Buffalo Shores

Buffalo Shores

Entrance sign to Buffalo Shores Access Area.
The shore of the Mississippi River at Buffalo Shores Beach.
One of the 65 campsites at Buffalo Shores. Great for RV's.
The playground set for children at Buffalo Shores.


Buffalo Shores is a twenty-five acre recreation area located off of State Highway 22, just downstream from Buffalo, Iowa, on the Mississippi River. A double boat ramp, free beach, ample parking, toilets, water, and picnicking are available in the park's day use area. In addition, overnight camping is offered at the 65-site campground, which provides electricity, water, a dump station, and modern comfort station with showers.

Free beach, boat ramp, picnicking in day use area.

Buffalo Shores
1433 Front St
Buffalo, Iowa 52729
(563) 328-3281


Flyer with Program Information
Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 9:00am

Join the AmeriCorps members on the trails for a day of hiking and geocaching. We have partnered with a student of the University of Northern Iowa to help complete his project that includes taking 360o photos of the hiking trails Iowa has to offer. Kids will be given the equipment to take photos of the trails while learning GPS, compass, and orienteering skills! This program is recommended for children 10 and up. Please bring a sack lunch, bug spray/sunscreen, and a water bottle. We ask that all participants register by July 22nd, please call to pre-register (563)328-3286.


Flyer with program information
Friday, July 19, 2019 - 1:00pm

Join AmeriCorps environmental educator Faith Henrichs and Naturalist Becky Baugh for our Crafting for Conservation series. During this series we will be making arts and crafts out of either natural or recyclable items. During this session, we will be making garden stones out of natural materials and wall art out of recycled paper towel and toilet paper tubes. Please bring a shallow plastic or tin container (i.e. a take-out container or pie tin) for the garden stones. This program is family fun for all ages. Registration is required. Please call (563)328-3286 to register for this program.


Flyer with program information
Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 10:00am


This time we will focus on the prairie. We will learn about some of our local wildflowers as we hike through part of our prairie. Then we will take the inspiration back to our canvases! The painting process will be guided by our naturalist.  Lemonade will be provided to help cool off. The program is family friendly! Please wear paint clothes as there may be some finger-painting involved. $5/canvas. Limited # of canvases—please call to register. (563)328-3286.



photo of golf course
Sunday, July 28, 2019

Teams consist of four players, 2 men and 2 women. Play is a scramble, all players tee shots must be used at least twice in the 18 holes. The tournament is flighted by the number of teams signed up for the event.  Men play from white tees, women play from red tees. Cost (subject to change) is $55.00 per person, includes green fee, cart fee, and prizes!  Click the link below to see more opportunities to participate in special events!

photo of golf course
Saturday, August 3, 2019

Man and woman are a 2 person team and play 9 holes in an alternate shot format and scored using a modified stable ford scoring system. The event is flighted by the number of teams signed up each night. Men play from the white tees and women play from the red tees. Cost (subject to change) is $55.00 per couple and includes green fee, cart fee, prizes and a cookout after play. This is intended to be a fun night and beginners are encouraged to participate.

Check out this link for more fun events!  http://www.scottcountyiowa.com/conservation/glynns-creek-golf-course/special-events

Flyer with program information
Tuesday, August 6, 2019 - 1:00pm

Join the Wapsi River staff for an adventure with canoes and kayaks. Program includes all equipment use, covers safety, techniques, and taking a tour of Pride Lake. You may bring your own vessel/PFD, though it must comply with IADNR regulations. Reminder- this program is determined by weather and site conditions, weight capacity loads for kayaks are 250-300 lbs./solo and 425-475 lbs./tandem. Dress appropriately and bring water.

You must call to register for a seat 563-328-3286

owl at the school with kids photo
Wednesday, August 7, 2019 - 3:30pm

Join a Naturalist for a presentation on Birds of Prey! The program will include biology, ecology, habitats, with live owls and a falcon! Recommended for all families.


Overhead Map of the projected project.
  • Scott County Conservation Board & Iowa DNR are renovating the West Lake Complex to improve water quality and recreational opportunities
  • Watershed protection from March to November 2019 involves 5 ponds and one bio-swale
  • Liberalized Fishing Regulations 1 April – 15 July 2019
  • Water drawdown starts July 2019
  • Major construction in late 2019 involves dredging, shoreline stabilization, constructing 4 ponds, and fish habitat
  • Game fish will be restocked

Thank you for your understanding, patience, and cooperation...

Two bicyclers at the park.

Bike and Equestrian Trails are OPEN.

  • When open, please avoid any areas that may be wet.
  • At times, trails are closed due to weather conditions.

If you would like additional information, please call Scott County Park at (563) 328-3282 ext 1.

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