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Memorial Day weekend is nearly here

Memorial Day weekend is nearly here

  • 5/18/2017 7:36:00 AM
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Iowa campers, picnickers and outdoor enthusiasts are gearing up for the Memorial Day weekend and the official start of summer. If weather continues as it has been, Iowa’s state parks will be busting at the seams. 
Help stop aquatic hitchhikers

Help stop aquatic hitchhikers

  • 5/16/2017 11:18:00 AM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) encourages all boaters and anglers to “Clean, Drain, and Dry” their boats and equipment this Memorial Day weekend to protect Iowa lakes and rivers from aquatic hitchhikers.
State parks Camping Kickoff is this weekend

State parks Camping Kickoff is this weekend

  • 5/2/2017 11:17:00 AM
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It looks like the cold rainy weather is breaking just in time for the weekend when state park campgrounds will celebrate Camping Kickoff, Saturday, May 6.
Project Aware cleanup to tackle the Upper Cedar River

Project Aware cleanup to tackle the Upper Cedar River

  • 5/2/2017 11:14:00 AM
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CHARLES CITY – Volunteers will have an opportunity this summer to spend their vacations cleaning up, learning about and exploring 60 miles of the upper Cedar River from the Iowa-Minnesota border to Nashua from July 10 to 14.
Time to register for popular U of Iowa wildlife camps at six state parks

Time to register for popular U of Iowa wildlife camps at six state parks

  • 5/2/2017 11:11:00 AM
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Looking for a fun, enriching adventure for the kids this summer? Six Iowa state parks will host the popular University of Iowa Wildlife Camps for local families. The conservation education day-camp program will be offered at Maquoketa Caves, Mines of Spain, George Wyth, Springbrook, Viking Lake and Ledges state parks.
Project AWARE cleanup to tackle the Upper Cedar River

Project AWARE cleanup to tackle the Upper Cedar River

  • 4/27/2017 11:52:00 AM
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CHARLES CITY – Volunteers will have an opportunity this summer to spend their vacations cleaning up, learning about and exploring 60 miles of the upper Cedar River from the Iowa-Minnesota border to Nashua from July 10 to 14. 
Pleasant Creek Lake restoration project nearing completion

Pleasant Creek Lake restoration project nearing completion

  • 4/4/2017 11:42:00 AM
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PALO – The restoration of Pleasant Creek Lake, Linn County’s largest and most popular lake, that began last fall is nearly complete. All that remains to be finished is some concrete work and seeding the area.​
April is Invasive Species Awareness month

April is Invasive Species Awareness month

  • 4/4/2017 11:31:00 AM
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In an effort to increase awareness of invasive species and the impact they have on Iowa’s ecosystems and economy, Governor Branstad recently proclaimed April as Invasive Species Awareness Month in Iowa.
Cedar River: the heart of Charles City

Cedar River: the heart of Charles City

  • 3/31/2017 9:14:00 AM
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After Cedar River floodwaters hit hard in 2008 and 2016, even washing away the iconic century-old suspension bridge in 2008, you wouldn’t expect Charles City to embrace the river. 
Iowans celebrate water quality successes in annual review

Iowans celebrate water quality successes in annual review

  • 3/23/2017 10:54:00 AM
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DES MOINES — The efforts of Iowans to improve Iowa’s lakes, rivers and streams have resulted in success stories across the state, and a new publication is showcasing some of the most impressive efforts over the last decade. 
Boater education is goal of national effort March 19-25

Boater education is goal of national effort March 19-25

  • 3/14/2017 10:36:00 AM
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A national campaign is encouraging boaters to enroll in a boater education course before the kickoff to the boating season. Many boater education courses are offering discounts or other incentives during the week of March 19-25, to students who enroll or complete a boating safety education course. 
Six Iowa state parks to host University of Iowa wildlife camps

Six Iowa state parks to host University of Iowa wildlife camps

  • 3/7/2017 12:11:00 PM
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This summer, six Iowa state parks will host University of Iowa Wildlife Camps for families living near the parks. The popular conservation education day camp program will be offered at Maquoketa Caves, Mines of Spain, George Wyth, Springbrook, Viking Lake and Ledges state parks.
Natural Resource Commission to meet March 9 in Des Moines

Natural Resource Commission to meet March 9 in Des Moines

  • 3/6/2017 8:47:00 AM
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Des Moines – The Natural Resource Commission (NRC) of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will meet at 9:30 a.m., March 9, in the fourth floor conference room, Wallace State Office Building, 502 East Ninth Street, in Des Moines.
Garner to oversee DNR’s conservation and recreation division

Garner to oversee DNR’s conservation and recreation division

  • 1/24/2017 12:20:00 PM
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DES MOINES – Iowa Department of Natural Resources director Chuck Gipp has promoted Dr. Dale Garner to lead the division that oversees the Lands and Waters, Forestry, State Parks, Law Enforcement, Fisheries and Wildlife bureaus, replacing Kelley Myers who has accepted a position with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  
Members sought for Brushy Creek board

Members sought for Brushy Creek board

  • 12/27/2016 1:15:00 PM
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Hikers, bikers and horseback riders interested in protecting, preserving and enhancing the trail system at Brushy Creek State Recreation Area are being encouraged to serve on the Iowa Department of Natural Resources' Brushy Creek Trail Advisory Board.
Ice safety reminder as Iowa lakes freeze over

Ice safety reminder as Iowa lakes freeze over

  • 12/20/2016 11:00:00 AM
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The recent blast of arctic air is growing ice on lakes and ponds over much of Iowa and sending anglers out for the popular early ice fishing of the season.
Special $10 offer for Iowa Outdoors magazine

Special $10 offer for Iowa Outdoors magazine

  • 11/29/2016 11:39:00 AM
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Do you know someone who loves the outdoors? Give the gift that lasts all year long. Iowa Outdoors is an award-winning magazine filled with beautiful photography, compelling articles and expert tips about hunting, fishing, nature destinations, hiking, camping, outdoor cooking and much more! 
7 Ways to Skip the Crowds and Take It Outside this Holiday Season

7 Ways to Skip the Crowds and Take It Outside this Holiday Season

  • 11/21/2016 3:57:00 PM
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Find time to take it outside this holiday season. Pick an activity based on weather conditions and your condition, and just get outside. Iowa’s state parks, recreation areas and forests are ready to supply the dose of nature we all need to decompress during this stressful time of year.
Lake restoration project underway at Center Lake

Lake restoration project underway at Center Lake

  • 10/11/2016 2:29:00 PM
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SPIRIT LAKE – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will begin another phase of work on Center Lake this fall to improve habitat and water quality on the 257-acre lake southwest of Spirit Lake.
Out of the way fall color

Out of the way fall color

  • 9/30/2016 10:17:00 AM
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Autumn brings a welcoming crispness to the air. It’s officially fall in the Midwest, and fun abounds statewide for those in search of color and good times outdoors. Yes, northeast Iowa is the top hotspot for fall color, but here are some less trod places with everything from fishing to paddling and hiking. So get out—there is much to explore!
Grants available for fishing and boating education programs in Hispanic communities

Grants available for fishing and boating education programs in Hispanic communities

  • 9/29/2016 8:02:00 AM
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he Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ Fish Iowa! angler education program has partnered with the Recreational Fishing and Boating Foundation’s (RBFF) Vamos A Pescar program to provide grants to local 501(c)(3) organizations to support  local efforts to educate and engage families in high-density Hispanic communities through programs, classes and fishing activities.
Water level to drop at Central Park Lake ahead of renovation

Water level to drop at Central Park Lake ahead of renovation

  • 9/20/2016 12:08:00 PM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the Jones County Conservation Board plans to begin drawing down Central Park Lake near Center Junction in Jones County as early as September 26th a part of a lake restoration project to improve fishing opportunities.
Three-Mile Lake Fish Renovation Planned for Sept 20-22

Three-Mile Lake Fish Renovation Planned for Sept 20-22

  • 9/13/2016 12:02:00 PM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will begin a fish renovation at Three-Mile Lake in Union County on Sep. 20th.  DNR staff will treat the watershed streams on Sept. 20-21 with Prentox® PrenfishTM, a plant-based fish toxicant commonly known as Rotenone to eradicate the current fish population, and the lake on Sept. 22nd. 
Boaters Cautioned to Avoid Dredge Pipe on Des Moines River

Boaters Cautioned to Avoid Dredge Pipe on Des Moines River

  • 9/13/2016 11:58:00 AM
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Boaters using the Des Moines River below the wastewater treatment plant on the southeast side of Des Moines should be aware that due to lower flows coming out of Saylorville Reservoir, two dredge pipes running from a nearby rock quarry to Easter Lake are near the water’s surface.
Public Meeting to Discuss Central Park Lake's Improvement Plan

Public Meeting to Discuss Central Park Lake's Improvement Plan

  • 8/30/2016 12:52:00 PM
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Center Junction – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Jones County Conservation Board will host a public meeting at 6:30 p.m., September 13, at the Central Park Nature Center, to discuss plans for improving water quality and recreational opportunities at Central Park Lake, in Jones County.
Water Level to Drop at Fogle Lake

Water Level to Drop at Fogle Lake

  • 8/30/2016 12:50:00 PM
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DIAGONAL – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources plans to begin lowering Fogle Lake near Diagonal in Ringgold County after the Labor Day holiday weekend.
Public Meeting to Discuss Silver Lake's Improvement Plan

Public Meeting to Discuss Silver Lake's Improvement Plan

  • 8/23/2016 12:41:00 PM
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MANSON - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Iowa State University and the Silver Lake Protective Association will host a public meeting at 6 p.m., August 29, at the Ayrshire Community Building in Ayrshire, to discuss plans for improving the water quality in Silver Lake in Palo Alto County.
Late Summer Underwater Weed Control for Ponds

Late Summer Underwater Weed Control for Ponds

  • 8/9/2016 12:15:00 PM
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Pond plants are essential for healthy fish populations and good water quality, but can become a nuisance.  Finding ways to reduce plant abundance to make pond access easier, without getting rid of them altogether, is a challenge for many pond owners.
State Parks Impacted by Recent Rains

State Parks Impacted by Recent Rains

  • 7/19/2016 11:45:00 AM
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People planning park visits in the near future are reminded to check on current conditions before heading out. Several Iowa state parks have been impacted by recent heavy rainfalls.
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