Flooding Impacts Iowa State Parks
Posted: 06/19/2014

Several Iowa state parks have been impacted by recent heavy rainfall and rising rivers.

George Wyth State Park, in Black Hawk County, will close at noon tomorrow, June 20, through Tuesday, June 24, due to flooding. The park may be closed longer, depending on weekend rains. For current conditions and information contact the park office at 319-232-5505.

The main road through Dolliver State Park, in Webster County, is under water, and the campground and family cabins are closed. The north shelter can be accessed from the north entrance, and the south lodge and the group camp can be accessed from the south entrance. With more rain in the forecast, the main road will likely be closed through this weekend. For current conditions and information contact the park office at 515-359-2539.

Little Paint, Big Paint, Creekside Equestrian and Frontier Equestrian campgrounds at Yellow River State Forest in Allamakee County will be closed through Monday, June 23, due to flooding. Also, all horse trails will be closed through Thursday, June 26. For current information, please call the office at 563-586-2196.

Although scheduled to reopen at the end of this month, Wilson Island State Recreation Area, in Pottawattamie County is predicted to go under 3 to 4 feet of water Saturday morning, delaying the reopening until sometime in July. For updates, call the park office at 712-642-2069.

The east, west and north entrances of Backbone State Park, in Delaware County, are closed until further notice due to high water in the main part of the park. However, the two campgrounds, beach area and cabins remain open. For updates, call the park office at 563-924-2527.

Ledges State Park, in Boone County, remains open. However, portions are closed due to flooding. The canyon road and lower road are currently closed and, with predicted pool levels at Saylorville Lake, will likely remain closed through June 30. Park facilities such as the campground, picnic areas, trails and shelters remain open. For the most up-to-date information on Ledges State Park conditions, please call the park office at 515-432-1852.

Brushy Creek State Recreation Area, in Webster County, has temporarily closed equestrian and bike trails due to wet conditions. The 12-mile Lake Trail remains open. For up-to-date information contact the park office at 515-543-8298.

Equestrian trails at Elk Rock State Park, in Marion County, are closed due to recent rains. For updates, contact the park office at 641-842-6008.

Volga River State Recreation Area, in Fayette County has closed its equestrian trails due to recent rains and downed trees. For current conditions and information contact the park office at 563-425-4161.

For more information contact Greg Van Fosson, State Parks District Supervisor, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, 515-571-4010.