Playgrounds, camping, hiking, horseback riding, cross country skiing, fishing and hunting are just a few of the reasons that the Linn County Conservation Board owns and manages 27 areas throughout the county for the benefit of the public. Linn County Conservation Department offers parks, natural areas, preserves, historic sites, wetlands, an observatory and many educational and recreational opportunities.
The link below will take you to the Linn County Parks Master Plans. If you have any questions, comments or concerns please call 319-892-6450 or email conservation@LinnCounty.org
Master Plan Link
PARK PLAN PURPOSE AND GOALS:
* Serve as a guide for future development of the park.
* Provide a means to determine best uses for the park and to optimize management of the parks natural and man-made resources.
* Serve as a general guide for future appropriate park uses and their approximate location within the park
* Create a long range vision (10-20 years) for future development and programming.
Trail Improvements Scheduled for Grant Wood Trail
Linn County Conservation officials announced today that upcoming trail improvement activities will impact access to the Grant Wood Trail in the vicinity of Highway 13. Two planned construction projects will require the closure of the west end of the trail on the east side of Highway 13 starting approximately April 2. Construction activity will start on a new parking area at the south end of 62nd Street in Marion on March 31. This parking area will serve as a trailhead for trail users who formerly accessed the trail from Highway 13. Later in April, construction is expected to start on the trail underpass at Highway 13. The highway underpass will allow the Grant Wood Trail to be connected with the city of Marion’s trail system. The underpass will require removal of the current trail access and parking area near Highway 13.
Buffalo Creek Dam Mitigation Project
The Linn County Conservation Board selected the option that includes a partial dam removal of 5 – 7 feet together with the installation of rock arch rapids to allow fish passage. As the project progresses, updates will be available HERE
Matsell Bridge Shooting Range
Looking to Register for a Matsell Bridge Shooting Range Annual Permit?
You found the right place! Click the button below.
To read more about the Shooting Range click HERE
Contact Linn County Conservation
Mailing Address of Headquarters
Linn County Conservation
10260 Morris Hills Road
Toddville, IA 52341
Make all checks payable to Linn County Treasurer
Activities in Linn County
Visitors to Linn County parks enjoy many aspects of outdoor recreation! From primitive camping to modern cabins; trails for people and pets (including horses!); water activities ranging from canoe floats to fishing access; and educational programs at Wickiup Hill Learning Center or the Eastern Iowa Observatory. There is so much more to do in Linn County, so start now - it's yours to explore, naturally! Sign up below for our newsletter with all our latest programming!
Facilities in Linn County
Major recreation areas within the Linn County system include Pinicon Ridge Park, Morgan Creek Park, Squaw Creek Park, Wickiup Hill Learning Area and the historic Matsell Bridge Natural Area. In addition, the numerous natural areas and preserves provide great outlets for recreation outdoors!
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Parks in Linn County