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Thomas Mitchell Shelter 2

GPS address: 4520 NE 108 St.
Ph: 515-967-4889
Mitchellville, IA, 50169

Thomas Mitchell Shelter #2 is surrounded by oak, hickory, and hackberry trees providing shade for your picnic. Playground,  horseshoe pit and modern restroom are nearby.  Camp Creek is just a short walk across the street for relaxing listening to the gurgling water or the cooling splash of a creek walk.

Reservations may be made up to 2 years but must be made a minimum of 7 days in advance of the date of reservation.  For reservations within 7 days, please contact our office.  


Park Address: Thomas Mitchell Park, 4520 NE 108th St., Mitchellville, Iowa.

Directions: Shelter #2 will be the second shelter you come to after entering the park and will be to your left.


Park Map Link:  PARK MAP


Capacity: 150

Area: full sun

Electricity/Lights: yes

Water Hydrant: no

Grills:   One large double grill and one small grill (ADA)

Picnic Tables: 10  

Parking Spaces: 19 

Restroom: modern ADA

Restroom location: 50 yards away

Playground: yes

Sand Volleyball Court with Net (ball not provided): no 

Horseshoe Pit: yes

Dumpster Location (no trash cans are provided): between shelter 1 and 2

Other Amenities: access to Camp Creek nearby 

Carry in/carry out refuse
Handicap Accessible
Picnic Table


Reservation Fee: $60

  • Only one reservation is allowed per day, per shelter.

Advance Booking Requirement:

  • Reservations may be made up to TWO YEARS to date in advance.
  • Reservations must be made at least 7 days in advance. For reservations within 7 days, please contact our office. 

Alcohol/beer/wine Restrictions:

  • If beer or wine is present at the facility, rental must be in the name of a person who is 21 years of age or older who will be present at the facility for the full term of the reservation. No other type of alcoholic beverage is allowed. 
  • Any renter having keg beer is required to pay a $100 deposit to the Ranger on the day of the event and prior to the beginning of the event.

Youth Group Discounts: An organized youth group may reserve shelters at a discounted rate.  Please contact the Polk County Conservation Office at (515) 323-5300 for more information on how to receive the discount.

Hours of Operation & Seasons

April 15 through October 15

  • Reservations allowed.
  • One may utilize the shelter from 10:00 AM to 10:30 p.m.
  • If the shelter is not reserved for a particular date, it is available on a first-come basis. 


 October 16 through April 15 
  • No reservations allowed. Exceptions will be made for those events with a Special Event Permit. More information can be found on the facilities tab of our website: www.leadingyououtdoors.org.
  • All shelters may be used free of charge on a first come, first serve basis during park hours.



  • Any renter having keg beer or an equivalent quantity of beer, wine and/or champagne is required to pay a deposit of $100 by marking box at check-out. A check made out to Polk County Conservation will need to be given to Park Ranger on the day of the event.

Special Events: 

  • Special Event Permit Application must be completed for things such as dunk tanks; carnivals; erecting large tents; horse-drawn carriages; generators; power saws; chain saws; power tools of any kind; public address system whether fixed, portable or vehicular-mounted; inflatable bouncers; smoker grills; extra picnic tables; extra parking; or weddings.
  • Polk County Conservation Board's liability insurance excludes the use of aircraft on park property including hot-air balloons, planes, helicopters, ultra-lights, and parachutes.
  • Special events require a 45-day prior approval.
  • Special Event Permit Application can be found visiting the Polk County Conservation Board website: SPECIAL EVENT PERMIT
  • For more information on special events please call the Parks Superintendent at (515) 323-5366, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.