This site will be closed until Aug 29, 2014 due to bat exclusion project.
Use and Cleaning Rules:
There are a number of rules and restrictions pertaining to use of this facility including decorations and clean up responsibilities. If you have never rented the lodge before, it is recommended that you contact staff at the park prior to making a reservation. All renters should read all of the use rules and cleaning procedures for this facility found on the Iowa DNR website at www.iowadnr.gov and entering “Lodge Rentals” in the site search box located right above the “Inside DNR” tab. Renters are expected to abide by all facility use rules and cleaning procedures for the facility. Failure to review these items could result in cancellation of your reservation and forfeiture of reservation transaction fees.
If you party size exceeds the seating capacity, you must contact the park office PRIOR TO RESERVING, to determine whether the facility and amenities can accommodate your event. Failure to do so may result in cancellation of the reservation and forfeiture of reservation transaction fees.
If you wish to decorate the day before, you will need to reserve the facility for that day and pay the appropriate rental fee. Please be sure to read the rules regarding decorations on the DNR website.
The renter is responsible for the group and all activities in the park associated with the event. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is not responsible for items that are lost, stolen, or become damaged. Renters are financially responsible for any damage to state park property or extra cleaning that may be required.
Please plan to have your function over by 10:00 p.m. or earlier if necessary in order to clean and leave before the park closes.
Only beer with an alcohol content of 5% or less by weight and wine with an alcohol content of 17% or less by weight may be consumed in state parks and recreation areas. Drinking of these beverages is not permitted on roads or in parking areas. Hard liquor and wine with an alcohol content of more than 17% by weight or other alcoholic liquors are not to be consumed in state parks and recreation areas. Keg beer is allowed through a keg beer permit only. Renter must obtain permit from park staff at least 30 days prior to the rental. A keg beer deposit of $100 per 100 or fewer persons is required. The keg beer deposit will be waived if the $175 lodge damage deposit is greater than the keg beer deposit amount.
KEY INFORMATION: Renters will pick keys up at the park office brochure box. Renters will return keys to the brochure box.
DAMAGE DEPOSIT REQUIRED: A $175 damage deposit is required in addition to the rental fee. The deposit must be paid separate from the rental fee. The damage deposit is due upon arrival or a check can be mailed to the park office at least 7-14 days in advance. Checks should be made payable to Iowa DNR. Cash deposits must be returned in person. Checks will be returned by park staff at check-out or returned by mail upon satisfactory inspection of the facility. Mail the check to:
Palisades-Kepler State Park
700 Kepler Drive
Mt. Vernon, IA 52314