Lake Manawa State Park Remains Open, Only Campground is Closed
Posted: 06/16/2011

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa - Lake Manawa State Park remains open for day use, only the campground has been closed, state officials said.

"The park will remain open for day use until there is direct evidence that the levee standing between the Missouri River and the park will not hold," said Kevin Szcodronski, chief of State Parks for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. "There has been some confusion from our park visitors and we have received a lot of calls at the park asking if the park was open."

The DNR closed the Lake Manawa State Park campground on Monday due to safety concerns that the levee holding the Missouri River back will not withstand the pressure over the expected six to eight weeks of flooding. The campground closure is expected to last through August.