Campgrounds

Come and Camp in Beautiful Hardin County!

Hardin County Conservation is pleased to offer you beautiful summer weekend escape options, let our campgrounds be one of them!

Check out our camping locations below:

Bessman-Kemp Park

These 71 acres of land were given for a park and wildlife preserve in memory of John S. Kemp’s parents. The Kemps were early settlers on this land in the 1850’s. Many clubs and organizations—local, county, and district held their meetings there. The park has picnic tables, sire rings, vault restrooms and river access. Tent camping is permitted.

Features:

Today this park is one of many Water Trail sites along the Iowa River Greenbelt’s Scenic Trail. A place where you can enjoy picnicking, tent camping and fishing.

Location:

  • 122690 Ee Ave., Alden, IA.
  • Bessman-Kemp Park is located 1/2 mile west of downtown Alden
  • Property lies on both sides of the Iowa River. Primary access is on the south.

Operating Hours & Seasons

Opens at 6:00 AM and closes at 10:30 PM

For additional information regarding this park, please contact Hardin County Conservation by phone at 641-648-4361 or by email.


Bessman-Kemp Park

Daisy Long Campground:

Daisy Long Memorial Park is east of Union and is  the original site of the first water powered grist mill built in 1856 with some of the old foundation still remaining.

Features:

This unique area offers camping, fishing, and picnicking. This area provides a great opportunity for family outings, featuring a cabin for reservation and a public restroom facility. It features electrical outlets for 30 campers as well as a dump station for all RV's and campers. A volleyball court is also on site. A Kiosk depicting the history of the Grist Mill was built in 2003. 

Reservations:

To make reservations and check cabin availability, please call the Hardin County Conservation Headquarters Office at 641-648-4361.

Location:

  • Daily Long Park is located at 33671-D65, Union, Iowa 
  • One mile east of Union 
  • Turn left on D65, 1/8th of a mile.

Park Regulations:

  • Pets must remain leashed
  • Park closes at 10:30 PM (except to campers)
  • Quiet time is from 10:30 PM to 6:30 AM
  • Fires in designated rings ONLY.

View a full list of park regulations here:

For additional information regarding this park, please contact Hardin County Conservation by phone at 641-648-4361 or by email.


Pine Ridge Park:

This 131.9 acre park with timber and prairie land was purchased in 1977 by the Hardin County Conservation Board who quickly went to work developing the park into an outdoor recreation paradise.

Features:

A large camping area provides electrical outlets to service over 40 campers. Primitive sites are also available. There are modern toilets and shower facilities, water, and playground.  At Pine Ridge you will find an 8 acre artificial lake for fishing, a shooting range with up to 200 yard range, an enclosed shelter house, and boat ramp that access the Iowa River.

Location:

  • Located on Highway D-35 
  • Northwest of Steamboat Rock

Regulations:

Pine Ridge Park Regulations (PDF).

For additional information regarding this park, please contact Hardin County Conservation by phone at 641-648-4361 or by email.

Pine Ridge Park Sign