Pinicon Ridge Park

Other Activities at Pinicon Ridge Park

observation tower
observation tower
observation tower view
observation tower 1967
Elk at Alexander Wildlife Area

buck at Alexander Wildlife Area


A landmark for Pinicon Ridge Park, the 72' Woodpecker Hill Observation Tower provides scenic views and lifetime experiences to hundreds of thousands of visitors since it was originally constructed in 1966. The main shaft of the tower was constructed by the former Link-Belt Speeder Company of Cedar Rapids in the mid-1960s - destined to become a crane in New York city harbor. Due to some construction mis-configurations, it never made the trip to New York and was acquired by the Linn County Conservation Board in 1965. Due to liability concerns, the tower was closed for a couple years in the mid-1990s. A $150,000 renovation project included a facelift, enclosing the previously open stairwell, and general structural maintenance on the facility. The tower reopened in the late 1990s, for another long run of providing memories for park users.  

The Pinicon Ridge Observation Tower is open to the public and no charge. It is closed when there is snow, ice, or similar conditions that could pose a risk to safety. At 1,028 feet abover sea leve, it is one of the highest points in Linn County.  From the observation platform, one commands a wonderfully scenic view of the Wapsipinicon River valley and adjoining country side as far as the eye can see. 



 Named after former Conservation Board member Dick Alexander for his efforts in wildlife conservation and education, this 5 acre area was started in 1968 to further the county's wildlife restocking efforts at that time.  Species on display include American elk, but have also included white-tailed deer, mallard ducks, and Canada geese. 


The park is open daily from 4? a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  Entrance to the park and the wildlife pen is free.