Jefferson County Conservation Center will reopen campgrounds and amenities in April

Published: Mar. 31, 2021 at 10:02 PM CDT
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OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) - As the spring is inching closer several amenities that have been closed for the winter months are becoming available at the Jefferson County Conservation Center.

Conservation Naturalist, Brittney Tiller says there are over two thousand acres owned by the center.

“We manage 12 different properties or natural areas and three of them have campgrounds.”

Round Prairie Park and Mac Coon are two of the outlying campgrounds that open this Friday, April 2nd whereas Jefferson County Park will be open April 16th for self-contained campers.

“So what that means is anyone who has their own camper and wants to come in and use our campground, tents are welcomed as well.”

She says to prevent pipes from freezing the bathrooms and shower houses won’t be open just yet until it is consistently warm outside.

But once you arrive there will be plenty of amenities to enjoy.

“Good fishing ponds, our swinging bridge is kind of a favorite area to hike to. We have our playgrounds and volleyball courts and also the Jefferson County park connects to the lube trail so people can ride there from the campground.”

She says summer camps will begin in June and sign-ups for that start April 1st. If you’re interested in registering for a cabin or summer camp visit their website at

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