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Located on Union Road in the northwestern corner of Black Hawk County, the Rotary Reserve today is one of the largest and finest group use facilities in the State of Iowa. Featuring nearly 100 acres of wooded land along the Cedar River, and an all-season Lodge capable of hosting 300 people, it is one of the most popular spots in the area for weddings, reunions and group retreats.

Through the untiring efforts of C.A. Morris and the Board of Directors, The Waterloo Rotary Club purchased the Reserve in 1923, quickly constructing a lodge, plus outdoor cooking and picnic tables. Over the years it has seen many club meetings, family picnics, and District Rotary events.

In the late 1980's our club greatly expanded the Reserve through two, major initiatives. First, the property and buildings were leased jointly to the Black Hawk County Conservation Board and the Family YMCA.  Then members of our club contributed funds required to construct the new, all-season Lodge that stands there today.

During the 1990's the Conservation Board purchased property both up and downstream, extending the public use area beyond Rotary's original 30 acres.

To view pictures of the site and find out how to reserve it for your family or group's enjoyment, visit the Conservation Board's web siteClick here to see a Google map with directions from Waterloo to the Rotary Reserve

Click here to view architectural drawings of the floorplan, including the new addition to the Rotary Reserve, completed in 2006.

Click here to see a photo from the very early years of the Waterloo Rotary - a Courier photo of a picnic at the Rotary Reserve.

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