State Park Alerts - Closures and Important Information
Bellevue State Park - Jackson County
  • TRAIL CONSTRUCTION: QUARRY TRAIL CLOSED FOR CONSTRUCTION The work has started on the trail connector from Felderman Park in the city of Bellevue to the lower section of the Quarry trail at Bellevue State Park.
Big Creek State Park - Polk County
  • Big Creek Fish Cleaning Station Replacement is scheduled for September 5,2017 depending on contractor availability. Completion is expected to be early October
  • Restrooms at Gannett Shelter/East Boat Ramp and West Boat Ramp will close Tuesday, September 5,2017 for replacement.
Elk Rock State Park - Marion County
  • As of Monday October 16th 2017 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 April 16th 2018. (Posted 9/17/17)
Geode State Park - Henry County
  • Campground Renovation: The campground will be closed from April 1, 2018 through May 23, 2019. (Updated 8/3/17)
  • The campground will be closed for the 2018 season for renovation. (Posted 7/21/17)
  • Lake Restoration Project: The DNR may begin drawing the lake down as early as October 2017. The water will be drawn down no more than 1 foot per day. (Updated 7/21/17).
  • The hiking trail on the west side of the lake between shelter #4 and Shelter #1 will be closed until further notice due to pond construction. (Updated June 28, 2017)
  • Lake Restoration Project: The DNR will start drawing the lake down as early as July 10th, 2017, but this may also be delayed. The water will be drawn down no more than 1 foot per day. Expect the water level to be lower some time after this date for the remainder of the 2017 camping season. The park and campground will still be open during this time. (UPDATED June 28, 2017)
Green Valley State Park - Union County
  • Green Valley State Park will be closed for camping and general use of the park and lake beginning 10:30 pm November 17th through 4:00 am November 20th for the 2017 Green Valley State Park Special Antlerless Deer Hunt. Only persons with a Green Valley Special Antlerless Season Deer License will be permitted in Green Valley during this time. Applications for the special hunt can be found on the Green Valley State Park Iowa DNR webpage or by contacting the park directly by phone at 641-782-5131 or email at Green_Valley@dnr.iowa.gov. Applications will be accepted September 1st through October 15th. The hunt is muzzleloader only. Only 25 applicants will be chosen, and must be Iowa residents. Further information can be found on the application or by contacting Green Valley State Park. (Posted 8/23/2017)
Gull Point State Park - Dickinson County
  • Restroom/shower facilities closed beginning September 15, 2017 at Gull Point State Park campground. Camping will be available on a first come/ first serve basis with limited to no access to restroom/shower facilities.
Honey Creek State Park - Appanoose County
  • SOUTH SHOWER BUILDING CLOSURE: The south shower building is now open but the showers are still being remodeled. This means that the toilets and sinks are in use and the showers are not. The shower building remodel project will not be completed until further notice. This bulletin will be removed once the shower building has been completed. If you have a reservation before the shower building is completed you may use the north shower building during this time to shower. (Updated June 29, 2017)
Lacey Keosauqua State Park - Van Buren County
  • Campground Renovation: The campground will be closed from April 1, 2018 through October 31, 2018. (Posted 8/3/17)
Lake Anita State Park - Cass County
  • Campsite Closure: Campsite #97 will be unavailable for reservations due to a water leak. This bulletin will be removed once the leak has been fixed and the campsite is suitable for reservations. (POSTED September 1, 2017)
Lake Darling State Park - Washington County
  • Cabin Closure: Camping cabin #5 will be closed due to maintenance for the remainder of the 2017 rental season. (POSTED September 19, 2017)
  • CAMPSITE CLOSURE: Campsite 43 is unavailable for reservations for the 2017 camping season. (POSTED 1/6/2017)
Lake Macbride State Park - Johnson County
  • Alcohol is prohibited inside the fenced in designated beach area. Alcohol may not be possessed or consumed within the fenced designated beach area. (June 28, 2017)
Lake Manawa State Park - Pottawattamie County
  • CAMPGROUND REMOVED AND WILL BE A DAY USE AREA: On November 1, 2015 the campground at Lake Manawa State Park closed. The campground is currently being converted into a day use area and will be completed in the fall of 2017. The 5 shelters at the park are still be available. If you have any questions you may contact the Park Manager, Dan Jacobs at 712-366-0220. (Updated June 28, 2017)
Ledges State Park - Boone County
  • The Canyon Drive is currently closed to vehicle traffic due to a roadway failure, making vehicle passage unsafe. Visitors are welcome to hike into the Canyon at this time though. Parking is located both at the top (east) of Canyon Drive and the bottom (west) of Canyon Drive to access the area on foot from either direction. All other roads, parking lots, picnic areas, trails, the campground, and both open shelters remain open and accessible by vehicle. For updated information contact the park office at 515-432-1852. (updated 9/10/2017)
  • Campground Renovation: The campground will be closed from January 1, 2018 through October 31, 2018. (POSTED August 3, 2017)
Maquoketa Caves State Park - Jackson County
  • Campground Renovation: The campground will be closed from April 1, 2018 through August 30, 2018. (POSTED August 3, 2017)
Marble Beach State Recreation Area - Dickinson County
  • Campground Renovation: The campground will be closed from April 1, 2018 through May 31, 2019. (UPDATED September 5, 2017)
Palisades-Kepler State Park - Linn County
  • The lodge will be closed due to well maintenance for the entire 2018 rental season. (UPDATED 9/19/2017)
  • Cabin Users: A campground renovation project will start on Friday, September 8, 2017. The cabins will still be available for reservations, but there may be additional noise and traffic from the contractors working on the campground. (Updated June 28, 2017)
  • Campground Closure: The campground will be closed from September 8, 2017 through November 30, 2017 due to a campground renovation project. If you have any questions you may contact Jim Hansen, Park Ranger at (319) 895-6039. (Updated June 28, 2017)
Pikes Peak State Park - Clayton County
  • The Horn Hollow Loop Trail is still CLOSED from the tornado damage and we will try to have it open by October 1st, 2017. The rest of the trails have been cleared and are now OPEN. (Posted 9/17/17).
Pine Lake State Park - Hardin County
  • OFF SEASON FACILITY AVAILABILITY: Modern showers and restrooms in the camp area at Pine Lake State Park are scheduled to be closed for the winter season on October 15th, 2017. A vault toilet is available for off season use South of the camp area at the upper lake boat ramp. Hydrants around the camp area are frost-free and are generally available year-round unless problems arise. Other modern restrooms around the park will be closed between October 15th and November 1st. Docks will be removed from boat ramps around the 1st of November. If you have any questions regarding off-season facility availability please call the park office at (641) 858-5832. (POSTED 9/11/2017)
  • Cabin Closure: All four cabins will be unavailable for reservations from January 1, 2018 - February 28, 2018 due to repairing the fireplaces in each cabin. (Updated June 28, 2017)
Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area - Linn County
  • Campground 1 (campsites 1 - 27) will be closed and unavailable for advanced reservations starting on Wednesday, September 6 through October 31, 2017 due to an electrical upgrade in the campground. (UPDATED June 28,2017)
  • 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 2018. If you have any questions, please contact the park office at 319-436-7716. (Updated June 28, 2017)
Shimek State Forest - Van Buren County
  • Effective, September 21, 2017, equestrian trails have been CLOSED. The wet weather trails are OPEN. Trails are closed due to excessive rainfall. This bulletin will be changed when the trails have been re-opened. (updated 9/21/2017)
Stephens State Forest - Lucas County
  • EQUESTRIAN TRAIL CLOSURE: The equestrian trails are currently closed. 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 9/21/17).
Volga River State Recreation Area - Fayette County
  • EQUESTRIAN TRAILS OPEN: Portions of the trails have been opened at Volga River, Some Sections remain closed but staff estimate 70% of trail miles are currently open for riding, closed sections are clearly marked. More sections will open as repairs continue. This bulletin will be removed when all trail sections have reopened for use.
Waubonsie State Park - Fremont County
  • As of 7/26/17 campsites 16-25 & 29-36 and the road to them will be closed in the Equestrian Campground. This notice will be removed when the road & campsites are open again. If you have questions please call the park office at 712-382-2786.
Yellow River State Forest - Allamakee County
  • Roadwork Near Little Paint Campground: There will be minor roadwork occurring from June 30th, 2017 through October 31st, 2017. During this time you may experience a delay due to the roadwork, but the Little Paint campground will be accessible and camping will be allowed. The other three campgrounds (Big Paint, Creekside, and Frontier will not be affected by the roadwork (Updated June 29, 2017).