Linn County Park Reopening Friday after Derecho Cleanup

A park in Linn County will reopen tomorrow for the first time since the derecho last summer.

Palisades-Kepler State Park is set to open its gates after workers spent several months removing damaged trees, downed limbs and other debris caused by the storm last August.

Roads, hiking trails, picnic areas and fishing access points will all be useable once again. Visitors can start making campground reservations through the online reservation site on Friday, the same day the park opens. But the lodge, which sustained extensive roof damage in the storm, will be closed this season.

Palisades is the final state park to open after the derecho.

A total of ten state parks were impacted by the storm, including Pleasant Creek in Linn County and Wapsipinicon State Park in Jones County.

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