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Since August 15, 2019, a vehicle entrance permit is required on out of state vehicles at Lake Manawa and Waubonsie state parks. There are some exemptions to the permit requirement. See list below.
Effective July 1, due to new legislation nonresident permits are valid for the entire calendar year during which the permit is purchased. This is a change from permits that were previously valid for one year from the month of purchase.
Self-Registration Kiosk Locations
Lake Manawa State Park (5 locations)
Waubonsie State Park (3 locations)
The following exemptions apply:
Lake Manawa State Park
Waubonsie State Park
Government Business Exemptions
Are discounts available?No. There are no discounts for nonresident military/veterans, senior citizens, or nonresident vehicles displaying disability tags.
Do I have to have a permit in hand before going to the park?No. You may purchase the daily permit at self-registration kiosks located in each park. Annual permits may be purchased at the park office during posted hours.
If I am a nonresident and I bicycle into the park, do I need to pay the entrance fee for a permit?No. The entrance fee is assessed only to out of state vehicles such as automobiles, trucks, motorcycles and mopeds.
What if you have Iowa residents and nonresidents in a vehicle?The permit applies to the vehicle entering the park. If it is an out of state vehicle, the fee applies. If the vehicle has Iowa license plates, the fee does not apply.
Do I need to have a permit to use the Dream Playground at Lake Manawa State Park?Yes.
Do I need to have a permit to use the Missouri River boat ramp?Yes. The boat ramp is part of Lake Manawa State Park.
Do I have to have an entrance permit to Drive West/South Shore Drive at Lake Manawa in order to get from one side of the lake to private property located on the other side of the lake?If a nonresident enters the park on and uses West/South Shore Drive as a through-road only to get to private property located on the other side of the lake, a permit is not required. However, if the nonresident turns onto other park roads within the park, including parking lots, or parks alongside of West/South Shore Drive within the boundaries of the park, the permit requirement applies.
Is a permit replaceable?No. DNR does not issue duplicate or replacement non-resident permits. A new permit will need to be purchased.