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Construction/Park Lake Levels/Weather Related/Other Closures

Brushy Creek State Recreation Area - Webster County
  • As of August 20, 2014 trails are temporarily closed for equestrian and bike use due to wet conditions. The all-weather gravel Lake Trail (12 miles)remains open. This bulletin will be removed when trails are re-opened.
  • The beach at Brushy Creek will be closed to public access in 2014 for a major beach renovation. The project includes major excavation, new roads and parking lots. We apologize for the inconvenience. The Beach Campground will remain open and accessible.
Geode State Park - Henry County
  • The wastewater system for the campground and beach shelter facilties will be closed and updated with construction in 2014. As a result of this there will be no restroom, shower, or dump station facilities until the project is completed. There will be limited facilties during this time. Water will be available at the campground hydrants for campers, and electrical service at the electrical sites. All campsites will be available on a first come first served basis until project completion in the Spring of 2015. No reservations will be taken for campsites or the beach shelter during this time. (updated 7/1/14)
Lake Keomah State Park - Mahaska County
  • Lake Keomah State Park will be temporarily closed after the 2014 recreation season to facilitate the reconstruction of the park roadways. The Construction project which is slated to start after Labor Day, will run through the entire portion of the 2015 recreation season. Updated: 8/18/2014 3:00 P.M.
Lake Macbride State Park - Johnson County
  • “Temporary Closures of Beach area parking lot on Weekends and Holidays” We limit the amount of vehicles coming into the beach area once the parking lot is full, in order to protect the public and have safe access for emergency vehicles. When the parking is full, people will tend to park along the roadway which inhibits safe traffic flow and can cause problems for the public. During these times, we will close down traffic going to the beach area for a limited time in order to allow for parking spots to open back up by those leaving the area. This can happen from Memorial Weekend thru Labor Day Weekend and as early as 11 am. Signs will be posted at the park entrance to let you know if this is occurring. Consider visiting on weekdays in these busy summer months.
Maquoketa Caves State Park - Jackson County
  • The caves will be open April 15. Visitor’s to Maquoketa Caves State Park will once again have the opportunity to explore the remarkable cave features of the park. There is a short program that will help to prevent the spread of White Nose Syndrome by humans. Attendance at the program is required for those who plan to enter the caves. The caves will be closed October 15 for the hibernation period. For additional information contact the park office at 563-652-5833 (posted 3/24/2014)
Mines of Spain State Recreation Area and E. B. Lyons Interpretive Center - Dubuque County
  • Construction has started on the new property adjacent to the E. B. Lyons Interpretive Center. Construction consists of grading for new parking lots, ADA trail, shop and other amenities. It is advised that park visitors stay out of the construction area. The area consists of about a 40 acre area. Call the park office at 563-556-0620 if you have Questions about the construction.
Pilot Knob State Park - Hancock County
  • Campground is open. (Posted 08/01/14)
Rock Creek State Park - Jasper County
  • The water and restroom facilities have been turned on for the 2014 recreation season. (Posted 4/29/2014)
Shimek State Forest - Van Buren County
  • EQUESTRIAN TRAIL CLOSURE: Effective August 19, 2014 the trails have been closed due to wet trail conditions. The Wet Weather Trail is open. This bulletin will be removed when the trails have re-opened. (updated 8-19-2014)
Stephens State Forest - Lucas County
  • EQUESTRIAN TRAIL CLOSURE: Effective August 20, 2014, the equestrian trails are closed due to wet conditions. This notice will be removed when the trails have been re-opened. Questions can be directed to the forest headquarters at 641-774-4559 (updated 8/20/14).
Volga River State Recreation Area - Fayette County
  • Equestrian Trails are open 7/3/2014
Walnut Woods State Park - Polk County
  • The Campground at Walnut Woods State Park will be closed starting September 02, 2014 thru approx. November 01, 2014 for new road construction. Access for lodge reservations and other day use activities will remain available using the West entrance to the park. The lodge will be closed from January 1, 2015 thru May 31, 2015 due to the road construction. Please revisit this web page for future updates. (Posted August 18, 2014)
Wilson Island State Recreation Area - Pottawattamie County
  • Wilson Island has reopened. All camping is on a first-come, first-serve basis for the remainder of this year. For more information call the park office at 712-642-2069. (updated 8-8-2014)