Macbride Nature Recreation Area | Recreational Services
University of Iowa
Open Today
  • 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

MNRA is a 485-acre peninsula leased by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to the University of Iowa since 1969. UI Recreational Services has managed the property since 1984. There are ten kilometers of hiking and cross-country skiing trails. MNRA is also the home of the Environmental Education Programs: School of the Wild, Wildlife Camps, and Iowa Raptor Project. MNRA is located 15 miles north of Iowa City on Mehaffey Bridge Road, near Solon, Iowa. Some parking is available near the Social Center. There is also a main parking lot near the individual campsites.

Directions to MNRA

Park Hours:
November 1 - March 31   9:00am - 6:00pm
April 1 - October 31   6:00am - 9:00pm

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Campsite and Facility Reservations

Beginning December 10, we will no longer be accepting onsite payment and registration for campsites and shelters. You must receive your reservation confirmation before you can occupy a site. Registrations are accepted up to one hour prior to MNRA closing time. Occupying a campsite at anytime without registering online will be considered trespassing and handled as such. 

We do NOT accept reservations over the phone.

Click here to make an online reservation. You must have an online account to make a reservation. If you do not have an account, here's what you need to know:

  • If you are a staff, faculty, or student, you already have an account - just use your Hawk ID and password. 
  • If you've already created an account as a member of Rec Services or for other programs (swim lessons, fitness classes, etc), you may use the that same account to make a reservation. 
  • If you do not have an account, you can either create an account here or stop by the Field House membership desk. You may also register in-person at the Field House.

The list of advanced reservations is posted daily at the main parking lot at the MNRA. Sites NOT reserved are available on a first come, first serve basis by completing the reservation agreement online (does not include Falcon Campsite and Social Center).

All cancelations must be done 48 hours in advance. 

All Campsites are reserved from NOON - 11:00AM the next day 

No alcohol.

All pets must be on a leash.

How to make a reservation online:

  1. Log in to your account if you have not already. (YOU WILL FIRST NEED TO ADD AN "MNRA CAMPING" MEMBERSHIP TO YOUR ACCOUNT IF YOU ARE NOT A RECREATIONAL SERVICES MEMBER, BY GOING TO THE "MEMBERSHIPS" TAB ON THE FIRST PAGE).
  2. Click "Online Registration" on the homepage of connect.recserv.uiowa.edu.
  3. Scroll down until you find which site you would like to reserve, and click on the site.
  4. Click “Register” on the date you wish to reserve. Sites that are listed with “0 Spots” are already reserved.
  5. Sign and accept waiver to continue registration.
  6. Complete the questions about your visit with us. 
  7. If you are making a reservation for more than one day, click "Continue Shopping" (you'll have to add each day individually) or if you're done, select "Check Out".
  8. Enter payment information and you're done!

Campsite Prices

Campsites Price
Fox Campsites (individual) $10
Wolf Campsites (group) $20
Falcon Campsite $75

Shelters and Facilities Prices

Shelters and Facilities Price
Eagle Point, Hickory, and Triangle Picnic Areas $15
Eagle/Hawk $20
Falcon/Archery $30
Social Center $75

Contact Us

NameTitleEmailPhone
Tamra Elliott
Land Manager, MNRA
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Hours

  • 9:00 am – 6:00 pm