State Park Alerts - Closures and Important Information
Backbone State Park - Delaware County
  • Cabin Closure: All 16 cabins at Backbone State Park are in need of exterior restoration. The cabins will be closed from November 11 - May 31, 2020 and July 10 - October 31 2020. The restoration techniques required, which include large equipment and potentially hazardous materials, will not allow people to be in the cabins until the work is completed. If the project is finished early, the cabins will be re-opened for reservations. (Updated July 26, 2019)
Big Creek State Park - Polk County
  • All modern restrooms have been winterized for the season as well as the fish cleaning station.
Dolliver Memorial State Park - Webster County
  • South Lodge Closure: The South Lodge will be renovated and will be closed during the 2020 recreation season. (Updated March 28, 2019)
Elk Rock State Park - Marion County
  • On Saturday January 4th and Sunday January 5th 2020 the park will be closed to the public for a antler less deer management hunt. The park will re-open to the public on Monday January 6th 2020. For more information please contact the park office at 641-842-6008.
  • As of Monday October 21st 2019 all modern restrooms and shower buildings will be closed for the season. The campsite electricity and water hydrants will remain on year round. Portable toilets are provided. The buildings will be reopened in mid-April 2020. (Posted 9/30/2019)
Geode State Park - Henry County
  • The campground will be opened partially and camping will be allowed in the front part of the campground starting Monday 9/23/2019 at noon. Gates will open at that time. Only the front shower building will be open for now. The rear part of the campground will remain closed until grass seed is able to grow on the new sites. No reservations will be taken this Fall as the system is being updated to reflect new site numbers and configuration of campground. All sites will be first come, first served for the time being.
George Wyth State Park - Black Hawk County
  • The Cedar Valley Lakes trail in George Wyth from Krieg's Crossing by Pfeiffer park to the triangle east of the George Wyth Lodge will be closed indefinitely due to the washouts and crumbling of the trail from recent flooding and rains.
Green Valley State Park - Union County
  • Trick-or-Treat in the Campground: Green Valley State Park will be hosting its first Trick-or-Treat in the Campground on October 19th from 5:30 pm to 7 pm. Campers are encouraged to decorate their campers and campsites and have candy on hand for the trick-or-treaters. The campground will be closed to traffic during this event to ensure a safe, family friendly event. Please call the park office at 641-782-5131 or email Green_Valley@dnr.iowa.gov for more information. (Posted 09/11/2019)
  • Green Valley State Park Annual Park Hunt: Green Valley State Park will be closed for camping and general use of the park and lake beginning 10:30 pm November 15th through 4:00 am November 18th for the 2019 Green Valley State Park Special Antlerless Deer Hunt. Only persons with a Green Valley Special Antlerless Season Deer License will be permitted in Green Valley during this time. Applications for the special hunt can be found on the Green Valley State Park Iowa DNR webpage or by contacting the park directly by phone at 641-782-5131 or email at Green_Valley@dnr.iowa.gov. Applications will be accepted September 1st through October 15th. The hunt is muzzleloader only. Only 25 applicants will be chosen, and must be Iowa residents. Further information can be found on the application or by contacting Green Valley State Park. (Posted 09/11/2019)
Honey Creek State Park - Appanoose County
  • Cabin 1 is closed for maintenance issue until further notice
Lake Ahquabi State Park - Warren County
  • Shower buildings will close October 15th, 2019 for the season. Frost free hydrants and dump stations will remain open throughout the off-season.
Lake Keomah State Park - Mahaska County
  • Shower building will close for the season October 1, 2019 and will remain closed until the spring of 2020
Lake Macbride State Park - Johnson County
  • Alcohol is prohibited inside the fenced in designated beach area. Alcohol may not be possessed or consumed within the fenced designated beach area. (Updated July 2, 2018)
Lake Wapello State Park - Davis County
  • Shower house is open for the season.
Ledges State Park - Boone County
  • The modern restrooms/showers throughout Ledges State Park are closed for the winter season. Portable toilets and a pit vault latrine are available in front of each campground shower/restroom building and in the Ledges Canyon. Water will remain ON to the hydrants until a prolonged period of significant hard freezing temperatures is forecast. The RV dump station will remain open for the same period as the hydrants. Electricity to those sites equipped with hook-ups will remain ON throughout the winter.. (updated 10/17/2019)
Lewis and Clark State Park - Monona County
  • Campsite Closure: There is currently a closure on campsites 1 - 30 due to very wet conditions. Reservations are being contacted only if the campsites will not be suitable for reservations. (Updated September 11, 2019)
Maquoketa Caves State Park - Jackson County
  • The Caves in the park are closed for Bat Hibernation they will reopen on April 15 2020. The modern restrooms are also closed for the season. Trails remain open.
Marble Beach State Recreation Area - Dickinson County
  • Campground Renovation: The campground will be closed from April 1, 2018 through May 31, 2020. The campground will be opened earlier if conditions allow. (UPDATED September 2019)
Pikes Peak State Park - Clayton County
  • We anticipate closing the modern restrooms and shower facilities on Monday, October 28th, 2019, depending on the weather. The water at the dump station will remain on until Monday, November 4th, 2019, depending on the weather. (Posted 10/14/19)
Pine Lake State Park - Hardin County
  • Off Season Amenities: The campground is open and showers and restrooms will remain available at the main shower building until Monday, October 22nd however the west restroom in the camp area is closed for the season. Water from frost free hydrants will remain available in the camp area until mid-November. Electricity in the camp area is available year-round. Restrooms at the beach and river area are closed for the season between October 15th and November 1st. A vault toilet is available for off-season use at the Upper Pine lake Boat Ramp. If you have any questions regarding off-season amenities please call the park office at 641-858-5832. (Updated 10/17/19)
  • SHELTER AND CAMPGROUND CLOSURE: The circle point picnic shelter and the campground at Pine Lake State Park will be closed beginning April 1, 2020 - October 31, 2020. Please call the park office at (641) 858-5832 with questions. (Updated 8/2/2019)
  • The cabins at Pine Lake State Park will be closed from July 5 to July 25, 2019 for maintenance, and from January 1, 2020 to June 30, 2020 for a renovation project. Please contact the park office at (641) 858-5832 with questions. (Updated 6/14/19)
Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area - Linn County
  • Alcohol is prohibited inside the fenced in designated beach area. Alcohol may not be possessed or consumed within the fenced designated beach area.
  • Lodge Closure: The day-use lodge will be unavailable for reservations from July 8, 2019 - October 31, 2019 due to the parking lot and boat ramp being resurfaced and repaired. (Posted 2/14/2019)
Prairie Rose State Park - Shelby County
  • Modern restroom and shower facility is closed for the season. Exterior hydrants in campground areas remain on. Starting in November, majority of electric sites in the East campground will be turned off for the season.
Stephens State Forest - Lucas County
  • Starting 10/9/19, there will be road work and culvert replacement happening in the Whitebreast Unit. Please use caution when utilizing this area. This bulletin will be removed when roadwork is complete (updated 10/17/19).
Stone State Park - Woodbury County
  • The modern restrooms and shower building have been closed for the winter season. The water has been shut off but the electricity will remain available.
Viking Lake State Park - Montgomery County
  • The beach will be closed beginning July 18th due to a lake draw down. No Swimming
Volga River State Recreation Area - Fayette County
  • Water is currently shut off for the season at the Lakeview and Albany campgrounds to include, hydrants the boat-ramp restroom and dump station. We anticipate turning the water back on April 15th, 2020.
  • Equestrian trails are currently open
  • Water will be shut off at the Lakeview and Albany Campgrounds as well as the Lake Restrooms on October 15, 2019. We anticipate turning water back on to these facilities in late April 2020.
Walnut Woods State Park - Polk County
  • Winter Closure: The modern restrooms and dump station at Walnut Woods are closed for the season. Water hydrants at full hookup sites will remain on until Nov. 11, 2019. Please disconnect water hoses when temperatures are below freezing. Electricity at all sites will remain on. A portable restroom is located near the campground restroom building, and vault restroom facilities will remain open in adjacent picnic areas. Modern restrooms and dump station will reopen approx. April 15, 2020(Posted 10/16/19)
Wapsipinicon State Park - Jones County
  • (Updated 5-30-19) The lower road along the Wapsipinicon river is now open Until the next round of heavy rains :)
  • Water facilities are turned on and operational. (Posted 4/29/2019)
  • Gates are open at the upside down bridge and the campground.
Waubonsie State Park - Fremont County
  • Camp Amenities Closing on October 15 - Camping Still Available Due to impending cold weather and an urgent need for repairs, the Modern Shower Facility in the Waubonsie Campground will be closed on Tuesday, October 15th, reopening in April of 2020. The dump station and campground water hydrants will also be turned off. Electricity at RV sites will still be available, and off-season camping is welcome.
  • Due to the town of Hamburg flooding, the modern campground will not be taking reservations in the 2019 recreation season (April - October). However, any open camping sites will be available on a first come first serve basis. Advanced reservations will not be accepted until further notice in the modern campground. The following requirements will be suspended, 1) Limiting campers to no more than 14 consecutive nights 2) Requiring a minimum of 3 nights separating each 2-week stay and 3) Camping fees and transaction fees. (Updated April 25, 2019)
  • 03/25/2019 PARK UNAFFECTED BY FLOODING - ALTERNATE ROUTES MAY BE NECESSARY The March 2019 Flooding of the Missouri River has not affected Waubonsie State Park's grounds or facilities. Please check local road closure information before travelling to the park, as your normal route may be altered. The Waubonsie Campground is currently hosting multiple families that were displaced by the flood. New Reservations for park facilities will not be taken through the month of April, until further notice. If you have any questions, please call or email the park at 712-382-2786 or waubonsie@dnr.iowa.gov.
Wilson Island State Recreation Area - Pottawattamie County
  • Wilson Island is closed due to flooding of the Missouri River in March and June of 2019. This affects all uses of the park including camping, fishing, hiking, mushroom hunting, Missouri river access and biking. A date for reopening has not been set. Damage varies, but considerable silt and debris cover the shelter area and east campground. Please call the park office for additional information. 712-642-2069 Updated 7/3/19