Picnic Shelters

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

Reservations are taken through MyCountyParks.com.
The Iowa County Conservation System uses this site for reservations state-wide. The reservation process is simple and allows you to pay with a credit card. Create an account for easy checkout in the future or you can checkout as a guest.

  • If you plan to have beer or wine, a $50 Special Use Permit is required. This can be selected during checkout.
    Proof of insurance is required along with the Special Use Permit (starting July 1, 2017) showing a minimum of $100,000 liability insurance. This is included in most homeowner or renter insurance policies. You'll provide a copy of that policy showing the required coverage. You will receive emailed instructions after your reservation is complete.
  • Refunds will not be given for cancellations. If a cancellation must be made in case of severe weather, a “rain check" may be issued. The rain check must be used within twelve months of the issue date.

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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.
Rent the Shelter at Virginia Grove


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. Rent the shelter at Chinkapin Bluffs. 


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! This shelter cannot be reserved online due to the unpredictable river levels. Please call the office if you are interested in this shelter. 

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