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State Park Alerts - Closures and Important Information

Big Creek State Park - Polk County
  • PLAYGROUND CLOSURE: The playground at the Big Creek State Park beach will be closed on Thursday, July 25th from 7:00AM to 1:00PM for maintenance. (Posted 07/10/2024)

Brushy Creek State Recreation Area - Webster County
  • The Southeast and Southwest River Trails are temporarily closed due to flooding along the Des Moines River. This is everything south of the south day use area. Trails will reopen when conditions improve and trails have been cleared.

  • To receive emergency alerts for Brushy Creek State Recreation Area, text "WebCoBrushy" to 67283. Text alerts will be sent when severe weather approaches or local emergencies impact the park. To opt out of alerts text "Stop" to 67283.
Cedar Rock - Buchanan County
  • 2024 Tour Season Information: 
    May 22-October 6 tours are offered Wednesday through Sunday, hourly from 10am to 3pm. Make a reservation by calling 319.934.3572 or email: cedar_rock@dnr.iowa.gov

Clear Lake State Park - Cerro Gordo County
  • 2024 Campground Availability:  Campsites 1 - 115 (except 49, 50, 66, 67 will remain closed) are accepting reservations through September, 2024.  Starting on September 3 the entire campground will be closed for the campground renovation. (Updated May 16, 2024)

Dolliver Memorial State Park - Webster County
  • Request to be notified when Dolliver Memorial State Park reopens: The campground and all facilities at Dolliver Memorial State Park are closed from August 1, 2024 - November 30, 2024 due to a road repaving project. If the project starts later or is completed earlier than expected, DNR can notify you that the closure will be removed for the campground, cabins, lodges and shelter. If you would like to be notified, fill out the following form, Dolliver Memorial State Park notification Google form. (Posted 9/7/2023 (Updated 6/11/2024))

  • To receive emergency alerts for Dolliver Memorial State Park, text "WebCoDolliver" to 67283. Text alerts will be sent when severe weather approaches or local emergencies impact the park. To opt out of alerts text "Stop" to 67283.
Emerson Bay State Recreation Area - Dickinson County
  • Campsite Closure: Campsites 16 - 20 are closed until further notice. (Posted June 26, 2024)

Fairport State Recreation Area - Muscatine County
  • ATTENTION:  The Fairport Campground is open, however, the Mississippi is projected to crest at 20ft by July 7th, 2024.  Campsites affected and closed are sites 6, 7, 17-22 and 30-42.  If the river reaches the projected depth, then more sites will close.  If a reservation is affected by potential flood waters, you will be contacted with options.  No Walk-In Campers will allowed at this point.  Boat Ramps are also closed.  Contact the Park Office at 563-263-4337, with any questions.  (Updated 7/8/24)

Gull Point State Park - Dickinson County
  • Campground Closure: The campground will be closed starting on October 1, 2024 through October 31, 2025. (Posted June 15, 2024)

Lake Anita State Park - Cass County
  • This does not affect the campground.( The campground is open and has water available)Due to a water leak the water is shut off to the south side of the park. There is currently no water supplying the hydrant by the beach or the restroom near shelter #5. We have pit latrines available at both boat ramps, the picnic area, and at the dam. There is an ADA accessible portable toilet located at the top of the hill by the beach. Posted 1/18/2024

Lake Darling State Park - Washington County
  • Phase 2 of the Highway 1 & 78 construction project is set to begin on March 20th, 2024.  Beginning on this date, park users will only be able to access Lake Darling from the west.  Highway 1 & 78 will be closed from the park entrance east to the City of Brighton. For more information see the IA DOT NEWS. This post will be updated as more information becomes available.
     
    (POSTED 3-8-24)
Lake Keomah State Park - Mahaska County
  • Lake draw down for renovations will begin Tuesday, July 9th.  Project is scheduled to be completed by spring 2026. 

     

    Created 7/5/25 at 11:56 a.m.

  • Lake Keomah is scheduled for a major reconstruction project.  This will improve water quality, provide better amenities for park users and increase structure for fishing.  In order for this project to begin the lake will be drained.  As a result, a drawdown will start after July 4, 2024.  Project is scheduled to be completed by spring 2026.

    Created March 11, 2024

  • Request to be notified when Lake Keomah Facilities reopens: The facilities at Lake Keomah State Park are closed from August 1, 2024 - October 15, 2025, due to renovations. If the project starts later or is completed earlier than expected, DNR can notify you that the closure will be removed for the lodges and shelters. If you would like to be notified, fill out the following form, Lake Keomah Facilities reopens. (POSTED 09/18/2023)

Lake Macbride State Park - Johnson County
  • Modern facilities are now available at the North Campground, including electrical pedestals, shower/restroom building, hydrants and sewer hook-ups.  Updated 7-11-24

Lake Manawa State Park - Pottawattamie County
  • Due to high river waters Catfish Road inside Lake Manawa State Park is CLOSED until the water recedes and staff is able to clear off debris. This includes the river boat ramp and river parking lot. (Posted June 24, 2024)

Ledges State Park - Boone County
  • LEDGES ROAD CLOSURE UPDATE (July 15, 2024) - Due to flooding from the nearby Des Moines River, parts of Ledges State Park are currently closed to vehicle traffic. These closures include:

    • The one-way Canyon Drive, where motorists usually can drive through the low-water crossings
    • The Lower Ledges Road (through road leading out of the park to the south side of Boone)
    • Des Moines River boat ramp and parking lot
    • Flood Pole parking lot.

    Visitors are welcome to hike into the canyon area at this time and the easiest access will be found by parking at the Oak Woods picnic area and then hiking either the closed roadway or any of the trails down into the canyon. On days of heavy visitation, please consider using extra parking here to explore the park. It is expected that the flooding will impact the areas mentioned above for at least the next 2 weeks.

    Areas not impacted by the flooding that are still open and accessible by vehicle include the Ledges campground, Carl Fritz Henning Shelter, Lost Lake Nature Trail, and upper picnic areas near the campground entrance. For the most up-to-date information on the flooding impacts, please call the Ledges park office at (515) 432-1852.

Lewis and Clark State Park - Monona County
  • Banquet Room Closure: Reservations for the Banquet Room will be unavailable beginning in 2023 for repairs and updates. The Banquet Room will be closed for reservations until further notice. If you would like to be notified when the Banquet Room reopens, fill out the following form: Lewis and Clark Google Form. (Updated February 13, 2024)

Maquoketa Caves State Park - Jackson County
  • 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 4 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to explore the park weekdays or during non-peak hours in the morning or late afternoon on weekends. (Posted 4/19/2022)
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.
Red Haw State Park - Lucas County
  • Campground Closure: The campground will remain closed for 2024. Access to the lake can be gained through the North boat ramp. This ramp has a kayak launch and boat ramp, as well as the fish cleaning station has been reinstalled. Shelters available include the Stone Shelter and Youth Shelter both open for reservations. The Beach is currently open and available for use, as well as all Hiking Trails. (Updated March 1, 2024)

  • Construction will be on going throughout the park. Please be mindful of trucks and equipment driving through the park and working. Posted (October 31st, 2023)

Rock Creek State Park - Jasper County
  • Multi-use Trail Closure:     The Rock Creek Multi-use Trail system will remain closed indefinitely due to damage sustained from heavy rain and flood events.      The bridges and culverts have sustain significant damaged and will need to be assessed and repaired before opening.    For more information please contact park office at 641-236-3722.

Union Grove State Park - Tama County
  • FACILITIES: Modern restroom and shower facilities are open at Union Grove State Park. The north side showers and restrooms are operational, one of the south side showers are open, and one is currently closed for repairs. If you have any questions regarding this closure please contact park staff: 641-473-2556 or union.grove@dnr.iowa.gov (POSTED 04/22/2024)

Volga River State Recreation Area - Fayette County
  • (POSTED 7/6/2024) The Equestrian Trails are currently OPEN. If you have any questions, please call the park office at (563) 425-4161.

Walnut Woods State Park - Polk County
  • The eastern portion of the Walnut Woods trail will be closed indefinately for construction. All other trails remain open.
Waubonsie State Park - Fremont County
  • Rental Facility Closure: All of the cabins, the lodge, and the Overlook shelter will not be accepting reservations from April 1 - July 10, 2025 due to a waterline project.  (Posted May 8, 2024)

Wildcat Den State Park - Muscatine County
  • ATTENTION:  There is an upcoming Park Road Repaving Project that will be taking place.  Once this project begins, accessibility to certain Park amenities, in the Upper and Lower Picnic Areas, may be limited but will still be open.  This includes the Wildcat Den Campground.  Please contact the Park Office with any questions or concerns.  (Updated 7/8/24)

  • The Pine Creek Grist Mill is now open for the 2024 season.  From now until Memorial Day, hours of operation are Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and then Sunday 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm.  Hours of operation after Memorial Day will be Wednesday thru Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday 12:00 pm to 5:00pm.  (Posted 5/19/24)

  • TRAIL CLOSURE:  The Cave Trail, from the Lower Picnic Area to the crossing at State Park Rd., will be closed until Park Staff are able to make necessary trail repairs.  If you have any questions please contact the Park Office at 563-263-4337.  All other Trails are open for use at this time. (Posted 2/5/2024)

Wilson Island State Recreation Area - Pottawattamie County
  • As of June 23, 2024 Wilson Island SRA is closed due to the rise of the Missouri River. The campground is not accepting reservations through July 28. (Updated July 11, 2024)