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Vote now for Iowa's best attraction

Vote now for Iowa's best attraction

  • 8/8/2017 12:29:00 PM
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Both Maquoketa Caves and Pikes Peak state parks have been picked as “best Iowa attractions” by USA TODAY for their 10Best Readers’ Choice contest currently underway.
Public meeting to discuss Kent Park Lake improvement plan

Public meeting to discuss Kent Park Lake improvement plan

  • 7/18/2017 2:04:00 PM
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OXFORD- The Johnson County Conservation Board (JCCB) will host a public meeting at 6:30 p.m., July 25, at the Conservation Education Center at F.W. Kent Park, to discuss plans for improving water quality and recreational opportunities at Kent Park Lake, in Johnson County.
DNR encourages safe storage, disposal of fireworks at home

DNR encourages safe storage, disposal of fireworks at home

  • 6/29/2017 12:50:00 PM
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DES MOINES — Iowans using fireworks at home this summer should take precautions to make sure they are stored and disposed of properly, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. 
Lake Sugema Wildlife Area offers year round recreation

Lake Sugema Wildlife Area offers year round recreation

  • 6/27/2017 11:59:00 AM
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Van Buren County historian Ralph Arnold is the person responsible for naming Lake Sugema and in a twist of mystery, he refused to say what the name meant. Only upon his death in 2002 did a letter show up in the local newspaper, the Van Buren County Register, ending the mystery – according to Arnold, Sugema is a Native American word for Mosquito.
New cabin opens at Stone State Park

New cabin opens at Stone State Park

  • 6/13/2017 11:44:00 AM
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A new camping cabin is available for rent at Stone State Park in Sioux City.  A ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned for Tuesday, June 20 at 5:30 p.m. 
Glamping: Decoration and Recreation Gone Wild

Glamping: Decoration and Recreation Gone Wild

  • 6/8/2017 10:19:00 AM
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Glamping is a marriage between the words “glamour” and “camping.” Original glampers coveted the escapism of camping with the amenities and comforts of home. It has since become a popular term among women who turn vintage campers into personalized, stylized retreats.
Fishing regulations to be relaxed at Geode State Park

Fishing regulations to be relaxed at Geode State Park

  • 6/6/2017 10:36:00 AM
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DANVILLE - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will relax fishing regulations at Geode State Park in Henry County starting June 6, to allow anglers to more freely harvest game fish before the lake is renovated this summer.
Annual Lewis and Clark Festival this weekend

Annual Lewis and Clark Festival this weekend

  • 6/6/2017 10:32:00 AM
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Let the Lewis and Clark Festival take you back to a time of buckskinners and exploration at its 33rd annual celebration, June 9-11. The event is held at Lewis and Clark State Park outside of Onawa in western Iowa.
June is Great Outdoors month

June is Great Outdoors month

  • 5/30/2017 1:24:00 PM
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Iowa’s 2017 summer recreation season got off to a great start with a beautiful Memorial Day weekend and there are plenty more summer days ahead to enjoy the outdoors.
Girl injured in fall at Backbone State Park

Girl injured in fall at Backbone State Park

  • 5/29/2017 10:30:00 AM
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BACKBONE STATE PARK -- The Iowa DNR is investigating a fall at Backbone State Park that left a girl injured on Sunday, May 28, 2017.
Public meeting to discuss Lake Geode improvement plan

Public meeting to discuss Lake Geode improvement plan

  • 5/25/2017 2:31:00 PM
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DANVILLE – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will host a public meeting at6:30 p.m., June 1, at the Linkin Center in New London, to discuss plans for improving water quality and recreational opportunities at Geode State Park in Henry County.
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. 
Iowa State University to host exhibit on early Iowa state parks system

Iowa State University to host exhibit on early Iowa state parks system

  • 5/18/2017 7:31:00 AM
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The Iowa State University Library Special Collections and University Archives is hosting an exhibition entitled “This movement for a more beautiful Iowa”: The Early Years of Iowa’s State Park System. The exhibition commemorates the 100th anniversary of Iowa's State Parks Act, signed into law on April 12, 1917.
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.
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.
Alcohol ban in place, hours extended at two Iowa beaches

Alcohol ban in place, hours extended at two Iowa beaches

  • 4/26/2017 2:23:00 PM
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DES MOINES -- The Department of Natural Resources is reminding the public that an alcohol ban is currently in effect for the beaches at Lake Macbride State Park near Solon in Johnson County and Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area, north of Cedar Rapids.  The ban applies to both the sand area of the beach, a 200-foot buffer of land surrounding the sand, and the designated swimming area adjacent to the beach as marked by buoys or swim lines. This ban allows the DNR to reopen the beaches until 10:30pm.
State Preserves Advisory Board meets April 20

State Preserves Advisory Board meets April 20

  • 4/18/2017 11:11:00 AM
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The State Preserves Advisory Board of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will meet at 10 a.m., April 20, in the fourth floor west conference room in the Wallace State Office Building, 502 East Ninth Street, in Des Moines.
Iowa DNR investigating possible drowning

Iowa DNR investigating possible drowning

  • 4/7/2017 9:24:00 AM
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ANITA, Iowa – On Thursday, April 6, 2017, a passerby spotted an overturned kayak in Lake Anita at the Lake Anita State Park in Cass County.
Spring turkey hunting? Stay at a state park cabin

Spring turkey hunting? Stay at a state park cabin

  • 4/5/2017 12:33:00 PM
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Several Iowa state parks have cabins near some of the state's best wildlife management areas for turkey hunting. As you make your spring plans, consider one of these options for a convenient, comfortable place to stay: 
Ready for a race in the park?

Ready for a race in the park?

  • 4/4/2017 11:35:00 AM
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Combine some of Iowa’s most beautiful landscapes with your love of fitness challenges this year. Check out a new page on the Iowa Department of Natural Resources website for a list of fitness events held in Iowa’s state parks.
Our picks for Iowa's top nine trout streams in 2017

Our picks for Iowa's top nine trout streams in 2017

  • 3/29/2017 10:54:00 AM
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More than 300,000 catchable-sized rainbow and brook trout, and 110,000 fingerling brown trout will be stocked in hundreds of miles of northeast Iowa streams between April 3 and October 2017.
Unplug at Pictured Rocks Park

Unplug at Pictured Rocks Park

  • 3/10/2017 2:58:00 PM
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The first oar through the cool clear water sends ripples of excitement down my spine. I’ve never canoed the Maquoketa River from Monticello to Pictured Rocks Park/Indian Bluffs, but trust the stream will get me there safely.
Five reasons to rent an Iowa State Parks cabin in the off-season

Five reasons to rent an Iowa State Parks cabin in the off-season

  • 3/10/2017 1:13:00 PM
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Have you ever considered staying in a cabin in Iowa state parks? We offer more than 90 cabins in 19 parks across the state. Here are five reasons why you might want to book now and stay in a cabin before Memorial Day:
State park campgrounds in need of hosts

State park campgrounds in need of hosts

  • 3/7/2017 12:09:00 PM
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The opportunity to spend the summer in an Iowa state park is available for individuals who serve as campground hosts.
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