The Cedar River in Iowa is named after the juniper trees growing there (mistakenly called "cedar" by early settlers). The area surrounding the Cedar River is known as the Cedar River Valley but more commonly known as the Cedar Valley. The headwaters of the Cedar River are located in Dodge County, Minnesota. The Cedar River ends in Louisa County at the town of Columbus Junction. There the river joins with the Iowa River as it winds toward the Mississippi. The total length of the Cedar River is approximately 300 miles.
Cedar River Access consist of 26 acres of flood plain forest suited for white tail deer and turkey. The Cedar River Access provides access to the Cedar River and a spacious parking facility. Within the park, outdoor enthusiast of all types should find what they are looking for. The habitat within the park provides opportunities to hunt, fish, hike and go bird watching. The species one might encounter range from migrating waterfowl to songbirds and raptors. Hunters can expect to see white tailed deer as well as wild turkeys.
Park boundaries may not be clearly marked in all locations within the park so please be aware of park boundaries and respect private property.
Near LaPorte City just east of the Barnes Ferry and Harmon Road intersection. Watch for the brown arrowhead sign park sign on Harmon Road.
Operating Hours & Seasons
Black Hawk County Conservation Board
1346 West Airline Hwy
Waterloo, IA 50703
Phone: (319) 433-PARK (7275)
Fax: (319) 433-7276
Park hours: 6:00 a.m to 10:30 p.m.