CLICK TO READ: Construction and Camping Update

Effective Wednesday, May 13, 2020 until further notice

1. All camping units will be allowed at Pammel Park and Criss Cove campgrounds beginning 5/13/20

2. On-site self-registration transactions are to be done while maintaining physical distancing
a. Campers shall use the pay box to make payment

3. Campground restrooms and showers will be open with elevated sanitation schedule

4. Total number of people at each campsite is limited to 6 people and proper physical distancing is to be maintained at all times.

5. Access to campground and campsites will be restricted to paid campers only – NO VISITORS PERMITTED and will be enforced by Park staff.

6. Restrooms will be posted to advise the following:
a. Campers with self-contained campers encouraged to use restroom/shower facilities in their camping units
b. Limit of 2 people at any given time in Men’s & Women’s bathrooms
c. Foaming hand soap will be provided in restrooms with running water.

7. Restrooms and showers to be closed as needed for sanitizing:
a. Restrooms, including shower stalls, will be cleaned twice daily
b. Restrooms to be closed to public access while park staff clean the restrooms

8. Yurt Cabins will be open for use, but will be closed following each rental period for sanitizing:
a. Approved disinfectants will be utilized to clean all cabin surfaces and furnishings
b. 3-day “block-out” period (Mon-Wed) will be utilized between cabin rentals

9. Signage will be maintained at dump stations encouraging the use of vinyl/nitrile gloves and/or hand sanitizer.

10. Firewood sales may be provided with the following requirements
a. Physical distancing required between the campground host and campers.
b. Campers will not be allowed to enter inside the firewood shelter

11. All staff and hosts should wear protective gloves when handling registration envelopes and money transactions and shall wait 24 hours prior to processing pay envelopes

12. Playgrounds will remain closed

13. Shelter house usage is restricted to groups of 10 or less and proper physical distancing is to be maintained at all times.

Click here for a complete listing of COVID-19 public park access policies. 

Madison County Conservation Board

We hope you have the opportunity to visit Madison County and enjoy the historic Covered Bridges, densely wooded river valleys, majestic limestone bluffs and gently rolling grasslands. The Madison County Conservation Board is responsible for managing 13 County Parks that are located primarily in rural areas throughout Madison County, Iowa.

Natural Resources

Madison County is teaming with wildlife and richly blessed with natural resources. Four unique river systems meander through the County from west to east – North River, Middle River, Grand River and Clanton Creek. Catfish. Iowa’s most popular game fish, are readily caught in the rivers, not to mention the excellent pan fishing to be found in the numerous small reservoirs and hundreds of small privately owned farm ponds. The quality of deer, turkey, pheasant and other upland game hunting in Madison County is second to none. The majority of park land managed by the Conservation Board is designated as natural resource areas (open to hunting), which remain largely undeveloped to protect the integrity and quality of the woodlands, prairie, rivers, wetlands and wildlife found within the park boundaries.

Location & Access

Madison County is located in south-central Iowa. Our centralized County seat town of Winterset is located approximately 40 miles southwest of Des Moines with easiest access to all our public areas and historic features gained from either Interstate 80 that borders us on the north or Interstate 35 that borders us on the east. Madison County is also served by east/west State Highway 92 and north/south U.S. Highway 169 which conveniently meet at a crossroads in Winterset.


Recreational opportunities abound. Individual park development varies from full utility camping and shelter facilities to undeveloped natural areas. Some of our recreational opportunities include: fishing, camping, hiking, hunting, cross-country skiing, and seasonal environmental education programs available for all ages. Handicapped accessible facilities are provided in nearly every park.