State Park Alerts - Closures and Important Information
Big Creek State Park - Polk County
  • Big Creek Flush facilities closing after October 17,2016 until approximately April 17,2017. Pit latrines remain open. Boat docks will remain until first week in November unless weather or repairs are needed.
  • Butch Olafson Shooting Range has been temporarily closed for renovations. A completion date has not been announced at this time. (Posted 7/3/2016)
  • Big Creek Beach/Playground/Boat Rental Physical Address is: 8550 NW 142nd Ave, Polk City, Iowa 50226. This will provide directions to these areas.
Brushy Creek State Recreation Area - Webster County
  • SOUTHEAST RIVER TRAILS CLOSED: Effective September 19, 2016, the east section of river trails (approximately 5 miles of trail)remain closed due to wet/flooded conditions. The remainder of the trail system is open. This bulletin will be removed when the trails have been re-opened. You may also call the park office at 515 543 8298.
  • Weather permitting, restroom and shower facilities will be closed for the season on October 17, 2015. Pit vault toilets are available in all 3 campgrounds. Water hydrants and electricity remain on throughout the year for off-season camping. During the winter season please call ahead (515) 543 8298 to ensure access to a campsite.
  • Road construction affecting Brushy Creek State Recreation Area access. Effective June 7, 2016 the Brushy Creek exit off of Highway 20 will be closed until approximately November 1st. A detour from the east will use exit 262 to take drivers south on County Road R21 (Stagecoach Rd.) At 290th Street you will go west (right turn) to reach the south entrance of the park. From the West you may take the Dolliver State Park/Otho exit 124 and then immediately turn left on 235th Street, County Road P6D. Follow this until 290th Street and go east (turn left). Take a left on Union Ave. for access to the West Entrance of the park, or continue straight on for the South Entrance.
Elk Rock State Park - Marion County
  • As of Monday October 17th 2016 all modern restrooms and shower buildings will be closed for the season. The campsite electricity and water hydrants will remain on year round. The buildings will be reopened in Spring of 2017.
Lake Ahquabi State Park - Warren County
  • Shower building will close for the season on October 17th, 2016.
  • Park will be closed October 21st through October 24th 2016, for a deer management hunt.
Lake Darling State Park - Washington County
  • The restroom facilities in the campground will be closed for the season on Monday, October 17th. The hydrants throughout the campground and electricity will remain on all year, as well as access to the pit latrines. (Posted 9-28-16)
Lake Manawa State Park - Pottawattamie County
  • CAMPGROUND CLOSED: Effective November 1, 2015 the campground at Lake Manawa State Park will be closed until further notice. The 5 shelters at the park will still be available. If you have any questions regarding the campground closure you may contact the Park Manager, Dan Jacobs at 712-366-0220. (POSTED October 21, 2015)
Lewis and Clark State Park - Monona County
  • There is road construction on Highway 175 starting around May 1st. The DOT is resurfacing the Highway from the Missouri River to I-29. This potentially will delay your arrival times.(Posted 4/25/2016)
Maquoketa Caves State Park - Jackson County
  • Visitors to Maquoketa Caves State Park once again have the opportunity to explore the remarkable cave features of the park. The caves are currently open and free of charge. Those who plan to enter the caves are required to attend a short program regarding White Nose Syndrome and preventing its spread. White Nose Syndrome is a deadly disease affecting bats, and although it has no impact on humans, it can be spread by humans. Beginning May 9, interpreters are available at the caves from 8am to 4:30pm (seven days a week) and beginning May 26 they are available from 8am to 8pm (seven days a week). The caves will close October 15 for the bat hibernation period. For additional information contact the park office at 563-652-5833 (POSTED 5/2/2016)
Nine Eagles State Park - Decatur County
  • Youth Group Campsite Closed: The youth group campsite is currently unavailable for reservations due to the construction of a new shelter. (POSTED 7/12/2016)
Pine Lake State Park - Hardin County
  • The Iowa River boat ramp at Pine Lake State Park is currently closed due to flooding on the Iowa River. The boat ramp is expected to be re-opened by 9/28/16. The wildcat trail at Pine Lake State Park is also closed from the cabin area North to the North boundary of the Park. The trail is expected to remain closed for some time after the water recedes due to wet conditions that will persist. Other trails and facilities are not likely to be impacted by flooding. Call the Park Office at (641) 858-5832 for more information. (Posted 9/26/2016)
Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area - Linn County
  • Update to road closures due to flooding: Blairsferry road between Cedar Rapids and Palo is open. Highway W36 (Palo Marsh road) between Palo and Recreation Area is open. Highway W36 (Palo Marsh road) between the recreation area and Center Point is closed due to damages to the bridge area during the flood.
  • Due to flooding of the Cedar River alternative routes may be required to gain access to the recreation area. From the North: Urbana south to Shellsburg and east to the park entrance. From the South: Highway 30 to Atkins to the park entrance. Please call the park office for more information at 319-436-7716.
  • Effective October 17th, 2016 All modern park restrooms, shower buildings and water hydrants will be closed for the season. The water hydrant at the equestrian staging area will remain On until October 31st, 2016. The dump station will remain open for dumping only. Pit toilets at the cabins and the main boat ramps area will remain open.
  • Effective, May 18th, 2016 the beach will be closed until the shoreline restoration project is completed and the lake refills. With the spring drawdown of the lake for shoreline work, the water’s edge is receded more than 75 feet from the current beach area and a significant drop off is exposed, creating unsafe conditions for the area. The shoreline restoration work is expected to be completed later this summer, given good weather conditions, and the lake is expected to fill in 2017. If you have any questions, please contact the park office at 319-436-7716. (Posted 5/18/2016)
Red Haw State Park - Lucas County
  • Due to a delay in the construction planning process, the campground at Red Haw State Park and reservation system will remain open through Labor Day (Monday September 5, 2016). The reservation system and campground will close on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 and remain closed through the fall season to allow for the renovation and electrical upgrade of 18 camping sites. For more information, please call the park office at 641-774-5632.
Shimek State Forest - Van Buren County
  • Effective, September 16, 2016, The equestrian trails are OPEN. This announcement will be updated if trail status changes. (updated 9-16-2016)
Springbrook State Park - Guthrie County
  • Camp site #41 will be closed for the remainder of the 2016 camping season due to lack of vegetative cover.
Union Grove State Park - Tama County
  • Boating will be restricted on the lake at Union Grove State Park this summer during current dredging operations. For safety reasons, boating will be restricted to non-motorized crafts, such as canoes and kayaks. No motorized boats will be allowed on the lake. The dredge will operate 24/7 and dredging is expected to be completed this fall.(Posted 6/9/16)
Wapsipinicon State Park - Jones County
  • The lower road along the Wapsipinicon River is still closed to traffic due to the resent flooding. The river is receding and should be below flood stage Saturday morning. Road will remain closed until repairs to shoulder and clean up can be done. Other effected areas is the playground, shelter and restroom are closed until clean up is finished. Staff are now power washing restroom and will get to the playground and shelter. Hope to have everything open by October 5th.