Margaret MacNider Campground

Margaret MacNider Campground

Where is MacNider Campground?


22.6 acres of parkland and established in 1958

The Aquatic Center and MacNider Campground are located just a few steps from each other. They are located just across the Winnebago River to the north of East Park connected by the footbridge constructed in 2006.

MacNider Campground Amenities:

baby swing, bike rental, camping, playground, trails

The Margaret MacNider Campground was established in 1958 and is located on Birch Drive just west of North Kentucky Avenue, containing 22.6 acres of parkland. The park is open from mid-April to mid-October depending on weather conditions. The campground offers a camp store on site that features common camping necessities for purchase in case campers need or forgot something. The bath house includes restrooms, shower facilities, and coin-operated washers and dryers for laundry and is built as a storm shelter designed to withstand tornado-force winds. Campers can choose from 20 full hookup trailer camping pads with water, sewer and electrical hookups, 55 sites with hookups for water and electrical, and 20 tent camping sites with water only, totaling 95 camping sites. Each campsite includes a fire ring and picnic table and the tent camping area includes fire rings, picnic tables and large barbeque grills.

Other features include paved roads, a dump station and a tent camping area. The picnic shelter area offers accessible picnic tables and barbeque grills.

Reservations are not taken – camping is on a first come – first serve basis.


To insure that everyone has an enjoyable experience, all campers and visitors are asked to abide by the following rules:

  • A registration form must be completed before camping.
  • All vehicles and campers must have proper registrations
  • Campsites shall be registered only to persons 18 years of age or older who will occupy the site during the full period of registration. Registering for a campsite permits one motorized RV, or one camper unit, or one tent for a family unit up to 6 people. One extra tent with up to 4 people may camp on the site by paying an additional fee. No tenting will be allowed on full hookup sites.  Ask the campground attendant for details.
  • Check out time is 2 p.m. unless arrangements are made with the campground manager.
  • Camping at one site is limited to 14 days. Any request for a stay beyond 14 days will be considered on a case by case basis by the campground manager and the Superintendent of Recreation.
  • Drive on the roads only.  For everyone’s safety, the speed limit is 10 miles per hour. A driver driving recklessly may lose his/her campground privileges.
  • A maximum of two vehicles per site is allowed. Vehicles should stay off the grass as much as possible.  It is up to the campground manager’s discretion if the vehicle needs to be moved.
  • Visitors must park in designated areas and not block any other campsite. 
  • The campground is closed to visitors at 11:00 p.m.
  • Quiet time begins at 10:30 p.m. Noise which can be heard at a distance of 120 feet or three campsites shall be considered unreasonable between the hours of 10:30 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.
  • Parents are responsible for their children. After 11:00 p.m., a minor must be accompanied by an adult when leaving his/her campsite. 
  • For your safety, keep your camp area neat and clean. Do not leave valuables, toys, food, or coolers in the open or unattended. Put all garbage in the dumpsters, not in the fire rings.

  • Do not move the fire rings.  Keep campfires within the fire rings and burn only paper and wood. Your campfire should be 3 feet or less in diameter and 3 feet or less in height.  Any fire shall be extinguished when requested by the campground manager.  Portable fireplaces must have the campground manager’s approval before being used.
  • As of January 1, 2011, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship requires all firewood sold in Iowa to have the county and state of harvest location on the label of packages and the delivery ticket for bulk firewood.
  • Dump your black and greywater at the dump station. Do not drain greywater on the campsites or use it to water campground vegetation.
  • Dogs and cats must be leashed and picked up after.
  • Barking dogs will not be tolerated.
  • Do not leave your pet outside alone when you leave your site. 
  • Do not tie pet leashes or rope to trees or between trailer units. 
  • Rugs, kennels, and satellite dishes are allowed on the gravel only.
  • Wading pools are prohibited because they create an artificial environment for mosquitoes.
  • Yard games such as water balloons and egg toss are prohibited. These games generate litter that is very difficult to clean up. The pieces of balloons are non-biodegradable and pose a hazard to humans, pets and wildlife. 
  • Firecrackers, playing with fire, loud or offensive language/music, rough housing, or other unruly behavior may cause your camping permit to be revoked. Please be respectful to others.
  • Units using stabilizers (e.g. leveling jacks) must have appropriately sized pads for the stabilizer feet to sit on. Creating holes in the ground may lead to a $10 fee per hole.
  • No refunds will be issued because of inclement weather.
  • Mason City Parks and Recreation Department is not responsible for accidents or lost or stolen items.
  • The Mason City Parks and Recreation Department may reserve right to take reservation for special occasions.
  • By entering the campgrounds you agree to abide by these rules.
  • See the campground manager for reduced price passes and discounts to the Aquatic Center (located adjacent to the campground) and Highland Park Golf Course.

East Park is located to the south and across the bridge over the Winnebago River. It is less than a five-minute walk from the campground.

If you have questions or concerns about MacNider Campground, please contact Mason City Parks and Recreation office at (641) 421-3673.

To contact the campground manager during camping season (generally April through October), call (641) 421-3679.