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Shady Creek Recreation Area

Muscatine, Iowa

This 31 acre park is one of the more popular Class A campgrounds along the Mississippi River.  It has 53 concrete sites all with 50 amp electrical service and the peaceful serene view of the river makes this a great place to relax and camp.  Located within Shady Creek is a mile long flat grass trail that meanders through the wooded area between the campground and highway 22.  Woodcock, deer, turtles, and other wildlife can be seen along this short and easy trail.

This busy recreation area is open from May 1 through the fourth Sunday in October. Reservations are encouraged to guarantee you have a spot to camp when you arrive. This is especially true for holiday weekends. You’ll want to be sure to make your reservations well in advance. The remainder of the year the park is accessible to day users; while the first eleven sites are open to camping with limited facilities due to winter weather.


Camping / Day Use Fees

2024 Fee Dates:
May 1 - October 27

Cost: $14.00 & $26.00

Reservations Accepted: Yes
To make a reservation:
Call: 1-877-444-6777
Download: mobile app

Boat Ramp: $5.00/day. Shady Creek boat ramp utilizes a Scan and Pay QR Code where a credit/debit card is needed for self registration. An annual pass can be purchased for $40.00. 

Picnic Shelter Reservation: $25.00

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            Shady Creek Recreation Area

                        3550 Hwy. 22
                   Muscatine, IA 52761


Contact Information

Fee Booth Hours:
5:00 - 8:00 PM Daily
9:00 - 11:00 AM Friday and Saturday; and Sundays of Holiday Weekends

Fee Booth Phone: 563-419-0857

Muscatine Ranger Office: 563-263-7913