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Cottonwood Shelter

2500 North 25th Street
Ph: 712-741-5465
Council Bluffs, IA, 51501

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This small covered shelter is located in the south section of the park and overlooks the Missouri River with views of the Omaha skyline. Nearby access to restrooms, playground equipment, & water make this the perfect spot for your next event.  When not reserved, the shelter is available on a first come first serve basis.

Please understand at the time of booking your reservation that you immediately prohibit other people from reserving and utilizing that facility - they therefore go elsewhere to locate a facility for that date. We will observe a NON-REFUNDABLE RESERVATION policy with the following exceptions: 

  • Accident, serious injury or death of an immediate family member 
  • Travel conditions where a substantial risk is required in order to travel such as a winter storm where a travel advisory has been issued 
  • We are unable to provide your facility (or like facility) in operable condition for the date of your event

ALL cancellations or requests for refunds for the reasons above cannot be done online and must be made by calling the Park Ranger at  (402) 490-1290.



Narrows River Park
2500 North 25th Street 
Council Bluffs, IA 51501 

PHONE: (402) 490-1290 

Take I-29 exit 55 and head north on 25th Street.  Head right on River Road. 


  • Electricity
  • Four picnic tables
  • One charcoal grill
  • Trash can
  • Paved walkway from parking lot
  • Water within walking distance
  • Modern ​restrooms within walking distance
  • Archery range, horseshoe pit, volleyball net, playground & boat ramp within walking distance
Pet Friendly
Picnic Table
Refuse cans


  • $32.00 per day - $28.00 rental fee plus $4.00 processing fee
  • Shelter rental must be in the name of a person 21 years of age or older who will be present at the facility for the full term of the reservation
  • $100.00 alcohol deposit required with your rental, please check the Alcohol Deposit box during checkout and a staff member will meet you the day of your event to collect the deposit at that time. 

Questions? Contact Narrows River Park at 402-490-1290.  

Hours of Operation & Seasons

The park is open seasonally, April through October - Weather & River Conditions Permitting

May through September hours are 6:30am to 10:30pm

April and October hours are sunrise to sunset


The park closes from November through March.