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Shelter - Meadowlark

Meadowlark Shelter, located in Wanatee Park, is one of the larger open shelters available for reservations in the Linn County Park system. With adjacent parking lots that can accommodate over 120 vehicles, this shelter is popular for all kinds of family, corporate and social events. 


The address of the shelter within the park 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 - 50-60 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)
  • Restroom nearby with flush toilets
  • 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, large tents shelters, inflatable play equipment, hog roasts, fireworks, carnival-type activities, etc. Please contact the Conservation Office for additional information at 319-892-6450.
Handicap Accessible
Picnic Table
Pressurized water
Refuse cans

Hours of Operation & Seasons

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


Closed October 16th through April 14th