Squaw Creek Park

Squaw Creek
Squaw Creek
Mountain Bike Trial
Prairie Oak Lodge

Shower House
Sledding at Red Cedar Lodge
Squaw Creek Army Challenge

Squaw Creek Park
Squaw Creek Park offers opportunities for picnicking, camping, winter activities, nature study and more.  The name Squaw Creek Park derived from Squaw Creek  which follows a meandering course through a shallow valley in the park.  This 998-acre park is home to a variety of wildlife. The proximity to the metropolitan area makes Squaw Creek a popular destination for outdoor recreation. 


Squaw Creek Park offers 69 campsites with a modern, state-of-the-art restroom and shower facility.  Campgrounds are usually open April 15 to October 15, ground conditions permitting. The Squaw Creek Campground is divided into two camping areas: A Loop and B Loop.  A Loop at Squaw Creek Park is the only family campground in the Linn County Park system that allows advanced reservations. There are two sanitary dumping stations nearby

  • For a map of A Loop, which allow for reservations,  click here

To reserve a site, click here and select the campsite you are interested in.


  • For a map of Squaw Creek B Loop, which are first come, first served campsites, click here.

The 4 mile trail winds through a variety of vegetation types ranging from open meadows to brushy creek bottoms to mature timber.  Users have the opportunity to enjoy the solitude of a hike in the woods while viewing wildflowers and abundant wildlife.  The trail is popular for hiking, horseback riding, nature study, running and cross country skiing. 

A portion of the trail system is groomed for cross country skiing, both classical and skate-ski styles. 

The trail system include a mountain biking system, developed and managed by Lamba and equestrian-friendly trails.


Lodges & Shelters
The park has two enclosed lodges and one open air shelter.  Prairie Oak Lodge offers approximately 4000 square feet of floor space.  Red Cedar Lodge offers approximately 2000 square feet of floor space.  Meadowlark Shelter has nearby outdoor recreation opportunities including trails, playgrounds, picnic tables and grills.


Squaw Creek Park brochure and map

Mountain Bike/Single Track Trail map 



Squaw Creek Park is located on the southeast side of Marion, just west of Hwy. 13 off Hwy. 100, and south on Banner Drive. For a map of the park, click here.


Mountain Bike/Single Track trail  Click here for a map, courtesy of the Linn Area Mountain Bike Association

Lighted downhill sledding facility 

Dog training area


Gardner Golf Course

Operating Hours & Seasons

Park hours are 4 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.  Many features of the park are open on a year-round basis, some will close seasonally. Campgrounds and shelters are generally open from April 15 - October 15th (weather & ground conditions may contract or expand these dates).