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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 nearly 100 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 Circle, 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
  • Ten picnic tables under roof , eight picnic tables on patio
  • Two double-wide charcoal grills
  • Seven electrical outlets, small serving counter
  • Parking for 130 cars, additional parking for 50 within walking distance)
  • Flush toilet restroomnearby
  • Horseshoe courts adjacent
  • Pressurized drinking water at shelter
  • Campground within park is 1.5 miles away.
  • Access to park trails.
  • Lighting available for evening use
  • 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


Monday - Thursday: $35 per day

Friday - Sunday: $50 per day

Policies and Fees

Hours of Operation & Seasons

Meadowlark Shelter is a seasonal facility, available for reservations from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily from April 15th through October 15th.


Closed October 16th through April 14th