State Park Alerts - Closures and Important Information
Backbone State Park - Delaware County
  • The North, West, and East gates will be closed on Tuesday, November 30th for the season. The South gate will remain open for access to the campground and cabins. The west gate is open to the Six Pines Campground. You are free to park at the gates and walk in. The park road is open to snowmobiles once there is sufficient snow, along with the West Lake trail, and the Bluebird Trail. Snowmobiles are not allowed off trail.
  • Road Resurfacing Project: The 16 cabins will not be accepting reservations from January 1, 2023 - February 28, 2024. The Beach Shelter will not be accepting reservations from May 1, 2023 - October 15, 2023. The Beach Lodge we are not 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 3/1/2021)
  • Modern Facilities closed for the season. Modern facilities, including the shower buildings, and the dump station are shut down for the season. Frost free hydrants in the campgrounds will be left on until Nov 1st. Pit toilets remain open, and electricity to camp sites remains on.
  • Road Resurfacing Project: If you would like to be notified if the beach lodge opens earlier than expected, fill out this Backbone State Park notification Google form. (Posted 5/12/2021)
Big Creek State Park - Polk County
  • Boat Ramp Closures: Re-paving of all boat ramp parking lots at Big Creek State Park will take place in 2022. The project is expected to begin after March 1 and will last throughout the year. Effort will be made to keep boat access available at all times from at least one of the four ramps on the lake and to keep the main boat ramp near the beach and concession area open until September 15th due to the heavy use of that area during the recreation season. The beach concession will remain open as usual in 2022, however alternate access to the building may be required once work begins in that area later in the year. This bulletin will be updated as ramps are closed/re-opened. Questions may be directed to the park office at (515) 934-6473 or big_creek@dnr.iowa.gov. (Posted 12/28/2021)
  • July 10th, 2022 Special Event: On Sunday, July 10th the State Games of America Triathlon will be held at Big Creek State Park from 6:00AM to Noon. The event will be staged at the beach area however trails and roadways will be utilized as well. Visitors to the park should expect delays on roadways due to runners and cyclists, limited parking, and increased usage of the beach area during the event. Beach shelters and cabanas will remain available for reservation, however renters should expect higher than normal activity around the beach area until about noon on July 10th. Questions may be directed to the park office at (515) 984-6473 or big_creek@dnr.iowa.gov. (Posted 12/28/2021)
  • Modern Restrooms Closed: Modern restrooms throughout the park have been closed for the season. Pit latrines at Williams drive, Beach Boat Ramp, Disc Golf, and the Handicap Fishing Pier will remain open for off-season use. Modern restrooms are expected to re-open on April 15th. (Posted 10/15/21)
Black Hawk State Park - Sac County
  • Shower building will be closing on October 18, 2021. It will re-open in April 2022.
Brushy Creek State Recreation Area - Webster County
  • As of January 4, 2022 water is currently OFF in the North Equine Campground due to a water leak. Water hydrants remain on in the Beach and South Equine campgrounds. Please call the park office if you have any further questions. 515 543 8298
  • Docks have been removed from the lake for the season. posted 10/26/21
  • Restroom and shower buildings in the park will be closed for the season October 18, 2021. Weather permitting, they will reopen April 15, 2022 Camping remains available in the off-season with pit vault toilets in each of the 3 campgrounds; water hydrants and electricity also remain on. For camping during the winter months please contact the park office in advance for information on site accessibility. Camping stays remain limited to 14 days.
  • Restroom and shower buildings in the park will be closed for the season October 18, 2021. Weather permitting, they will reopen April 15, 2022 Camping remains available in the off-season with pit vault toilets in each of the 3 campgrounds; water hydrants and electricity also remain on. For camping during the winter months please contact the park office in advance for information on site accessibility. Camping stays remain limited to 14 days.
Cedar Rock - Buchanan County
  • Tours of the Walter House will be offered mid-May to mid-October of 2022.
  • Tours of the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Walter Estate at Cedar Rock have concluded for the season. Tours will resume in Mid-May 2022.
Dolliver Memorial State Park - Webster County
  • Restroom and shower buildings in the park will be closed for the season October 18, 2021. Weather permitting, they will reopen April 15, 2022 Camping remains available in the off-season with pit vault toilets available in the campground; water hydrants and electricity also remain on. For camping during the winter months please contact the park office in advance for information on site accessibility. Camping stays remain limited to 14 days.
Elk Rock State Park - Marion County
  • The Elk Rock fish cleaning station is closed for the season with a re opening date of Mid April 2022. For further information please call the park office at 641-842-6008.
  • The Elk Rock fish cleaning station is closed for the season with a re opening date of Mid April 2022. For further information please call the park office at 641-842-6008.
  • As of Monday October 18th 2021 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 2022. (Posted 9/13/2020)
Fairport State Recreation Area - Muscatine County
  • The campground at Fairport Recreation Area is open throughout the winter months, however, water is shut off and the modern restroom is closed for the season. These facilities will re-open around mid April 2022. Electricity will remain on and the pit latrine, located on the west end of the campground, is available for winter use. If you would like to make a future reservation for the 2022 recreation season, click on the above banner titled "Make a Park Reservation" or call toll free 1-877-427-2757. For all other inquires, please contact the park office at 563-263-4337. (UPDATED 1-01-2022)
Geode State Park - Henry County
  • Beach Shelter: This shelter is not accepting reservations for 2022 and 2023. The shelter may be used on a first come first basis. (Posted December 21, 2021)
  • Shower Buildings in the campground will be closed as of 11/8 2021. Facilities available during the winter are as follows: Electricity at the camp pads remain on. There is one water hydrant left on at the campground entrance. There is a pit toilet left open in the center part of the campground. Shower buildings are normally opened again in early April(weather depending)
George Wyth State Park - Black Hawk County
  • We are not accepting reservations from April 1 through May 15, 2022 due potential spring flooding. All camping, shelters will be first-come first serve.
Green Valley State Park - Union County
  • Cabin and Campsite Closure. Due to a road preservation project that is scheduled in 2022, the 3 camping cabins will not be available for reservations Sundays through Thursdays (Exception: May 20 - May 31 and June 26 - July 5). Some campsites are affected, which are; 9, 11, 13, 26, 27, 30, 55, 56, 57, 72, 73, 84, 99 and 100. These campsites will not accept walk-ins or reservations Sundays through Thursdays (Exception: May 20 - May 31 and June 26 - July 5). Updated January 10, 2022.
  • Modern restroom/shower buildings will be closed as of 10/18/21. Water hydrants will remain on throughout the campground and park until temperatures get below freezing. 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. Facilities will reopen by April 15, 2022. (Posted 10/09/2021)
  • Campground and Cabin Closure: The campground and cabins are not accepting reservations from April 1, 2022 - October 31, 2022 due to an anticipated road project. (Updated 6/28/2021)
Lake Ahquabi State Park - Warren County
  • Park Renovation Projects: The drawdown of the lake started in mid July of 2021. Due to the lake level going down, the beach will be closed starting on Sunday, July 25 for the remainder of the recreation season and in 2022 unless otherwise posted. The concessionaire is also closed. 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. (Updated July 21, 2021)
Lake Anita State Park - Cass County
  • Winter Closure: All modern restrooms and showers have been shut down for the season at Lake Anita State Park. Electricity, frost free hydrants, and sewer drains are still on and available at the campsites. Pit latrines are available at the boat ramps, picnic area, and dam. (Posted 10/25/21)
Lake Darling State Park - Washington County
  • As of Monday, November 1st, 2021, the modern campground restrooms and shower buildings are closed for the season. The water hydrants, electrical pedestals, dump stations, and pit latrines are still available for use. Anticipated re-opening date will be mid April 2022. (POSTED 11-1-2021)
Lake Keomah State Park - Mahaska County
  • All Park Facilities will be closing October 16th for the end of the recreational season. They will remain closed until the spring of 2022. Pit latrines and frost free hydrants will still be available. Updated: 10/8/2021
Lake Macbride State Park - Johnson County
  • The shower building in the modern campground and the modern restroom in the primitive campground are now closed for the season (October 21, 2022). The fish grinder station located at the primitive campground boat ramp is also closed for the season. In the modern campground, a portable restroom is available until the road construction project is completed. In the primitive campground, a pit toilet is located at the top of the hill near the check in station. Modern restrooms will re open late in April 2022. Updated 10-21-22
  • Modern Campground Water Hydrants Will be turned off beginning December 1, 2021
  • ROAD CONSTRUCTION UPDATE Beginning Tuesday, September 7, 2021, the one-way road leading to the Main Boat Ramp, Main Lodge and Beach will be closed to vehicle traffic for a road reconstruction project. This will not affect access to the modern campground, the Coralville Boat Ramp or the dam and spillway area. All other boat ramps and shelters will be available as normal. Please make plans accordingly.
Lake Wapello State Park - Davis County
  • The Shower house at the campground is now closed for the remainder of the 2021 season. It will reopen in April of 2022. 10/27/21
  • The lodge is closed for the season. Reopens in April 2022. (10/15/2021)
Ledges State Park - Boone County
  • The Canyon Drive is currently CLOSED to vehicle traffic due to freezing temperatures, snow, and icing of the low water crossings. Visitors are welcome to hike in to the canyon at this time, but vehicle access is prohibited. Parking is available at the entrance to the Canyon Drive in the Oak Woods Picnic Area, or near the Canyon exit in the Flood Pole Parking Lot. (This alert was updated on 1/14/2022)
  • Modern restroom and shower facilities throughout Ledges State Park are CLOSED for the winter season. A pit vault latrine is open and located just west of the campground entrance. Campground water hydrants and the RV dump station are off for the winter season. A frost-free water hydrant will remain ON at the campground entrance year round. Electricity will remain ON throughout the winter to those campsites equipped with hook-ups. The campground remains open all year, and all sites are available right now on a first come, first serve basis through the self-registration system at the park. (This alert was updated on 1/14/2022)
Lewis and Clark State Park - Monona County
  • On October 18th 2021 the modern facilities will be closed for the winter season. Water will be shut off throughout the park, including the water hydrants throughout the campground (including full-hookup sites). The shower building and beach house will be closed to the public. Pit toilets will be open throughout the park. The dump station is open, but will not have water to wash out tanks. The boat dock is out at our boat ramp. (Posted 10/6/21)
  • 2021 Lewis and Clark Visitor Center: The visitor center will be open during business hours as staffing allows beginning September 18, 2021 through May 1, 2022. Please call 712-423-2829 prior to arrival to confirm hours or to schedule a tour. Masks and hand sanitizer will be available. (Posted September 17, 2021)
Maquoketa Caves State Park - Jackson County
  • Winter Closures: The Caves are closed for bat hibernation you can still walk trails and view the caves but you may not enter or go through them. The modern bathrooms have also been closed for the season and the caves and bathrooms will reopen on April 15th 2022. (Posted10/15/21)
McIntosh Woods State Park - Cerro Gordo County
  • Yurt 1 Closure: Due to fire damage the Yurt 1 is closed. Until the damage is fixed we are not accepting any more reservations.
Nine Eagles State Park - Decatur County
  • Modern restroom/shower buildings will be closed as of 10/18/21. Water hydrants will remain on throughout the campground and park until temperatures get below freezing. The dump station will remain open. Electricity will be available throughout the campground. Pit latrines will remain open. Facilities will reopen by April 15, 2022. (Posted 10/09/2021)
Pikes Peak State Park - Clayton County
  • The water is turned off and the modern restroom facilities are closed for the winter season. The electricity stays on to the campsites year-round and there is a pit latrine at the south end of the campground that stays open year-round. The dump station drain will close on Tuesday, 11/09/21. (Posted 11/01/2021)
  • The campground, shelter and parking area will be closed for walk-ins and not accepting reservations for the January 1,2022 - October 31, 2022 due to renovations. (Posted 9/28/2021)
Pilot Knob State Park - Hancock County
  • As of Tuesday, October 19, 2021 the water has been turned off for the season. All modern restrooms are closed for the season. The hydrants, dump station and fill station will be closed for the season Tuesday, October 26, 2021. The pit latrine inside the campground will remain open through the winter. The electricity will remain on through the winter. (POSTED October 18, 2021)
Pine Lake State Park - Hardin County
  • Off-season Amenities: The campground at Pine Lake State Park is open year-round and electricity remains on throughout the winter. Modern restrooms and showers in the campground are closed for the season and water has been shut off. A vault toilet is available for off-season use South of the campground near the Upper Pine Lake boat ramp. Docks at the Upper and Lower Pine Lake boat ramps have been removed for the winter. Questions regarding off-season amenities should be directed to the park office at (641) 858-5832 or pine_lake@dnr.iowa.gov. Modern restrooms and showers generally are re-opened around the 15th of April. (Updated 12/10/2021)
Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area - Linn County
  • Water facilities will be shut down 10/18/21. Water facilities will be turned on mid to late April 2022 as weather permits. (POSTED 10/17/21)
  • 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 shower/modern restroom facility is closed for the season and will remain closed through April 14th, 2022. Water to the campground has been turned off. There is a hydrant by the brown shop near the park office that will be on. All other restrooms, with the exception of the beach restroom undergoing construction, will remain open. POSTED Monday, November 12, 2021
Red Haw State Park - Lucas County
  • The campground shower building and flush toilets are closed for the season and will remain closed until mid-April, 2022. Frost free hydrants remain available. (Posted 10/19/2021)
Shimek State Forest - Van Buren County
  • ATTENTION!!!! Forest roads are minimum maintenance and may be snow covered, icy, or slick during winter months. Use caution if traveling in the Forest.
  • Effective January 10, 2022, The equestrian dirt trails have been CLOSED, the WWT is OPEN. This alert will be removed when trail status has changed (Updated 1-10-2022)
Stephens State Forest - Lucas County
  • There are no trash bins available in the Whitebreast Unit campgrounds from early November through April. Please carry out all trash. Call 641-774-5632 with any questions (updated 1/12/2022).
  • The water hydrant in the Lucas Unit Primitive Campground is temporarily unavailable for use. This message will be removed when the hydrant is available. There is an alternative water hydrant available in the Lucas Unit Middle Campground. Please call 641-774-5632 with questions (updated 1/12/2022).
  • Equestrian Trails Closed: The equestrian trails are currently closed. This bulletin will be removed when the trails re-open. Questions can be directed to the forest headquarters at 641-774-4559 (updated 1/12/2022).
  • All Equestrian Campground Water Hydrants temporarily unavailable due to repair- (Updated: 12-28-2021)
Stone State Park - Woodbury County
  • Reservations for the Lodge, Campground, and Cabins will be closed Monday through Thursday during the recreation season until road construction is completed. You can still make reservations for these facilities over the phone or online for Friday through Sunday. During the week campers will not be allowed to walk through the construction zone to the campground. (Posted 1/4/22)
  • On December 9th 2021 the park roads will be closed for the winter season. Parking is available at the equestrian lot, near the park office, and at the west park entrance. The park is open for hiking and other non-vehicular traffic. Please call 712-255-4698 for information. (Posted 12/9/21)
  • Modern facilities are closed for the winter season. The shower building and Ricketts Glenn bathroom will be closed to the public. Pit toilets will be open throughout the park. (Posted 10/15/21)
Union Grove State Park - Tama County
  • The modern restroom/shower building in the campground will be closed on Monday, October 18th for the season. Water hydrants and electricity for the campsites will remain on and available to use. Pit vault restrooms are available in the campground year round. Modern facilities will reopen mid-late April 2022.
Volga River State Recreation Area - Fayette County
  • Effective December 2nd 2021, The equestrian trails will be closed for the season, they will remain closed until spring when they have had time to dry out from the spring thaw. (posted 12-1-2021)
  • Effective October 18th, 2021. Water will be turned off for the season to the Lakeview Campground hydrants, dump station and shower building and modern flush toilets. Water will also be turned off to the Albany Campground hydrants. (posted 9-26-21)
Walnut Woods State Park - Polk County
  • Dump stations and campground restrooms are closed for the season. Water in campground is turned off. All pit vault latrines in the park will stay open for the winter.
Wapsipinicon State Park - Jones County
  • FINAL PUBLIC NOTICE The Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Parks Bureau has applied for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance (PA) Program funding through Iowa’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division (IHSEMD) as a sub- recipient. Under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), federal actions must be reviewed and evaluated for feasible alternatives and for social, economic, historic, environmental, legal, and safety considerations. Under Executive Order (EO) 11988 and EO 11990, FEMA is required to consider alternatives, and to provide a public notice of any proposed actions in or affecting floodplains or wetlands. EO 12898 also requires FEMA to provide the opportunity for public participation in the planning process and to consider potential impacts to minority and low income populations. This notice may also fulfill requirements under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA). Funding for the proposed project will be conditional upon compliance with all applicable federal, tribal, state, and local laws, regulations, floodplain standards, permit requirements and conditions. Sub-Applicant: Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), Parks Bureau Project Title: 154689-New Wapsipinicon State Park, PA-07-IA-4421-PW-01530 Location of Proposed Work: • Dutch Creek stream bank within Wapsipinicon State Park from GPS: 42.092652, - 91.285113 to 42.092652, -91.285113); and • Wapsipinicon Riverbank within Wapsipinicon State Park from GPS: 42.09815, - 91.28330 to 42.09353, -91.27622. Special Flood Hazard Area Zone: This project will perform work in the A Zone, the area of 1% annual chance of flooding, and in the floodway per Jones County FIRM panel 19105C0210E, dated 4.4.2011. Proposed Work and Purpose: IDNR within Wapsipinicon State Park, will replace of fill, riprap and slope protective filter fabric existing pre-disaster along approximately 140 linear feet of Dutch Creek stream bank (from 42.092652, -91.285113 to 42.092285, -91.285237) and will install an additional slope protective filter fabric and riprap along approximately 70 linear feet of eroded Dutch Creek stream bank (from 42.09284, -91.28511 to 42.092652, -91.285113) for improved resiliency from future flood events. IDNR will also restore an eroding Wapsipinicon Riverbank within Wapsipinicon State Park (from 42.09815, -91.28330 to 42.09353, -91.27622) to reduce continued repetitive damages occurring in future storm and flooding events and to improve aggregation of substrate materials for aquatic habitat through the construction of in river bioengineering features. The preliminary design plan is for placement of 20 straight vanes 90 feet long approximately distanced 150 feet apart and was developed using Iowa’s River Restoration Toolbox (River Restoration Toolbox | Iowa DNR). Final design of the project will include collection of additional river data such as pebble counts and hydrologic data to refine the design potentially reducing the number of straight vanes and shifting placement of the vanes. The straight vanes are proposed to be low profile structures relative to the large size of the river. They will encourage stabilized deposition of substrates and vegetative growth where they intercept the banks and scour out increased depths toward the tips of the structures. Utilizing a qualified mussel surveyor, a mussel salvage and relocation will occur prior to construction to comply with state endangered species regulations. The qualified surveyor in compliance with scientific collector permitting will cease and notify USFWS if federally listed mussels are encountered during the relocation effort. Project Alternatives: Alternative #1 (No Action): The no-action alternative would not be appropriate because it would leave the stream and riverbanks of Dutch Creek and the Wapsipinicon River within Wapsipinicon State Park subject to continued bank erosion which will ultimately result in damages over time or during a significant flood event to adjacent roads and recreational resources. Alternative #2 (Repair using fill and riprap only): The stream and riverbanks could be repaired utilizing only fill and riprap, however, this repair would not be sustainable during future flood events and would likely result in repetitive repairs following each significant event. The threat of future damage to adjacent roads and recreational resources would remain. Alternative #3 (Bioengineered straight vanes in combination with riprap): This is the option being pursued by this grant. Work will construct bioengineered stream and riverbank protection, which will help control bank erosion and will protect the state park roads and recreational resources from flooding during future events. The bioengineering alternative will also stabilize the river substrates improving river values and habitat for aquatic invertebrates. Comment Period: This will serve as the final public notice regarding the above-described action funded by the FEMA PA program. All comments received can be submitted online, via email, to FEMA at teri.toye@fema.dhs.gov. Please use the subject line: “IA-4421-PW-1530, New Wapsipinicon State Park”. Interested persons may also submit comments and questions in writing, or request a map of this specific project, by writing to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Region 7, 11224 Holmes Road; Kansas City, MO 64131. Written comments should be sent with the subject line “IA-4421-PW-1530, New Wapsipinicon State Park”, to the above address within 15 days of the date of posting. All comments are due by no later than 15 days of the posted date of this notice. POSTED ON 01/20/22: End of Notice
  • PARK ROAD CLOSURE: Effective December 20th, 2021: The main park road between the playground and the campground is now closed for the winter season. (12-20-21)
  • WINTER CLOSURES: Effective October 18th, 2021: The modern restrooms, water, and drinking fountains are closed. Campsites with 30 amp electricity will remain on. (posted 10/18/2021)
Waubonsie State Park - Fremont County
  • Waubonsie's seasonal modern restrooms, showers, and dump station will be closed on November 1st for the winter season. The Equestrian Area water will be also be shut off at this time. Camping is still available with electricity and community water hydrants. Two modern cabins and the WaShawtee Lodge are still available to rent, but please review COVID19 restrictions prior to making a reservation. All facilities will be open again by April 15th, 2022 or as weather allows.
Wildcat Den State Park - Muscatine County
  • The Pine Creek Grist Mill and Melpine Schoolhouse are closed for the season. The campground, hiking trails, and pit latrines (located in the campground and Upper Picnic Area) will remain open year-round. Water hydrants in the campground and picnic area are currently disconnected and will be available again around mid April 2022. If you would like to make a future reservation for the 2022 recreation season, click on the above banner titled "Make a Park Reservation" or call toll free 1-877-427-2757. For all other inquires, please contact the park office at 563-263-4337. (UPDATED 11-08-2021)
Wilson Island State Recreation Area - Pottawattamie County
  • The Wilson Island campground will be closing for the winter on October 15, with the last night available to camp being October 14th. The campground will reopen April 15th, 2022.
Yellow River State Forest - Allamakee County
  • Effective November 19, 2021, if making reservations for 2022 please be advised that most of the campsites at Yellow River State Forest campgrounds have been re-numbered. Sites 1-14 are the same but campsites 15 through 133 have changed. The pictures will be correct on the reservation system, but the number in the picture will be incorrect. New pictures will be added by June 1, 2022. Campground Map has been removed until changes have been made. If you have any questions please call (563) 586-2254.
  • Effective November 29, 2021, the equestrian trails will be closed for the season and will re-open in Spring 2022. Please check this website for any updates. This message will be removed when the trail conditions improve after the spring thaw. If you have any further questions please call (563) 586-2090. Thank you.