State Park Alerts - Closures and Important Information
Big Creek State Park - Polk County
  • Big Creek State Park will be conducting prescribed fires from March through May. These burns are instrumental in encouraging native prairie and oak forest, at the same time detrimental to invasive species. Please contact the park office for more information or concerns.
Brushy Creek State Recreation Area - Webster County
  • ROAD CONSTRUCTION TO AFFECT ACCESS FROM NORTH. Hwy 20 is reduced to 2 lanes from Fort Dodge to Vasse Ave. From Union Ave. you are not permitted to enter the north lane. Those traveling from the west will be permitted to turn south on Union Ave (normal Brushy Creek exit). However you will not be able to head back west on Hwy 20 from Union Ave. You may go east only. Construction ends one mile east of Union Ave, you may turn back west at the next gravel road. Or take a detour by going west on 290th to county road P6D North to Hwy 20. For those coming from the east on Hwy 20 you will take a detour on county road R21 (Stagecoach Rd.), head south to 290th St. which will take you to the south entrance of the park.
Geode State Park - Henry County
  • The Upper Shower/Restroom Building in the Campground is open for use as of April 12th, 2017. The hydrants are on and dump station is also open for use. The Lower Shower/Restroom Building will be opened later in the Spring on May 1st.
  • Shelter #1 area is closed until further notice for tree clearing in area and shelter renovations
  • 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
George Wyth State Park - Black Hawk County
  • Campground Closure: The campground will be closed for reservations from April 1, 2017 through May 15, 2017 due to electrical pedestals being replaced. You may call the park office at (319) 232-5505 for any questions. (Posted January 25, 2017)
Honey Creek State Park - Appanoose County
  • SOUTH SHOWER BUILDING CLOSURE: The south shower building is currently closed and is being remodeled. The shower building remodel project will hopefully be completed and re-opened on Friday, May 26, 2017, but at this time we cannot guarantee it will be opened on this day. This alert will be removed once the shower building has been opened for the camping season. If you have a reservation before the shower building is available you may use the north shower building during this time. (Updated February 13, 2017)
Lake Ahquabi State Park - Warren County
  • Shower buildings, fill hydrants, and dump stations are open for the season.
Lake Anita State Park - Cass County
  • All facilities at Lake Anita State Park are open for the season. (Posted 4/13/2016)
Lake Darling State Park - Washington County
  • As of April 15th, 2017, the restroom and shower facilities have been opened for the 2017 season. They will be open until approximately October 16th, 2017. (POSTED 4/18/17)
  • CAMPSITE CLOSURE: Campsite 43 is unavailable for reservations for the 2017 camping season. (POSTED 1/6/2017)
Lake Keomah State Park - Mahaska County
  • Starting October 16th, 2016 the shower building will be closed for the season. The shower building will reopen around May 1st, 2017. (Posted 10/3/16)
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. (POSTED April 18, 2017)
Ledges State Park - Boone County
  • Due to roadway damage of the Canyon Drive, access to the canyon area of Ledges is closed to vehicle traffic until emergency repairs can be made. Hiking into the canyon is allowed. For updated information contact the park office at 515-432-1852. (updated 4/4/2017)
McIntosh Woods State Park - Cerro Gordo County
  • Ventura Access and The Grade restrooms are OPEN.
  • Water facilities are OPEN in campground
Palisades-Kepler State Park - Linn County
  • 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. (Posted January 25, 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. (Posted January 27, 2017)
  • PARK WATER SYSTEM CLOSURE - The park water system and shower building will be closed during the off season each year from mid-October to late April/early May. (Posted 10/10/16)
Pikes Peak State Park - Clayton County
  • The water is on and all of the facilities are open. (Posted 04/21/17).
Pine Lake State Park - Hardin County
  • 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. (Posted April 24, 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 3/22/2017)
  • East Shelter Closure: This shelter will be unavailable for reservations during the lake restoration project. (POSTED March 10, 2017)
  • Park restrooms,showers and water hydrants are all OFF for the winter season. Dump station is open for dumping only. Pit toilets are open at the main boat ramps area and in the second campground area. Electricity at campsites will remain ON until first measurable snowfall of winter 2016/2017. Facilities will be opened in the spring according to weather and temperatures, in mid to late April 2017. Electricity will be turned on in the campgrounds once snow events have stopped for 2016/2017 winter season.
  • 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
  • Red Bud Update: It appears the peak of the Red Bud Bloom will occur during the 3rd week of April. Campground Closure: Due to a campground renovation there is closure on all reservable campsites through June 22, 2017. The closure is in place to allow for final grading and reseeding of the project area. During this closure, the campground will reopen for walk-in reservations starting on Tuesday, April 11, 2017. If you have any questions you may contact Mike Schrader, Park Manager at (641) 774-5632. (Updated April 7, 2017).
Rock Creek State Park - Jasper County
  • Campsite Closure: Campsites 1 - 10 will be closed and unavailable for reservations through August 31, 2017. These campsites are being upgraded to 50 amp electric service. (POSTED 1/11/2017)
Shimek State Forest - Van Buren County
  • Effective, April 14, 2017, all of the equestrian trails are OPEN. There is rain and thunderstorms in the forecast so the trail status can change. Please check before you ride. This bulletin will be changed when the trail status has changed. (updated 4/14/2017)
Stone State Park - Woodbury County
  • The modern restroom/shower building in the campground is open effective April 7, 2017. Water hydrants and electrical service are on.
Wapsipinicon State Park - Jones County
  • Water facilities are turned on and operational. (Posted 4/14/2017)
  • Winter Closure: Water to the restrooms and drinking fountains have been turned off. Electricity is still on at the campsites and a pit latrine is available in the campground. Updated 11-9-16
Yellow River State Forest - Allamakee County
  • Little Paint Campground: There will be minor roadwork occurring from April 1, 2017 through July 17, 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 (POSTED February 6, 2017).
  • Big Paint and Little Paint Campgrounds: There will be minor roadwork occurring from April 1, 2017 through July 17, 2017. Customers may experience a delay due to the roadwork, but these two campgrounds will be accessible and camping will be allowed during this time except in the Little Paint Campground, campsites 102-139, YA and YB will be unavailable for reservations during the roadwork. (POSTED February 6, 2017).