State Park Alerts - Closures and Important Information
Big Creek State Park - Polk County
  • Neal Smith Trail at sycamore access has been closed due to flooding.
Brushy Creek State Recreation Area - Webster County
  • As of July 3, 2018 the southwest and southeast river trails remain closed due to flooding. This is the area south of the South Day Use Area. This bulletin will be removed when trails have dried sufficiently to reopen.
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)
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 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. (Updated July 2, 2018)
Ledges State Park - Boone County
  • Low-lying areas of Ledges State Park are currently experiencing significant flooding. The Lower Ledges Road and associated parking areas are closed to vehicle traffic as water is currently pooled approximately 15 feet deep in these areas. At this time, flood waters have crested and are expected to slowly subside. This forecast could fluctuate either way with additional rainfall or lack thereof. Visitors are warned to not enter the flood waters as strong currents and unseen hazards could exist. Areas that will remain OPEN to vehicle traffic include both shelters, the Oak Woods Picnic Area, Lost Lake Trail, and the Upper Picnic Areas of the park. Please call the park office at (515) 432-1852 for more information. (updated 7/15/2018)
  • 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 at the top (east) of Canyon Drive. 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 7/15/2018)
  • 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 July 15, 2018)
Maquoketa Caves State Park - Jackson County
  • Campground Renovation: The campground will be closed from April 1, 2018 through October 31, 2018 due to the renumbering of campsites. New reservations will not be accepted until the new inventory has been released on the reservation system. (Posted June 27, 2018)
  • All of Maquoketa Caves State Park is closed through August 24, 2018 due to road construction and the campground being renovated. Any changes to the closure will be posted here if we re-open earlier. (Updated June 27, 2018)
  • Campground Renovation: The campground will be closed from April 1, 2018 through October 31, 2018 because of renumbering of sites. New reservations will not be accepted until the sites have been renumbered. (Updated June 12, 2018)
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)
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)
Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area - Linn County
  • BEACH CLOSED- The lake is still low due to the lake restoration project. The lake is refilling but it will take some time. Estimates of late summer 2019 to spring 2020 until the lake will be full and beach will be open. (posted 6/18/2018)
Shimek State Forest - Van Buren County
  • Effective, April 20 2018, all of the equestrian trails are OPEN. This bulletin will be changed when the trail status has changed. (updated 4/20/2018)
Wildcat Den State Park - Muscatine County
  • The Register's Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI) will pass through Wildcat Den State Park on Saturday July 28th 2018. This event draws 10,000 bicyclists and spectators. Visitors should be aware that the park could see an increase in visitation on this date. Traffic getting to the park could also be congested. Campers wishing to camp at the park must reserve a campsite or register as a first-come, first-serve camper and pay the appropriate fees. All camping rules and regulations apply including a limit of six people per campsite and one camping unit per campsite or a maximum of two tents per campsite. If you have any questions regarding camping or the park, please call park staff at 563-263-4337. For more information about RAGBRAI, please visit RAGBRAI.com
Wilson Island State Recreation Area - Pottawattamie County
  • Wilson Island is closed now through July 31st, if not longer, due to extreme flooding from the Missouri River. The park will reopen when conditions allow. For further information call the park office at 712-642-2069. (Updated July 3, 2018)
  • 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. (Updated 6-20-2018)