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Lodge - Prairie Oak

Squaw Creek Park
Marion, IA, 52302

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Prairie Oak Lodge, located in Squaw Creek Park, is the largest enclosed year-round facility available for reservations in the Linn County Park system - indoor user capacity is 250 people. (Capacity may be increased by utilizing a large outdoor patio and user-provided additional chairs, tables, etc.) This facility was opened in 2004 and is very popular for graduation parties, weddings & receptions, family reunions and corporate gatherings.


Prairie Oak Lodge is located in Squaw Creek Park. The address of the lodge is 4201 Big Bluestem Dr. Marion.  For a park map, click here.


  • 1960 sq. ft. main lodge space (35’ X 56’)
  • 686 sq. ft. secondary lodge space (28’ X 21’+)
  • Seating for 200-225 people banquet style
  • Sheltered capacity – 250 people; Fair weather capacity – 525 people
  • 250 folding chairs (brown), thirty 8’ X 30” folding tables & two 4’ X 30” folding tables (Storage closet)
  • Full kitchen facilities including: full-sized refrigerator, 4-burner electric range with oven, double sink, large amount of counter space and 7’ serving window w/36” wide countertop
  • NO AIR CONDITIONING is available – ventilation system and ceiling fans in place for good air movement
  • In-floor heat throughout
  • Five (5) 30A, GFI double outlets in kitchen area
  • Fifteen (15) 30A double outlets in main lodge
  • Five (5) exterior 30A double outlets
  • NO land-line telephone service available
  • Parking for 150 cars, 4 handicapped spaces
  • Interior restrooms (men & women)
  • Large fireplace with some wood provided
  • Interior drinking fountain
  • Catering and service entrance with two double outdoor cooking grills adjacent.
  • Large, 3000 sq. ft. exterior concrete patio with ten 7’ picnic tables
  • 3,000 sq. ft. level turf adjacent to lodge for field sports activities or tent set-up
  • Downhill sledding facility ¼ mile away (lighted)
  • This is an ADA accessible facility
  • Donald Gardner Golf Course is 2 miles away (operated by the city of Cedar Rapids)
  • Campground approximately 1 mile away

Toilet tissue & assorted cleaning supplies
Broom, dustpan & mop and sponge

Firewood available
Pets prohibited
Picnic Table
Pressurized water
Refuse cans
Table with chairs


$400/day Friday, Saturday, Sunday or Holidays; $205.00/day Monday through Thursday.

Hours of Operation & Seasons

  Prairie Oak Lodge is available for reservations 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM daily on a year round basis.


Prairie Oak Lodge is closed on December 24, 25, 31 and January 1.