Pinicon Ridge Campground


New Member
Jun 21, 2019
Pinicon Ridge campground is located at Pinicon Ridge, a county park in Linn County in Central City. There are two capground, Flying Squirrel and Plains. The Flying Squirrel campground has 3 loops (A,B, and C).
GPS Coordinates: 42.217920, -91.538759

We stayed on Friday-Sunday one the flying squirrel loop A and we have also stayed in loop C. All sites have 50 amp electric and water. Some in loop A have full hook-ups. All sites have a gravel pad and the were extremely level. In the plains campground there are some electric sites with water and some primitive sites. These sites all have grass pads and are considerably less level. There are modern shower and toilet facilities in both campgrounds.

Firewood and Ice are both available on site and aren't a terrible deal although ice is cheaper in Central City.

The sites fill up incredibly fast on the weekend and there are no reservations. It seems like many people pay for Thursday night just to reserve a spot for the weekend. The plains campground was not full, but all the electric sites were.

Because the campground is on the Wapsipinicon River, one of the most popular activities is boating, floating, fishing, and swimming. The park offers shuttles and canoe rentals for 2,4,and 6 hour trips. I would recommend Paris River Bridge as a good starting point. It took us about 3.5 hours floating, so if you actually paddled it would probably be 2-2.5 hours.

While the isn't a dedicated beach, the river is reasonable slow and shallow and many people were out swimming. All three loops have access to the river and I even managed to get a site right next to the river, so floating was a breeze.

There are a lot of hiking trails and an old forest watch tower that has been opened up to the public so that you can climb up and get a good view.

There is also an excellent playground for kids. It have the soft rubber flooring under everything.

Loop A has a decent amount of shade and the site are laid out so that they are as private as the can be. Although there are a lot of sites close together it doesn't feel crowded. Loop B has a lot less trees and really no shade. It makes it feel a lot closer together. Loop C is the smallest and only recently got electric hook-ups. These site are very well shaded and fairly private.

They recently raised prices, so now Electric sites are $23 and non-electric are $17 (only in the plains campground) Both campgrounds now have access to flushable toilets and showers, so if you don't need electricity, the plains campground is a little less busy.