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Several state parks impacted by recent heavy rains, flash flooding

Several state parks are experiencing impacts from the recent heavy rainfall forcing closures of the parks and many trails.  

Currently, George Wyth State Park is completely closed due to flooding. The Cedar River is expected to crest midweek, likely causing flooding and cleanup throughout the weekend. DNR officials advise the trails are covered by water and should be avoided for possible washouts or sinkholes. 

Other parks impacted by the flooding include:

  • Backbone State Park - east and west gates are closed due to water over the roads in the flat areas and will remain closed until the water recedes and park officials are able to clear debris off roadways and bridges; north gate is open up to the trout stream bridge and the auditorium; south gate, trails and both campgrounds remain open. 
  • Brushy Creek State Recreation Area - trails are closed due to wet conditions
  • Lake of Three Fires - trails are closed due to wet conditions
  • Ledges - Canyon Road is closed
  • Stephens State Forest - equestrian trails are closed due to wet conditions
  • Volga River State Recreation Area  - equestrian trails are closed due to wet conditions
  • Yellow River State Forest - the equestrian trails, Little Paint campground, Frontier equestrian campground, and Creekside equestrian campground are closed due to flooding

For a complete list of park closures or impacts, visit www.iowadnr.gov/Places-to-Go/State-Parks/Alerts-and-Closures

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