Picnic Area

at Van Meter State Park

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a family enjoys a picnic luncg at a picnic table under large shade trees


Under lofty trees sit picnic sites, a playground and two picnic shelters.

Picnic Shelters

The shelters can be reserved for $35 per day, making the park a great place for large gatherings of family and friends.

  • Shelter 1 can accommodate approximately 96 people and has electricity and an outdoor grill.
  • Shelter 2 can accommodate approximately 52 people and has electricity, two fireplaces and two group grills. A water fountain is nearby.
Shelter Reservations

To reserve a shelter, contact the park to check for availability by calling 660-886-7537. If available, fill out the Shelter Reservation Application and mail it to the park for approval. Submission of this application does not guarantee reservation of the shelter.


Playground equipment is available in the picnic area.