Learn about the DNR's COVID-19 response and how the current health emergency is impacting DNR facilities, services and events.
COVID-19 Response

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is working with state and local officials to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and assist Iowans during this health crisis. Please refer to the resources below for information about how COVID-19 may impact DNR services, facilities and events. Thanks for your patience and flexibility as we work together.


Iowa State Parks, Forests and Preserves
Currently Iowa state parks, forests and preserves are open. Please visit the state park alerts and closure page for information about visiting state parks at this time, and for any temporary seasonal or construction-related closures that may impact your visit.


Wildlife Management Areas
Currently public wildlife management areas are open for hunting and public use. Please be aware of health precautions and the need for physical distancing when visiting a wildlife management area. Please refer to the wildlife management area web page for additional rules along with maps and information to help you plan your visit.


Iowa Fishing and Hunting Regulations
No changes are planned to Iowa's fishing and hunting regulations due to COVID-19. There will not be changes to Iowa seasons, regulations or license prices, which are all set to ensure the long-term sustainability of wildlife populations and the safety of Iowans. For more information, visit the DNR's fishing regulation page or the DNR's hunting regulation page.


Water Quality and You -- Information for Citizens
Iowa's tap water is safe to drink. Additionally, please help protect Iowa's wastewater systems by knowing what not to flush in your toilet.


Regulated Industry and Business
The DNR's Emergency Response team has created a COVID-19 resource tab for business and industry regarding environmental and emergency response issues of COVID-19.


OHV: Vault Toilets, Shelters, and Campgrounds are Closed - Trails are still open
In accordance with mandatory closures contained in Governor Reynolds Public Health Emergency Disaster Proclamation dated April 6, 2020, the vault toilets and shelters are closed for the health and safety of park users. The campgrounds at Bluff Creek OHV Park, Tama OHV Park, and Gypsum City OHV Park are also closed. Please continue to use the parks and trails using social distancing when riding the trails and spending time in the designated parking areas. This closure will remain in place until the Governor advises differently. We appreciate your patience and participation with these measures.


DNR Events, Facilities and Meetings
Below are DNR events that have been cancelled or postponed. Currently all DNR-sponsored events are postponed until May 15, 2020. Please check this page frequently for the latest closures, postponements and updates.


Iowa Department of Public Health - Covid-19
For the latest COVID-19 information, check the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) section of the Iowa Department of Public Health's website.


All DNR offices are closed to the public except by appointment until further notice.

Iowa DNR Customer Service

Iowa DNR Customer Service:
515-725-8200 (phone)
515-725-8202 (fax) 

Para asistencia en español:
515-725-8283

TTY- use relay Iowa:
800-735-2943

Business hours:
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. CST
Mon through Fri
(except for state holidays)

Iowa DNR Headquarters
Wallace State Office Building
502 East 9th Street, 4th Floor
Des Moines, IA 50319-0034

Iowa DNR meetings, classes and events cancellation list:

Below are DNR events that have been cancelled due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Safety of our users, attendees, partners and staff is most important. When possible, events will be rescheduled and that information will be distributed accordingly. Please check this site frequently for the latest closures, postponements and updates.

All DNR offices are closed to the public except by appointment until further notice.


+ 2020 annual spring sale cancelled
+ Hunter Safety Classes/Workshops
+ Parks Day at the Capitol & Gift to Iowa Ceremony
+ Public meetings in West Union, Decorah
+ Shooting Sports, SCTP and SASP
+ Shooting Ranges

+ Spring Community Trout Stockings and Family Events

+ Trout Stream Stockings
Iowa DNR meetings, classes and events cancellation list:

Below are DNR events that have been cancelled due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Safety of our users, attendees, partners and staff is most important. When possible, events will be rescheduled and that information will be distributed accordingly. Please check this site frequently for the latest closures, postponements and updates.

All DNR offices are closed to the public except by appointment until further notice.


DES MOINES, Iowa -- In light of the Covid-19 and recommendations set forth by the CDC, the Iowa DNR is cancelling this weekend’s spring auction at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.

The auction was scheduled to take place in the Livestock Pavilion at the Iowa State Fairgrounds on Saturday, March 21. The public viewing on Friday is also cancelled.

At this time, no decision has been made whether this event will be rescheduled.

COVID-19 Hunter Education Update, 7/14/2020

We know you are very excited to begin your journey to become an avid hunter in Iowa and we are excited to help you achieve your dream!

Safety is our top priority--for you and for our instructors. We want everyone to be safe and healthy.  Many of our classes and field days are taught by volunteer instructors.  Because they so graciously dedicate several hours of their time volunteering to teach these courses, we are allowing them to decide whether they feel comfortable with the current conditions to hold classes and field days.  We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause, but we thank you for your patience and understanding of this decision as we all work together during these uncertain times with COVID-19.

We have started to repost classes and field days for later this summer and fall as we are able to identify instructors and facilities comfortable with offering these in-person opportunities with COVID-19 precautionary measures in place. To sign up for an in-person Hunter’s Education course you can visit: http://register-ed.com/programs/iowa. If you are 18 and older, you can always take the online version of the Hunter’s Education course by visiting: http://www.hunter-ed.com/iowa/.

Due to the potential cancellations of in-person hunter education courses, and if you are not able to find another course that fits your schedule, we don’t want you to miss out on the upcoming hunting seasons this fall, so here are some recommendations:

  • Anyone ages 15 years and younger are able to participate in hunting activities if accompanied by an adult 18 and older who holds a valid hunting permit.
  • Anyone ages 16 – 17 can purchase an apprentice hunting license to hunt alongside an adult 18 and older who holds a valid hunting permit.
  • Anyone ages 18 and older can complete the required hunter’s safety course online.

Additional Hunter Education Self-Study Resources to check out while you wait for classes or field days to resume:

If you have any questions, please contact: Megan Wisecup, DNR Hunter Education Administrator at Megan.Wisecup@dnr.iowa.gov.

In light of the Covid-19 and recommendations set forth by the CDC, as well as the suspension of the legislative session and restricted access to the Capitol, the DNR is cancelling both the Parks Day at the Capitol and the Gift to Iowa Ceremony.

Both events were scheduled to be held on March 25, 2020 at the Capitol.

Donors scheduled to be recognized at this year’s Gift to Iowa Ceremony are encouraged to participate in the 2021 ceremony. A date has yet to be set.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has canceled its public meetings in West Union and Decorah next week based on guidance from state and national health officials to avoid public gatherings of more than 10 people.

The meetings were scheduled to discuss chronic wasting disease after it was confirmed in hunter harvested deer in Fayette and Winneshiek counties.

The Iowa DNR will look for dates closer to deer season to reschedule these meetings.

Consistent with Governor Reynolds orders for social distancing and the President's Phased Guidelines for reopening activities, the remainder of the 2020 SCTP and SASP seasons and all State Championship Events scheduled in May and June have been cancelled.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has closed the Olofson shooting range, near Big Creek State Park, and the Banner shooting range at Summerset State Park. The ranges will be closed until further notice.

The closure is based on guidance from state and national health officials to avoid public gatherings of more than 10 people. 

 

All Spring Community Trout stockings and family events have been cancelled to minimize crowds in an effort to minimize the spread of COVID-19. Trout will still be stocked this spring at these locations, but the date and time will not be announced. 

All trout stream stockings will be unannounced due to COVID-19 precautions. Trout stocking frequency, streams stocked with catchable trout and number of trout stocked each week remains the same as 2019.