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Narrows Cottonwood Shelter

Narrows Cottonwood Shelter
Narrows River Park
2500 North 25th Street
Council Bluffs, Iowa 51501
(402) 490-1290

Check-in: 6:30am
Check-out: 10:30pm

Reservations must be made 3 days in advance.

Seats up to 32

Starting at $30.00

Reserve Now

This small covered shelter is located in the south section of the park and overlooks the Missouri River with views of the Omaha skyline. Nearby access to restrooms, playground equipment, & water make this the perfect spot for your next event.  When not reserved, the shelter is available on a first come first serve basis.


Electricity iconElectricity
Grill iconGrill
Handicap Accessible iconHandicap Accessible
Pets Allowed iconPets Allowed
Picnic Table iconPicnic Table
Playground Nearby iconPlayground Nearby
Potable Water iconPotable Water
Refuse Cans iconRefuse Cans
Restrooms Nearby iconRestrooms Nearby
Water Hydrant iconWater Hydrant

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Seasonal Park Hours:

April and October: Sunrise to Sunset

May-September: 6:30am to 10:30pm



Frequently Asked Questions

Your reservation fee includes entrance for any guests during the duration of your shelter rental.

The Cottonwood Shelter has 2 covered picnic tables and 2 uncovered picnic tables.

All gear must be unloaded from the parking lot.

Cancellation Policy

Please understand at the time of booking your reservation that you immediately prohibit other people from reserving and utilizing that facility - they therefore go elsewhere to locate a facility for that date. We will observe a non-refundable reservation policy with the following exceptions:

  • Accident, serious Injury or death of an immediate family member
  • Travel conditions where a substantial risk is required in order to travel such as a winter storm where travel advisory has been issued.
  • We are unable to provide your facility (or like facility) in operable condition for the date of your event

All cancellations or requests for refunds for the reasons above cannot be done online and must be made by calling the Park Ranger at  402-490-1290.

Date Changes

All date changes must be made by calling the Park Ranger at 402-490-1290. Recognize that we must first administratively cancel your existing online reservation, and then create a second reservation for the new date. An administrative fee of $25 will be assessed to complete this transaction. Please consider this procedure prior to making your initial reservation. (NOTE: Date changes will not be allowed within two weeks of the scheduled reservation).


  • $30.00/day + 4% processing fee
  • Shelter rental must be in the name of a person 21 years of age or older who will be present at the facility for the full term of the reservation
  • $100.00 alcohol deposit required with your rental if alcohol will be consumed

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