State Park Alerts - Closures and Important Information
Backbone State Park - Delaware County
  • All modern facilities will open by May 1, 2019 with the exception of the Auditorium Restroom. Contractor will be shingling the restroom and it will open as soon as work is complete. Six Pines Campground water will be turned on by May 1, 2019.
Big Creek State Park - Polk County
  • Flush Facilities will be closed after October 15,2018 for the season. Pit latrines at Williams drive, Beach Boat Ramp, Disc Golf, and Handi Cap Pier will remain open
Brushy Creek State Recreation Area - Webster County
  • TARGET RANGE TEMPORARILY CLOSED: The Brushy Creek Target Range will be TEMPORARILY closed on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 and Tuesday, April 23, 2019. The Shotgun Range will remain open for use of Shot Shells only.
  • As of March 14, 2019 the trails at Brushy Creek are temporarily closed to equestrian and bike use due to wet conditions. The 14 mile gravel all-weather Lake and Pond trails remain open for use, however keep in mind with the spring thawing many areas are soft or under water. This bulletin will be removed when trails have dried sufficiently to reopen.
  • North Equine Campground-- sites 107,108,109 will be temporarily closed this spring for drainage repairs.
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)
  • The campground at Fairport Recreation Area is open throughout the winter months, but water is shut off and the modern restroom/shower building and RV dump station are closed for the season. These facilities will re-open around May 1st, 2019. A pit latrine is available year-round on the west end of the campground.
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
  • 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
  • Water has been shut off for the season. The park is open for day use. The campground is still closed due to flooding and electrical repairs that need to be done. Reservations will not be available until May 20, 2019. Lodge and shelter reservations will not be available until May 1, 2019.
  • Canfield Shelter Closed: Due to a parking lot improvement and weather delays, the Canfield Shelter will be unavailable for reservations through June 16, 2019. (Posted March 20, 2019)
Green Valley State Park - Union County
  • The ski zone buoys have been pulled and the ski zone is closed for the year. All of Green Valley Lake will remain a 5 mph or less lake until the ski zone is reestablished next year. Boat docks are still out. The beach ropes and buoys have also been pulled and the beach is closed for swimming till next year. (Posted October 18, 2018)
Lake Ahquabi State Park - Warren County
  • Shower buildings, fill hydrants, and dump stations are open for the season.
Lake Darling State Park - Washington County
  • The campground shower buildings are open for 2019 recreation season as of April 19th, 2019. (POSTED 4-19-19)
Lake Macbride State Park - Johnson County
  • Modern Campground Water Hydrants Will be turned off beginning December 1, 2018
  • 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 is currently closed to vehicle traffic. Currently Saylorville Reservoir levels are extremely high, backing water up into the lower portions of Ledges and forcing the closure of the Lower Ledges Road. As a result, the Flood Pole parking lot is now under water and will be closed until further notice. This flooding is expected to impact these lower parts of the park through the end of April. Visitors are welcome to hike into the Canyon though along the closed roadway or using any of the trails. Parking currently is available at the top (east) of Canyon Drive in the Oak Woods picnic area. For more information, please contact the park office at 515-432-1852 or (updated 4/17/2019)
  • Modern restrooms and showers throughout the park are now open for the summer season, with the exception of a flush restroom facility in the lower portion of the park. The campground RV dump station and water hydrants have been turned ON for the spring. Portable toilets are available in the canyon and Oak Woods area. (updated 4/17/2019)
Lewis and Clark State Park - Monona County
  • Campsite Closure: Campsites 1 -50 are closed and unavailable for reservations/walk-ins through June 20th, 2019 due to wet conditions. (Posted March 20, 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)
McIntosh Woods State Park - Cerro Gordo County
  • Campground shower bldg will be closed for renovations from April 1- May 15, 2019.
  • Shower building & modern restrooms have CLOSED for the season. Water to fill your camper can be found at the hydrant near the yurt cabins. Electricity at the campsites is ON. Dump station water is OFF but dumping is still allowed.
Palisades-Kepler State Park - Linn County
  • Lodge Closure: The lodge will be closed due to well maintenance for the entire 2018 and 2019 rental season. (UPDATED 4/4/2018)
Pikes Peak State Park - Clayton County
  • Non-potable water is turned on to the dump station (the well has not been chlorinated or tested yet and there is a boil order notice posted at the hydrants). The modern restrooms and shower facilities are still closed and currently are being painted. All of the modern restroom facilities and water will be open by May 1st, and possibly sooner. There is a pit latrine at the south end of the campground that is open year-round. (Posted 4/17/19)
Pilot Knob State Park - Hancock County
  • As of Friday, October 5, 2018 the water has been turned off for the season. All modern restrooms are closed for the season. The hydrants, dump station and fill station are also closed for the season. The pit latrine inside the campground will remain open through the winter. The electricity will remain on through the winter. (POSTED October 2, 2018)
  • As of Friday, October 5, 2018 the water has been turned off for the season. All modern restrooms are closed for the season. The hydrants, dump station and fill station are also closed for the season. The pit latrine inside the campground will remain open through the winter. The electricity will remain on through the winter. (POSTED October 2, 2018)
Pine Lake State Park - Hardin County
  • Seasonal Amenities: The campground at Pine Lake State Park is open, and modern showers and restrooms are open for the 2019 recreation season. Other modern restrooms throughout the park are scheduled to re-open around the 15th of April. Courtesy docks are in the water at the upper and lower pine lake boat ramps for the 2019 recreation season. If you have additional questions regarding seasonal amenities at Pine Lake State Park please call the park office at 641/858-5832 or e-mail (Updated 4/8/2019)
  • Cabin Closure: The cabins at Pine Lake State Park will be closed from July 5 through October 31, 2019 for a renovation project. Please contact the park office at (641) 858-5832 with questions. (Updated 3/4/2019)
  • 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
  • The water hydrants in the campground are back on for the season. The shower building should be opened the week of April 15th.
Red Haw State Park - Lucas County
  • The Red Haw campground shower building and modern flush toilets will be closed for the season on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 and remain closed until mid April 2019. Campground hydrants will remain available. (Posted 9/29/18)
Shimek State Forest - Van Buren County
  • Effective, January 7, 2019, equestrian trails have been CLOSED. The wet weather trails are OPEN. Trails are closed due to rainfall. This bulletin will be changed when the trails have been re-opened. (updated 1-7-2019)
Stephens State Forest - Lucas County
  • EQUESTRIAN TRAIL CLOSURE: The equestrian trails are currently closed. This notice will be removed when the trails have been re-opened. Questions can be directed to the forest headquarters at 641-774-4559 (updated 4/17/19).
Stone State Park - Woodbury County
  • The campground restroom and shower house are closed for renovation. A pit latrine is available. Electricity is available. For questions, please call 712-255-4698.
Volga River State Recreation Area - Fayette County
  • The trails are equestrian trails are currently open
  • 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 4-11-19) The lower road along the Wapsipinicon river is open.
  • 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 both campgrounds 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. 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 11, 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
Wildcat Den State Park - Muscatine County
  • The campground and trails at Wildcat Den State Park are open throughout the winter months, but the water is shut off. This service will resume around May 1st, 2019. Pit latrines are made available year-round.
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