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 7/2/2020.

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 7/2/2020):

  • Campgrounds are open. 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. Campers and visitors should follow gathering size, social distancing and increased hygiene requirements and recommendations.
  • Youth group campsites are open. Groups must follow gathering size, social distancing and increased hygiene requirements and recommendations.  
  • All modern restrooms and shower buildings are open. Drinking fountains remain closed.
  • Cabins and yurts are open. 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 and lodges are open. Check-in time is now 10 a.m. (changed from 8:00 a.m.). Groups must follow gathering size, social distancing and increased hygiene requirements and recommendations.
  • Customers with lodge and shelter reservations will be allowed to cancel up to 7 days prior to the arrival date without penalty and receive a full refund of the rental fees and taxes paid. No cancellation fee will be charged. The original non-refundable reservation fee ($4.00 for online reservations and $6.00 for reservations made through the call center) will not be refunded. Lodge and shelter reservation cancellations less than 7 days prior to the arrival date will be subject to the regular reservation cancellation policy. To cancel, contact the Customer Service Call Center at (877) 427-2757.   
  • Playgrounds are open.  Equipment is not sanitized, user discretion is advised.
  • Programs and events at all state parks are limited in order to follow gathering size, social distancing and increased hygiene requirements and recommendations. Check the Parks 2020 webpage or special event system to see which events are still scheduled. 
  • A limited number of visitor centers, museums and nature centers managed by state parks are open. Check the closure information below for specific park facilities.
  • 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.
  • Consider wearing a cloth face mask in public around others when social distancing may not be possible.
  • 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
Backbone State Park - Delaware County
  • Road Resurfacing Project: The 16 cabins, Beach Shelter, and the Beach Lodge will not be accepting reservations from January 1 - October 31, 2021 due to the road resurfacing project that will affect access to those facilities. (Updated September 14, 2020)
Bellevue State Park - Jackson County
  • Water will be shut off and shower house closed for the 2020 recreation season on October 26th 2020. The dump station is shut down for the season as of 10/19.2020 due to cold temperatures. Campground is still open for camping, pit latrine is available (posted 10/20/2020)
Big Creek State Park - Polk County
  • Flush Facilities will be closed for the rest of the season and will open back up in April of 2021. Pit latrines at Williams drive, Beach Boat Ramp, Disc Golf, and Universal Fishing Pier will remain open, as well as Port-o-Potties placed at the beach. (Posted October 19th, 2020)
Brushy Creek State Recreation Area - Webster County
  • Restroom and shower facilities in the park will be closed for the season on October 15, 2020. Water hydrants and electricity remain on throughout the year for off-season camping. Fourteen day maximum stays are still in place. Pit vault toilets are available in all 3 campgrounds. During the winter season please call ahead (515) 543 8298 to ensure access to a campsite. Weather permitting, facilities will reopen April 15,2021.
  • LOW LAKE LEVEL: The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) lowered Brushy Creek Lake by 4 feet mid-July to install a physical fish barrier on the Brushy Creek Lake spillway to reduce walleye and muskellunge loss during flood events. Due to lack of rainfall, the lake remains 4-5 feet below normal pool level. Currently the only usable docks are located at the West Boat Ramp. The fish cleaning station is also not functional due to the low water.
Cedar Rock - Buchanan County
  • Tours of the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Walter Estate at Cedar Rock State Park have concluded for the 2020 season. Tours may resume in late May 2021. Park trails remain open for day use.
  • Tours of the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Walter Estate at Cedar Rock State Park have concluded for the 2020 season. Tours may resume Wednesday-Sunday in late May 2021. Park trails remain open for day use.
Dolliver Memorial State Park - Webster County
  • Modern shower buildings and restrooms will close for the season on 10/15/20. Dump station will remain open with no rinse water available. A hydrant to fill with water will be available. A pit latrine at the South end of the campground and at the North end of the park will remain open. Porta pots will be available near playground area and at South end of park.
Elk Rock State Park - Marion County
  • On Saturday January 9th and Sunday January 10th 2021 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 11th 2021. For more information please contact the park office at 641-842-6008.
  • As of Monday October 19th 2020 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 2021. (Posted 9/13/2020)
Geode State Park - Henry County
  • Geode Campground: Sites 46-90 remain closed due to water pressure issues. The front part of the campground is open sites 1-45. The full hook-up sites (16-28) are available on a first come first served basis. 4 tent sites are available on the western edge of the front of the campground. For questions please call the park office at (319) 392-4601. (Updated October 13, 2020)
George Wyth State Park - Black Hawk County
  • George Wyth Lake will be having a restoration project starting Aug. 24- Dec. 30, 2020. At times the boat ramp will be closed off for boat access as will the floating dock and restroom. Rotary Shelter has been taken off of the reservation system for the rest of the year due to this project. Also affected during this time will be the jetties on the north, east and south sides. Please keep out of areas when contractors are working. Parking lots will be blocked off at times during this project for safety.
  • 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
  • Modern restroom/shower buildings will be closed as of 10/15/20. Water hydrants will be left on throughout the campground and park. The dump station will remain open. Electricity will be available throughout the campground. A pit latrine will remain open at the North end of the campground. (Updated 10/11/2020)
  • Green Valley State Park Annual Park Hunt: Green Valley State Park will be closed for camping and general use of the park and lake beginning 10:30 pm November 13th through 4:00 am November 16th for the 2020 Green Valley State Park Special Antlerless Deer Hunt. Only persons with a Green Valley Special Antlerless Season Deer License will be permitted in Green Valley during this time. Applications for the special hunt can be found on the Green Valley State Park Iowa DNR webpage or by contacting the park directly by phone at 641-782-5131 or email at Green_Valley@dnr.iowa.gov. Applications will be accepted September 1st through October 15th. The hunt is muzzleloader only. Only 25 applicants will be chosen, and must be Iowa residents. Further information can be found on the application or by contacting Green Valley State Park. (Posted 10/11/2020)
Lake Ahquabi State Park - Warren County
  • Park Renovation Projects: The lake will be drawn down in early July of 2021. The campground will be closed starting on August 9, 2021 due to renovation. The lodge and shelter will be available in 2021, but the water level will be very low in August and September due to the lake restoration project. In 2022, the campground, shelter, and lodge will be closed due to renovation. (Posted October 14, 2020)
Lake Anita State Park - Cass County
  • All modern restrooms and showers are shut down for the season at Lake Anita State Park. Electricity, frost free hydrants, and sewer drains are still on and available at the camp sites. Pit latrines are available at the boat ramps, picnic area, and dam.
Lake Keomah State Park - Mahaska County
  • Shower building will close October 15, 2020 for the season, it will remain closed until the spring of 2021
Lake Macbride State Park - Johnson County
  • UPDATE 10/5/2020: The north and south campgrounds, and day-use lodge will remain closed the remainder of the recreation season due to the August 10 severe weather event. Visitors are discouraged from using trails at this time due to hazard trees, with exception of the North Shore Trail, Beach to Dam Trail and Osprey Trail. The remainder of the park is now open.
  • 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)
Ledges State Park - Boone County
  • Modern restroom and shower facilities throughout the park will CLOSE for the winter season on Monday, October 19, 2020. Portable toilets will be available for use in front of each campground restroom building from October 19th until the end of November. From December 1 to March 15, a pit vault latrine is open and located just west of the campground entrance. Campground water hydrants, including those at the RV dump station, will remain ON until a forecast hard freeze occurs, then they will be shut down ahead of those freezing temperatures for the remainder of the winter. Electricity will remain ON to those campsites equipped with hook-ups.
Maquoketa Caves State Park - Jackson County
  • CAVES CLOSED-The Caves are currently closed for bat hibernation and will remain closed through the winter. (posted 10/16/2020)
  • MODERN RESTROOMS CLOSED-The shower building and modern restrooms have closed for the season. They will reopen on April 15 2021, (posted oct 16 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)
Palisades-Kepler State Park - Linn County
  • UPDATE 8/26/2020: The park will remain closed to public access (vehicular and pedestrian access) until further notice following the August 10 severe weather event.
Pikes Peak State Park - Clayton County
  • We will be closing the restroom building near the stone shelter on Friday, October 23rd. The water will be turned off completely (including the shower building and dump station) on Monday, October 26th, 2020. (Posted 10/19/20)
Pine Lake State Park - Hardin County
  • Renovations Underway: The Campground, Cabins, and Circle Point Picnic Area are currently closed for renovations & improvements. The closure is expected to last until spring of 2021. Reservations for the shelter will not be available for 2021 until the project is complete. Other day use areas throughout the park including trails and boat ramps will remain open throughout the project with a few exceptions: The bike trail near the cabins will be closed for the duration of the project, a detour around the closure is available and posted at the closure. The bike trail through the campground will experience temporary closures during the project when heavy equipment is being operated near the trail, or when buried utility installation requires removal of sections of the trail. Questions regarding these closures can be directed to the park office at 641-858-5832 or pine_lake@dnr.iowa.gov. (Updated 8/3/2020)
Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area - Linn County
  • Winter Closure: All water facilities including Restrooms, shower buildings, dump station, hydrants are closed for the winter, effective October 15, 2020. Electric to campsites to be shut off with first measurable snowfall. Look for facilities to be available mid to late April 2021 weather depending. (Posted 10/11/20)
  • UPDATED 9/22/2020: All areas of the park are open including the campground(s) and camping cabins. The beach and the trails within the park remain CLOSED.
  • 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
  • The water to Prairie Rose State Park will be turned off on Monday, October 19th. The shower building/modern restrooms will be closed Friday, October 16th for the winter. The water and the shower building will be closed until April 15th, 2021. Campers may use the hydrant located directly next to the north side of the shop for potable water through this time. For questions or directions, please call park staff at 712-773-2701. POSTED: 10/13/2020
Union Grove State Park - Tama County
  • Starting October 15th the modern restroom/shower building will be closed for the season. Water hydrants are still available for use in the campground. Pit vault restrooms are available for use in the campground year round. The modern restroom will reopen mid-April 2021.
  • Starting October 15th the modern restroom/shower building will be closed for the season. Water hydrants are still available for use in the campground. Pit vault restrooms are available for use in the campground year round. The modern restroom will reopen mid-April 2021.
  • UPDATE 8/26/2020: Cabin #1 will remain closed until storm damaged tree branches can be removed from the area.
Volga River State Recreation Area - Fayette County
  • The water for the Lakeview campground Albany campground, shower building, flush toilets, and dump station will be closed for the season beginning on October 15th 2020. Lakeview campground and electric will remain on and open until the first snowfall. The Albany campground electric will remain on and open all year. (posted 9-16-2020)
Walnut Woods State Park - Polk County
  • Campground restrooms and dump stations will close and be winterized on October 15th. Full hook up water and sewer will remain on until Oct 31st. Pit vault toilets in picnic areas will remain open.
Wapsipinicon State Park - Jones County
  • Water and Modern Restrooms to close October 15th, camping and primitive restrooms will remain available.
Wilson Island State Recreation Area - Pottawattamie County
  • Wilson Island State Recreation area is open for limited use. The campground, water system, some facilities and some roadways remain closed. One pit toilet is open in the east camp area, next to the available parking lot. The area is open for hiking, wildlife viewing, and in season hunting. Firearm hunting is prohibited with 200 yards of the office and residences. The boat ramps onto the chute and the river are available, but limited parking exists. For further questions, contact the park office at 712-642-2069. Updated 10/21/2020