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Lodge - Red Cedar

Red Cedar Lodge, located in Wanatee Park, was originally constructed in 1975 to be used as a ski lodge in the winter - supporting the adjacent lighted ski hill operation at the time. The ski hill operation ceased in the early 1980s, and the lodge has been on our year-round reservation schedule ever since. In 2016, the old lodge was replaced with facility you see today. It is extremely popular for graduation events, family gatherings, smaller, intimate weddings & wedding receptions, corporate gatherings, etc. 

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Address: 1700 Big Bluestem Dr.,  Marion, IA, 52302.



  • 3846 total sq. feet of lodge space - main room is 1953 sq ft
  • Banquet style seating - 120 people
  • Sheltered capacity: 150 people
  • Business style meeting with tables – theater style - 60-75 people
  • 175 folding chairs (brown), 24 30" x 8 ft tables, 2 30" x 4 ft tables (renter is responsible for set up and take down)
  • Full kitchen facilities including: commercial-sized refrigerator, 4-burner electric range w/oven, double sink, and window to serving counter.
  • Bi-level serving counter with 7 electrical outlets  
  • 10 30 amp, GFI double outlets in kitchen area
  • 9 20 amp double outlets in main lodge
  • 10 30 amp outdoor electrical outlets 
  • Parking for 150 cars, 4 handicapped spaces
  • Interior restrooms (men & women), and men's and women's changing rooms 
  • Gas fireplace situated against the South wall
  • Covered drive through entryway
  • Interior has stone highlights
  • No Wi-Fi or internet service available
  • Catering and service entrance with two double outdoor cooking grills (renter provides own charcoal).  Adjacent, gravel pad for larger smokers and grills.
  • Large, 3100 sq. ft. exterior concrete patio with ten 7’ picnic tables
  • Horseshoe courts (horseshoes available upon request)
  • Downhill sledding facility adjacent (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

Handicap Accessible
Pets prohibited
Picnic Table
Pressurized water
Refuse cans
Table with chairs


Monday -Thursday, $275

Friday - Sunday, $550

Special Discount: For any reservations that are made on or after April 1, 2023, a 15% discount will be applied at time of rental purchase if you book three consecutive days. Must check out by 3 p.m. on third day.  MUST CALL CONSERVATION OFFICE at 319-892-6450 TO RECEIVE DISCOUNT AT INITIAL BOOKING. Discount not provided for existing or previous reservations. 


Policies and Fees

Hours of Operation & Seasons

Red Cedar Lodge is available for reservations 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM daily year round. 



Red Cedar Lodge is closed on December 24, 25, 31 and January 1. 


Beer Keg Permit is $25.00.

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.

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