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Palisades-Kepler State Park
PALISADES-KEPLER STATE PARK
PALISADES-KEPLER STATE PARK
700 Kepler Drive
Mount Vernon, Iowa   52314

Phone: 319-895-6039
Reservations: 319-895-6039
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Palisades-Kepler State Park
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This little flower was along the side of the trail.

Palisades-Kepler State Park
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Palisades-Kepler State Park
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Palisades-Kepler State Park
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Palisades-Kepler State Park
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Palisades-Kepler State Park
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Palisades-Kepler State Park
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Palisades-Kepler State Park
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Palisades-Kepler State Park
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Palisades-Kepler State Park
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Palisades-Kepler State Park
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Palisades-Kepler State Park
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Palisades-Kepler State Park
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Palisades-Kepler State Park
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Palisades-Kepler State Park
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Palisades-Kepler State Park
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Palisades-Kepler State Park
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Palisades-Kepler State Park
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Palisades-Kepler State Park
'Floating'
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Floating on the Cedar River.

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'Hung Up'
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Early morning at the rapids.

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'Sunrise Breakfast'
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The rays of light cut through the morning fog.

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'Moving down stream'
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Moving down stream

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'Palisades Reflections of Fall'
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Fall reflections on a tranquil Cedar River

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'End of October'
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Fall color approaching the peak.

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'Palisades Park'
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The sign at the entry way says it all

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. Palisades-Kepler State Park is also important for its prehistoric 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.
History of the Area
In the late 1890s, James Sherman Minott acquired 160 acres of timberland on the Cedar River and built a spacious inn for the accommodation of visitors. He also established a boat rental and sold lots for the building of summer cottages. Many people took advantage of this and soon the population of the area numbered over 200. Afternoon outings on the Cedar River, capped by a quiet dinner at the combined log cabin restaurant, general store, and hotel, were common in the early 1900s. Noted American poet Carl Sandburg was a yearly visitor to the "Palisades" during the 1920s and 1930s.

In 1922, Palisades-Kepler State Park was established. Much of Minot's original land had been acquired and the State Board of Conservation had taken special notice of the unique bold cliffs and proclaimed that "these palisades lining the Cedar River are quite special." In September of 1928, the Board of Conservation accepted the gift of property from the estate of Louis H. Kepler, essentially doubling the size of the park. The Board added his name to the park name. Since that time, almost 700 acres have been added to Palisades-Kepler.

In July 1934, a Civilian Conservation Corps company was established at Palisades-Kepler. Three barracks and a mess hall were built; then, work started on the building of many park facilities. The roads, hiking trails, entry portals, lodge and other timber and stone structures remain to give the park much of its rustic character. The C.C.C. camp of 200 young men closed in 1941.
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
Day-UseFishingyes
 Hiking Trailyes
 Swimming Beachyes
BoatingLaunch Rampsyes
CampingPrimativeyes
 Electric Sitesyes
 Full Hookup Sitesyes
WinterActivitiesyes
Cabins
Palisades-Kepler has four family cabins available for weekly rentals. The cabins, which can accommodate up to four persons, feature a shower, restroom, stovetop and refrigerator. Cabin users must provide their own bedding, towels and other camping items. The cabins can be reserved for a fee through the Internet at www.reserveiaparks.com or by calling toll-free 1-877-IAPARKS.
Camping
The campground at Palisades-Kepler is a fine place for a weekend outing or a two-week vacation. It has 44 campsites, 26 with electrical hookups. Modern shower and restroom facilities are available, as well as a trailer dump station. Starting February 13, 2006 advance campsite reservations can be booked through the park reservation system. Half of the campsites are still available for self-registration on a first-come, first-serve basis.
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Picnicking
Palisades-Kepler State Park is a beautiful place for a family cookout. Picnickers can enjoy themselves, while at the same time, enjoying views of the beautiful Cedar River and the tree-lined bluffs along it. An open picnic shelter is available and may be reserved for a fee through the park office.
Trails
Palisades-Kepler is a wonderful place to hike. On the six miles of trails, walkers can often see a variety of wildlife, including white-tailed deer and wild turkeys. Many species of trees, shrubs and flowers are also present along with innumerable species of songbirds.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
November 26 Beautiful place by Yelena
rocks, river ravines wood help you relax from everyday busy life city problems stress fisheman`s paradise
July 24 A Beautiful Park by Elwood L. Kepler
My dads uncle was Lewis Kepler the one that donated the ground, I have been there once and it was Beautiful. I plan on comming back again from Indiana.
February 14 Peaceful Park by Lori
Palisades is a Beautiful Park. I Love going there! Its a short drive from CR and it is so peaceful-it is my place to go when life hands me to much stress:)
August 13 Our Favorite Local Park by Hollice
July 27 Great park - we enjoyed our camping by Mike Jo
This is one great park. Nice quite, with great trails and nature. If you love hiking and just pleasant quite camping spot you are at the right place. We will visit the park again this year.
December 29 Beautiful in the fall by Jo
This was a very nice park to camp in while visiting someone in the rehab center in Cedar Rapids. We went this past fall and experienced the first snowfall of the year. What a cool camping trip!
August 22 Really special time in Palisades.. by Adriana Guizillini
I had special and lovely time in Palisades in this summer.. I fallen in love there!
May 29 A Wonderful and Beautiful State Park by Laurie Sutliff
I grew up in Linn County as a child, 40 plus years ago. Palisades Park is still the most beautiful place to go and spend time. Thank you for keeping it clean and family oriented!
April 1 by Carrie
My friends and I absolutly love this park! We went hiking and fishing here amost every week. If you want a place to just escape the business of every day life, this place is the place to just relax and enjoy the setting around you!
March 22 beautiful place to spend alot of time by quentin
cedar river views and pristine forest atmosphere are the two exciting elements of a visit to palisades kepler.
October 20 My favorite park in Iowa by Hawkwoman
Palisades-Kepler state park is my second home, and my favorite place to go on a weekend or a day. Beautiful any time of the year! I love the bluffs, hiking the trails, walking the beach, or camping here. I would recommend this park to anyone who likes being in nature yet close to home.
July 24 by Kim Robertson /Delaware
This was one park that really made an impact on my time in Iowa. Its so beautiful all over. I will never forget my trip to this park.


Area Campgrounds

Colony Country Campground
1275 W Forevergreen Road
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319-626-2221


Scales Pointe Campground
1850 Scales Bend Road
North Liberty, IA
319-665-3474


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Located right on the banks on the Mighty Mississippi River between Savanna and Thomson Illinois. Our location has one of the most awe-inspiring views of the Mississippi River around.
Web Site: mississippiriverlodge.com
71.3 miles from park*
Carroll County Tourism - Carroll County, ILHotels/Motels
You will feel right at home when you reach Carroll County, our corner of beautiful Northwest Illinois. The magnificent Mississippi River and outdoor spaces will refresh your spirit and touch our soul.
Web Site: gocarrollcounty.com
70.9 miles from park*
Savanna - Savanna, ILHotels/Motels
Located just 30 minutes from Galena and 2 hours from Chicago, Savanna is a great place for renewal and regeneration. We invite you to browse through our web-site and plan your getaway today.
Web Site: visitsavanna.com
70.5 miles from park*
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Carroll County Tourism - Carroll County, ILTourism
You will feel right at home when you reach Carroll County, our corner of beautiful Northwest Illinois. The magnificent Mississippi River and outdoor spaces will refresh your spirit and touch our soul.
Web Site: gocarrollcounty.com
70.9 miles from park*
Savanna - Savanna, ILTourism
Located just 30 minutes from Galena and 2 hours from Chicago, Savanna is a great place for renewal and regeneration. We invite you to browse through our web-site and plan your getaway today.
Web Site: visitsavanna.com
70.5 miles from park*
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