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Conservation Department - Linn County

Posted on: August 20, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Derecho update - Parks, trails and natural areas 9/03/20

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Morgan Creek and Squaw Creek Parks

Linn County Conservation’s Morgan Creek and Squaw Creek Parks received heavy damage from the August 10 derecho and clean-up continues. Campgrounds have since reopened and are available for use.  However, the park day-use areas are closed, except for those who are attending a previously scheduled event at a reservable shelter or lodge.  

The special deer hunt at Squaw Creek Park has been cancelled as the area has extensive damage and deemed not safe for access at this time.

Wickiup Hill Learning Center

Open areas include trails in front of the building, including the prairie trail, as well as Wickiup Wandering Wood’s nature playscape.  

Beyond the restroom, trails are closed with barricades as our contractor continues hazard tree and debris removal.  

The indoor facility is OPEN by RESERVATION ONLY.  This is in accordance with our COVID-19 safety protocol.  Reservations must be made over the phone by calling the Wickiup Hill Learning Center 319-892-6485. More about these safety guidelines can be found here


Damage is widespread and sporadic along our trail system. Hazard tree and debris removal is continuing along the Cedar Valley Nature Trail, Grant Wood Trail, and Hoover section south of Cedar Rapids. Be advised that several crews and heavy equipment will be entering and exiting trails. Several sections will remain temporarily closed.   Most all trails are passable, but often times may be temporarily blocked.  The trail south of Cedar Rapids remains closed until we are able to free up heavy equipment for use in this area.   

Trails that are currently open, may be closed intermittently while more removal takes place. 

Pinicon Ridge Park and Buffalo Creek Parks

These parks continue to operate as normal. For a complete list of Linn County Conservation parks, natural areas, and trails, visit parks at

Phone Service

Phone service and network service has resumed after an outage caused by the storm.  Thank you for your patience.

For additional storm response information and resources in Linn County, visit

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