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Lodge - Prairie Oak

Squaw Creek Park
Ph: 319-892-6450
Marion, IA, 52302

Due to ongoing changes with the COVID-19 pandemic, Linn County Conservation reserves the right to further amend current guidelines and restrictions for this facility due to  health and safety concerns for the public and employees, and/or compliance with the State of Iowa Proclamation of Disaster orders. Current Guidelines for use are found here: COVID-19 Lodge and Shelter Use Guidelines

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.


CLICK to take a virtual tour of Prairie Oak Lodge

*PLEASE NOTE*  Prairie Oak Lodge has updated the kitchen, windows, restrooms, interior walls, and now has air conditioning.  These improvements are not currently illustrated on the virtual tour.   


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
  • 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 (renter provides own charcoal)
  • Large, 3000 sq. ft. exterior concrete patio with ten 7’ picnic tables
  • 3,000 sq. ft. level turf adjacent to lodge for ​lawn activities
  • 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


$500/day Friday, Saturday, Sunday or Holidays; $260.00/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.

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