Outdoor Recreation Updates
Get outside and enjoy parks, trails and more while also safely practicing social distancing.
City of Cedar Rapids Parks, Golf, Disc Golf and Bike Share
As of June 1st, playground equipment, Riverside Skate Park, and basketball/tennis/volleyball courts are reopened. Parks, trails, disc golf and dog parks are open at this time. As of June 4th, City golf courses are open with the exception of Jones Golf Course, which remains closed. Prairie Park Fishery is also open for fishing and walking. The Cedar Rapids Bike Share is opening in June, see details here. 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. The canoe shuttle program is currently suspended due to health and safety concerns.
Indian Creek Nature Center
FREE self-guided activities available.
Explore the property with your family with guidance from volunteer teacher naturalist-created activities. Indian Creek Nature Center trails are always open for anyone to explore, but if you are looking for a more guided (but still solitary) experience, check out our self-guided tours available on their website. One of their dedicated and generous volunteers, Phil White, created these hikes, games and activities for individuals or families to experience on their own. Enjoy!