August 18, 2020
Linn County Conservation is continuing response efforts following the severe storm that passed through the county on Monday, August 10. Areas that are currently closed include:
• Morgan Creek Park, Arboretum, and Campground
• Squaw Creek Park and Campground
• Wickiup Hill Learning Center
Linn County Conservation is hopeful to reopen some of these areas in coming days as power is restored, debris is removed, and these sites are deemed safe and secure.
Pinicon Ridge and Buffalo Creek Parks and Campgrounds are open.
Facilities at Squaw Creek Park and Morgan Creek Park.
Patrons who have reserved a lodge, shelter, group camp, or a Squaw Creek Park A-Loop campsite during this closure are being contacted for suitable options.
Phone Service is down and network service is limited.
Please be patient as we work through these issues as a result of the storm.
Damage is widespread and sporadic along our trail system. Crews will continue to remove debris and open areas that are safe. However, be advised that several sections are not open and may be closed for some time. Crews will be entering and leaving areas multiple times in coming days and weeks.
Cedar Valley Nature Trail
The trail from Boyson Road to County Home Road is clear of most debris, but clean-up will continue in this stretch.
Parking for the trail north of the metro area is available at County Home Road and the Center Point Depot lots.
Grant Wood and Hoover Trails
Tree and debris removal continues this week and many areas remain closed at this time.
We have received numerous comments and concerns from our visitors about Linn County Conservation storm damage. It is very heartwarming to learn more how these areas have become special places for people over the years. We appreciate those who have reached out and asked if they can volunteer toward storm clean-up. Unfortunately, many of these areas are still not safe and secure for the public, but we may ask for additional help in the future.
We do encourage you to connect within your community for immediate and critical needs. Please visit LAP-AID for more information on how you can help make a difference in Linn County.