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Bessman-Kemp Campground

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Bessman-Kemp Campground

Bessman-Kemp Campground

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.

Campground Map

Campground Rules Regulations

Park Rules Regulations


Tents: $10

30-Amp: $13

50-Amp: $18

Monthly Rate: $300 - Monthly Camping Applications are available upon request with the Park Host on-site. The application must be filled out to receive the monthly rate.


  • Two Single-Family Cabins
  • Picnic Area
  • Water
  • Vault Restrooms
  • Electrical & Primitive Camping Sites
  • River Access

Operating Hours Seasons:

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


  • 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.

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