Camping rules


Section 461A.47 and 461A.49 of the Code of Iowa is hereby modified under the authority of Section 350.10 of the Code of Iowa as follows:

  1. A.   Violation of any state law or any county park rule or regulation by any member of a camping party is cause for revocation of camping privileges and the entire camping party may be required to leave the area.
  2. B.    Non-Reservable Sites: Campers must have the camping unit on the campsite before registering, and must register within ½ hour of setting up camp.
  3. C.    Reservable Sites: Campsites are reservable where posted. 
  4. D.    No camping unit or camping party shall occupy camping areas for more than fourteen days, except for camp hosts, extended stay areas, or individuals designated by the Director.  All members of the camping party must vacate the campground after the fourteenth night and may not return to the campground until a minimum of 3 nights has passed.  All camping equipment must be removed from the site at the end of each stay.
  5. E.    No camping unit shall have a camping fee unpaid by the camping party for more than twenty-four hours. Unattended or non-registered camping equipment still in place beyond the twenty-four-hour limit is subject to impoundment.  Camping equipment which may be impounded shall be removed and disposed of as provided by law.
  6. F.    It is unlawful for more than one camping party, or camping unit to occupy a campsite.  An additional tent may be used for children under eighteen years old.  Youth groups are exempt from this rule with special permission from the Director.
  7. G.    “Pack it home if you pack it in” is the best rule, or use containers provided in the campground
  8. H.    All motor vehicles must be parked in a designated parking area.  No more than two licensed vehicles are permitted at any campsite.
  9. I.  All campers shall maintain quiet and avoid excessive noise between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.
  10. J.   No refunds will be issued.
  11. K.  Camping units shall be set up and registered by 11:00 p.m.  Check-out time is 5:00 p.m.
  12. L.   No dishwashing will be allowed at drinking fountains, hydrants, or in restrooms.
  13. M.  No ropes, chains or lines can be affixed to trees.
  14. N.   Campers must restore their campsite to the same approximate condition as existed when they found it.
  15. O.    No pets shall be left unattended outside the camping unit. It shall be unlawful to have in possession any animal which causes a disturbance or displays aggressive or threatening behavior. Keep on a leash at all times and the leash is not to exceed 6 feet.
  16. P.     All non-registered visitors must leave the park by 11:00 p.m.
  17. Q.    Campfires are only permitted in grills or fire rings provided. No trash allowed in the fire rings and everything must be cleared before departure except ashes and wood.
  18. R.    If an improper camping unit is occupying a spot, the conservation staff will pull to free the spot and the item can be claimed by calling the office number.
  19. S.    The burning of any garbage is prohibited.  The collection of dead and downed firewood is prohibited unless special permission by Director.
  20. T.    Must be 18 years of age or older to register.  (Photo ID required) Parental consent required for minors camping without a parent or guardian. 
  21. U.   Washing of motor vehicles on all areas owned or managed by the Board is prohibited.
  22. V.    The Conservation Board will mow the campground on each Thursday. Please pick up cords and hoses, mats, and all of the camping units belongings if you would like your area mowed.
  23. W.  Camp Hosts shall have authority to refuse camping privileges and to rescind any and all camping privileges granted for a good reason.
  24. X.   The dumping of gray water in any Calhoun County Conservation areas is prohibited. Campers will be given ONE warning and if dumping does not cease, the second warning will be grounds for expulsion for the remainder of the camping season.