The Madison County Conservation Board provides park users with a number of picnic shelter facilities located in the parks listed below. Our picnic shelters vary in size and range from simple shelters with a few tables and grills to large facilities with electric outlets, group grills, lighting and modern bathrooms that provide excellent locations for large group gatherings. All of the large group facilities can be reserved up to one year in advance. On a daily/hourly basis, all shelter facilities are available on a first come-first serve basis if they are not posted as being reserved for All Day/Hourly increments.
All of our smaller shelters CANNOT be reserved and are available on a first come-first serve basis only.
To reserve a shelter, call the conservation board office at 515-462-3536.
A valid credit card is required to make a reservation. All fees will be collected at the time of reservation.
Cedar Bridge Park Gazebos
Fellowship Forest Shelter
Middle River Park Shelter
Pammel Park Lodge & Backbone Shelter
Shelter Reservation Policies
- Reservations are taken begining on (January 1st), for each calendar year.
- All fees must be paid at the time of placing reservation.
- ALL RESERVATIONS ARE FINAL – REFUNDS ARE NOT PROVIDED FOR CANCELATIONS.
- Reservations are for the picnic shelter structure only (does not include grounds/adjoining amenities).
- Extra dining tents/structures are prohibited.
- Reservation times include set-up and clean-up.
Shelter Rules and Regulations
Contracts: All Lodge and Shelter Renters are required to date and sign the contract. The Conservation Board must have a signed contract in our office prior to the rental period in order for you to gain access to the Lodge.
Alcohol Policy: No Keg or Glass Bottled beer allowed in Madison County Parks.
Carry-In / Carry-Out Policy: Requires all park users to take their garbage/waste with them when leaving the park. This policy includes groups renting shelter and lodge facilities.
Decorations: Use of tacks, nails, staples, etc., are strictly prohibited. Decorations are permitted inside the Lodge only, and are not to be attached to adjoining facilities and/or natural vegetation. Directional signs are not to be attached to natural vegetation, park areas signs/posts or roadside or traffic signs/posts. Due to digestive hazards to wildlife in the parks, the use of foil/metallic party confetti is strictly prohibited. Clean-up of facility must be completed no later than end of rental period listed on contract. Make sure those people responsible for decorating and clean-up are aware of these regulations.
Fireplace Care: Before starting a fire, check to see that the chimney damper is OPEN! Before leaving, make sure your fire is reduced to ashes – DO NOT USE WATER!!
Play Areas: Do not allow children to use bathrooms and landscape beds as play areas. Damages to facilities are expensive and repair costs will be assessed to the group renting the facility.
Grill Care: Before leaving, make sure your fire is reduced to ashes- DO NOT USE WATER!!
Cleaning & Closing: Wipe all moisture from walnut tables & benches. Sweep floor, take your garbage with you. Turn off all lights, lock all doors and windows before leaving.
Lock Padlocked Door Last – all other doors & windows lock from the inside. Failure to clean & lock building will result in a service fee assessed to the renter listed on contract.
Exclusive Use of Facility: Your facility reservation applies only to the shelter building listed on your contract. Surrounding grounds and adjacent park facilities (bathrooms, picnic grounds, etc) are available for all other park users.
No Additional Tents: The use of additional tents/temporary structures for dining, catering, etc. is prohibited.