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Lodge - Prairie Oak

1600 Banner Dr.
Ph: 319-892-6450
Marion, IA, 52302


Prairie Oak Lodge, located in Wanatee Park, is the largest enclosed year-round facility available for reservations in the Linn County Park system with a capacity of 250 people. 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 Wanatee 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
  • 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

Fire ring
Firewood available
Handicap Accessible
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.


Certain activities or items require that you request and obtain a special use permit from the Park Ranger in advance of your event.These include (but are not limited) to the following: horses (or horse activities), event tents, inflatable play equipment, hog roasts, carnival-type activities, etc. Please contact 319-892-6450 for additional information.

Beer Keg Permit - $25.00