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Conservation Department - Linn County

Posted on: August 20, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Derecho update - Parks, trails and natural areas 10/14/20

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10/14/20 update

Several Linn County Conservation parks, trails, and natural areas sustained heavy damage from the August 10 derecho and clean-up continues.  Please observe gate closures and signage indicating closures within our areas. Use caution within the open areas. 

Morgan Creek Park

The Morgan Creek Park Arboretum is open, other areas of the park are closed. A bridge replacement and trail construction is beginning which may lead to additional closures in some open areas. The campground is open, but see Campgrounds below for more information on seasonal closing. 

Wanatee Park

The park is open along Big Bluestem Drive in the lower park area to Red Cedar Lodge. The upper park area remains CLOSED. This closed area includes the picnic area, upper playground, multi-use trails, Meadowlark Shelter, etc.  Please observe the CLOSED signs. Heavy equipment and trucks continue to enter and exit the area.

The Wanatee Park campground is open, but see Campgrounds below for more information on seasonal closing. 

Wickiup Hill Learning Center

Open areas include trails in front of the building as well as Wickiup Wandering Wood’s nature playscape.  

Beyond the restroom, trails may be closed with barricades as our contractor continues hazard tree and debris removal.  

The indoor facility is OPEN weekdays Monday - Friday, generally 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Staff may limit access to the building depending on number of visitors. This is in accordance with our latest COVID-19 safety protocols.  Reservations must be made over the phone for groups of 10 or more by calling the Wickiup Hill Learning Center 319-892-6485. More about these safety guidelines can be found here


The Cedar Valley Nature Trail, Grant Wood Trail, and Hoover section south of Cedar Rapids are passable. Improvements will continue in several areas with additional debris removal next to the trail, ditches, etc. Be advised some sections could be closed without announcement for temporary work. 

Pinicon Ridge Park and Buffalo Creek Parks

These parks continue to operate as normal. For a complete list of Linn County Conservation parks, natural areas, and trails, visit parks at


Linn County Conservation campgrounds typically close October 15, or soon after, dependent on the weather and ground conditions. Once temperatures reach the 30’s, water must be shut off to avoid freezing. However, the department will make every effort to keep some campgrounds open and available depending on demand (keeping in mind that water and dump stations will not be available after the shut off). 

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