Palisades-Kepler State Park, IA

Palisades-Kepler State Park lies along the beautiful Cedar River in Linn County. The 840 acre park has dramatic river bluffs, deep ravines, majestic hardwood trees, a large variety of wildflowers and an abundance of wildlife. This park has a historic past. A molar tooth of a ...
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Cabin renters must provide their own bedding, pillows, towels, toiletry items, cooking utensils, pots and pans and dinnerware. Parking is not allowed along the roadways. Fires are not allowed on the sandbars of the river. Fires are only allowed in the fire grills provided in the park. Swimming is allowed in the Cedar River, but dangerous currents warrant using extreme caution.
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Overview

Description

Palisades-Kepler State Park lies along the beautiful Cedar River in Linn County. The 840 acre park has dramatic river bluffs, deep ravines, majestic hardwood trees, a large variety of wildflowers and an abundance of wildlife.

This park has a historic past. A molar tooth of a mammoth was once found here and the exposed rocks along the Cedar River are laden with fossils of millions of years of history. The presence of Indian Mounds reminds us that this was a favorite haunt of Native Americans hundreds of years ago.

Recreation:

River Activities
Fishing along the Cedar River is another great way to enjoy the outdoors at Palisades-Kepler. Many anglers try their luck along the picnic areas and sandbars that provide access to the river. A modern boat-launching ramp provides convenient river access as well. A wide variety of species are found in the Cedar River, including channel catfish, bass and walleye.

Trails
There is no better way to explore the rugged terrain of Palisades-Kepler than to set off on one of the trails that cover nearly six miles of the park. In the spring, you will find a great variety of wildflowers and may have the chance to see whitetail deer and wild turkey. Even better, enjoy a hike in the crisp air of mid-October when the forest turns to a deep gold color as the leaves begin to fall from the many black maple trees throughout the park.

Facilities:

Picnicking/Shelters/Lodge
Palisades-Kepler State Park is a beautiful place for a family cookout. Picnickers can enjoy themselves and the views of the beautiful Cedar River and its tree-lined bluffs. An open picnic shelter is available for reservations online.

A limestone lodge, constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, is a great place to host a wedding or family reunion in the park. The building is available for daytime rental and includes a kitchen area with refrigerator and microwave, modern restrooms, a patio and fire grill.

Camping
Enjoy a longer stay at the campground which offers both electric and non-electric sites along with modern shower and restroom facilities as well as a trailer dump station.

Cabins
The cabins at Palisades-Kepler State Park are a great place for an economical vacation. Four cabins are available for weekly rental during the summer season and two-day minimums in the spring and fall. The air conditioned cabins accommodate up to four people and feature a shower and restroom, and a small kitchen with a cook-top stove, microwave and refrigerator.

Nearby Attractions:

Historic Mount Vernon is located just four miles away with local restaurants and shops. Cedar Rapids is twelve miles away from the park and offers a wide variety of shopping, restaurants and movie theaters.

Nearby Towns
Mount Vernon, home of Cornell College, is located four miles east of the park. Cedar Rapids and Marion are located twelve miles west of the park.

Booking Window

Buddy

Thu Sep 04 2014 - Tue Dec 02 2014

Reservations must be made 2 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 3 Month(s) in advance.

Day-use Lodge

Sat Sep 06 2014 - Wed Sep 02 2015

Reservations must be made 4 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

Family Cabins Modern

Sat Sep 06 2014 - Wed Sep 02 2015

Reservations must be made 4 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

Shelters

Sat Sep 06 2014 - Wed Sep 02 2015

Reservations must be made 4 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

Standard Electric

Thu Sep 04 2014 - Tue Dec 02 2014

Reservations must be made 2 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 3 Month(s) in advance.

Standard Full Hook-Up

Thu Sep 04 2014 - Tue Dec 02 2014

Reservations must be made 2 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 3 Month(s) in advance.

Standard Non-Electric

Thu Sep 04 2014 - Tue Dec 02 2014

Reservations must be made 2 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 3 Month(s) in advance.

Tent Only

Thu Sep 04 2014 - Tue Dec 02 2014

Reservations must be made 2 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 3 Month(s) in advance.

Youth Group Only

Thu Sep 04 2014 - Tue Dec 02 2014

Reservations must be made 2 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 3 Month(s) in advance.

Season Dates

Season Schedule

Park Season Start End
Peak Thu May 01 2014 Tue Sep 30 2014
Off Peak Wed Oct 01 2014 Fri Oct 31 2014
Walk In Sat Nov 01 2014 Wed Dec 31 2014
Walk In Thu Jan 01 2015 Tue Mar 31 2015
Off Peak Wed Apr 01 2015 Thu Apr 30 2015
Peak Fri May 01 2015 Wed Sep 30 2015
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Bird Watching
  • Boat Launch Ramp
  • Boating
  • Dump Station
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Jogging/Running
  • Modern Restroom
  • PICNIC AREA
  • Park Office
  • Parking
  • RESTROOMS
  • River
  • Rock Climbing
  • Showers
  • Trash Dumpster
  • Walking
  • Water Hydrants
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • ATM/CASH MACHINE
  • CHURCH
  • Fuel, Vehicles
  • GROCERY STORE
  • Golf
  • Laundry
  • Medical Clinic
  • Motel
  • Playground
  • RETAIL, BAIT & TACKLE
  • RETAIL, DRINKS
  • RETAIL, FIREWOOD
  • RETAIL, ICE
  • RETAIL, SNACKS
  • Shopping
  • Town
Greater Than 10 Miles
  • Hospital
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Fees and Cancellation Policies

Facility Rates*
Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
Peak Season
May 01 2014 -
Sep 30 2014
Youth Group Only $15.00
Tent Only $16.00
Standard Non-Electric $11.00
Standard Full Hook-Up $19.00
Standard Electric $16.00
Shelters $25.00
Family Cabins Modern $50.00
($300.00 Weekly**)
Day-use Lodge $87.50-$175.00
Buddy $22.00-$32.00
Off Peak Season
Oct 01 2014 -
Oct 31 2014
Youth Group Only $15.00
Tent Only $11.00
Standard Non-Electric $6.00
Standard Full Hook-Up $14.00
Standard Electric $11.00
Shelters $25.00
Family Cabins Modern $50.00
($300.00 Weekly**)
Day-use Lodge $87.50-$175.00
Buddy $12.00-$22.00
Walk In Season
Nov 01 2014 -
Dec 31 2014
Youth Group Only $15.00
Tent Only $11.00
Standard Non-Electric $6.00
Standard Full Hook-Up $14.00
Standard Electric $11.00
Shelters $25.00
Family Cabins Modern $50.00
($300.00 Weekly**)
Day-use Lodge $87.50-$175.00
Buddy $12.00-$22.00
Walk In Season
Jan 01 2015 -
Mar 31 2015
Youth Group Only $15.00
Tent Only $11.00
Standard Non-Electric $6.00
Standard Full Hook-Up $14.00
Standard Electric $11.00
Shelters $25.00
Family Cabins Modern $50.00
($300.00 Weekly**)
Day-use Lodge $87.50-$175.00
Buddy $12.00-$22.00
Off Peak Season
Apr 01 2015 -
Apr 30 2015
Youth Group Only $15.00
Tent Only $11.00
Standard Non-Electric $6.00
Standard Full Hook-Up $14.00
Standard Electric $11.00
Shelters $25.00
Family Cabins Modern $50.00
($300.00 Weekly**)
Day-use Lodge $87.50-$175.00
Buddy $12.00-$22.00
Peak Season
May 01 2015 -
Sep 30 2015
Youth Group Only $15.00
Tent Only $16.00
Standard Non-Electric $11.00
Standard Full Hook-Up $19.00
Standard Electric $16.00
Shelters $25.00
Family Cabins Modern $50.00
($300.00 Weekly**)
Day-use Lodge $87.50-$175.00
Buddy $22.00-$32.00

*Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
**Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
Getting There
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
41.9075, -91.50611
41°54'27"N, 91°30'22"W

From Cedar Rapids, travel east 10 miles. The Palisades entrance is well marked and is directly off of Highway 30. From Mount Vernon, travel west 4 miles on Highway 30 to the park entrance.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Palisades-Kepler State Park
700 Kepler Drive
Mount Vernon  IA  52314

Phone Number:

Information:  (319) 895 - 6039
Additional Information