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Shower building and water system closed for season: The water has been turned off and the modern restrooms and shower building has been closed for the winter. The water will be turned on and facilities opened in late-April, depending on the weather.
Park Lodge Closed through August 28, 2014: The day-use lodge is closed to undergo a construction project to address the bat problem which became serious in 2013. The project should be completed in May, but a waiting period following the construction and clean-up is necessary to determine the success of the bat exclusion. At this time,customers will be able to make reservations for rental dates starting August 29, 2014 and beyond. Thank you for your patience.
Palisades-Kepler State Park, IA
DescriptionPalisades-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.
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.
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.
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Alerts and Important InformationCabin 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.
Getting There:GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
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.
Mailing Address:Palisades-Kepler State Park
700 Kepler Drive
Mount Vernon IA 52314
Phone Number:Information: (319) 895 - 6039