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DNR investigates tree and fire vandalism at Big Creek State Park

DNR investigates tree and fire vandalism at Big Creek State Park

  • 3/26/2024 11:46:00 AM
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POLK CITY, IA – On March 15 around 10:30 p.m. several local law enforcement agencies were called to Big Creek State Park to extinguish an illegal bonfire at the east boat ramp, which was allegedly set by a party of youths. When officials arrived on scene, the youths dispersed. No arrests have been made.
McIntosh Woods State Park to install new docks

McIntosh Woods State Park to install new docks

  • 3/12/2024 11:41:00 AM
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VENTURA – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will be installing four new docks at McIntosh Woods State Park this spring, providing boaters improved access for the upcoming recreation season. Installation is expected to be completed by the end of April.
Gull Point State Park lodge and shelter to open for 2024

Gull Point State Park lodge and shelter to open for 2024

  • 3/12/2024 11:39:00 AM
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OKOBOJI – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is opening the Gull Point State Park lodge and shelter for reservations, starting March 20. The facilities were initially closed for the 2024 season due to a planned renovation project, including upgrades to roads and campsite infrastructure. That project is on hold due to construction delays.
Ledges State Park 100th anniversary kickoff event Dec. 21

Ledges State Park 100th anniversary kickoff event Dec. 21

  • 12/12/2023 12:02:00 PM
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BOONE, Iowa – 2024 will mark the 100th anniversary of the dedication of Ledges State Park. Iowa DNR staff and members of Friends of the Ledges will host a 100th anniversary kick-off event on Dec. 21, at the Boone City Hall Auditorium, 923 8th Street, in Boone. Doors open at 6 p.m., with a short presentation at 6:30. The event is free to attend.
Iowa DNR to host open house on Backbone State Park forest stewardship plans

Iowa DNR to host open house on Backbone State Park forest stewardship plans

  • 11/7/2023 11:58:00 AM
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MANCHESTER -- The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is hosting an open house to discuss forest stewardship plans for Backbone State Park and Forest, from 6 to 7 p.m., Nov. 15, at the Environmental Field Office, in Manchester. The public is invited to attend.
Iowa DNR to host open house on Lake Keomah improvement plans

Iowa DNR to host open house on Lake Keomah improvement plans

  • 10/17/2023 11:54:00 AM
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OSKALOOSA -- The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is hosting an open house to discuss renovation and improvement plans for Lake Keomah State Park, from 5:30 – 8 p.m. on Nov. 1, at the Lake Keomah Lodge. The public is invited to attend.
Fishing regulations to be relaxed at Casey Lake in Tama County

Fishing regulations to be relaxed at Casey Lake in Tama County

  • 10/3/2023 12:56:00 PM
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TAMA COUNTY - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will relax the fishing regulations at Casey Lake in Hickory Hills Park starting October 4 to allow anglers to more freely harvest fish before the lake is renovated.
Cedar Valley Lakes Trail Reopening Ribbon Cutting Event

Cedar Valley Lakes Trail Reopening Ribbon Cutting Event

  • 9/19/2023 1:47:00 PM
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WATERLOO - On Wednesday, Sept. 20, the Cedar Valley Trails Partnership and the Iowa DNR will host a celebration and ribbon cutting for the newly paved section of the Cedar Valley Lakes Trail from Krieg's Crossing to the George Wyth State Park Lodge
Iowa DNR to host open house on Clear Lake State Park improvement plans

Iowa DNR to host open house on Clear Lake State Park improvement plans

  • 9/5/2023 1:11:00 PM
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CLEAR LAKE -- The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is hosting an open house to discuss renovation and improvement plans for Clear Lake State Park, at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 11, at Clear Lake State Park Lodge. The public is invited to attend.
Iowa DNR to host open house on Gull Point State Park improvement plans

Iowa DNR to host open house on Gull Point State Park improvement plans

  • 8/9/2023 7:33:00 AM
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Milford -- The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is hosting an open house to discuss renovation and improvement plans for Gull Point State Park, at 6:30 p.m., Aug. 22, at Gull Point State Park Lodge. The public is invited to attend.
Lake Keomah State Park restoration being planned

Lake Keomah State Park restoration being planned

  • 7/25/2023 11:48:00 AM
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OSKALOOSA – Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and other project partners are planning a lake restoration project at Lake Keomah State Park to improve water quality and recreational opportunities.
Pikes Peak State Park campground to open July 27

Pikes Peak State Park campground to open July 27

  • 7/25/2023 11:44:00 AM
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MCGREGOR – The Iowa DNR is re-opening the newly renovated Pikes Peak State Park campground on July 27. Campers will enjoy upgraded camping amenities, along with the ability to make same-day reservations at all campsites.
Lake Ahquabi State Park campground to open July 20

Lake Ahquabi State Park campground to open July 20

  • 7/18/2023 11:35:00 AM
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INDIANOLA – The Iowa DNR is re-opening the newly renovated Lake Ahquabi State Park campground on July 20. Campers will enjoy upgraded camping amenities, along with the ability to make same-day reservations at all campsites.
DNR and Black Hawk County Conservation to host open house to discuss lake restoration plans for Casey Lake, located in Hickory Hills Park

DNR and Black Hawk County Conservation to host open house to discuss lake restoration plans for Casey Lake, located in Hickory Hills Park

  • 6/27/2023 4:44:00 PM
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La Porte City – Black Hawk County Conservation (BHCC), Shive-Hattery, Inc., and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will host a public meeting at 6 p.m., July 10, at the Lakeview lodge at Hickory Hills Park located at 3338 Hickory Hills Road, near La Porte City, to discuss ongoing lake restoration efforts at the park, slated for the fall of 2023 through early spring of 2025.
Kick off summer in Iowa State Parks, June 9-11

Kick off summer in Iowa State Parks, June 9-11

  • 5/9/2023 2:02:00 PM
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DES MOINES ⎯ Several state parks and forests will be hosting family-friendly programming and activities as part of Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) new Summer Kick-Off event, June 9-11.
Renovations at Geode State Park to close beach area in 2023

Renovations at Geode State Park to close beach area in 2023

  • 4/4/2023 11:52:00 AM
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GEODE, Iowa – The beach and surrounding facilities at Geode State Park will be closed for the 2023 recreational season beginning in late April due to a major road and parking lot construction project.
Celebrate the Civilian Conservation Corps’ 90th Anniversary at these parks

Celebrate the Civilian Conservation Corps’ 90th Anniversary at these parks

  • 3/30/2023 2:45:00 PM
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From atop an observation tower to an overlook by a lake and even the steps beneath your feet, the men of the Civilian Conservation Corps touched many significant structures in Iowa’s State Parks. Celebrate the CCC’s 90th anniversary, March 31, by visiting these stand-out examples of CCC projects in Iowa.
5 more of Iowa's best winter hikes

5 more of Iowa's best winter hikes

  • 1/23/2023 1:05:00 PM
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We couldn’t stop at just six awesome winter hikes - here are five more Iowa State Parks that offer awesome winter experiences from hikes and beyond.
6 of Iowa's best winter hikes

6 of Iowa's best winter hikes

  • 1/19/2023 11:45:00 AM
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As cozy as it is sitting inside and watching the snow fall, getting outdoors can be even more fun. Here are a few Iowa state parks that make bundling up worth it for the memories made. 
Join the 2023 First Day Hike Challenge!

Join the 2023 First Day Hike Challenge!

  • 12/21/2022 2:16:00 PM
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What are your plans for New Year's 2023? Iowa state parks and forests invite you to join the First Day Hike Challenge.
DNR to host virtual public meeting regarding timber sale

DNR to host virtual public meeting regarding timber sale

  • 11/22/2022 11:38:00 AM
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The Iowa DNR will host a virtual public meeting on Dec. 8, 2022 at 6 p.m. regarding a salvage timber sale in Walnut Woods State Park, West Des Moines. The trees in the salvage area need to be removed for construction of the Athene Bridge, which will provide bike and walking trail access across the Raccoon River by connecting Walnut Woods State Park and West Des Moines’ Raccoon River Park. Bridge construction is slated to begin in spring or summer of 2023.
DNR to eliminate the remaining fish population at Pioneer Park Pond

DNR to eliminate the remaining fish population at Pioneer Park Pond

  • 10/25/2022 11:50:00 AM
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CLARINDA - Page County Conservation Board (PCCB) and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are partnering to renovate the remaining fishery in Pioneer Park Pond. The DNR will treat Pioneer Park Pond this fall (pending workable weather conditions) with rotenone, a botanical pesticide, to eliminate the remaining fish population. 
State park campgrounds getting ready for winter

State park campgrounds getting ready for winter

  • 10/25/2022 11:46:00 AM
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Another busy camping year in Iowa state parks is coming to an end and staff are winterizing their facilities, including shutting off water in the campgrounds and closing shower houses.
The Walter House

The Walter House

  • 10/25/2022 11:35:00 AM
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Quasqueton-native Lowell and Agnes Walter wanted to build a house for their retirement overlooking the Wapsipinicon River, near his hometown. The Des Moines couple owned Iowa Road Building Company in Des Moines and a farm management business in Buchanan County that amassed around 5,000 acres.
Lend a hand in a state park at Statewide Volunteer Day on Sept. 24

Lend a hand in a state park at Statewide Volunteer Day on Sept. 24

  • 9/13/2022 12:20:00 PM
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Iowans are invited to lend a hand at the Department of Natural Resources’ sixth annual Statewide Volunteer Day on Sept. 24. Several parks across the state will be hosting volunteer events to help spruce up trails, buildings and other park amenities.
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