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Take a winter retreat at Lake of Three Fires

Take a winter retreat at Lake of Three Fires

  • 12/8/2016 4:22:00 PM
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For a weekend getaway with friends, where nothing will interrupt relaxation or quiet connecting, this southern Iowa park, 25 miles east of Clarinda, is ideal.
Iowa State Parks offer great winter cabin getaways

Iowa State Parks offer great winter cabin getaways

  • 12/7/2016 10:23:00 AM
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The quiet solitude that makes a perfect winter getaway is waiting for you in beautiful, comfortable year-round cabins at several Iowa state parks. It’s a great time to take advantage of trails for hiking, skiing, snowmobiling and wildlife watching. And many of the parks have great ice fishing lakes.
Special $10 offer for Iowa Outdoors magazine

Special $10 offer for Iowa Outdoors magazine

  • 11/29/2016 11:39:00 AM
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Do you know someone who loves the outdoors? Give the gift that lasts all year long. Iowa Outdoors is an award-winning magazine filled with beautiful photography, compelling articles and expert tips about hunting, fishing, nature destinations, hiking, camping, outdoor cooking and much more! 
7 Ways to Skip the Crowds and Take It Outside this Holiday Season

7 Ways to Skip the Crowds and Take It Outside this Holiday Season

  • 11/21/2016 3:57:00 PM
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Find time to take it outside this holiday season. Pick an activity based on weather conditions and your condition, and just get outside. Iowa’s state parks, recreation areas and forests are ready to supply the dose of nature we all need to decompress during this stressful time of year.
Meet Wapsipinicon, one of Iowa's most unique state parks

Meet Wapsipinicon, one of Iowa's most unique state parks

  • 11/4/2016 2:31:00 PM
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Thus endures one of the many stories, myths, legends and even proven historical facts about Horse Thief Cave, a well-known feature of what is now Wapsipinicon State Park, and, though its tale-inspiring caves are definitely a main draw, Wapsipinicon is so much more. 
DNR seeks public comment on rule changes

DNR seeks public comment on rule changes

  • 10/25/2016 11:30:00 AM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources State Parks Bureau is seeking public input on possible changes to the minimum-stay requirements for all state park campgrounds and at the multi-family cabin at Springbrook State Park for the Fourth of July holiday. The public is also being asked for comments regarding the proposed rental fee pricing for a large open-air picnic shelter scheduled to be built and opened in 2017 at Lake Manawa State Park.
Looking for a place to host your holiday gathering?

Looking for a place to host your holiday gathering?

  • 10/18/2016 11:27:00 AM
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Are you responsible for planning your holiday get-together or company party? Need a place to host it? You might want to check out several state park lodges open year-round.
Colors of the Driftless

Colors of the Driftless

  • 10/7/2016 2:14:00 PM
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Far up in the northeast corner of Iowa lies a tiny gem of a town called Marquette. The town proudly proclaims to be “Iowa’s Best Kept Secret.” In fact, if it wasn’t for the congenial welcome sign that reads “The People of Iowa Welcome You. Iowa: Fields of Opportunities,” most Iowans would never know they were still in the Hawkeye State. Yet, in this area of Iowa, the sign almost seems like a misnomer as there are few fields to see.
Out of the way fall color

Out of the way fall color

  • 9/30/2016 10:17:00 AM
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Autumn brings a welcoming crispness to the air. It’s officially fall in the Midwest, and fun abounds statewide for those in search of color and good times outdoors. Yes, northeast Iowa is the top hotspot for fall color, but here are some less trod places with everything from fishing to paddling and hiking. So get out—there is much to explore!
7 must-see waterfalls in Iowa State Parks

7 must-see waterfalls in Iowa State Parks

  • 9/29/2016 2:39:00 PM
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From nature's splendor to man-made spillways, these water features are definitely wonderful. Below, get the full list of Iowa's waterfalls, how to get to each one, and ideas on other things to do in the area while on your waterfall tour.
State parks peak season winding down

State parks peak season winding down

  • 9/27/2016 1:23:00 PM
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Another busy year in Iowa’s state parks will be coming to an end and soon staff will be preparing for the first freezing temperatures of the fall.
7 unexpected health benefits of nature

7 unexpected health benefits of nature

  • 9/23/2016 1:30:00 PM
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As most Americans have heard, we need to get out more. Intuitively, it makes sense that time spent out in nature is good for us, and helps us ward off obvious health issues like obesity. But researchers have found much more than that. Whether you’re 5, 25, 50 or 95, think about these quirky benefits of nature today—they just might motivate you to spend some more minutes in the great outdoors.
6 tips for cool-weather camping

6 tips for cool-weather camping

  • 9/23/2016 12:06:00 PM
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Campers don’t have to pack up the tent and park the camper just because the calendar flips to September (or wait for it to hit June, either!). These off-peak seasons can be some of the best times to go, with cooler temperatures and in the fall, gorgeous fall colors at the campground. As the temperature dips, here are some tips to stay cozy at the campground.
Habitat improvement off and running at McIntosh Woods State Park

Habitat improvement off and running at McIntosh Woods State Park

  • 9/21/2016 8:53:00 AM
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VENTURA -- Forty goats are the new ecosystem managers at McIntosh Woods State Park on Clear Lake and they are taking their roles very seriously. For six weeks they will clear targeted areas of woody invasive vegetation that is overpowering the native plants in the park.
Wapello campground reopens

Wapello campground reopens

  • 9/20/2016 12:28:00 PM
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Wapello State Park, in southeast Iowa’s Davis County, will open its newly renovated campground on Sept. 30, just in time for the fall camping season.
5 DIY camping hacks and projects for a smoother trip

5 DIY camping hacks and projects for a smoother trip

  • 9/16/2016 12:16:00 PM
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Get that fire started faster - because no one likes waiting for s'mores. Use these tips to make sure your next camping trip goes smoothly (even if something goes wrong).
Bike Your Park on Sept 24

Bike Your Park on Sept 24

  • 9/13/2016 12:00:00 PM
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Thousands of people across the country are expected to participate in the inaugural Bike Your Park Day on Saturday, Sept. 24. This new national event promotes exploration of parks and public lands by bicycle.
State Parks Ready for Labor Day Weekend

State Parks Ready for Labor Day Weekend

  • 8/30/2016 12:56:00 PM
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Recent rains leading up to the Labor Day weekend have had very little impact on the camping situation at Iowa’s state parks and recreation areas. Many campgrounds have sites available for walk-in campers and some still have sites to reserve.
Sometimes Procrastination Pays Off

Sometimes Procrastination Pays Off

  • 8/23/2016 12:43:00 PM
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Have you been intending to get away with summer, but never quite found the time, or didn’t get a reservation far enough in advance? If you can find time this weekend, eight Iowa state parks have cabins available, including the brand new modern cabins at Lake Darling, and popular CCC cabins at Pine Lake and Backbone.
Campfire Cooking: Dutch Baby Pancakes

Campfire Cooking: Dutch Baby Pancakes

  • 8/17/2016 2:29:00 PM
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This sweet, hearty breakfast will please young and old alike. And just by chance, if you have a tiny slice left over at the end of the day, a scoop of ice cream alongside, a dollop of whipped cream or a drizzle of chocolate makes a mighty fine dessert. 
12 Comfy and Cozy Camping Hacks

12 Comfy and Cozy Camping Hacks

  • 8/17/2016 2:00:00 PM
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Camping is a great way to reconnect with the outdoors, but the enjoyment you get is partially dependent on your planning. Use the following tips to keep your trip hassle-free—it might make you more inclined to go again!
New Lake Darling Year-Round Cabins to Open Next Week

New Lake Darling Year-Round Cabins to Open Next Week

  • 8/9/2016 12:14:00 PM
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The public is invited to check out Iowa’s latest state park cabins at a ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday, August 16 at 6 p.m. The six brand new year-round cabins are located at Lake Darling State Park in Washington County.
State Parks Impacted by Recent Rains

State Parks Impacted by Recent Rains

  • 7/19/2016 11:45:00 AM
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People planning park visits in the near future are reminded to check on current conditions before heading out. Several Iowa state parks have been impacted by recent heavy rainfalls.
Lake Macbride: The Big and Small of It

Lake Macbride: The Big and Small of It

  • 7/15/2016 10:05:00 AM
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I’d found the perfect outdoors go-to for some head-clearing solitude under one of the state’s most venerable tree canopies: the park’s majestic white oaks include many trees 150 years old and up.
Natural Resource Commission to Meet July 14 in Des Moines

Natural Resource Commission to Meet July 14 in Des Moines

  • 7/11/2016 1:20:00 PM
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Des Moines – The Natural Resource Commission (NRC) of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will meet at 9:30 a.m., on July 14, at in the fourth floor conference room, Wallace State Office Building, in Des Moines.
Central Park Lake Improvement Project Moves to In-lake Restoration Phase in Fall 2016

Central Park Lake Improvement Project Moves to In-lake Restoration Phase in Fall 2016

  • 7/5/2016 11:30:00 AM
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For over 50 years the lake at Central Park has been the hub of Jones County Conservation’s recreational opportunities.  Located in the heart of Jones County, residents have benefited from its presence by swimming, fishing, paddling or strolling along its shoreline, in addition to its annual $7.84 million positive economic impact. 
State Preserves Advisory Board Meets July 7

State Preserves Advisory Board Meets July 7

  • 6/28/2016 2:24:00 PM
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The State Preserves Advisory Board of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will meet at 10 a.m., July 7, at the Decorah City Hall, 400 Claiborne Drive, in Decorah. Prior to the business meeting, field trips are scheduled for 1 p.m. on July 6 at the Crossman and Hayden Prairie state preserves (start at Crossman Prairie) and 8 a.m. on July 7 at the Decorah Ice Cave State Preserve.
Thank the Trail Crew, Hike a Trail

Thank the Trail Crew, Hike a Trail

  • 6/28/2016 12:50:00 PM
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It might be the kind of work you find featured on the reality show Dirty Jobs. The days are long and filled with physical labor -- hauling heavy timbers, large rocks and loads of gravel, clearing brush and digging dirt. At the end of the day, your clothes are sweat-soaked, and your skin is blistered, scratched and mosquito-bit.
A Day’s Worth of Dynamite Dutch Oven Dining

A Day’s Worth of Dynamite Dutch Oven Dining

  • 6/27/2016 10:01:00 AM
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Enjoy a day’s menu of good food and camaraderie of the campfire ring with these meal-time suggestions. While the recipes may seem extensive, it’s mostly toss in the ingredients, heat and eat.
Heavy Rainfall Closes Shooting Range At Hawkeye Wildlife Area

Heavy Rainfall Closes Shooting Range At Hawkeye Wildlife Area

  • 6/22/2016 12:55:00 PM
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IOWA CITY - The Tim Dorr rifle and handgun range at the Hawkeye Wildlife Management Area is closed after a nearly six inch rainfall Tuesday night damaged the recently completed renovation on the popular shooting range.
Temporary Trail Closure at Big Creek State Park

Temporary Trail Closure at Big Creek State Park

  • 6/21/2016 10:35:00 AM
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Des Moines – The Neal Smith Trail will be closed temporarily near mile marker 24 for repairs beginning Wednesday, June 22. The section of the trail is located near the Gannet Shelter and east boat ramp in Big Creek State Park. Repairs are expected to be completed June 24, weather permitting.
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