Picnic Shelters

Picnic shelters at Chinkapin Bluffs, Flaming Prairie and Virginia Grove can be reserved. If shelters are NOT reserved, they are available on a first-come, first-served basis at no charge.

How to Reserve a Picnic Shelter

  1. Check on available dates: call 319-523-8381 or email LCCB
  2. Download a Shelter Reservation Form and mail it with payment of $25/shelter/day.
  3. If beer or wine will be consumed, download a Special Use Permit.  These required permits cost $25 (non-refundable) for the permit.  In addition, groups must provide a $100 cash or money order deposit (refundable if the area is left in good condition); and provide proof of insurance showing a minimum of $100,000 liability insurance coverage.
  4. The Special Use Permit application must be completed and turned in to the LCCB office at least two weeks prior to the date of the shelter rental.

Virginia Grove

The shelter at Virginia Grove Recreation Area is a great place to meet with family and friends. A wonderful playground is right next to the shelter and there is plenty of open space for the kids to run within sight.


Chinkapin Bluffs Recreation Area

The shelter at Chinkapin Bluffs Recreation Area is by far our most popular shelter so be sure to get your reservation in as soon as possible.


Flaming Prairie Park

The shelter at Flaming Prairie Park is next to a beautiful natural marsh. NOTE: Flaming Prairie is closed when the Mississippi River is high, please plan accordingly!

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