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Wapsipinicon State Park, IA

Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
Max reservation window: Wed Oct 28 2015   Later Dates


Welcome to Wapsipinicon State Park. The sandstone and limestone bluffs in the 400 acre park are covered with moss and columbine. The "newest" addition to the park has its own unique history laid out on an information kiosk in the west side parking area. The three-span bowstring arch bridge is on the National Registry of Historical Places and is the last one in Iowa.

A trip to Wapsipinicon isn't complete without visiting bowl-shaped Horse Thief Cave. The excitement of years past exists in the legend of the two horse thieves who, as the story goes, used the cave for their camp. Prior to use by these horse thieves, the cave was apparently occupied as a shelter by prehistoric American Indian cultures. Ice Cave is named for the cool air in the cave as you enter it. Visitors can crawl back into the cool temperatures during the height of summer's heat.


There are approximately 3.5 miles of multi-use trails offering different scenery and challenges for hiking the park. You can go from wooded canopy to wide open grass prairie that will offer a variety of wildlife to view for the quiet hiker.Visitors are allowed to harvest mushrooms, nuts and berries.The multi-use trails are open to hiking, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.

The Northeast State Park Bike Route is a 130 mile route which connects Wapsipinicon State Park, Pikes Peak State Park and Backbone State Park utilizing county highways.

Don't forget your golf clubs! There is a nine-hole golf course within the park boundaries, maintained by the Wapsipinicon Country Club. For Information on green fees and times call 319-462-3930.

River Activities<b>
The Wapsipinicon River, known locally as the Wapsi, has long been famous for its channel and flathead catfish, spring crappies, bullheads and smallmouth bass, especially below the dam near the park entrance. Dutch Creek meanders through the park and empties into the Wapsi.

Hunting is allowed in season on a 140-acre area adjacent to the park. This area, bordered by the Wapsipinicon River for a mile, features two ponds, grassy slopes, brushy valleys and scenic vistas. It offers opportunities for hiking, snowmobiling, cross country skiing, fishing and hunting.


The Dutch Creek Shelter is a great place for a family picnic. There are also two day-use lodges which are ideal for group events such as wedding receptions and family reunions. The Rotary Lodge can be used year-round and the Boy Scout Lodge is available from May 1 to October 15. The shelter and both lodges can be reserved up to 12 months in advance of your event. Camping<b>
The shady campground offers the perfect place for a weekend getaway or family vacation. The modern campground has nonelectric and electric campsites, showers and restrooms.

Nearby Attractions:

Over the Fourth of July weekend the Buffalo Fork Settlers set up a pre-1840 rendezvous encampment in the park for the public to learn what life was like in this time period. The city of Anamosa also has many events scheduled throughout the summer and fall. While you are in town visit the State Penitentiary Museum showcasing the 137-year history of Iowa's largest prison or stop by the National Motorcycle Museum with more than 200 vintage and antique motorcycles on display.

Nearby Towns<b>
Anamosa is immediately north of the park and is the home of the State Men's Reformatory. Cedar Rapids, Iowa's second largest city and home of Coe College is 20 miles southwest on U.S. Highway 151. Stone City, the birthplace of artist Grant Wood and the towns of Mount Vernon and Monticello are all close to the park.

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • Bird Watching
  • Boat Launch Ramp
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Dock, Boat
  • Fishing
  • Golfing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Modern Restroom
  • Park Office
  • Parking
  • Playground
  • River
  • Showers
  • Toilet, Pit/Vault
  • Trash Dumpster
  • Walking
  • Water Hydrants
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • Fuel, Vehicles
  • Medical Clinic
  • Motel
  • Tennis
  • Town
Alerts and Important Information

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
42.09528, -91.28306
42°5'43"N, 91°16'59"W

Wapsipinicon St. Park is located on the southwest side of Anamosa IA. just across the Wapsipinicon River on County road E-34. From highway 151 take either exit 49 or 54. From exit 49 (north bound) go north on county road E-34 about three miles. When coming down the hill the park entrance will be to your right. If you cross the bridge into town you went to far. From Exit 54 (south bound) turn right onto 3rd street. It will change to Scott street. Turn left at the stop sign onto main street (west). Towards the end the road it will take a sharp curve to the south and turn into elm street. Take elm street out of town crossing bridge on E-34. Park entrance will be to the left once you cross the bridge. Park DOT signs are along these routes so look for the signs.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

Wapsipinicon State Park
21301 County Road E34
Anamosa  IA  52205

Phone Number:

Information:  (319) 462-2761