Camping & Yurt Cabins

The Madison County Conservation Board is committed to improving the camping resources in our parks for you to enjoy. Please click the links below for camping information.

Weather permitting, campgrounds and cabins should be open by the first of April.

Reservations are accepted for Pammel Park and Pammel Park Yurt Cabins only.

To make a reservation, set up an account on After creating an account, go to the My County Parks home page, click on “Counties” and choose “Madison”. Then click on the Facilities tab to view a list of reservable campsites and cabins.

For questions about the online reservation system, contact the Madison County Conservation Board office at 515-462-3536.

Pammel Park Camping

Pammel Park is located four miles southwest of Winterset. Modern camping facilities are located on the Backbone. Tent camping sites are also available. Features include picnic grounds, lodge and shelter, modern bathrooms, play equipment, trails, Middle River Ford, Harmon Tunnel, modern campgrounds, cabins, dump station, and Nature Center activities.

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Pammel Park Yurt Cabins

Two Yurt cabins are located adjacent to south camping loop in Pammel Park. These yurt-style cabins are managed as a “3-season” cabin that are open for public use from April through October (mid-November weather permitting) and are available by advance reservation only. Reservations can be made online at Yurt reservations can be made up to 2 years in advance based on a rolling calendar. Book early for weekends & holidays. Week nights have better availability.

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Criss Cove Camping

Criss Cove is located approximately eight miles south of Winterset. Modern camp ground overlooking the pond is located in the northwest corner of the park.

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Primitive Camping

Clanton Creek (CCNA) is located approximately 3 miles southeast of East Peru. There are four primitive hike-in camp sites located along the trail system. Watch for the international tent camping logo and directional arrows on the trail marker posts to locate the camp sites. 

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