State Park Alerts - Closures and Important Information
Brushy Creek State Recreation Area - Webster County
  • Sunday, May 5, 2019: The Multi-Use Trails at Brushy Creek State Recreation area have been TEMPORARILY closed due to wet conditions caused by recent rains. The 14 mile All-Weather gravel Lake and Pond Trails remain open during this closure. Trails will be re-opened when conditions improve. For questions please call the park office at 515-543-8298. This posting will be removed when trails have been re-opened.
  • The Southwest and Southeast sections of river trails (everything south of the South Day Use Area) will remain closed due to flooding.
Cedar Rock - Buchanan County
  • Road Closure: Visitors approaching Cedar Rock from the south, Cedar Rapids area or I-380 please be advised that a road closure is impacting travel to the park. The local secondary roads department is replacing 3 bridges on W35/Quasqueton Avenue between Walker and 290th Street. The road closure is anticipated to last the length of our tour season. Detour Information: Take I-380 to exit 43 S Independence/Vinton. Turn onto IA-150 N. Turn toward Rowley on 290th Street and head east through town. At the stop sign with W35/Quasqueton Avenue turn north and go through Quasqueton heading left onto Quasqueton Diagonal Blvd at the fork in the road near the cemetery. Cedar Rock State Park is located about 1-mile north of Quasqueton.
Dolliver Memorial State Park - Webster County
  • South Lodge Closure: The South Lodge will be renovated and will be closed during the 2020 recreation season. (Updated March 28, 2019)
Elk Rock State Park - Marion County
  • Currently all multi-use trails are closed due to wet trail conditions. This bulletin will be removed when trails are opened back up. For further information please call the park office at 641-842-6008.
Fairport State Recreation Area - Muscatine County
  • Campground and Boat Ramp Closure: Due to flooding on the Mississippi River, all campsites have been closed and will be unavailable for reservations or walk-ins until further notice. Both boat ramps are currently flooded and inaccessible. (Posted April 17, 2019)
Fort Defiance State Park - Emmet County
  • Fort Defiance Lodge will be closed until 8/1/2019 for renovations. Existing reservations will still be honored, however, no new reservations will be accepted during this time frame to allow contractors time to complete the work. Posted 2/11/19
Geode State Park - Henry County
  • Campground renovations will continue throughout Spring and early summer 2019. It is anticipated that the campground will be completed some time in July. Due to road repairs opening will be very dependent on weather conditions and delays are possible.
  • Lake renovation work continues through all of 2019. Completion is now scheduled for Spring of 2020. The lake will remain drained during this time, but may fill up temporarily at times when heavy rainfall or snowmelt occurs. After completion it will be weather dependent on how long it takes for the lake to return to it's normal water level.
  • The Beach Shelter will not be open for rental the first part of 2019. It is connected to the campground facilities and therefore will need to remain off (includes:water/restrooms/kitchenette) while lines in the campground are upgraded and replaced. The outdoor portion of the shelter may be used on a first come, first served basis. The lake is drained and there is no swimming at the beach, but the area near the beach facility and trails may still be used.
  • Work continues on Lake Geode renovation throughout Spring and early Summer 2019. It is anticipated that all in lake work will be complete sometime in the first half of 2019. After that the lake drain will be closed and the lake will be allowed to fill up with natural rainfall. Depending on weather and if there is a dry or wet year it is difficult to predict how long that process may take. Be aware that a portion of the hiking trail near the spillway on the west shoreline of the lake is cut off due to dirt hauling and a trail detour must be used to get around the construction zone. Campground renovation is coinciding with the work in the lake during the Spring/Summer 2019. The campground is anticipated to be open again sometime in mid summer 2019 if all goes according to plan. There are no reservations for the campground or the shelter connected to the campground water /wastewater system( Beach Shelter) until work is complete. The outdoor portion of the beach shelter is available on a first come first served basis no kitchenette, restrooms or water available until work completion. Please contact park office at (319)392-4601 for any other questions (Updated January 4th,2019)
George Wyth State Park - Black Hawk County
  • George Wyth State Park will be closing at 5 pm on Sat. May 25 due to flooding. The park will reopen when the water goes down and it is safe for users to be back in the park. Trails are also under water. Do not go through flooded areas as there could be trail washouts.
  • Due to recent rain events, George Wyth has the potential to be flooding Sunday, May 26 into Monday, May 27. Brinker Lake will be closed starting Friday evening, May 24. Park staff is monitoring the river levels and may have to close additional areas in the park on Sunday. Staff will be in contact with campers and renters with shelter reservations to keep them updated on the situation. (Posted 5/24/19)
  • George Wyth State Park campground is open and water is on.
  • Canfield Shelter Closed: Due to a parking lot improvement and weather delays, the Canfield Shelter will be unavailable for reservations through June 16, 2019. (Posted March 20, 2019)
Lake Darling State Park - Washington County
  • The campground shower buildings are open for 2019 recreation season as of April 19th, 2019. (POSTED 4-19-19)
Lake Macbride State Park - Johnson County
  • 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 of Three Fires State Park - Taylor County
  • EQUESTRIAN TRAILS CLOSURE: Effective April 29th, 2019. The equestrian trails have been closed due to wet conditions in the local area. Trails will remain closed until they have had a chance to dry out. This bulletin will be removed when the trails have been re-opened.
Lake Wapello State Park - Davis County
  • Shower house is open for the season.
Ledges State Park - Boone County
  • The Canyon Drive is currently CLOSED to vehicle traffic due to heavy rainfall in the local area creating flash flooding conditions. Visitors are welcome to hike into the canyon at this time, but are advised not to enter the stream on foot due to dangerous currents. The Flood Pole parking lot in Lower Ledges has been cleaned up and reopened. For more information, please contact the park office at 515-432-1852 or (updated 5/17/2019)
Lewis and Clark State Park - Monona County
  • Campsite Closure: Campsites 1 - 21 are closed and unavailable for reservations/walk-ins through June 20th, 2019 due to wet conditions. (Updated May 21, 2019)
Marble Beach State Recreation Area - Dickinson County
  • Campground Renovation: The campground will be closed from April 1, 2018 through September 30, 2019. The campground will be opened earlier if conditions allow. (UPDATED November 20, 2018)
McIntosh Woods State Park - Cerro Gordo County
  • Campground shower bldg is OPEN and all water facilities ON!
Nine Eagles State Park - Decatur County
  • Equestrian Trails Closed: Effective May 20, 2019 the trails have been closed due to wet conditions. This bulletin will be removed once the trails have reopened.
Pine Lake State Park - Hardin County
  • Cabin Closure: The cabins at Pine Lake State Park will be closed from July 5 through October 31, 2019 for a renovation project. Please contact the park office at (641) 858-5832 with questions. (Updated 3/4/2019)
  • CAMPGROUND & SHELTER CLOSURE: The campground and circle point picnic shelter at Pine Lake State Park will be closed beginning September 3, 2019 for upgrades to campground restrooms and showers. Please call the park office at (641) 858-5832 with questions. (Updated 2/25/2019)
Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area - Linn County
  • Lake Renovation - The lake renovation project has been completed and the lake has returned to normal level. The beach will be open for the 2019 recreation season. (Posted 3/26/2019)
  • Lodge Closure: The day-use lodge will be unavailable for reservations from July 8, 2019 - October 31, 2019 due to the parking lot and boat ramp being resurfaced and repaired. (Posted 2/14/2019)
Prairie Rose State Park - Shelby County
  • All facilities and hydrants are open for the season.
Shimek State Forest - Van Buren County
  • Effective, January 7, 2019, equestrian trails have been CLOSED. The wet weather trails are OPEN. Trails are closed due to rainfall. This bulletin will be changed when the trails have been re-opened.
Stephens State Forest - Lucas County
  • EQUESTRIAN TRAIL CLOSURE: The equestrian trails are currently closed and will remain closed through the weekend. This notice will be removed when the trails have been re-opened. Questions can be directed to the forest headquarters at 641-774-4559 (updated 5/22/19).
Volga River State Recreation Area - Fayette County
  • EQUESTRIAN TRAILS CLOSED: Effective May 19th,2019, the equestrian trails have been closed due to very wet conditions associated with recent weather. The trails will remain closed until trails have a chance to dry out. This bulletin will be removed when the trails have been re-opened.
  • Water has been turned on to the Lakeview Campground and shower building, the Albany Campground and the boat ramp restrooms. Water will be turned off to the campgrounds and boat ramp restrooms for the off season October 15, 2019.
Wapsipinicon State Park - Jones County
  • (Updated 5-24-19) The lower road along the Wapsipinicon river is will close due to flooding and won't reopen until DOT makes repair to shoulders.
  • Water facilities are turned on and operational. (Posted 4/29/2019)
  • Gates are open at the upside down bridge and the campground.
Waubonsie State Park - Fremont County
  • Due to the town of Hamburg flooding, there is a closure on the modern campground in order to provide a place for displaced flood victims to stay. For the entire 2019 recreation season (April - October), advanced reservations will not be accepted until further notice in the modern campground. The following requirements will be suspended, 1) Limiting campers to no more than 14 consecutive nights 2) Requiring a minimum of 3 nights separating each 2-week stay and 3) Camping fees and transaction fees. (Updated April 25, 2019)
  • 03/25/2019 PARK UNAFFECTED BY FLOODING - ALTERNATE ROUTES MAY BE NECESSARY The March 2019 Flooding of the Missouri River has not affected Waubonsie State Park's grounds or facilities. Please check local road closure information before travelling to the park, as your normal route may be altered. The Waubonsie Campground is currently hosting multiple families that were displaced by the flood. New Reservations for park facilities will not be taken through the month of April, until further notice. If you have any questions, please call or email the park at 712-382-2786 or
Wilson Island State Recreation Area - Pottawattamie County
  • Wilson Island is closed due to flooding of the Missouri River in March of 2019. This affects all uses of the park including camping, fishing, hiking, mushroom hunting, Missouri river access and biking. A date for reopening has not been set. Damage varies, but considerable silt and debris cover the shelter area and east campground. Please call the park office for additional information. 712-642-2069 Updated 4/7/19