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Outdoor Recreation Updates

Get outside and enjoy parks, trails and more while also safely practicing social distancing.

City of Cedar Rapids Parks, Golf and Disc Golf

For the health and safety of the public, due to COVID-19, the City of Cedar Rapids, and other area communities, are temporarily closing playgrounds and outdoor exercise stations in parks. ​The City of Cedar Rapids has also closed the Riverside Skate Park, outdoor basketball courts, tennis courts, and baseball fields. Signage has been posted at closed facilities and playgrounds have been taped off. Parks, trails and dog parks are open at this time. Golf  and Disc Golf courses are open with some additional safety measures. Prairie Park Fishery is also open for fishing and walking. Find recommendations for using parks here

City of Cedar Rapids Swimming Pools

To protect the safety of employees and the public, the City of Cedar Rapids will not open Bever, Bender, Jones, Ellis, Cherry Hill and Noelridge Pools and Aquatic Centers this summer. Learn more.

Linn County Campgrounds & Parks

Buffalo Creek Park, Morgan Creek Park, Pinicon Ridge Park and Squaw Creek Park campgrounds are open to campers in all units. This also includes primitive (non-electric) camping areas at Matsell Bridge Natural Area (including Mt Hope) and Wakpicada Natural Area.

  • Social Distancing: Within the campgrounds and other areas of the park, keep 6 feet between you and other patrons and wear a mask when social distancing cannot be maintained. Groups of more than 10 people are prohibited.
  • Camping units: Campsites are open to all camping units normally permitted under current department rules and regulations.
  • Shower house: Shower houses with modern restrooms are open starting May 20 for registered campers. Those camping with self-contained units are encouraged to continue using their own shower and restrooms.
  • Group campgrounds: Online reservations are accepted for dates after June 1, subject to additional restrictions.
  • Practice safe hygiene. Please bring your own sanitizer and/or use soap and water frequently.
  • First-come, first-served The long standing policy of first-come, first-served camping continues. Reservations are only accepted for Squaw Creek Park A-Loop online at LinnCountyParks.com.

The Conservation department is pleased to provide this outdoor recreation opportunity at this time, and thanks all campers for cooperating with these guidelines to make a safe and enjoyable experience for all. Find more information at LinnCountyParks.com.

Linn County Parks, Trails, Natural Areas, and Preserves are OPEN. These areas are currently open to the public from sunrise to sunset. Safe activities may include walking, hiking, nature discovery, scavenger hunts, geocaching, fishing, and much more. The Matsell Bridge shooting range also remains open at this time.

Watercraft Concession: In-park watercraft rentals are open at Pinicon Ridge Park starting May 23. The canoe shuttle program is currently suspended due to health and safety concerns.

A list of the 28 areas within Linn County can be found at LinnCountyParks.com. Try a new open space you may not have visited before. Challenge yourself to the Spring Scanvenger Hunt - print out here.

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