Recreation

The Wapsipinicon River through tree branches.
A trail at Wapsi Center.

The Wapsi River Center offers and provides limited outdoor and wildlife-oriented recreation. The Center boasts several miles of scenic trails and activities include: hiking, nature studying, bird watching, photography, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, canoeing/kayaking, and picnicking. Fires are restricted to fire pits and grills that are provided, pets must be leashed when outdoors, and bicycles are limited to roadway use.

A new low impact Iowa DNR Water Trail access is planned along the River Trail at the Center and will allow for canoe/kayak access to the Wapsicpinicon River. The Bends and Beaches Trail allows for canoe floats while programs are offered by staff and scheduling is determined by group need and abilities.

The Center also provides a shooting range in support of hunter education courses and a teams course under the direct supervision of staff by scheduling for such programming. Center staff is also trained as National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) instructors to teach and conduct international style archery to both students and educators. Please call to find out more about NASP and opportunities including technical assistance and use of a full ten bow kit to qualifying schools/educators on a loan basis.

News & Notices

Scott County has recently installed seven wheelchair charging stations in various locations to make its facilities even more accessible for visitors in battery-powered wheelchairs or scooters. The charging stations have been installed at the Scott County Courthouse, Scott County Administrative...
Posted: October 11, 2019
Just in time for the Labor Day Weekend, the Scott County Conservation Board is pleased to announce that after being closed for the entire season due to flooding, the majority of the camp sites at Buffalo Shores Campground are now open. The row closest to the river will remain closed for an...
Posted: August 29, 2019