Learn about the DNR's COVID-19 response and how the current health emergency is impacting DNR facilities, services and events.
Dear Iowa State Parks Visitors,

UPDATED 5/20/2020.

Please note new changes to parks operations during the COVID-19 health emergency.

In accordance with state recommendations pertaining to COVID-19, we want to share with you important information about Iowa state parks. 

State Parks, Forests and Preserves visitors are reminded to strictly abide to the social distancing rules and not gather in groups. Remember to stay home if you feel sick, wash your hands regularly, avoid touching your face, and bring supplies from home including disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizer and other hygiene products.

Park Facility Changes (Updated 5/20/2020):

  • Campgrounds:
    • Campgrounds are open for self-contained camping units only until May 22, 2020. Starting at 8:00 a.m. on May 22, 2020, campgrounds will be open for all types of camping units, including RVs, pop-up campers and tents with or without bathroom facilities or portable toilets. Some campgrounds may be closed due to construction or maintenance issues, so please check the specific closure information below for each park before planning a camping trip. 
    • Some campsites may be closed to ensure social distancing.
    • Campers only in the campground; no guests allowed.
  • All modern restrooms and shower buildings will be available starting at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, May 22, 2020. Drinking fountains remain closed.
  • Cabins and yurts will be open starting Friday, May 22, 2020 and beyond. Reservations can be made on-line through the reservation system. Please note there is a four-day reservation window. For those interested in renting cabins for the rental period starting Friday, May 22, contact the park office or the Backbone concessionaire for cabins at Backbone State Park. All kitchenware has been removed from cabins, including dishes, pots and pans; please bring your own from home. Additionally, check-in time is now 5:00 p.m. and check-out time is now 9:00 a.m. (changed from 4:00 p.m. and 11:00 a.m, respectively) to allow for extra time to clean between rentals. 
  • Shelters,  lodges, youth campsites, group camps and playgrounds remain closed
  • If you feel cancelling your stay is the safest choice, we will waive cancellation fees for visits (cabins, campsites, lodges, shelters) with arrival dates through May 31, 2020. The $4.00 non-refundable  reservation fee ($6.00 if the reservation was originally made by phone) will still be charged. To cancel, contact the Customer Service Call Center at (877) 427-2757. 
  • Programs and events at all state parks are currently cancelled. Visitor centers, museums and nature centers managed by state parks remain closed.
  • We are monitoring the situation. We promise to remain diligent and intentional in protecting you and making your visit a great experience. As conditions change, so may our policies on park visitation and overnight stays. We will keep you informed of any changes moving forward.
  • Other areas of state parks and forests that remain open for day use include: trails, roads, lake and river access points, boat ramps, shorelines, and open spaces such as grassy areas.  

Here’s how you can help:

  • According to State of Iowa recommendations, limit your group size and stay at least 6 feet away from other park visitors.
  • If you have been sick in the last two weeks, please stay at home for your health and the safety of others.
  • Avoid popular areas where people may congregate such as scenic overlooks, buildings, beaches, etc.
  • Please maintain distance between you and other park visitors according to guidelines and recommendations by health officials. Please take into consideration the health of others when spending time outdoors.  
  • Pack extra soap or hand sanitizer. Soap or sanitizer will not be easily available at state parks due to limited supplies. Be sure and bring your own and wash your hands frequently.
  • Additional information on best practices for keeping you and your family safe can be found online at the CDC website

Thank you for your patience and flexibility. We appreciate your support of Iowa state parks as we all work together to keep each other safe.

State Park Alerts - Closures and Important Information
Ambrose A. Call State Park - Kossuth County
  • PLAYGROUNDS CLOSED: All park playgrounds remain closed. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • CAMPGROUND TO OPEN MAY 22: The park campground will open on Friday, May 22. Campgrounds will be open for campers only - no visitors. Campers should practice social distancing and proper hygiene and follow the Governor's recommendation regarding group size. (Posted 05/20/2020)
  • LODGES REMAIN CLOSED: Day-use lodges remain closed through May 28, 2020. As DNR continues to monitor the situation, please be aware that the closures could be extended. (Updated 05/13/2020)
Backbone State Park - Delaware County
  • SHELTERS REMAIN CLOSED. All shelters remain closed through May 28, 2020. As DNR continues to monitor the situation, please be aware that the closures could be extended. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • PLAYGROUNDS CLOSED: All park playgrounds remain closed. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • CABIN CLOSURE: Cabins 9-12 are closed from July 10 - October 31 to finish the renovation project (Posted May 22, 2020)
  • SIX PINES CAMPGROUND OPENING MAY 22: Six Pines Campground will open on Friday, May 22. Campground will be open to campers only - no visitors. Campers should practice social distancing and proper hygiene and follow the Governor's recommendation regarding group size.(Posted 05/20/2020)
  • SOUTH LAKE MODERN CAMPGROUND OPEN: Modern restrooms and shower buildings will OPEN on Friday, May 22. Camping is limited to campers with self-contained restrooms only until then. Campground is open to campers only - NO visitors Water hydrants and dump stations are open. Youth group campsites will remain closed. Campers should practice social distancing and proper hygiene and follow the Governor's recommendation regarding group size. (Posted 05/20/2020)
  • LODGES REMAIN CLOSED: Day-use lodges remain closed through May 28, 2020. As DNR continues to monitor the situation, please be aware that the closures could be extended. (Updated 05/13/2020)
  • VISITOR CENTERS, NATURE CENTERS AND MUSEUMS REMAIN CLOSED. Park visitor centers, nature centers and museums, including Cedar Rock FLW house remain closed through May 28, 2020. As DNR continues to monitor the situation, please be aware that the closures may be extended. (Updated 05/13/2020)
Beeds Lake State Park - Franklin County
  • SHELTERS REMAIN CLOSED. All shelters remain closed through May 28, 2020. As DNR continues to monitor the situation, please be aware that the closures could be extended. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • PLAYGROUNDS CLOSED: All park playgrounds remain closed. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • CAMPGROUNDS OPEN: Modern restrooms and shower buildings will OPEN on Friday, May 22. Camping is limited to campers with self-contained restrooms only until then. A this time, campgrounds are open only to campers, NO visitors. Water hydrants and dump stations are open. Youth group campsites will remain closed. Campers should practice social distancing and proper hygiene and follow the Governor's recommendation regarding group size. (Posted 05/20/2020)
  • LODGES REMAIN CLOSED: Day-use lodges remain closed through May 28, 2020. As DNR continues to monitor the situation, please be aware that the closures could be extended. (Updated 05/13/2020)
Bellevue State Park - Jackson County
  • SHELTERS REMAIN CLOSED. All shelters remain closed through May 28, 2020. As DNR continues to monitor the situation, please be aware that the closures could be extended. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • PLAYGROUNDS CLOSED: All park playgrounds remain closed. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • CAMPGROUNDS OPEN: Modern restrooms and shower buildings will OPEN on Friday, May 22. Camping is limited to campers with self-contained restrooms only until then. A this time, campgrounds are open only to campers, NO visitors. Water hydrants and dump stations are open. Youth group campsites will remain closed. Campers should practice social distancing and proper hygiene and follow the Governor's recommendation regarding group size. (Posted 05/20/2020)
  • LODGES REMAIN CLOSED: Day-use lodges remain closed through May 28, 2020. As DNR continues to monitor the situation, please be aware that the closures could be extended. (Updated 05/13/2020)
  • VISITOR CENTERS, NATURE CENTERS AND MUSEUMS REMAIN CLOSED. Park visitor centers, nature centers and museums, including Cedar Rock FLW house remain closed through May 28, 2020. As DNR continues to monitor the situation, please be aware that the closures may be extended. (Updated 05/13/2020)
Big Creek State Park - Polk County
  • SHELTERS REMAIN CLOSED. All shelters remain closed through May 28, 2020. As DNR continues to monitor the situation, please be aware that the closures could be extended. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • PLAYGROUNDS CLOSED: All park playgrounds remain closed. (Updated 05/23/2020)
Black Hawk State Park - Sac County
  • SHELTERS REMAIN CLOSED. All shelters remain closed through May 28, 2020. As DNR continues to monitor the situation, please be aware that the closures could be extended. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • PLAYGROUNDS CLOSED: All park playgrounds remain closed. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • CAMPGROUNDS OPEN: Modern restrooms and shower buildings will OPEN on Friday, May 22. Camping is limited to campers with self-contained restrooms only until then. A this time, campgrounds are open only to campers, NO visitors. Water hydrants and dump stations are open. Youth group campsites will remain closed. Campers should practice social distancing and proper hygiene and follow the Governor's recommendation regarding group size. (Posted 05/20/2020)
  • CABINS/YURTS OPENING ON MAY 22: Cabins and yurts will open on Friday, May 22. Check-in time has changed to 5 pm and check-out time has changed to 9 am. Kitchenware (pots/pans/utensils) and dishes have been removed from modern cabins. Renters will need to bring their own kitchenware and dishes. (Updated 05/20/2020)
Brushy Creek State Recreation Area - Webster County
  • As of May 24, 2020 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. This bulletin will be removed when trails have dried sufficiently to reopen.
  • SHELTERS REMAIN CLOSED. All shelters remain closed through May 28, 2020. As DNR continues to monitor the situation, please be aware that the closures could be extended. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • PLAYGROUNDS CLOSED: All park playgrounds remain closed. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • CAMPGROUNDS OPEN: Modern restrooms and shower buildings will OPEN on Friday, May 22. Camping is limited to campers with self-contained restrooms only until then. A this time, campgrounds are open only to campers, NO visitors. Water hydrants and dump stations are open. Youth group campsites will remain closed. Campers should practice social distancing and proper hygiene and follow the Governor's recommendation regarding group size. (Posted 05/20/2020)
Cedar Rock - Buchanan County
  • Reservations and tours of Cedar Rock's historic Frank Lloyd Wright house will be accepted once an opening date is pinpointed. Tours will be offered on a reservation only basis. Cedar Rock trails are open year-round. Toad's trail allows guests access to the exterior of the Wright designed estate regardless of touring status. If you have any questions call the park office at 319-934-3572 or email cedar_rock@dnr.iowa.gov.
Clear Lake State Park - Cerro Gordo County
  • SHELTERS REMAIN CLOSED. All shelters remain closed through May 28, 2020. As DNR continues to monitor the situation, please be aware that the closures could be extended. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • PLAYGROUNDS CLOSED: All park playgrounds remain closed. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • CAMPGROUNDS OPEN: Modern restrooms and shower buildings will OPEN on Friday, May 22. Camping is limited to campers with self-contained restrooms only until then. A this time, campgrounds are open only to campers, NO visitors. Water hydrants and dump stations are open. Youth group campsites will remain closed. Campers should practice social distancing and proper hygiene and follow the Governor's recommendation regarding group size. (Posted 05/20/2020)
  • LODGES REMAIN CLOSED: Day-use lodges remain closed through May 28, 2020. As DNR continues to monitor the situation, please be aware that the closures could be extended. (Updated 05/13/2020)
Dolliver Memorial State Park - Webster County
  • SHELTERS REMAIN CLOSED. All shelters remain closed through May 28, 2020. As DNR continues to monitor the situation, please be aware that the closures could be extended. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • PLAYGROUNDS CLOSED: All park playgrounds remain closed. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • CAMPGROUNDS OPEN: Modern restrooms and shower buildings will OPEN on Friday, May 22. Camping is limited to campers with self-contained restrooms only until then. A this time, campgrounds are open only to campers, NO visitors. Water hydrants and dump stations are open. Youth group campsites will remain closed. Campers should practice social distancing and proper hygiene and follow the Governor's recommendation regarding group size. (Posted 05/20/2020)
  • CABINS/YURTS OPENING ON MAY 22: Cabins and yurts will open on Friday, May 22. Check-in time has changed to 5 pm and check-out time has changed to 9 am. Kitchenware (pots/pans/utensils) and dishes have been removed from modern cabins. Renters will need to bring their own kitchenware and dishes. (Updated 05/20/2020)
  • LODGES REMAIN CLOSED: Day-use lodges remain closed through May 28, 2020. As DNR continues to monitor the situation, please be aware that the closures could be extended. (Updated 05/13/2020)
Elinor Bedell State Park - Dickinson County
  • SHELTERS REMAIN CLOSED. All shelters remain closed through May 28, 2020. As DNR continues to monitor the situation, please be aware that the closures could be extended. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • PLAYGROUNDS CLOSED: All park playgrounds remain closed. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • CAMPGROUNDS OPEN: Modern restrooms and shower buildings will OPEN on Friday, May 22. Camping is limited to campers with self-contained restrooms only until then. A this time, campgrounds are open only to campers, NO visitors. Water hydrants and dump stations are open. Youth group campsites will remain closed. Campers should practice social distancing and proper hygiene and follow the Governor's recommendation regarding group size. (Posted 05/20/2020)
Elk Rock State Park - Marion County
  • SHELTERS REMAIN CLOSED. All shelters remain closed through May 28, 2020. As DNR continues to monitor the situation, please be aware that the closures could be extended. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • PLAYGROUNDS CLOSED: All park playgrounds remain closed. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • CAMPGROUNDS OPEN: Modern restrooms and shower buildings will OPEN on Friday, May 22. Camping is limited to campers with self-contained restrooms only until then. A this time, campgrounds are open only to campers, NO visitors. Water hydrants and dump stations are open. Youth group campsites will remain closed. Campers should practice social distancing and proper hygiene and follow the Governor's recommendation regarding group size. (Posted 05/20/2020)
Emerson Bay State Recreation Area - Dickinson County
  • SHELTERS REMAIN CLOSED. All shelters remain closed through May 28, 2020. As DNR continues to monitor the situation, please be aware that the closures could be extended. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • PLAYGROUNDS CLOSED: All park playgrounds remain closed. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • CAMPGROUNDS OPEN: Modern restrooms and shower buildings will OPEN on Friday, May 22. Camping is limited to campers with self-contained restrooms only until then. A this time, campgrounds are open only to campers, NO visitors. Water hydrants and dump stations are open. Youth group campsites will remain closed. Campers should practice social distancing and proper hygiene and follow the Governor's recommendation regarding group size. (Posted 05/20/2020)
Fairport State Recreation Area - Muscatine County
  • PLAYGROUNDS CLOSED: All park playgrounds remain closed. (Updated 05/23/2020)
Fort Defiance State Park - Emmet County
  • SHELTERS REMAIN CLOSED. All shelters remain closed through May 28, 2020. As DNR continues to monitor the situation, please be aware that the closures could be extended. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • CAMPGROUND TO OPEN MAY 22: The park campground will open on Friday, May 22. Campgrounds will be open for campers only - no visitors. Campers should practice social distancing and proper hygiene and follow the Governor's recommendation regarding group size. (Posted 05/20/2020)
  • LODGES REMAIN CLOSED: Day-use lodges remain closed through May 28, 2020. As DNR continues to monitor the situation, please be aware that the closures could be extended. (Updated 05/13/2020)
Geode State Park - Henry County
  • SHELTERS REMAIN CLOSED. All shelters remain closed through May 28, 2020. As DNR continues to monitor the situation, please be aware that the closures could be extended. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • PLAYGROUNDS CLOSED: All park playgrounds remain closed. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • CAMPGROUND OPEN - LIMITED CAMPING AVAILABLE: One shower building will open on Friday, May 22. Campgrounds are open but not to visitors. Due to water pressure issues in the campground, full hook-up sites (sites 16-29) will be operated as standard electric sites at $16/night. Full hook-up campsites will be available for first-come first-serve camping only until the issue is fixed. Campsites 46-90 are closed for camping to allow the new grass to grow and will reopen when grass gets established. The second shower building in the back half of the campground will remain closed for now. Water hydrants and dump stations are open. Campers are to practice social distancing and proper hygiene and follow the Governor's recommendation regarding group size. (Updated 05/20/2020)
George Wyth State Park - Black Hawk County
  • SHELTERS REMAIN CLOSED. All shelters remain closed through May 28, 2020. As DNR continues to monitor the situation, please be aware that the closures could be extended. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • PLAYGROUNDS CLOSED: All park playgrounds remain closed. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • CAMPGROUNDS OPEN: Modern restrooms and shower buildings will OPEN on Friday, May 22. Camping is limited to campers with self-contained restrooms only until then. A this time, campgrounds are open only to campers, NO visitors. Water hydrants and dump stations are open. Youth group campsites will remain closed. Campers should practice social distancing and proper hygiene and follow the Governor's recommendation regarding group size. (Posted 05/20/2020)
  • LODGES REMAIN CLOSED: Day-use lodges remain closed through May 28, 2020. As DNR continues to monitor the situation, please be aware that the closures could be extended. (Updated 05/13/2020)
  • 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
  • SHELTERS REMAIN CLOSED. All shelters remain closed through May 28, 2020. As DNR continues to monitor the situation, please be aware that the closures could be extended. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • PLAYGROUNDS CLOSED: All park playgrounds remain closed. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • CAMPGROUNDS OPEN: Modern restrooms and shower buildings will OPEN on Friday, May 22. Camping is limited to campers with self-contained restrooms only until then. A this time, campgrounds are open only to campers, NO visitors. Water hydrants and dump stations are open. Youth group campsites will remain closed. Campers should practice social distancing and proper hygiene and follow the Governor's recommendation regarding group size. (Posted 05/20/2020)
  • CABINS/YURTS OPENING ON MAY 22: Cabins and yurts will open on Friday, May 22. Check-in time has changed to 5 pm and check-out time has changed to 9 am. Kitchenware (pots/pans/utensils) and dishes have been removed from modern cabins. Renters will need to bring their own kitchenware and dishes. (Updated 05/20/2020)
Gull Point State Park - Dickinson County
  • SHELTERS REMAIN CLOSED. All shelters remain closed through May 28, 2020. As DNR continues to monitor the situation, please be aware that the closures could be extended. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • PLAYGROUNDS CLOSED: All park playgrounds remain closed. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • CAMPGROUNDS OPEN: Modern restrooms and shower buildings will OPEN on Friday, May 22. Camping is limited to campers with self-contained restrooms only until then. A this time, campgrounds are open only to campers, NO visitors. Water hydrants and dump stations are open. Youth group campsites will remain closed. Campers should practice social distancing and proper hygiene and follow the Governor's recommendation regarding group size. (Posted 05/20/2020)
  • LODGES REMAIN CLOSED: Day-use lodges remain closed through May 28, 2020. As DNR continues to monitor the situation, please be aware that the closures could be extended. (Updated 05/13/2020)
Honey Creek State Park - Appanoose County
  • SHELTERS REMAIN CLOSED. All shelters remain closed through May 28, 2020. As DNR continues to monitor the situation, please be aware that the closures could be extended. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • CAMPGROUNDS OPEN: Modern restrooms and shower buildings will OPEN on Friday, May 22. Camping is limited to campers with self-contained restrooms only until then. A this time, campgrounds are open only to campers, NO visitors. Water hydrants and dump stations are open. Youth group campsites will remain closed. Campers should practice social distancing and proper hygiene and follow the Governor's recommendation regarding group size. (Posted 05/20/2020)
  • CABINS/YURTS OPENING ON MAY 22: Cabins and yurts will open on Friday, May 22. Check-in time has changed to 5 pm and check-out time has changed to 9 am. Kitchenware (pots/pans/utensils) and dishes have been removed from modern cabins. Renters will need to bring their own kitchenware and dishes. (Updated 05/20/2020)
  • Cabin 1 is closed for maintenance issue until further notice
Lacey Keosauqua State Park - Van Buren County
  • SHELTERS REMAIN CLOSED. All shelters remain closed through May 28, 2020. As DNR continues to monitor the situation, please be aware that the closures could be extended. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • PLAYGROUNDS CLOSED: All park playgrounds remain closed. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • CAMPGROUNDS OPEN: Modern restrooms and shower buildings will OPEN on Friday, May 22. Camping is limited to campers with self-contained restrooms only until then. A this time, campgrounds are open only to campers, NO visitors. Water hydrants and dump stations are open. Youth group campsites will remain closed. Campers should practice social distancing and proper hygiene and follow the Governor's recommendation regarding group size. (Posted 05/20/2020)
  • CABINS/YURTS OPENING ON MAY 22: Cabins and yurts will open on Friday, May 22. Check-in time has changed to 5 pm and check-out time has changed to 9 am. Kitchenware (pots/pans/utensils) and dishes have been removed from modern cabins. Renters will need to bring their own kitchenware and dishes. (Updated 05/20/2020)
  • LODGES REMAIN CLOSED: Day-use lodges remain closed through May 28, 2020. As DNR continues to monitor the situation, please be aware that the closures could be extended. (Updated 05/13/2020)
Lake Ahquabi State Park - Warren County
  • SHELTERS REMAIN CLOSED. All shelters remain closed through May 28, 2020. As DNR continues to monitor the situation, please be aware that the closures could be extended. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • PLAYGROUNDS CLOSED: All park playgrounds remain closed. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • CAMPGROUNDS OPEN: Modern restrooms and shower buildings will OPEN on Friday, May 22. Camping is limited to campers with self-contained restrooms only until then. A this time, campgrounds are open only to campers, NO visitors. Water hydrants and dump stations are open. Youth group campsites will remain closed. Campers should practice social distancing and proper hygiene and follow the Governor's recommendation regarding group size. (Posted 05/20/2020)
  • LODGES REMAIN CLOSED: Day-use lodges remain closed through May 28, 2020. As DNR continues to monitor the situation, please be aware that the closures could be extended. (Updated 05/13/2020)
Lake Anita State Park - Cass County
  • SHELTERS REMAIN CLOSED. All shelters remain closed through May 28, 2020. As DNR continues to monitor the situation, please be aware that the closures could be extended. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • PLAYGROUNDS CLOSED: All park playgrounds remain closed. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • CAMPGROUNDS OPEN: Modern restrooms and shower buildings will OPEN on Friday, May 22. Camping is limited to campers with self-contained restrooms only until then. A this time, campgrounds are open only to campers, NO visitors. Water hydrants and dump stations are open. Youth group campsites will remain closed. Campers should practice social distancing and proper hygiene and follow the Governor's recommendation regarding group size. (Posted 05/20/2020)
  • LODGES REMAIN CLOSED: Day-use lodges remain closed through May 28, 2020. As DNR continues to monitor the situation, please be aware that the closures could be extended. (Updated 05/13/2020)
Lake Darling State Park - Washington County
  • SHELTERS REMAIN CLOSED. All shelters remain closed through May 28, 2020. As DNR continues to monitor the situation, please be aware that the closures could be extended. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • PLAYGROUNDS CLOSED: All park playgrounds remain closed. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • CAMPGROUNDS OPEN: Modern restrooms and shower buildings will OPEN on Friday, May 22. Camping is limited to campers with self-contained restrooms only until then. A this time, campgrounds are open only to campers, NO visitors. Water hydrants and dump stations are open. Youth group campsites will remain closed. Campers should practice social distancing and proper hygiene and follow the Governor's recommendation regarding group size. (Posted 05/20/2020)
  • CABINS/YURTS OPENING ON MAY 22: Cabins and yurts will open on Friday, May 22. Check-in time has changed to 5 pm and check-out time has changed to 9 am. Kitchenware (pots/pans/utensils) and dishes have been removed from modern cabins. Renters will need to bring their own kitchenware and dishes. (Updated 05/20/2020)
  • LODGES REMAIN CLOSED: Day-use lodges remain closed through May 28, 2020. As DNR continues to monitor the situation, please be aware that the closures could be extended. (Updated 05/13/2020)
Lake Keomah State Park - Mahaska County
  • SHELTERS REMAIN CLOSED. All shelters remain closed through May 28, 2020. As DNR continues to monitor the situation, please be aware that the closures could be extended. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • CAMPGROUNDS OPEN: Modern restrooms and shower buildings will OPEN on Friday, May 22. Camping is limited to campers with self-contained restrooms only until then. A this time, campgrounds are open only to campers, NO visitors. Water hydrants and dump stations are open. Youth group campsites will remain closed. Campers should practice social distancing and proper hygiene and follow the Governor's recommendation regarding group size. (Posted 05/20/2020)
  • LODGES REMAIN CLOSED: Day-use lodges remain closed through May 28, 2020. As DNR continues to monitor the situation, please be aware that the closures could be extended. (Updated 05/13/2020)
Lake Macbride State Park - Johnson County
  • SHELTERS REMAIN CLOSED. All shelters remain closed through May 28, 2020. As DNR continues to monitor the situation, please be aware that the closures could be extended. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • PLAYGROUNDS CLOSED: All park playgrounds remain closed. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • SOUTH PRIMITIVE CAMPGROUND OPENING MAY 22: The South Primitive Campground will open on Friday, May 22. Campground will open for campers only - no visitors. Campers should practice social distancing and proper hygiene and follow the Governor's recommendation regarding group size. (Posted 05/20/2020)
  • NORTH MODERN CAMPGROUND OPEN: Modern restroom and shower buildings will OPEN on Friday, May 22. Camping is limited to campers with self-contained restrooms only until then. Campground is open to campers only - NO visitors. Water hydrants and dump stations are open. Campers should practice social distancing and proper hygiene and follow the Governor's recommendation regarding group size. (Posted 05/20/2020)
  • LODGES REMAIN CLOSED: Day-use lodges remain closed through May 28, 2020. As DNR continues to monitor the situation, please be aware that the closures could be extended. (Updated 05/13/2020)
  • 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 Manawa State Park - Pottawattamie County
  • SHELTERS REMAIN CLOSED. All shelters remain closed through May 28, 2020. As DNR continues to monitor the situation, please be aware that the closures could be extended. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • PLAYGROUNDS CLOSED: All park playgrounds remain closed. (Updated 05/23/2020)
Lake of Three Fires State Park - Taylor County
  • SHELTERS REMAIN CLOSED. All shelters remain closed through May 28, 2020. As DNR continues to monitor the situation, please be aware that the closures could be extended. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • PLAYGROUNDS CLOSED: All park playgrounds remain closed. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • CAMPGROUNDS OPEN: Modern restrooms and shower buildings will OPEN on Friday, May 22. Camping is limited to campers with self-contained restrooms only until then. A this time, campgrounds are open only to campers, NO visitors. Water hydrants and dump stations are open. Youth group campsites will remain closed. Campers should practice social distancing and proper hygiene and follow the Governor's recommendation regarding group size. (Posted 05/20/2020)
  • CABINS/YURTS OPENING ON MAY 22: Cabins and yurts will open on Friday, May 22. Check-in time has changed to 5 pm and check-out time has changed to 9 am. Kitchenware (pots/pans/utensils) and dishes have been removed from modern cabins. Renters will need to bring their own kitchenware and dishes. (Updated 05/20/2020)
  • EQUESTRIAN TRAILS CLOSURE: Effective May 14th, 2020. The equestrian trails have been closed due to wet conditions. Trails will remain closed until they've had a chance to dry out. This bulletin will be removed when the trails have been re-opened
  • LODGES REMAIN CLOSED: Day-use lodges remain closed through May 28, 2020. As DNR continues to monitor the situation, please be aware that the closures could be extended. (Updated 05/13/2020)
Lake Wapello State Park - Davis County
  • SHELTERS REMAIN CLOSED. All shelters remain closed through May 28, 2020. As DNR continues to monitor the situation, please be aware that the closures could be extended. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • PLAYGROUNDS CLOSED: All park playgrounds remain closed. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • CAMPGROUNDS OPEN: Modern restrooms and shower buildings will OPEN on Friday, May 22. Camping is limited to campers with self-contained restrooms only until then. A this time, campgrounds are open only to campers, NO visitors. Water hydrants and dump stations are open. Youth group campsites will remain closed. Campers should practice social distancing and proper hygiene and follow the Governor's recommendation regarding group size. (Posted 05/20/2020)
  • CABINS/YURTS OPENING ON MAY 22: Cabins and yurts will open on Friday, May 22. Check-in time has changed to 5 pm and check-out time has changed to 9 am. Kitchenware (pots/pans/utensils) and dishes have been removed from modern cabins. Renters will need to bring their own kitchenware and dishes. (Updated 05/20/2020)
  • LODGES REMAIN CLOSED: Day-use lodges remain closed through May 28, 2020. As DNR continues to monitor the situation, please be aware that the closures could be extended. (Updated 05/13/2020)
Ledges State Park - Boone County
  • SHELTERS REMAIN CLOSED. All shelters remain closed through May 28, 2020. As DNR continues to monitor the situation, please be aware that the closures could be extended. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • PLAYGROUNDS CLOSED: All park playgrounds remain closed. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • CAMPGROUNDS OPEN: Modern restrooms and shower buildings will OPEN on Friday, May 22. Camping is limited to campers with self-contained restrooms only until then. A this time, campgrounds are open only to campers, NO visitors. Water hydrants and dump stations are open. Youth group campsites will remain closed. Campers should practice social distancing and proper hygiene and follow the Governor's recommendation regarding group size. (Posted 05/20/2020)
Lewis and Clark State Park - Monona County
  • SHELTERS REMAIN CLOSED. All shelters remain closed through May 28, 2020. As DNR continues to monitor the situation, please be aware that the closures could be extended. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • PLAYGROUNDS CLOSED: All park playgrounds remain closed. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • LODGES REMAIN CLOSED: Day-use lodges remain closed through May 28, 2020. As DNR continues to monitor the situation, please be aware that the closures could be extended. (Updated 05/13/2020)
  • VISITOR CENTERS, NATURE CENTERS AND MUSEUMS REMAIN CLOSED. Park visitor centers, nature centers and museums, including Cedar Rock FLW house remain closed through May 28, 2020. As DNR continues to monitor the situation, please be aware that the closures may be extended. (Updated 05/13/2020)
  • CAMPGROUND UPDATE: Campsites 1-40 will remain closed through July 31, 2020. The remainder of the campground will open at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, May 8, 2020 for campers only - NO visitors. Camping is limited to campers with self-contained restrooms only. Self contained is defined as a tent or pop-up camper with a portable toilet or an RV/travel trailer with a functioning, self-contained bathroom. Reservable campsites will be available for camping from May 8-10 as first-come, first-serve only. Campers will be able to make reservations for May 11 arrivals at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, May 8. Water hydrants and dump stations are open. Restrooms and shower buildings will remain closed. Youth group campsites will remain closed. Campsite fires are limited to campsite occupants only. Campers should practice social distancing and proper hygiene.
Maquoketa Caves State Park - Jackson County
  • CAVES CLOSED - All caves currently closed to public access. (Updated 05/22/2020)
  • CAMPGROUND OPEN - Modern restroom and shower building will open on Friday, May 22. Camping is currently limited to campers with self-contained restrooms only until then. At this time, campgrounds are open only to campers - NO visitors. Water hydrants and dump stations are open. Youth group campsites will remain closed. Campers should practice social distancing and proper hygiene and follow the Governor's recommendation regarding group size. (Updated 05/20/2020)
  • TRAILS OPEN - all trails are open except a section of the boardwalk on Ridge Trail which is damaged. Boardwalk and trail handrails are not sanitized Social distancing is difficult because the boardwalks and trails are narrow due to the unique landscape. Visitor discretion is advised. (Posted 5/12/2020)
  • PARKING UPDATE - Parking in the park is limited to designated parking spots only and will be enforced. Peak park visitation times are weekends from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to explore the park weekdays or during non-peak hours in the morning or late afternoon on weekends. (Posted 5/12/2020)
  • 2020 CAMPING RESERVATIONS: All campsites except campsite #1 are reservable (100%) on the centralized reservation system. The last day to make a camping reservation is ONE day prior to arrival. Reservation website: https://iowastateparks.reserveamerica.com/ (Updated 5/12/2020)
  • SHELTERS, PLAYGROUND AND SAGER MUSEUM REMAIN CLOSED. (Posted 5/12/2020)
  • OFFICE CLOSED - Available by appointment only. (Posted 5/12/2020)
Marble Beach State Recreation Area - Dickinson County
  • Campground Renovation: The campground will be closed from April 1, 2018 through June 30, 2020. The campground will be opened earlier if conditions allow. (UPDATED September 2019)
McIntosh Woods State Park - Cerro Gordo County
  • SHELTERS REMAIN CLOSED. All shelters remain closed through May 28, 2020. As DNR continues to monitor the situation, please be aware that the closures could be extended. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • PLAYGROUNDS CLOSED: All park playgrounds remain closed. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • CAMPGROUNDS OPEN: Modern restrooms and shower buildings will OPEN on Friday, May 22. Camping is limited to campers with self-contained restrooms only until then. A this time, campgrounds are open only to campers, NO visitors. Water hydrants and dump stations are open. Youth group campsites will remain closed. Campers should practice social distancing and proper hygiene and follow the Governor's recommendation regarding group size. (Posted 05/20/2020)
  • CABINS/YURTS OPENING ON MAY 22: Cabins and yurts will open on Friday, May 22. Check-in time has changed to 5 pm and check-out time has changed to 9 am. Kitchenware (pots/pans/utensils) and dishes have been removed from modern cabins. Renters will need to bring their own kitchenware and dishes. (Updated 05/20/2020)
Mines of Spain State Rec Area and E. B. Lyons - Dubuque County
  • VISITOR CENTERS, NATURE CENTERS AND MUSEUMS REMAIN CLOSED. Park visitor centers, nature centers and museums, including Cedar Rock FLW house remain closed through May 28, 2020. As DNR continues to monitor the situation, please be aware that the closures may be extended. (Updated 05/13/2020)
Mini-Wakan State Park - Dickinson County
  • LODGES REMAIN CLOSED: Day-use lodges remain closed through May 28, 2020. As DNR continues to monitor the situation, please be aware that the closures could be extended. (Updated 05/13/2020)
Nine Eagles State Park - Decatur County
  • SHELTERS REMAIN CLOSED. All shelters remain closed through May 28, 2020. As DNR continues to monitor the situation, please be aware that the closures could be extended. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • PLAYGROUNDS CLOSED: All park playgrounds remain closed. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • CAMPGROUNDS OPEN: Modern restrooms and shower buildings will OPEN on Friday, May 22. Camping is limited to campers with self-contained restrooms only until then. A this time, campgrounds are open only to campers, NO visitors. Water hydrants and dump stations are open. Youth group campsites will remain closed. Campers should practice social distancing and proper hygiene and follow the Governor's recommendation regarding group size. (Posted 05/20/2020)
  • CABINS/YURTS OPENING ON MAY 22: Cabins and yurts will open on Friday, May 22. Check-in time has changed to 5 pm and check-out time has changed to 9 am. Kitchenware (pots/pans/utensils) and dishes have been removed from modern cabins. Renters will need to bring their own kitchenware and dishes. (Updated 05/20/2020)
Okamanpedan State Park - Emmet County
  • SHELTERS REMAIN CLOSED. All shelters remain closed through May 28, 2020. As DNR continues to monitor the situation, please be aware that the closures could be extended. (Updated 05/23/2020)
Palisades-Kepler State Park - Linn County
  • SHELTERS REMAIN CLOSED. All shelters remain closed through May 28, 2020. As DNR continues to monitor the situation, please be aware that the closures could be extended. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • CAMPGROUNDS OPEN: Modern restrooms and shower buildings will OPEN on Friday, May 22. Camping is limited to campers with self-contained restrooms only until then. A this time, campgrounds are open only to campers, NO visitors. Water hydrants and dump stations are open. Youth group campsites will remain closed. Campers should practice social distancing and proper hygiene and follow the Governor's recommendation regarding group size. (Posted 05/20/2020)
  • CABINS/YURTS OPENING ON MAY 22: Cabins and yurts will open on Friday, May 22. Check-in time has changed to 5 pm and check-out time has changed to 9 am. Kitchenware (pots/pans/utensils) and dishes have been removed from modern cabins. Renters will need to bring their own kitchenware and dishes. (Updated 05/20/2020)
  • LODGES REMAIN CLOSED: Day-use lodges remain closed through May 28, 2020. As DNR continues to monitor the situation, please be aware that the closures could be extended. (Updated 05/13/2020)
Pikes Peak State Park - Clayton County
  • SHELTERS REMAIN CLOSED. All shelters remain closed through May 28, 2020. As DNR continues to monitor the situation, please be aware that the closures could be extended. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • PLAYGROUNDS CLOSED: All park playgrounds remain closed. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • CAMPGROUNDS OPEN: Modern restrooms and shower buildings will OPEN on Friday, May 22. Camping is limited to campers with self-contained restrooms only until then. A this time, campgrounds are open only to campers, NO visitors. Water hydrants and dump stations are open. Youth group campsites will remain closed. Campers should practice social distancing and proper hygiene and follow the Governor's recommendation regarding group size. (Posted 05/20/2020)
Pikes Point State Park - Dickinson County
  • SHELTERS REMAIN CLOSED. All shelters remain closed through May 28, 2020. As DNR continues to monitor the situation, please be aware that the closures could be extended. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • PLAYGROUNDS CLOSED: All park playgrounds remain closed. (Updated 05/23/2020)
Pilot Knob State Park - Hancock County
  • SHELTERS REMAIN CLOSED. All shelters remain closed through May 28, 2020. As DNR continues to monitor the situation, please be aware that the closures could be extended. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • PLAYGROUNDS CLOSED: All park playgrounds remain closed. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • CAMPGROUNDS OPEN: Modern restrooms and shower buildings will OPEN on Friday, May 22. Camping is limited to campers with self-contained restrooms only until then. A this time, campgrounds are open only to campers, NO visitors. Water hydrants and dump stations are open. Youth group campsites will remain closed. Campers should practice social distancing and proper hygiene and follow the Governor's recommendation regarding group size. (Posted 05/20/2020)
Pine Lake State Park - Hardin County
  • SHELTERS REMAIN CLOSED. All shelters remain closed through May 28, 2020. As DNR continues to monitor the situation, please be aware that the closures could be extended. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • PLAYGROUNDS CLOSED: All park playgrounds remain closed. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • SHELTER AND CAMPGROUND CLOSURE: The campground at Pine Lake State Park will be closed from July 31, 2020 - May 31, 2021 for a renovation project. The Circle Point Shelter will be closed from July 1, 2020 to May 31, 2021 for a renovation project. Questions regarding these closures can be directed to the park office at 641-858-5832 or pine_lake@dnr.iowa.gov. (Updated 5/22/2020)
  • CAMPGROUNDS OPEN: Modern restrooms and shower buildings will OPEN on Friday, May 22. Camping is limited to campers with self-contained restrooms only until then. A this time, campgrounds are open only to campers, NO visitors. Water hydrants and dump stations are open. Youth group campsites will remain closed. Campers should practice social distancing and proper hygiene and follow the Governor's recommendation regarding group size. (Posted 05/20/2020)
  • CABINS/YURTS OPENING ON MAY 22: Cabins and yurts will open on Friday, May 22. Check-in time has changed to 5 pm and check-out time has changed to 9 am. Kitchenware (pots/pans/utensils) and dishes have been removed from modern cabins. Renters will need to bring their own kitchenware and dishes. (Updated 05/20/2020)
  • LODGES REMAIN CLOSED: Day-use lodges remain closed through May 28, 2020. As DNR continues to monitor the situation, please be aware that the closures could be extended. (Updated 05/13/2020)
  • The cabins at Pine Lake State Park will be closed from July 31, 2020 - May 31, 2021 for a renovation project. Questions regarding this closure can be directed to the park office at 641-858-5832 or pine_lake@dnr.iowa.gov. (Updated 3/5/2020)
Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area - Linn County
  • SHELTERS REMAIN CLOSED. All shelters remain closed through May 28, 2020. As DNR continues to monitor the situation, please be aware that the closures could be extended. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • PLAYGROUNDS CLOSED: All park playgrounds remain closed. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • CAMPGROUNDS OPEN: Modern restrooms and shower buildings will OPEN on Friday, May 22. Camping is limited to campers with self-contained restrooms only until then. A this time, campgrounds are open only to campers, NO visitors. Water hydrants and dump stations are open. Youth group campsites will remain closed. Campers should practice social distancing and proper hygiene and follow the Governor's recommendation regarding group size. (Posted 05/20/2020)
  • CABINS/YURTS OPENING ON MAY 22: Cabins and yurts will open on Friday, May 22. Check-in time has changed to 5 pm and check-out time has changed to 9 am. Kitchenware (pots/pans/utensils) and dishes have been removed from modern cabins. Renters will need to bring their own kitchenware and dishes. (Updated 05/20/2020)
  • LODGES REMAIN CLOSED: Day-use lodges remain closed through May 28, 2020. As DNR continues to monitor the situation, please be aware that the closures could be extended. (Updated 05/13/2020)
  • Alcohol is prohibited inside the fenced in designated beach area. Alcohol may not be possessed or consumed within the fenced designated beach area.
Prairie Rose State Park - Shelby County
  • SHELTERS REMAIN CLOSED. All shelters remain closed through May 28, 2020. As DNR continues to monitor the situation, please be aware that the closures could be extended. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • PLAYGROUNDS CLOSED: All park playgrounds remain closed. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • CABINS/YURTS OPENING ON MAY 22: Cabins and yurts will open on Friday, May 22. Check-in time has changed to 5 pm and check-out time has changed to 9 am. Kitchenware (pots/pans/utensils) and dishes have been removed from modern cabins. Renters will need to bring their own kitchenware and dishes. (Updated 05/20/2020)
Preparation Canyon State Park - Monona County
  • CAMPGROUNDS OPEN: Modern restrooms and shower buildings will OPEN on Friday, May 22. Camping is limited to campers with self-contained restrooms only until then. A this time, campgrounds are open only to campers, NO visitors. Water hydrants and dump stations are open. Youth group campsites will remain closed. Campers should practice social distancing and proper hygiene and follow the Governor's recommendation regarding group size. (Posted 05/20/2020)
Red Haw State Park - Lucas County
  • SHELTERS REMAIN CLOSED. All shelters remain closed through May 28, 2020. As DNR continues to monitor the situation, please be aware that the closures could be extended. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • PLAYGROUNDS CLOSED: All park playgrounds remain closed. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • CAMPGROUNDS OPEN: Modern restrooms and shower buildings will OPEN on Friday, May 22. Camping is limited to campers with self-contained restrooms only until then. A this time, campgrounds are open only to campers, NO visitors. Water hydrants and dump stations are open. Youth group campsites will remain closed. Campers should practice social distancing and proper hygiene and follow the Governor's recommendation regarding group size. (Posted 05/20/2020)
Rice Lake State Park - Winnebago County
  • SHELTERS REMAIN CLOSED. All shelters remain closed through May 28, 2020. As DNR continues to monitor the situation, please be aware that the closures could be extended. (Updated 05/23/2020)
Rock Creek State Park - Jasper County
  • SHELTERS REMAIN CLOSED. All shelters remain closed through May 28, 2020. As DNR continues to monitor the situation, please be aware that the closures could be extended. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • PLAYGROUNDS CLOSED: All park playgrounds remain closed. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • CAMPGROUNDS OPEN: Modern restrooms and shower buildings will OPEN on Friday, May 22. Camping is limited to campers with self-contained restrooms only until then. A this time, campgrounds are open only to campers, NO visitors. Water hydrants and dump stations are open. Youth group campsites will remain closed. Campers should practice social distancing and proper hygiene and follow the Governor's recommendation regarding group size. (Posted 05/20/2020)
Shimek State Forest - Van Buren County
  • CAMPGROUNDS OPEN: Modern restrooms and shower buildings will OPEN on Friday, May 22. Camping is limited to campers with self-contained restrooms only until then. A this time, campgrounds are open only to campers, NO visitors. Water hydrants and dump stations are open. Youth group campsites will remain closed. Campers should practice social distancing and proper hygiene and follow the Governor's recommendation regarding group size. (Posted 05/20/2020)
  • Effective, May 15, 2020, The Wet Weather Trail is OPEN. The equestrian DIRT trails have been CLOSED due to moisture. This bulletin will be removed when the trails have been re-opened. (Posted 5-15-2020 9AM)
Springbrook State Park - Guthrie County
  • SHELTERS REMAIN CLOSED. All shelters remain closed through May 28, 2020. As DNR continues to monitor the situation, please be aware that the closures could be extended. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • PLAYGROUNDS CLOSED: All park playgrounds remain closed. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • CAMPGROUNDS OPEN: Modern restrooms and shower buildings will OPEN on Friday, May 22. Camping is limited to campers with self-contained restrooms only until then. A this time, campgrounds are open only to campers, NO visitors. Water hydrants and dump stations are open. Youth group campsites will remain closed. Campers should practice social distancing and proper hygiene and follow the Governor's recommendation regarding group size. (Posted 05/20/2020)
  • CABINS/YURTS OPENING ON MAY 22: Cabins and yurts will open on Friday, May 22. Check-in time has changed to 5 pm and check-out time has changed to 9 am. Kitchenware (pots/pans/utensils) and dishes have been removed from modern cabins. Renters will need to bring their own kitchenware and dishes. (Updated 05/20/2020)
  • VISITOR CENTERS, NATURE CENTERS AND MUSEUMS REMAIN CLOSED. Park visitor centers, nature centers and museums, including Cedar Rock FLW house remain closed through May 28, 2020. As DNR continues to monitor the situation, please be aware that the closures may be extended. (Updated 05/13/2020)
Stephens State Forest - Lucas County
  • EQUESTRIAN TRAIL UPDATE FOR HOLIDAY WEEKEND: The natural surface/dirt equestrian trails are currently closed due to wet conditions. Equestrian use is permitted on trails with a gravel surface. Questions can be directed to the forest headquarters at 641-774-4559 (updated 5/20/20).
  • CAMPGROUNDS OPEN: Modern restrooms and shower buildings will OPEN on Friday, May 22. Camping is limited to campers with self-contained restrooms only until then. A this time, campgrounds are open only to campers, NO visitors. Water hydrants and dump stations are open. Youth group campsites will remain closed. Campers should practice social distancing and proper hygiene and follow the Governor's recommendation regarding group size. (Posted 05/20/2020)
Stone State Park - Woodbury County
  • SHELTERS REMAIN CLOSED. All shelters remain closed through May 28, 2020. As DNR continues to monitor the situation, please be aware that the closures could be extended. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • PLAYGROUNDS CLOSED: All park playgrounds remain closed. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • CAMPGROUNDS OPEN: Modern restrooms and shower buildings will OPEN on Friday, May 22. Camping is limited to campers with self-contained restrooms only until then. A this time, campgrounds are open only to campers, NO visitors. Water hydrants and dump stations are open. Youth group campsites will remain closed. Campers should practice social distancing and proper hygiene and follow the Governor's recommendation regarding group size. (Posted 05/20/2020)
  • LODGES REMAIN CLOSED: Day-use lodges remain closed through May 28, 2020. As DNR continues to monitor the situation, please be aware that the closures could be extended. (Updated 05/13/2020)
Templar State Recreation Area - Dickinson County
  • SHELTERS REMAIN CLOSED. All shelters remain closed through May 28, 2020. As DNR continues to monitor the situation, please be aware that the closures could be extended. (Updated 05/23/2020)
Trappers Bay State Park - Dickinson County
  • SHELTERS REMAIN CLOSED. All shelters remain closed through May 28, 2020. As DNR continues to monitor the situation, please be aware that the closures could be extended. (Updated 05/23/2020)
Twin Lakes State Park - Calhoun County
  • SHELTERS REMAIN CLOSED. All shelters remain closed through May 28, 2020. As DNR continues to monitor the situation, please be aware that the closures could be extended. (Updated 05/23/2020)
Union Grove State Park - Tama County
  • SHELTERS REMAIN CLOSED. All shelters remain closed through May 28, 2020. As DNR continues to monitor the situation, please be aware that the closures could be extended. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • CAMPGROUNDS OPEN: Modern restrooms and shower buildings will OPEN on Friday, May 22. Camping is limited to campers with self-contained restrooms only until then. A this time, campgrounds are open only to campers, NO visitors. Water hydrants and dump stations are open. Youth group campsites will remain closed. Campers should practice social distancing and proper hygiene and follow the Governor's recommendation regarding group size. (Posted 05/20/2020)
  • CABINS/YURTS OPENING ON MAY 22: Cabins and yurts will open on Friday, May 22. Check-in time has changed to 5 pm and check-out time has changed to 9 am. Kitchenware (pots/pans/utensils) and dishes have been removed from modern cabins. Renters will need to bring their own kitchenware and dishes. (Updated 05/20/2020)
Viking Lake State Park - Montgomery County
  • SHELTERS REMAIN CLOSED. All shelters remain closed through May 28, 2020. As DNR continues to monitor the situation, please be aware that the closures could be extended. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • PLAYGROUNDS CLOSED: All park playgrounds remain closed. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • CAMPGROUNDS OPEN: Modern restrooms and shower buildings will OPEN on Friday, May 22. Camping is limited to campers with self-contained restrooms only until then. A this time, campgrounds are open only to campers, NO visitors. Water hydrants and dump stations are open. Youth group campsites will remain closed. Campers should practice social distancing and proper hygiene and follow the Governor's recommendation regarding group size. (Posted 05/20/2020)
  • Beach Closure: The lake was drawn down in 2019. DNR is estimating that the lake will not be to full capacity until the end of May 2020, but that is dependent on the weather. (Posted February 28, 2020)
Volga River State Recreation Area - Fayette County
  • SHELTERS REMAIN CLOSED. All shelters remain closed through May 28, 2020. As DNR continues to monitor the situation, please be aware that the closures could be extended. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • The Equestrian trails are currently open (posted 5-20-2020)
  • CAMPGROUNDS OPEN: Modern restrooms and shower buildings will OPEN on Friday, May 22. Camping is limited to campers with self-contained restrooms only until then. A this time, campgrounds are open only to campers, NO visitors. Water hydrants and dump stations are open. Youth group campsites will remain closed. Campers should practice social distancing and proper hygiene and follow the Governor's recommendation regarding group size. (Posted 05/20/2020)
Walnut Woods State Park - Polk County
  • SHELTERS REMAIN CLOSED. All shelters remain closed through May 28, 2020. As DNR continues to monitor the situation, please be aware that the closures could be extended. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • PLAYGROUNDS CLOSED: All park playgrounds remain closed. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • CAMPGROUNDS OPEN: Modern restrooms and shower buildings will OPEN on Friday, May 22. Camping is limited to campers with self-contained restrooms only until then. A this time, campgrounds are open only to campers, NO visitors. Water hydrants and dump stations are open. Youth group campsites will remain closed. Campers should practice social distancing and proper hygiene and follow the Governor's recommendation regarding group size. (Posted 05/20/2020)
  • LODGES REMAIN CLOSED: Day-use lodges remain closed through May 28, 2020. As DNR continues to monitor the situation, please be aware that the closures could be extended. (Updated 05/13/2020)
Wapsipinicon State Park - Jones County
  • SHELTERS REMAIN CLOSED. All shelters remain closed through May 28, 2020. As DNR continues to monitor the situation, please be aware that the closures could be extended. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • PLAYGROUNDS CLOSED: All park playgrounds remain closed. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • CAMPGROUNDS OPEN: Modern restrooms and shower buildings will OPEN on Friday, May 22. Camping is limited to campers with self-contained restrooms only until then. A this time, campgrounds are open only to campers, NO visitors. Water hydrants and dump stations are open. Youth group campsites will remain closed. Campers should practice social distancing and proper hygiene and follow the Governor's recommendation regarding group size. (Posted 05/20/2020)
  • LODGES REMAIN CLOSED: Day-use lodges remain closed through May 28, 2020. As DNR continues to monitor the situation, please be aware that the closures could be extended. (Updated 05/13/2020)
Waubonsie State Park - Fremont County
  • SHELTERS REMAIN CLOSED. All shelters remain closed through May 28, 2020. As DNR continues to monitor the situation, please be aware that the closures could be extended. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • PLAYGROUNDS CLOSED: All park playgrounds remain closed. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • CABINS/YURTS OPENING ON MAY 22: Cabins and yurts will open on Friday, May 22. Check-in time has changed to 5 pm and check-out time has changed to 9 am. Kitchenware (pots/pans/utensils) and dishes have been removed from modern cabins. Renters will need to bring their own kitchenware and dishes. (Updated 05/20/2020)
  • LODGES REMAIN CLOSED: Day-use lodges remain closed through May 28, 2020. As DNR continues to monitor the situation, please be aware that the closures could be extended. (Updated 05/13/2020)
Wildcat Den State Park - Muscatine County
  • SHELTERS REMAIN CLOSED. All shelters remain closed through May 28, 2020. As DNR continues to monitor the situation, please be aware that the closures could be extended. (Updated 05/23/2020)
  • CAMPGROUND TO OPEN MAY 22: The park campground will open on Friday, May 22. Campgrounds will be open for campers only - no visitors. Campers should practice social distancing and proper hygiene and follow the Governor's recommendation regarding group size. (Posted 05/20/2020)
Wilson Island State Recreation Area - Pottawattamie County
  • Wilson Island is closed due to flooding of the Missouri River in 2019. This affects all uses of the park including camping, fishing, hiking, mushroom hunting, Missouri river access and biking as all entry is prohibited. A date for reopening has not been set. Please call the park office for additional information. While notices of the park being open in relation to COVID-19 are listed as well, this message supersedes those. 712-642-2069 Updated 4/29/2020
Yellow River State Forest - Allamakee County
  • CAMPGROUNDS OPEN: Modern restrooms and shower buildings will OPEN on Friday, May 22. Camping is limited to campers with self-contained restrooms only until then. A this time, campgrounds are open only to campers, NO visitors. Water hydrants and dump stations are open. Youth group campsites will remain closed. Campers should practice social distancing and proper hygiene and follow the Governor's recommendation regarding group size. (Posted 05/20/2020)
  • CABINS/YURTS OPENING ON MAY 22: Cabins and yurts will open on Friday, May 22. Check-in time has changed to 5 pm and check-out time has changed to 9 am. Kitchenware (pots/pans/utensils) and dishes have been removed from modern cabins. Renters will need to bring their own kitchenware and dishes. (Updated 05/20/2020)