State Park Alerts - Closures and Important Information
Big Creek State Park - Polk County
  • April 20th Big Creek Night Prescribed Prairie Burn 5:30 program 6 p.m. ignition start Meet at East boat /Gannett Shelter parking lot Brief overview of Iowa's Prairie and their value and what it takes to conduct a prescribed burn and the effects April 29th 1-4 p.m. Big Creek 6000 Step Challenge fun family event Meet at Beach shelter number one by the concession building This family event is for information and to promote exercise in state parks. Door prizes will be awarded post event 4pm Meet at Beach shelter one for prize drawing. Presence not necessary to win. May 5th 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Big Creek what's in your water Meet at Beach shelter number one by the concession building An event to promote Lawn Care best management practices with live demonstrations by local professionals on fertilizer application, soil quality restoration and pollinator plantings and Landscaping with Native Prairie plants. May 6th 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. kids tree planting opportunity Meet at the disc golf parking lot, planting will be across the road to the east. Volunteer event to plant hardwood trees at Big Creek State Park event for families and kids ages 5-15. Help us plant approximately 200 trees and take your part in investing in the parks future. June 2nd Big Creek Appreciation Day Big Creek Watershed project Beach Shelter 1 Come enjoy Big Creek Lake at our annual Big Creek Lake Appreciation Day event. Enjoy a day outside full of food, pontoon boat rides, fishing, canoeing, the beach and more, all while learning about the Big Creek Lake Watershed and ongoing conservation efforts. Bring the whole family! There will be fun learning events for all ages! Not to mention it will be free fishing day in Iowa!
Brushy Creek State Recreation Area - Webster County
  • The Southeast River trails south of the creek crossing remain closed due to flooding. The Southwest River trails are also closed at this time due to flooding. All other trails are open. This alert will be removed when the areas have dried out sufficiently to reopen.
Fairport State Recreation Area - Muscatine County
  • Reservable campsites 19 and 35- 40 are closed due to flooding through June 4, 2018. This bulletin will be removed once they are re-opened. (Updated May 18, 2018)
Geode State Park - Henry County
  • A short section of the hiking trail which circles the lake will be closed for construction work occurring in that area. This is occurring on the west side of the lake near the spillway area of the dam. This is construction of a haul road for hauling silt out of the lake as part of the lake renovation. Only the small stretch close to spillway on the west side of the dam will be closed. If hiking counter clockwise on the trail around the lake it will be necessary to bypass the work by leaving the trail at the youth camp area or shelter #4 and using the road shoulder of highway J-20 to continue around the lake and vice versa if travelling clockwise. It is expected that there will be work in this area for until Spring 2019.
  • The Beach Shelter will not be open for rental all of 2018 connected to the campground facilities and therefore will need to remain off (includes:water/restrooms/kitchenette) while lines in the campground are upgraded and replaced. The outdoor portion of the shelter may be used on a first come, first served basis. The lake is drained and there is no swimming at the beach, but the area near the beach facility and trails may still be used.
  • The Campground will be closed for all of 2018 for renovation. It is anticipated that all work will be completed for a Summer 2019 opening.
  • Campground Renovation: The campground will be closed from April 1, 2018 through May 23, 2019. (Updated 8/3/17)
George Wyth State Park - Black Hawk County
  • Water and restrooms are open for the season. Posted 4/25/18
Honey Creek State Park - Appanoose County
  • North Shower Building Renovation: The shower building will be unavailable from August 1 through October 31, 2018. The new shower building will be seasonal and there will no longer a year round shower building available. (POSTED March 7, 2018)
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 Ahquabi State Park - Warren County
  • Shower buildings and beach restroom are now open for the season.
Lake Darling State Park - Washington County
  • As of Monday, April 23rd, 2018, the modern restroom facilities have been opened for the year. The anticipated closing date for the 2018 recreation season will be Monday, October 15th. (Posted 4/26/18)
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 of Three Fires State Park - Taylor County
  • EQUESTRIAN TRAILS CLOSURE: Effective May 15th, 2018. The equestrian trails have been closed due to wet conditions in the local area. Trails will remain closed until they've had a chance to dry out. This bulletin will be removed when the trails have been re-opened.
Lake Wapello State Park - Davis County
  • Shower house is now open for the season.
Ledges State Park - Boone County
  • The Canyon Drive is currently closed to vehicle traffic while a construction project is underway to repair roadway damages. Visitors are welcome to hike into the Canyon at this time though, but are advised to use the trails to access the canyon and stay clear of where the work is taking place. 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. Many other picnic areas, trails, and both open shelters remain open and accessible by vehicle. For detailed information on the Canyon Drive repair project, included expected timelines, please contact the park office at 515-432-1852 or Ledges@dnr.iowa.gov (updated 5/6/2018)
  • Campground Renovation: The campground is currently CLOSED for a renovation project. It will remain closed through most, if not all of 2018. Visitors are asked to stay out of the campground at this time to avoid interference with the project. (UPDATED May 6, 2018)
Lewis and Clark State Park - Monona County
  • Beach Closure: Due to construction the beach will be closed from January 1 - May 31, 2018. (Posted October 17, 2017)
Maquoketa Caves State Park - Jackson County
  • All of Maquoketa Caves State Park is closed due to Road Construction along with an Electrical Upgrade to Campground. All and any changes to project will be posted here if we re-open earlier. Park Closure date are Feb 5 through August 24 2018. Posted on February 5
  • 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)
McIntosh Woods State Park - Cerro Gordo County
  • OPEN for 2018 season. Water facilities are ON including modern restrooms & shower bldg.
Nine Eagles State Park - Decatur County
  • Bridge Closure: The bridge south of Davis City on J-66 and Miller Rd will be closed from April until August of 2018. The detour is 2 miles on gravel. (Posted April 5, 2018)
  • Bridge Closure: The bridge south of Davis City on J-66 and Miller Rd will be closed from April until August. The detour is 2 miles on gravel. (Posted April 5, 2018)
  • Non Electric Campground: As of April 5, 2018 there will be no water available in the non electric campground. There will be water available in the electric campground if needed. (Posted April 5, 2018)
  • Cabin Closure: The modern cabin will be closed for the 2018 recreation season. (Posted 4/5/2018)
Palisades-Kepler State Park - Linn County
  • Lodge Closure: The lodge will be closed due to well maintenance for the entire 2018 and 2019 rental season. (UPDATED 4/4/2018)
Pikes Peak State Park - Clayton County
  • The water is on and the modern restroom and shower facilities are now open for the 2018 recreation season. (Posted 4/27/2018).
Pine Lake State Park - Hardin County
  • CLOSURE: Restrooms at the beach and Iowa River Boat Ramp areas within Pine Lake State Park are closed due to a sewer system problem. Restrooms are available at the Upper Lake Boat Ramp. The camp area and cabins are not impacted by this closure. (Posted 05/04/2018)
Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area - Linn County
  • Campground Closure: Campground #1 will be closed through May 21, 2018 due to an electrical upgrade of these campsites and to allow for the grass to re-establish. This bulletin will be removed once the closure has been removed. The other campground will be open during this time for camping. If you have any questions you may call the park office at 319 436-7716.(POSTED November 9, 2017)
Shimek State Forest - Van Buren County
  • Effective, April 20 2018, all of the equestrian trails are OPEN. Please use caution as we have been unable to clear trees off trails. This bulletin will be changed when the trail status has changed. (updated 4/20/2018)
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 5/14/18).
Volga River State Recreation Area - Fayette County
  • The Water has been turned on the Lakeview and Albany Campgrounds for the camping season. The water will be turned off for the winter on October 15, 2018.
Walnut Woods State Park - Polk County
  • Campground is open for the 2018 recreation season. No shower facilities at Walnut Woods State Park. Modern restrooms, water hydrants, and dump station are open for the 2018 season. Posted 4/25/18
Wilson Island State Recreation Area - Pottawattamie County
  • Starting on November 1, 2017 through August of 2018 park visitors coming from Interstate 29 will not be able to access the park from the Loveland exit due to replacement of a bridge on DeSoto Avenue. Instead exit at Missouri Valley (Highway 30). Head west 1 mile and turn left onto Italy Avenue. Go south four miles. Turn right (west) and travel four miles on DeSoto Avenue to reach Wilson Island. Access to the park will be gravel only. This alert will be removed once the construction has been completed. (Posted 11-1-2017)
Yellow River State Forest - Allamakee County
  • (Posted 03/23/18) Due to inventory changes with camping sites in Little Paint campground we will not be accepting reservations in this campground until May 1, 2018. All of the sites in Little Paint campground will be available on a first come first serve basis up to May 1, 2018. Also keep in mind when making reservations May 1, 2018 and into the future that the campsite numbers have changed, so be sure to check the map prior to making your reservation. Thank you. If you have any further questions please feel free to contact the office at (563) 586-2254. Thank you.