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Road Resurfacing Project: Visitors may experience noise during the week as contractors are working on the road. 75 percent of the beach parking lot will be available for use. This project does not affect access to the lodge or beach area. The 16 cabins will not be accepting reservations from January 1, 2023 - March 31, 2024. The Beach Shelter will not be accepting reservations from May 1, 2023 - October 15, 2023. The concession will be closed while the cabins are closed from March 1, 2023 - February 28, 2024. If you would like to be notified if the cabins open earlier than expected, fill out this Backbone State Park notification Google form. (Posted 7/1/2020) (Updated 9/22/2023)
The Brushy Creek Target Range will be TEMPORARILY CLOSED on Wednesday, September 27, 2023; Tuesday, October 3, 2023; and Wednesday, October 4, 2023.
Clear Lake Lodge: Due to the renovation construction process moving slower than anticipated, the lodge will be open for reservations for the 2023 summer rec season but will be closed after September 5, 2023 through Sept 2024. At that time reservations can be made online on through the call center. If you would like to be notified when the lodge opens, fill out this Clear Lake Lodge notification Google form. (Posted 2/16/2023)
Request to be notified when Dolliver Memorial State Park reopens: The campground and all facilities at Dolliver Memorial State Park are closed from July 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)
On Saturday January 6th and Sunday January 7th 2024, the park will be closed to the public for a antler less deer management hunt. The park will re-open to the public on Monday January 8th 2024. For more information please contact the park office at 641-842-6008.
As of Monday October 15th 2023 all modern restrooms and shower buildings will be closed for the season. The campsite electricity and water hydrants will remain on year round. The buildings will be reopened in mid-April 2024. (Posted 9/20/2023)
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)
Modern restrooms and shower facilities throughout Ledges State Park will close for the winter season on Monday, October 16th.. All water hydrants and the RV dump station will remain on and open as long as possible until freezing hard temperatures are experienced. Portable restrooms will be available in the campground and canyon area of the park from mid-October until the end of November. The Ledges campground will close completely on November 15, 2023 for the winter season. (This alert was updated on 10/2/2023)
Boat Dock Out Due to Low Water Levels: Due to the drought conditions Western Iowa has been experiencing, the boat dock will remain out at our boat ramp until water levels rise. Once water levels have risen enough to allow the dock to be put in without damage, this alert will be removed. Park Staff are recommending that you DO NOT LAUNCH boats at this time, as the end of the pavement is just below the waters edge. Reports of boat trailers going off the edge have increased in the last week. (Updated 7/24/22) To see current drought conditions click this link.
Banquet Room and Lodge Reservation Update: Reservations for the day use Lodge and Banquet Room will be unavailable beginning this year (2023) for repairs and updates to these facilities. The Banquet Room will be closed for reservations from 8/14/23 - 6/3/24. The Lodge will be closed for reservations 9/25/23 - 7/30/24. If you would like to be notified when the lodge or banquet room opens, fill out the following form: Lewis and Clark Google Form. (POSTED 4/11/23)
Modern Facilities are closed as of October 1: Modern facilities (bathrooms and showers) and the dump station in the campground/park are closed due to the replacement of the wastewater liner. The modern restroom at the Visitor's Center near the park entrance and water hydrants throughout the park will not be impacted and will be available to visitors through October 15.Portable restrooms are avaliable in the campground. (Posted October 3, 2023)
Electric and Non Electric Campgrounds: Due to a water leak, the electric and non electric campgrounds do not have any water and the modern bathroom and shower facilities are closed. Advanced reservations will not be accepted for the remainder of the recreation season in these two campgrounds, unless the water leak can be repaired. The water leak does not affect the equestrian campground so advanced reservations are being accepted. Walk-ins campers are allowed and water is available in the equestrian campground. (Posted October 4, 2023)
PARTIAL PARK CLOSURE - ACTIVE LOGGING September 26, 2023 - October 11, 2023
All portions of Pilot Knob State Park south of the main road and east of the tower are closed to the public for a salvage tree harvest. The road itself from the Tower Parking Lot going East to the East Gate is also close to all public use. On July 5, 2022 a Derecho event occurred that affected Pilot Knob State Park. The area most affected is the SE corner of the park. Salvageable timber is being harvested by a contractor. The area described is CLOSED to all public use until logging activities are complete. (Posted 9-22-2023)
Not Accepting Advanced Camping Reservations: From October 16 - 31, 2023 no advanced reservations will be accepted. Only walk-ins or first come first serve will be accepted. (POSTED September 26, 2023)
(POSTED 9/25/23) The shower building located at Lakeview campground and the modern restrooms located at the boat ramp will close Ocotber 16, 2023. Hydrants located in the campgrounds may remain on depending on weather. If you have any further questions please call the park office at (563) 425-4161.
(POSTED 9/29/23) The equestrian trails are OPEN.