables & fire rings
  • Water (April 15 - Oct 15)
  • Rates: $17/night
  • Boating (motor allowed) - although they must put in at either Schaffer's Access or Sand Run Access
  • Paddling - the Odessa Water Trail is a great place for canoes and kayaks and you can launch right at Snively
  • Fishing - great for bass, catfish, bluegill and crappie - any fish found on the Mississippi could be found on Odessa as it often is open to the Mississippi through the upper and lower tubes

The nearest dump station is at the North Park/Rodeo Grounds along Hwy 61 in Wapello.

Operating Hours & Seasons

Campgrounds remain open year-round.

Park hours are daily from 6:30 am - 10:30 pm, unless camping.

Refunds will not be given for cancellations. If a cancellation must be made in case of severe weather, a “rain check" may be issued. The rain check must be used within twelve months of the issue date.


Water is turned off from approximately October 15-April 15 each year.

There is NO winter maintenance on the hill leading down to Snively Access and Campground.