State Park Alerts - Closures and Important Information
Backbone State Park - Delaware County
  • Road Resurfacing Project: The 16 cabins will not be accepting reservations from March 1, 2022 - February 28, 2023. The Beach Shelter will not be accepting reservations from May 1, 2022 - October 15, 2022. The Beach Lodge we are not accepting reservations from May 1, 2022 - October 15, 2022. The concession will be closed while the cabins are closed from March 1, 2022 - February 28, 2023. If you would like to be notified if the cabins open earlier than expected, fill out this Backbone State Park notification Google form. (Posted 3/1/2021)
  • Backbone State Park will be closed to the general public December 4th and 5th 2021, due to an antlerless controlled deer hunt. Hunters possessing Backbone antlerless controlled hunt deer tags will be allowed to access Backbone State Park except in areas that are closed to hunting. Cabin Renters will be allowed to access areas that are closed to the park hunt in the cabin, beach and park shop area.
  • Backbone State Park is hosting an antlerless controlled deer hunt December 4th and 5th 2021. The Park will be closed to anyone, December 4th and 5th, not possessing a Backbone Special Deer Tag. Anyone wishing to take part in the controlled hunt must attend a safety class on October 9th at 10:00 a.m. or October 13th at 7:00 p.m. The hunt is limited to the first 60 people who sign the training roster at the classes. The special hunt tags are valid only inside Backbone State Park. They are not valid in the Backbone Forest or outside the park boundaries. Valid firearms include 10, 12, 16 and 20 gauge shotguns firing single slugs and Muzzleloaders between .44 caliber and .775 caliber shooting single a projecticle. Posted 08/17/2021
  • Road Resurfacing Project: If you would like to be notified if the beach lodge opens earlier than expected, fill out this Backbone State Park notification Google form. (Posted 5/12/2021)
Big Creek State Park - Polk County
  • Beginning September 20th, 2021, the North access lane at the beach will be closed due to a construction project taking place. This is from NW Big Creek Dr. to the Marina Boat Ramp, which includes the boat ramp road. Park visitors will need to use the South Beach access lane to able to use the beach area and Marina boat ramp during this project. Please contact the Park Office with any questions or concerns. (Posted 9/17/2021)
  • Due to a sewage system issue, the following bathrooms will be closed until further notice: Hampton, Model Air, and East Boat Ramp. There is a Pit toilet located next to the Disc Golf Course, another one is located next to the Universal Fishing Pier and the closest flushable restroom would be next to the Cadet Shelter. Sorry for the inconvenience. (Posted 7/23/21)
Cedar Rock - Buchanan County
  • 2021 Tour Availability: Tours will be offered on a reservation only basis and will be limited to a number of participants. Tours are given hourly from 10 am to 3 pm, Wednesday's - Sunday's from May 26 - October 17. (Posted April 27, 2021)
Emerson Bay State Recreation Area - Dickinson County
  • Campsite Bathroom Closed: The NW bathroom in between campsite 32 and 33 is closed. When the restroom is opened this alert will be removed.
Fairport State Recreation Area - Muscatine County
  • The campground, modern shower facility, dump station, pit latrine and boat ramps are all open and water hydrants and electricity are turned on. If you would like to make a future campground reservation, click on the above banner titled "Make a Park Reservation" or call toll free 1-877-427-2757. For all other inquires, please contact the park office at 563-263-4337. (UPDATED 7-17-2021)
Green Valley State Park - Union County
  • Campground and Cabin Closure: The campground and cabins are not accepting reservations from April 1, 2022 - October 31, 2022 due to an anticipated road project. (Updated 6/28/2021)
Lake Ahquabi State Park - Warren County
  • Park Renovation Projects: The drawdown of the lake started in mid July of 2021. Due to the lake level going down, the beach will be closed starting on Sunday, July 25 for the remainder of the recreation season and in 2022 unless otherwise posted. The concessionaire is also closed. The lodge and shelter will be available in 2021, but the water level will be very low in August and September due to the lake restoration project. In 2022, the campground, shelter, and lodge will be closed due to renovation. (Updated July 21, 2021)
Lake Macbride State Park - Johnson County
  • ROAD CONSTRUCTION UPDATE Beginning Tuesday, September 7, 2021, the one-way road leading to the Main Boat Ramp, Main Lodge and Beach will be closed to vehicle traffic for a road reconstruction project. This will not affect access to the modern campground, the Coralville Boat Ramp or the dam and spillway area. All other boat ramps and shelters will be available as normal. Please make plans accordingly.
Ledges State Park - Boone County
  • Modern restroom and shower facilities throughout Ledges State Park will CLOSE for the winter season on Monday, October 18, 2021. Portable toilets will be available for use in front of each campground restroom building from October 18th until the end of November. From December 1 to March 15, a pit vault latrine is open and located just west of the campground entrance. Campground water hydrants, including those at the RV dump station, will remain ON until a forecast hard freeze occurs, then they will be shut down ahead of those freezing temperatures for the remainder of the winter. A frost-free water hydrant will remain ON at the campground entrance year round. Electricity will remain ON throughout the winter to those campsites equipped with hook-ups. (This alert was updated on 9/17/2021)
Lewis and Clark State Park - Monona County
  • 2021 Lewis and Clark Visitor Center: The visitor center will be open during business hours as staffing allows beginning September 18, 2021 through May 1, 2022. Please call 712-423-2829 prior to arrival to confirm hours or to schedule a tour. Masks and hand sanitizer will be available. (Posted September 17, 2021)
  • 2021 Campground Changes: The previous campsites 1 - 31 have been eliminated in the campground. The previous site 32 is now site 1 and all campsites were renumbered. Please take notice of this change when making your 2021 camping reservations. (Posted January 14, 2021).
Maquoketa Caves State Park - Jackson County
  • Shower Building Reminder: Park staff generally start closing down shower buildings and turning off water and dump stations around mid-October depending upon the weather. Pit latrines located in the youth group camping area and frost-free hydrants in the modern campground are available for off-season camping. If you are interested in camping in mid to later in October, there is no guarantee modern facilities will be available. (9/6/21)
  • 2021 Campground Changes: The campground is 100% reservable. Same day reservations will be accepted from April 1 - October 31 and until 9 pm on the day of arrival. A reservation is required to camp. (Posted 4/16/2021)
  • Starting April 1st 2021 parking will be limited to designated spots only, once they are full you must wait for a open parking spot to access the park, Please plan your trip to come earlier or later in the day and avoid peak times on the weekends from 11-4 pm. If arriving during peak times, you should have an alternate place to visit until the park is less busy. (Posted 4/16 2021)
Palisades-Kepler State Park - Linn County
  • Park re-opens after August 10, 2020 Derecho: On April 23, 2021 the park re-opened after several months of work to remove damaged trees, downed limbs, and clearing debris. Reservations are being accepted for everything except for the lodge, which has extensive roof damage. The lodge will be repaired in the summer of 2021. (Posted April 21, 2021)
Pikes Peak State Park - Clayton County
  • Campsite Closure: Campsites 27, 28, 30, 31 and 34 are closed for the 2021 recreation season. (Posted April 9, 2021)
Pine Lake State Park - Hardin County
  • Off-season Amenities: The campground at Pine Lake State Park is open year-round and electricity remains on throughout the winter. Modern restrooms and showers in the campground will remain open until October 15th. Water from frost-free hydrants will remain on in the campground until mid-November as weather allows. A vault toilet is available for off-season use South of the campground at the Upper Pine Lake boat ramp. Other modern restrooms throughout the park will remain open until October 15th. Questions regarding off-season amenities should be directed to the park office at (641) 858-5832 or pine_lake@dnr.iowa.gov. (Posted 09/14/2021)
  • Upper Boat Ramp Closure: The boat ramp on Upper Pine Lake will be temporarily closed for repairs between September 7th, 2021 and October 31, 2021. The boat ramp on Lower Pine Lake will not be impacted by this closure. Questions may be directed to the park office at 641-858-5832 or pine_lake@dnr.iowa.gov. (Posted 08/16/2021)
  • Campground Reopening: The campground at Pine Lake State Park has re-opened after being closed for renovations since August or 2020. Campers making reservations at Pine Lake should be aware that some campsites have been removed in order to increase usable space for the remaining campsites. This has resulted in changes to campsite numbers, and some campsites that were once first-come, first-served may now be reservable and vice-versa. Campers wishing to reserve sites in a specific area of the campground should consult the updated campground map prior to making a reservation. Also be aware that staff continue to remove trees in the campground due to emerald ash borer, and site photos may not reflect those changes at this time. Please direct questions to the park office at pine_lake@dnr.iowa.gov or 641-858-5832. (Updated 05/03/2021)
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.
Preparation Canyon State Park - Monona County
  • 2021 Loess Hills Visitor Center: The visitor center will be open May 1 - October 1 on Tuesdays - Fridays from 8:30 am to noon. Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Restrooms and touch points will be sanitized daily. The displays with intensive hands on contact will remain closed. Masks and hand sanitizer will be available. (Posted April 27, 2021)
  • 2021 Visitor Center: The visitor center will be open May 1 - October 1 on Tuesdays - Fridays from 8:30 am to noon. Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Restrooms and touch points will be sanitized daily. The displays with intensive hands on contact will remain closed. Masks and hand sanitizer will be available. (Posted April 27, 2021)
Springbrook State Park - Guthrie County
  • Campground facilities open for the 2021 season
Stone State Park - Woodbury County
  • Multiuse Trails closed due to wet conditions. Please call the park office for the latest update on trail conditions at 712-255-4698. (Posted 9/17/21)
  • Potential Noise: On weekdays, there may be a contractor in the park working on road construction. During this time, there might be noise associated with the work, but this will not affect access to the campground or the camping cabins. (Updated 7/26/21)
Viking Lake State Park - Montgomery County
  • The lake level is currently down approximately 7 feet. Lake levels are solely dependent on rainfall to reach normal levels. Boating and swimming activities are limited and you should call the Park Office for further details. (Posted 5-4-21)
Volga River State Recreation Area - Fayette County
  • Equestrian Trails Open ( posted 9-1-21)
Wildcat Den State Park - Muscatine County
  • The Pine Creek Grist Mill will be open Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 to 4:30PM through mid October. The campground, hiking trails, Mill restroom, and pit latrines are all open and water hydrants are turned on. If you would like to make a future campground reservation, click on the above banner titled "Make a Park Reservation" or call toll free 1-877-427-2757. For all other inquires, please contact the park office at 563-263-4337. (UPDATED 9-1-2021)
Wilson Island State Recreation Area - Pottawattamie County
  • Drinking Water Health Advisory- Recent testing showed that the tap water at Wilson Island is above the Manganese EPA advisory limit of 0.3 mg/l. Results in the system were 0.79 mg/l. This advisory is for infants under the age of 6 months. Manganese is naturally occurring in soil water and the air. However to much can increase the risk of health problems, particularly for infants under the age of 6 months. Park staff is evaluating options and seeking outside advice on the best manner to reduce manganese. For further information contact the park office at 712-642-2069. Updated 8/4/21