State Park Alerts - Closures and Important Information
Big Creek State Park - Polk County
  • The roads on the east side of the park are being repaved. During this process visitors can expect rough roads and temporary closures. Access to the beach is available. From the dam, where the closed barricades may be located. Please travel east (right) on NW Hugg Drive to NW72nd St. Turn north (left) for 2 miles to 142nd ave, turn west (left). Continue west approximately 1 mile to the park entrance sign. The beach address is 8550 NW 142nd Ave, Polk City, Iowa 50226. This construction will occur throughout the month of June.
  • Roads will be replaced during the months of May and June 2019. Visitors can expect detours, delays and temporary closures during this time frame. Most of construction will happen from Monday - Friday. Contractors and staff will make every effort to keep access to the park, but please exercise patience during this time period.
Brushy Creek State Recreation Area - Webster County
  • MULTI-USE TRAILS TEMPORARILY CLOSED: Monday, June 17, 2109 the Multi-Use trails at Brushy Creek State Recreation Area have been temporarily closed due to wet conditions caused by heavy rains in the area. The 12-mile Lake Trail remains open during this closure. Call the Park Office at 515-543-8298 with questions. This message will be removed when trails have re-opened.
  • MULTI-USE TRAILS TEMPORARILY CLOSED: Monday, June 17, 2109 the Multi-Use trails at Brushy Creek State Recreation Area have been temporarily closed due to wet conditions caused by heavy rains in the area. The 12-mile Lake Trail remains open during this closure. Call the Park Office at 515-543-8298 with questions. This message will be removed when trails have re-opened.
  • The Southwest and Southeast sections of river trails (everything south of the South Day Use Area) will remain closed due to flooding.
Cedar Rock - Buchanan County
  • Road Closure: Visitors approaching Cedar Rock from the south, Cedar Rapids area or I-380 please be advised that a road closure is impacting travel to the park. The local secondary roads department is replacing 3 bridges on W35/Quasqueton Avenue between Walker and 290th Street. The road closure is anticipated to last the length of our tour season. Detour Information: Take I-380 to exit 43 S Independence/Vinton. Turn onto IA-150 N. Turn toward Rowley on 290th Street and head east through town. At the stop sign with W35/Quasqueton Avenue turn north and go through Quasqueton heading left onto Quasqueton Diagonal Blvd at the fork in the road near the cemetery. Cedar Rock State Park is located about 1-mile north of Quasqueton.
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)
Fairport State Recreation Area - Muscatine County
  • Campground and Boat Ramp Closure: Due to flooding on the Mississippi River, all campsites have been closed and will be unavailable for reservations or walk-ins until further notice. Both boat ramps are currently flooded and inaccessible. (Posted April 17, 2019)
Fort Defiance State Park - Emmet County
  • Fort Defiance Lodge will be closed until 8/1/2019 for renovations. Existing reservations will still be honored, however, no new reservations will be accepted during this time frame to allow contractors time to complete the work. Posted 2/11/19
Geode State Park - Henry County
  • Campground renovations will continue throughout Spring and early summer 2019. It is anticipated that the campground will be completed some time in July. Due to road repairs opening will be very dependent on weather conditions and delays are possible.
  • Lake renovation work continues through all of 2019. Completion is now scheduled for Spring of 2020. The lake will remain drained during this time, but may fill up temporarily at times when heavy rainfall or snowmelt occurs. After completion it will be weather dependent on how long it takes for the lake to return to it's normal water level.
  • The Beach Shelter will not be open for rental the first part of 2019. It is connected to the campground facilities and therefore will need to remain off (includes:water/restrooms/kitchenette) while lines in the campground are upgraded and replaced. The outdoor portion of the shelter may be used on a first come, first served basis. The lake is drained and there is no swimming at the beach, but the area near the beach facility and trails may still be used.
  • Work continues on Lake Geode renovation throughout Spring and early Summer 2019. It is anticipated that all in lake work will be complete sometime in the first half of 2019. After that the lake drain will be closed and the lake will be allowed to fill up with natural rainfall. Depending on weather and if there is a dry or wet year it is difficult to predict how long that process may take. Be aware that a portion of the hiking trail near the spillway on the west shoreline of the lake is cut off due to dirt hauling and a trail detour must be used to get around the construction zone. Campground renovation is coinciding with the work in the lake during the Spring/Summer 2019. The campground is anticipated to be open again sometime in mid summer 2019 if all goes according to plan. There are no reservations for the campground or the shelter connected to the campground water /wastewater system( Beach Shelter) until work is complete. The outdoor portion of the beach shelter is available on a first come first served basis no kitchenette, restrooms or water available until work completion. Please contact park office at (319)392-4601 for any other questions (Updated January 4th,2019)
George Wyth State Park - Black Hawk County
  • Canfield Shelter Closed: Due to a parking lot improvement and weather delays, the Canfield Shelter will be unavailable for reservations through June 30, 2019. (Posted March 20, 2019)
  • George Wyth State Park campground is open and water is on.
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 Canyon Drive at Ledges State Park is CLOSED to vehicle traffic due to the recent heavy rain. The Flood Pole parking lot remains closed due to mud and silt left behind from recent flooding. For more information, please contact the park office at 515-432-1852. (updated 6/15/2019)
Lewis and Clark State Park - Monona County
  • Campsite Closure: There is currently a closure on campsites 1 - 39 due to very wet conditions. Reservations are being contacted only if the campsites will not be suitable for reservations. (Updated June 4, 2019)
Marble Beach State Recreation Area - Dickinson County
  • Campground Renovation: The campground will be closed from April 1, 2018 through September 30, 2019. The campground will be opened earlier if conditions allow. (UPDATED November 20, 2018)
Pine Lake State Park - Hardin County
  • 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)
  • CAMPGROUND & SHELTER CLOSURE: The campground and circle point picnic shelter at Pine Lake State Park will be closed beginning September 3, 2019 for upgrades to campground restrooms and showers. Please call the park office at (641) 858-5832 with questions. (Updated 2/25/2019)
Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area - Linn County
  • Lake Renovation - The lake renovation project has been completed and the lake has returned to normal level. The beach will be open for the 2019 recreation season. (Posted 3/26/2019)
  • 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
  • All facilities and hydrants are open for the season.
Shimek State Forest - Van Buren County
  • Effective, June 12, 2019, all of the equestrian trails are OPEN. This bulletin will be changed when the trail status has changed. (updated 6/12/2019)
Stone State Park - Woodbury County
  • The Calumet shelter restrooms are currently closed for plumbing repair, if you are staying in Cabins 1 or 2 please use the shower building located in the campground. Call 712-255-4698 if you have any questions regarding the closure.
Volga River State Recreation Area - Fayette County
  • Water has been turned on to the Lakeview Campground and shower building, the Albany Campground and the boat ramp restrooms. Water will be turned off to the campgrounds and boat ramp restrooms for the off season October 15, 2019.
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
  • Due to the town of Hamburg flooding, there is a closure on the modern campground in order to provide a place for displaced flood victims to stay. For the entire 2019 recreation season (April - October), 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 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 4/7/19