Picnic Shelters

Picnic shelters at Chinkapin Bluffs, Flaming Prairie and Virginia Grove can be reserved. 

To check on available dates or for questions: call: 319-523-8381 or

Fill out a: Shelter Reservation Form and mail it with payment of $25/shelter/day.

If beer or wine will be consumed: groups must have a Special Use Permit.  These costs $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.

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. 

If shelters are NOT reserved: they are available on a first-come, first-served basis at no charge.

Chinkapin Bluffs Shelter

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 Shelter

The shelter at Flaming Prairie Park is located adjacent to a beautiful natural marsh and the LCCB's only "natural playground" is located nearby.

NOTE: Flaming Prairie is closed when the Mississipi River is high, please plan accordingly!


Virginia Grove Shelter

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.