State Park Alerts - Closures and Important Information
Backbone State Park - Delaware County
  • Water is on in both campgrounds, one shower building will be opened starting April 28th, the dump station is open. The second shower building is under renovation and will be open when completed. All modern restrooms will be open by May 4th, 2017. Questions about water availability please call the Park Office at 563-924-2527. 04/28/2017
Bellevue State Park - Jackson County
  • Modern restroom/shower building is open for the season. Hydrants in the campground and the dumpstation are also available at this time.
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
  • As of May 17, 2017 the trails at Brushy Creek are temporarily closed to equestrian and bike use due to wet conditions. The 12 mile all-weather rock trail around the lake remains open for use. This bulletin will be removed when trails have dried sufficiently to reopen.
  • 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
  • Lake Restoration Project: On July 10, 2017 the DNR will start drawing the lake down. The water will be drawn down no more than 1 foot per day. Expect the water level to be lower after this date for the remainder of the 2017 camping season. The park and campground will still be open during this time. (POSTED May 23, 2017)
  • 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
  • Shelter #1 has been taken off of the reservation system due to anticipated renovation of the shelter 2017 recreation season. Timing of this project will be dependent on the contractor, and length of project unknown at this time. The shelter will be available for first come, first served use until actual work begins. For updates or further inquiries please check with the park office at (319)392-4601
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)
Lacey Keosauqua State Park - Van Buren County
  • The Hwy.1 Park entrance is closed due to road construction. Park users can use two alternative routes to access the park. Go west on county J40 near the hospital in the town of Keosauqua several miles until Iris Trail Road that will take you into the west entrance of the State Park. Other alternate route will be south of Keosauqua on Hwy.1 turn west on 240th Rd.(gravel) until Lacey Trail Rd.. Turn north to access the State Park from the south entrance. (POSTED 05/05/2017)
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 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 repairs can be made. Hiking into the canyon is allowed. For updated information contact the park office at 515-432-1852. (updated 5/20/2017)
McIntosh Woods State Park - Cerro Gordo County
  • The McIntosh Woods State Park boat ramp will be closed on May 30 for approximately three weeks due to construction of new ramps. The restroom, playground and beach can be accessed via a hiking path from campground. The McIntosh shelter will be closed until June 16 also due to this construction. Other boat ramps to utilize are located at Ventura Access, Clear Lake Seawall, or the Ritz access on the south shore.
  • 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)
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
  • Water ON for 2017 season : Shower buildings, restrooms and water hydrants are OPEN for the 2017 season effective May 1, 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 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, May 5, 2017, all of the equestrian trails are OPEN. This bulletin will be changed when the trail status has changed. (updated 5/5/2017)
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.
Volga River State Recreation Area - Fayette County
  • Effective 4/27/2017 the Water has been turned on to the Lakeview and Albany Campgrounds,the shower building at the Lakeview campground has been opened and all facilities are on. The campground water will remain on until October 15th at which time the water and shower facilities will be closed. The Lakeview campground gate will remain open until snow accumulates or prior to the 1st day of Iowa's firearms deer season.
Wapsipinicon State Park - Jones County
  • Water facilities are turned on and operational. (Posted 4/14/2017)
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).