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Shelter - Meadowlark

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

Meadowlark Shelter, located in Squaw Creek Park, is one of the larger open shelters available for reservations in the Linn County Park system. With adjacent parking lots that can accommodate 132+ vehicles, this shelter is popular for all kinds of family, corporate and social events. 


Meadowlark Shelter is located at Squaw Creek Park. For a park map, click here. The address of the shelter is 2001 Big Bluestem Cir. Marion Iowa 52302


  • 32’ X 56’ - 1792 sq. feet of sheltered use area
  • Open air shelter (not enclosed) picnic shelter
  • Sheltered capacity - 100 people
  • Fair-weather capacity - 500 people
  • 10 picnic tables under roof + 8 picnic tables on patio
  • 2 double-wide charcoal grills
  • 7 electrical outlets, small serving counter
  • Parking for 132 cars, directly adjacent (additional parking for 49 cars within walking distance)
  • Pit vault restroom nearby
  • Horseshoe courts adjacent
  • Pressurized drinking water at shelter
  • Donald Gardner Golf Course is 2 miles away
  • (operated by the city of Cedar Rapids)
  • Season is April 15th to October 15th
  • Campground approx. 1.5 miles away
  • Nearby access to park trail system
  • Lighting available for evening use
  • This is an ADA accessible facility
  • Special permits required for horses, erection of tents, inflatable play equipment, hog roasts, fireworks, carnival-type activities, etc. Please contact the Park Ranger for additional information at 377-5954.
Firewood available
Pressurized water
Refuse cans


$50.00/day Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays

$35/day Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday (non-holidays).

Hours of Operation & Seasons

Meadowlark Shelter is a seasonal facility, available for reservations from 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM daily from April 15 thru October 15.




This shelter facility is not available for reservation after October 15 and prior to April 15.