Floating Waterpark at Monticello Jellystone in Iowa

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Floating Waterpark at Monticello Jellystone in Iowa

We are a big camping family and love to take our camper, Poppy, out on all sorts of adventures across Iowa and the Midwest. It has become a family tradition to check out new campgrounds each summer and the Monticello Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park has been on the list for a while. The biggest draw for this family-friendly camping destination is the floating waterpark. Take a look at all the details about Monticello Jellystone Park and the floating waterpark located in Iowa. 

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Location of Monticello Jellystone

The Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Camp-Resort Monticello is located on the Maquoketa River between Cedar Rapids and Dubuque, Iowa. The address is 22128 Hwy 38 N. If you are coming from the Des Moines, Iowa area it is about 2 hours and 30 minutes. 

Camping Options

Monticello Jellystone is a great campground and offers many camping options including rental cabins, RV sites with full hookup (with pull thru options), and tent camping. There is an option for everyone whether it is for small families or groups of all sizes! It is a 270-site park and is very large! It is highly recommended to rent a golf cart when you book your reservation. They go fast! 

Activities at Monticello Jellystone

There are many family activities offered at the campground in a safe environment. You do not have to be a guest at the campground to participate in the activities and amenities. You can pay a daily rate.  The park entrance is $10 per person. WIBIT Wristband (waterpark) is $20-$25 per person. Take a look at some of the fun amenities and attractions they offer! 

  • Heated swimming pool
  • WIBIT Water Course
  • Pedal boat rentals 
  • River tubing trail 
  • Jumping pillow
  • Large sand beach 
  • Paddle board
  • Gaga pit
  • Shuffleboard courts
  • Fishing lake 
  • Horseshoe pits
  • Water toys
  • Fun crafts and a full daily schedule full of family fun! 
  • Storytime with Yogi Bear 
  • and so much more! 

Floating Waterpark (WIBIT Water Course) Details

Of course, the highlight of this beautiful campground was the WIBIT Water Course! This attraction alone provided hours of water fun for our kids and they has so much fun. Here are my top notes for the floating waterpark: 

  1. Everyone must wear a provided Wibit life vest. You cannot use your own! This includes adults too. 
  2. All users must be at least 30 lbs. It is recommended for mid-elementary to teens. My daughter who was 8 years old at the time had no issues with it. 
  3. There must be an adult watching. You can either be in the water or on the beach. There is no shade on the beach, so bring a canopy and/or a pop-up tent to shield you from the sun and heat. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What was this campground before it was a Jellystone?

Prior to being a Yogi Bear Jellystone campground, it was Walnut Acres Campground. 

Is the campground shaded?

The campground is fairly shaded and the tent area has a ton of shady options! 

Do they offer birthday party packages?

Yes, they offer birthday packages that include a visit from Yogi Bear. 

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Is there a store or food available for purchase?

There is a concession stand available to purchase snacks and lunch-type options. The store is more of a souvenir shop and has some basic camping necessities, but not a lot. 

Do you have videos of the waterpark?

Yes! You can view an Instagram Reel that was created that highlights the WIBIT here.


Erin Huiatt

Erin is a reliable resource and stepping stone for women and families to find support and make connections within our community. She wants families to feel confident to reach out and ask for help and advice to get pointed in the right direction. She enjoys traveling and exploring with her two children in tow!

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