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Camping

Polk County Conservation has four campgrounds within a half-hour of downtown Des Moines.

Camping

  • First-come, first-served campers should set up camp on their site before registering.
  • Campground showerhouses are open mid-April through mid-October.
  • Camping rates are $20 for electric sites and $15 for non-electric.
  • Campgrounds are closed from December 1 - March 31 (except to walk-in tent camping, which is allowed year-round).
  • Special discounts are available to senior adults (62 and older) both weekdays and weekends (non-holidays). Rates include electric sites at $15 and non-electric at $10. This discount applies only to the first-come, first-serve sites and does not apply to online reservations.
  • Discount 7-day rate camping booklets are available to the general public by calling 515-323-5300 or by inquiring in person at the Administration Office. The 7-day rate for electric sites is $120; non-electric is $90. These discounts do not apply to online reservations. This discount booklet is available for non-consecutive stays under 7 days.
  • A camper with an additional tent or a tent with a second tent is an extra $5 fee per night.
  • Firewood is available for purchase a all parks.
  • Campground cooking recipes can be found here to try out on your next camping trip!

Online Reservations

Online reservations can be made up to one year in advance for reservable campsites in each of these parks.

  • Reservations and prices for campsites can be made at www.mycountyparks.com. Online reservations are available for camping between April 15 and October 15. Reservations must be made at least five days prior to stay. Maximum length of stay is 14 days.