State Park Alerts - Closures and Important Information
Ambrose A. Call State Park - Kossuth County
  • The water has been turned off for the season. Pit toilets are still available for use. Electricity will remain on through the winter.
Bellevue State Park - Jackson County
  • TRAIL CONSTRUCTION: QUARRY TRAIL CLOSED FOR CONSTRUCTION The work has started on the trail connector from Felderman Park in the city of Bellevue to the lower section of the Quarry trail at Bellevue State Park.
Big Creek State Park - Polk County
  • Flush facilities will be closed on October 15, 2017 and will remain closed until approximately May 1st, 2018. Facilities with out water will remain open, this includes (pit latrines, shelters, boat ramps, and playground)
Brushy Creek State Recreation Area - Webster County
  • Restroom and shower facilities will be closed for the season on October 15, 2017. Water hydrants and electricity remain on throughout the year for off-season camping. Pit vault toilets are available in all 3 campgrounds, 4 boat ramps, and at the North and South day use areas. During the winter season please call ahead (515) 543 8298 to ensure access to a campsite. Weather permitting, facilities generally reopen around April 15th.
Elk Rock State Park - Marion County
  • As of Monday October 16th 2017 all modern restrooms and shower buildings will be closed for the season. The campsite electricity and water hydrants will remain on year round. The buildings will be reopened in April 16th 2018. (Posted 9/17/17)
Fairport State Recreation Area - Muscatine County
  • The modern restroom/shower building and RV dump station at Fairport Recreation Area are OPEN. If you have any questions, please call the park office at 563-263-4337.
Geode State Park - Henry County
  • As of 10/11/17 the lake is in the process of being drained. It is anticipated that the water level in the lake will be dropping 6" to 1 foot per day. As a result of this all docks have been removed except the dock at the main boat ramp. It is anticipated that this final dock will need to be removed around the week of 10/16 thru 10/20. The boat ramp will be closed when that occurs.
  • Shelter #1 renovation project has been delayed. The area has been opened again for normal use at this time.
  • Campground Renovation: The campground will be closed from April 1, 2018 through May 23, 2019. (Updated 8/3/17)
  • The campground will be closed for the 2018 season for renovation. (Posted 7/21/17)
  • Lake Restoration Project: The DNR may begin drawing the lake down as early as October 2017. The water will be drawn down no more than 1 foot per day. (Updated 7/21/17).
  • Lake Restoration Project: The DNR will start drawing the lake down as early as July 10th, 2017, but this may also be delayed. The water will be drawn down no more than 1 foot per day. Expect the water level to be lower some time after this date for the remainder of the 2017 camping season. The park and campground will still be open during this time. (UPDATED June 28, 2017)
Green Valley State Park - Union County
  • Green Valley State Park modern restroom/shower buildings will be closed as of 10/16/17 and will reopen near 4/15/18. Water hydrants will remain on until weather becomes too cold or a leak has been detected and is unable to be found. Electricity will still be available throughout the campground. A pit latrine will remain open at the North end of the campground. (Posted 10/05/2017)
  • Green Valley State Park will be closed for camping and general use of the park and lake beginning 10:30 pm November 17th through 4:00 am November 20th for the 2017 Green Valley State Park Special Antlerless Deer Hunt. Only persons with a Green Valley Special Antlerless Season Deer License will be permitted in Green Valley during this time. Applications for the special hunt can be found on the Green Valley State Park Iowa DNR webpage or by contacting the park directly by phone at 641-782-5131 or email at Green_Valley@dnr.iowa.gov. Applications will be accepted September 1st through October 15th. The hunt is muzzleloader only. Only 25 applicants will be chosen, and must be Iowa residents. Further information can be found on the application or by contacting Green Valley State Park. (Posted 8/23/2017)
Gull Point State Park - Dickinson County
  • Restroom/shower facilities closed beginning September 15, 2017 at Gull Point State Park campground. Camping will be available on a first come/ first serve basis with limited to no access to restroom/shower facilities.
Honey Creek State Park - Appanoose County
  • SOUTH SHOWER BUILDING CLOSURE: The south shower building is now open but the showers are still being remodeled. This means that the toilets and sinks are in use and the showers are not. The shower building remodel project will not be completed until further notice. This bulletin will be removed once the shower building has been completed. If you have a reservation before the shower building is completed you may use the north shower building during this time to shower. (Updated June 29, 2017)
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, lodge, and beach restroom are closed for the season. Pit vault latrines remain open. Hydrants and dump stations in the campground will remain on. Electricity in the campground will remain on.
Lake Darling State Park - Washington County
  • Cabin Closure: Camping cabin #5 will be closed due to maintenance for the remainder of the 2017 rental season. (POSTED September 19, 2017)
  • CAMPSITE CLOSURE: Campsite 43 is unavailable for reservations for the 2017 camping season. (POSTED 1/6/2017)
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 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. (Updated June 28, 2017)
Ledges State Park - Boone County
  • The Canyon Drive is currently closed to vehicle traffic due to a roadway failure, making vehicle passage unsafe. Visitors are welcome to hike into the Canyon at this time though. 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. All other roads, parking lots, picnic areas, trails, the campground, and both open shelters remain open and accessible by vehicle. For updated information contact the park office at 515-432-1852. (updated 10/8/2017)
  • Facilities: The modern restrooms/showers in Ledges State Park will close for the winter season at park closing time on Sunday, October 15th. Electricity to the campsites will stay ON, water will remain ON to the hydrants in the campground, the RV dump station will remain open until temperatures drop below freezing, and portable restrooms will be available in the campground and Canyon areas as well until late November. (Updated 10/8/2017)
  • Campground Renovation: The campground will be closed from January 1, 2018 through October 31, 2018. (POSTED August 3, 2017)
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
  • 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)
Palisades-Kepler State Park - Linn County
  • The lodge will be closed due to well maintenance for the entire 2018 rental season. (UPDATED 9/19/2017)
  • 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. (Updated June 28, 2017)
Pikes Peak State Park - Clayton County
  • All of the trails are now open. (Posted 10/02/17).
Pilot Knob State Park - Hancock County
  • The water has been turned off for the season. Pit toilets are still available for use. Electricity will remain on through the winter.
Pine Lake State Park - Hardin County
  • OFF SEASON FACILITY AVAILABILITY: Modern restrooms around the park will be closed between October 15th and November 1st. Docks will be removed from boat ramps around the 1st of November. If you have any questions regarding off-season facility availability please call the park office at (641) 858-5832. (POSTED 9/11/2017)
  • 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. (Updated June 28, 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 June 28,2017)
  • 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 2018. If you have any questions, please contact the park office at 319-436-7716. (Updated June 28, 2017)
Red Haw State Park - Lucas County
  • The campground shower building, dump station and flush toilet above the beach at Red Haw State Park will closed for the season on Monday, October 16, 2017. These facilities will reopen in mid-April 2018, weather permitting. Campground electric and water hydrants will remain available during the winter season. (Posted 9/29/17)
Shimek State Forest - Van Buren County
  • Effective, September 26, 2017, all of the equestrian trails are OPEN. This bulletin will be changed when the trail status has changed. (updated 9/26/2017)
Springbrook State Park - Guthrie County
  • Modern shower and restroom facilities are closed for the season. Pit vault toilets remain available for year round use. Facilities will re-open in late April if 2018.
Stone State Park - Woodbury County
  • Modern Restroom/Shower Building in the Campground closed effective 10/17/17. Electric site and water hydrants remain on. Vault latrine open for use in the campground.
Volga River State Recreation Area - Fayette County
  • The Water to Both Campgrounds has been turned off for the winter season. The Shower building is closed. Pit Latrines are available at both campgrounds and electric services is on to all sites where provided. The rate for the lakeview campground is 11 dollars and 12 at the Alabany Campground.
  • Water to the campgrounds will be shut off effective October, 16th for the winter season. EQUESTRIAN TRAILS OPEN: Portions of the trails have been opened at Volga River, a section remains closed but staff estimate 85% of trail miles are currently open for riding, the closed section is clearly marked. More sections will open as repairs continue. This bulletin will be removed when all trail sections have reopened for use.
Wilson Island State Recreation Area - Pottawattamie County
  • Shower and flush toilet facilities are now closed for the winter. Water from hydrants and dump station will be available until mid November, after which no water will be available. Pit toilets are accessible year round. Posted 10-18-2017