State Park Alerts - Closures and Important Information
Big Creek State Park - Polk County
  • 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
  • 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
  • Equestrian Trails Are Closed: Effective August 25th, 2016 the equestrian trails have been closed due to the recent rainfall. This bulletin will be removed when the trails have been re-opened.
Geode State Park - Henry County
  • The beach shelter is closed for rentals due to a broken sewer line that will be repaired sometime this summer. The shelter will be available on first come first served basis,no reservations until the problem is fixed. No restrooms or kitchenette available until line repaired. There is a pit toilet located on the hill above the playground close to the shelter. (Posted 4/21/2016)
  • Construction on 3 new silt retention ponds will begin the week of 6/27/2016. This will effect trail access between shelter #1 and shelter#4. This portion of trail will be closed while construction is occurring. At this time it is not known how long the project will take. It is hoped that the trail will only need to be closed for a few weeks to a month.
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)
Lake of Three Fires State Park - Taylor County
  • EQUESTRIAN TRAILS CLOSURE: Effective August 25th, 2016. The equestrian trails have been closed due to very wet conditions associated with the recent rainfall. Trails will remain closed until they have had a chance to dry out. This bulletin will be removed when the trails have been re-opened.
Lake Wapello State Park - Davis County
  • All electric sites and full hook-up sites will be closed for the remainder of the 2016 season. Non-electric sites are available on a first-come first-serve basis only (no reservations). The shower house is open.
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
  • TRAIL CLOSURE: The South Trail at Pine Lake State Park will be closed beginning on July 21st for repair work. The closure is expected to last for 2 - 3 weeks. (Updated 7/11/2016)
Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area - Linn County
  • 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)
  • Due to the construction of the lake restoration project, the Lodge and East Shelter will only be available for advanced reservations through the park office. The construction of the lake may be occurring 7 days per week, during daylight hours. Expect a certain noise level and traffic delays due to slow moving equipment on park roads. The construction will be occurring from May 1, 2016 through September 30, 2016. Please contact the park office if you would like to make an advanced reservation for the Lodge or East Shelter at 319-436-7716. (POSTED 12/28/2015)
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, August 18, 2016, The equestrian trails are OPEN This bulletin will be changed when the trail status has changed. (updated 8-18-2016)
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.
Stephens State Forest - Lucas County
  • EQUESTRIAN TRAIL CLOSURE: The equestrian trails are currently 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 8/25/16).
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)
Waubonsie State Park - Fremont County
  • 08/24/16 Equestrian trails are closed due to heavy rainfall once the trails have reopened this bulletin will be removed. Questions please call the park office at 712-382-2786. 08/24/16
Yellow River State Forest - Allamakee County
  • On Wednesday August 24, 2016 Yellow River State Forest received 9 inches of rain. Flash flooding caused extensive damage to the campgrounds and trails. All trails and campgrounds will remain closed until further notice. If you have any questions please call 563-586-2254. Posted 8/24/2016
  • EQUESTRIAN TRAIL CLOSURE: Effective 8/24/16, the equestrian trails have been closed due to a heavy rain event. Trails will remain closed until they have a chance to dry out and staff have had time to make necessary repairs. This bulletin will be removed when the trails have been reopened.