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Outdoor Recreation Updates

STORM REMINDER: Some Cedar Rapids area parks remain closed. Please do not walk through these parks. It is too dangerous because there are still limbs hanging that could fall.


  • Hard surface trails are cleared
  • Twin Pines and Gardner Golf Courses OPEN
  • Tuma Sports Complex OPEN 
  • Ushers Ferry Lodge AVAILABLE for rentals
  • K9 Acres Off-Leash Area OPEN
  • Cheyenne Dog Park OPEN 
  • Cedar Valley Nature Trail OPEN
  • Cedar Lake, Ellis, Edgewood, Cherokee, Lindale, CEMAR commuter trails OPEN
  • Many park areas remain closed. See a list of closures and updates here. Please use caution at all outdoor facilities as there is still debris and damage in many areas.

City of Marion Parks

Gill Park and the splash pad, Lowe Park, and the trails through the park, Thomas Park, Taube Park, Butterfield Park, and Waldo’s Rock Park are now open to the public.
Due to the extent of the damage and other construction projects, Lindale and Boyson Trails remain closed.   Learn More

City of Hiawatha Parks

City parks are closed with the exception of Fay Clark Park being open for trail walking and disc golf at your own discretion. The restrooms are closed.

Linn County Parks

Linn County Conservation is continuing response efforts following the severe storm that passed through the county on Monday, August 10.

Areas that are currently closed include:

  • Morgan Creek Park and Arboretum
  • Wanatee Park (formerly Squaw Creek) - upper park area remains CLOSED indefinitely. This includes the picnic area, upper playground, multi-use trails, Meadowlark Shelter, etc. 

Areas that are currently open include:

  • Wanatee Park (formerly Squaw Creek) along Big Bluestem Drive in the lower park area to Red Cedar Lodge, however, the upper park is closed.
  • Wickiup Hill Learning Center - Open areas include trails in front of the building and property, as well as Wickiup Wandering Woods nature playscape. Trails and areas beyond the playscape continue to be closed due to ongoing hazard tree and debris removal. As of, 3/1/2021, the indoor facility is OPEN 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. All visitors are required to wear masks/face coverings while indoors, and practice social distancing of at least 6 feet between themselves and others not in their household. The Wickiup Hill Learning Center is operating at a reduced capacity. Groups of 10 or more interested in visiting the building are encouraged to contact Wickiup staff in advance at 319-892-6485.

Find more information at LinnCountyParks.com.

Linn County Trails

Cedar Valley Nature Trail and the Grant Wood Trails are passable. Proceed with caution and be on alert for ongoing debris removal and hazard tree maintenance.

A list of the 28 areas within Linn County can be found at LinnCountyParks.com

Indian Creek Nature Center

Amazing Space is now open, along with a limited number of the trails.* Hours are Tuesday-Saturday 10 AM-4 PM. Capacity indoors is 15 people at a time. Masks required indoors, as well as outdoors when distance cannot be maintained. The Creekside Shop will also be open. Woodland trails remain closed and are dangerous to be on due to hanging limbs, prairie trails are open. Volunteer needs posted here.

Palisades Kepler State Park

Closed due to dangerous conditions. Likely to reopen spring 2021. Learn More

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