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Construction/Park Lake Levels/Weather Related/Other Closures

Brushy Creek State Recreation Area - Webster County
  • EQUESTRIAN TRAILS CLOSED due to wet conditions. The all-weather rock trail around the lake remains open. TRAIL STATUS FOR LABOR DAY WEEKEND: Friday, August 28, Brushy Creek received over 8 inches of rain. We are currently aware of 3 major culvert washouts on the trail system. We received another 1/2 inch of rain Tuesday night. Park staff will do their best to make the most urgent repairs needed, but drying conditions may not be favorable to opening this weekend when considering that large amount of rain. It is also likely that the River Trails will remain flooded. We will update our closure information when we are able to access more of the trail system as conditions improve through the week. If you have camping reservations and wish to cancel, please contact 1 (877) 427-2757 or go online to The standard cancellation policy (2 days prior to arrival) will apply.
  • The swimming beach at Brushy Creek will be closed to public access in 2015 for a major beach renovation. The project includes a new road/parking lot, cabanas and a restroom. We apologize for the inconvenience. The Beach Campground will remain open and accessible.
Lake Macbride State Park - Johnson County
  • The Beach closes daily at 6:00PM and this includes the 4th of July.
  • Possible Beach Closures on Weekends and Holidays at Lake Macbride State Park Due to high visitation and limited parking at the beach area, expect a beach closure on weekends and holidays, access to the beach may be closed to park visitors for up to 2 hours. During these times, people in vehicles will be stopped at the park entrance and asked to return to the beach at a later time or asked to visit one of the other beaches in Johnson County such as Sandy Beach, Sugar Bottom, West Overlook or Kent Park. Make weekend and holiday plans accordingly.
Lake of Three Fires State Park - Taylor County
  • (Posted 9/2/15) The trails at Lake of Three Fires are closed due to wet conditions associated with recent rainfall. This alert will be removed or updated when the trails open.
Ledges State Park - Boone County
  • The Canyon Drive is currently closed to vehicle traffic. 1 inch of rain on September 2nd has caused flash flooding, making the stream flowing through the canyon area of Ledges rise to levels unsafe for vehicle traffic. Park visitors are allowed to hike into the canyon area at this time but be advised the stream is running at a high level & visitors are cautioned not to enter the stream on foot. The campground, trails, many other roads & parking lots, and both open shelters remain accessible by vehicle. For the most up to date information on closures at Ledges, please call the park office at (515) 432-1852.(updated 9/2/2015)
Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area - Linn County
  • A Lake Restoration Project will be taking place at Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area. The drawdown (lowered about 15 feet) of the lake is scheduled to start in late August to mid-September. The drawdown will take about 3-4 weeks. If you have any questions, please contact the park office at 319-436-7716. (UPDATED 8/14/2015)
Springbrook State Park - Guthrie County
  • Springbrook State Park will be CLOSED from Tuesday, September 8, 2015 through Saturday, April 30, 2016 for road/bridge construction. When work begins, access to the campground, shelters, beach, picnic areas, public hunting, and trails will not be allowed. This closure does not restrict access to the Sherburne Cabin or the Springbrook Conservation Education Center facilities. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the park office at 641-747-3591.
Union Grove State Park - Tama County
  • A Lake Restoration Project will be taking place at Union Grove State Park. The drawdown of the lake will start around June 1, 2015. The lake should be re-filled by late spring of 2016. During the drawdown period, campsite reservations will be on a first come/first serve basis. Please contact the Park Manger, Roger Thompson at 641 473-2556 to make your reservations for the Family Modern Cabin and for the West Shelter.(Posted 2/12/2015)
Wapsipinicon State Park - Jones County
  • Water to facilities is turned on and operational.