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Beach Closing at Pleasant Creek State Rec Area

Beach Closing at Pleasant Creek State Rec Area

  • 5/18/2016 4:00:00 PM
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PALO -- The beach at Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area is officially closing today until shoreline restoration is completed and the lake refills.
Zebra Mussels Found in Brushy Creek, Blue Pit

Zebra Mussels Found in Brushy Creek, Blue Pit

  • 5/3/2016 1:13:00 PM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is watching Brushy Creek Lake after water samples collected last fall contained juvenile zebra mussels.
Don't Wait for Memorial Day Weekend

Don't Wait for Memorial Day Weekend

  • 4/12/2016 7:29:00 AM
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Don’t wait until the first big holiday of the season to get out and enjoy an Iowa State Park. There are some really cool things to see and do happening right now, before the end of April! Here are five to inspire a trip outdoors, sooner rather than later.
Fish Barrier Research Project Begins at Big Creek Lake & Brushy Creek Lake Spillways

Fish Barrier Research Project Begins at Big Creek Lake & Brushy Creek Lake Spillways

  • 3/29/2016 7:36:00 AM
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A physical fish barrier fence, made of horizontal bars, was installed in 2012 at the Big Creek spillway to reduce adult walleye and muskellunge escapement from Big Creek Lake. The barrier was a collaborative project between the Central Iowa Anglers, Recycled Fish, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
Spring Outdoors Woman Workshop Ready for Registrations

Spring Outdoors Woman Workshop Ready for Registrations

  • 3/8/2016 7:38:00 AM
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The popular Iowa Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) program is taking registrations for its third annual workshop at Honey Creek Resort State Park. The two-and-a-half-day event will be held April 28 - May 1, 2016.
Trout Stocking Delayed at Bacon Creek Lake

Trout Stocking Delayed at Bacon Creek Lake

  • 1/14/2016 8:41:00 AM
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Sioux City – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has cancelled the trout stocking at Bacon Creek Lake scheduled for Jan. 16, due to unsafe ice conditions.
Beware of Ice on Big Creek Lake

Beware of Ice on Big Creek Lake

  • 1/14/2016 5:14:00 AM
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POLK CITY – The DNR is warning anglers to use extreme caution when venturing onto the lake at Big Creek State Park because of construction activity occurring near the dam.
11 Great Winter Cabin Getaways in Iowa State Parks

11 Great Winter Cabin Getaways in Iowa State Parks

  • 12/30/2015 9:26:00 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 hiking trails (many allow cross-country skiing and snowmobiling), wildlife watching (deer and birds galore), fishing and more.
Diesel Fuel Spill Reaches Creek Near Storm Lake

Diesel Fuel Spill Reaches Creek Near Storm Lake

  • 12/15/2015 11:30:00 AM
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STORM LAKE – An unknown amount of diesel fuel spilled from the One Stop Shop in Storm Lake and has reached Poor Farm Creek, a tributary of the Raccoon River.
Members Sought for Brushy Creek Board

Members Sought for Brushy Creek Board

  • 12/8/2015 8:09:00 AM
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Hikers, bikers and horseback riders interested in protecting, preserving and enhancing the trail system at Brushy Creek State Recreation Area are being encouraged to serve on the Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ Brushy Creek Trail Advisory Board.
Olofson Shooting Range to Close Dec 20 for Construction

Olofson Shooting Range to Close Dec 20 for Construction

  • 12/1/2015 8:04:00 AM
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POLK CITY - The Charles “Butch” Olofson shooting range at Big Creek State Park in Polk County will close on December 20 to allow contractors to remove the old structures and install a new registration and classroom facility, add new baffles, and conduct lead reclamation and berm maintenance.
Pleasant Creek Lake Restoration Project Delayed

Pleasant Creek Lake Restoration Project Delayed

  • 11/24/2015 8:12:00 AM
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PALO, Iowa – The lake restoration project at the Pleasant Creek Recreation Area scheduled to begin this winter has been postponed to April 2016 due to an unforeseen problem with the main gate valve in the dam requiring it to be replaced before the project can begin.
Habitat Work to Begin at Badger Creek State Recreation Area

Habitat Work to Begin at Badger Creek State Recreation Area

  • 11/12/2015 9:10:00 AM
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Van Meter, Iowa - Contractors will begin removing invasive plants and other brush at two areas at Badger Creek State Recreation Area in Madison County this fall as part of a multiyear project to convert the area to native prairie.
Top Iowa Cabin Fall Getaways

Top Iowa Cabin Fall Getaways

  • 11/6/2015 10:53:00 AM
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Enjoy an overnight stay and the beautiful changing seasons in Iowa’s state parks.
5 Things to Do at Honey Creek Resort State Park This Fall

5 Things to Do at Honey Creek Resort State Park This Fall

  • 10/15/2015 10:14:00 AM
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Fall weather has been gorgeous in Iowa this year. If you are looking for new ways to get outside and experience autumn, look no further than Honey Creek Resort and these five fall events.
7 Stunning Iowa State Park Views for Fall

7 Stunning Iowa State Park Views for Fall

  • 10/8/2015 12:00:00 PM
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While looks aren’t everything, they certainly don’t hurt when you’re talking about parks. If you haven’t seen the views below for yourself, put these state parks on your list of destinations to hit this autumn. Changing leaves make fall one of Iowa’s most picturesque seasons, so take plenty of photos when you stop to admire the view.
Draw Down Begins at Pleasant Creek Lake

Draw Down Begins at Pleasant Creek Lake

  • 8/28/2015 12:00:00 PM
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PALO – A drawdown has begun at the Pleasant Creek Recreation Area located five miles north of Palo in Linn County.
Four Water Trails to Explore This Summer

Four Water Trails to Explore This Summer

  • 7/17/2015 7:01:00 AM
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If you’re looking to blaze a new trail this summer, consider hitting the water for something different. Iowa boasts a number of water trails, which offer a unique perspective on Iowa in summer.
7 More of Iowa's Best Hikes

7 More of Iowa's Best Hikes

  • 7/16/2015 11:22:00 AM
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Whether you’re looking to get away from civilization for a weekend or just take in some beautiful scenery for an hour or two with the family, Iowa – yes, Iowa – offers some incredible hikes in our state parks and forests.
7 Things To Do in Iowa's Outdoors This Week

7 Things To Do in Iowa's Outdoors This Week

  • 6/26/2015 4:21:00 AM
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If you’re looking for some new or different ideas to explore Iowa’s outdoors, we have a suggestion for each day of the holiday week:
Paddle Up To These Secluded Campsites

Paddle Up To These Secluded Campsites

  • 6/19/2015 11:02:00 AM
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The self-reliant can take advantage of several remote paddle-in primitive campsites, get surrounded by nature and leave other humans behind. The locations make for a Boundary Waters-like experience in Iowa.
Rediscover the Joy of Creek Walking

Rediscover the Joy of Creek Walking

  • 6/3/2015 4:55:00 AM
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The pair of soft, blue eyes peered deep into the gin-clear depths of the tiny pool, straining to make out anything that wasn’t rock or rubble. Not even a decade old, those eyes were young and fresh and untested—yet the vibrant, cheeky 10-year-old worked them like a hawk eyeing its next meal. And with a quick thrust of her net into the knee-deep water, she brought up her “treasures” from the deep.
7 Ideas to Celebrate Great Outdoors Month in Iowa

7 Ideas to Celebrate Great Outdoors Month in Iowa

  • 6/3/2015 4:01:00 AM
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Grab the kids or your friends, and get the bike, kayak or fishing pole - June is Great Outdoors Month! Throw the tent in the car and explore some Iowa state parks this month – and if you need a few ideas, here are some great activities and events going on in Iowa state parks this month. For more ideas, visit the DNR events calendar.
8 Surprising Memorial Day Camping Getaways

8 Surprising Memorial Day Camping Getaways

  • 5/1/2015 10:22:00 AM
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Not all hope is lost when it comes to finding a place to camp this Memorial Day weekend, May 22-25. For those who like a little more quiet, don’t mind more primitive camping or are willing to take a chance on a first-come, first-served or “walk-in” campsite, here are some nice possibilities. Try kicking off the summer season with one of these lesser-known state parks:
6 Water Trails to Explore This Spring

6 Water Trails to Explore This Spring

  • 4/30/2015 10:36:00 AM
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If you’re looking to blaze a new trail this spring, consider hitting the water for something different. Iowa boasts a number of water trails, which offer a unique perspective on Iowa in spring.
7 Reasons to Visit Honey Creek Resort this Spring

7 Reasons to Visit Honey Creek Resort this Spring

  • 2/27/2015 10:50:00 AM
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Enjoy a close-to-home getaway for a wonderful meal or an outdoor spring break adventure. Honey Creek Resort State Park has seven exciting reasons to visit this March and April.
Take a Winter Getaway in an Iowa State Park Cabin

Take a Winter Getaway in an Iowa State Park Cabin

  • 12/5/2014 10:11:00 AM
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From November through April, you can rent cabins at state parks for two-day minimums (instead of the week-long requirement during peak season). And you’ll still get to take advantage of hiking trails (many allow cross-country skiing and snowmobiling), wildlife watching (deer and birds aplenty!), ice fishing and more.
Take a Winter Getaway in an Iowa State Park Cabin

Take a Winter Getaway in an Iowa State Park Cabin

  • 12/5/2014 6:16:00 AM
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From November through April, you can rent cabins at state parks for two-day minimums (instead of the week-long requirement during peak season). And you’ll still get to take advantage of hiking trails (many allow cross-country skiing and snowmobiling), wildlife watching (deer and birds aplenty!), ice fishing and more.
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