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Bessman-Kemp Campground

Located west of Alden and situated along the Iowa River, these 71 acres of land were purchased as a park and wildlife preserve in the early 80's. The park has since been used by many locals and visitors for various recreational purposes and currently features 12 electrical campsites, 2 cabins, a shelter house, a restroom, and carry-down river access.

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Primitive Tents (No Electric): $10

30/50-Amp: $15


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


Check availability and make reservations in advance online at My County Parks!

Operating Hours & Season:

Bessman-Kemp Campground is open mid-April to mid-October. Dates vary depending on the weather. 

Camping Check-In: 3 PM

Camping Check-Out: 2 PM

Campground Quiet Hours: 10:30 PM – 6AM


  • 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.