ONAWA, Iowa - Lewis and Clark State Park, near Onawa, will be opened for day use only beginning at 8 a.m., July 1. The campground, however, will remain closed.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will also re-open Blue Lake, the oxbow lake within the park, to boating under a no-wake restriction. The only open restroom facility will be the pit latrine near the boat ramp.
“We intend to keep Lewis and Clark open for day use until the Missouri River forces us to close it again,” said Kevin Szcodronski, chief of State Parks for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. “What we ask from the park visitors is to respect the flood protection measures we have in place. We will not be opening any of the flush toilets or showers, or turning on the electricity.”
Park hours will be from 4:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily. Lewis and Clark State Park joins Lake Manawa as the second state park operating as day use only while under the threat of flooding from the Missouri River.
“We will have a dock in for boaters to use, but the restriction is that boaters must operate at no-wake speed,” Szcodronski said.