Iowa State Parks

Experience Iowa's natural beauty and all the fun our state parks offer as you make memories with family and friends. With an array of activities for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages, there's something for everyone whether you're visiting for an afternoon or a week!

A Guide to Iowa State Parks
Iowa State Parks: Regulations, Rates and Reservation Information
List of Iowa State Parks

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Proposed Rule Making

In April 2018, the Iowa Legislature passed Senate File 2389, which authorizes the DNR to establish certain fees at state parks and recreation areas. This significant change eliminates the need for the DNR to go through rule making under the authority of the Natural Resource Commission to establish, change and manage fees for camping, use of rental facilities and other special privileges in state parks and recreation areas. As part of the legislation, the DNR is required to establish and adopt rules for the purpose of setting forth the methodology to be used in establishing fees.

The DNR has prepared an overview document which provides background information on the legislation, a summary of the rule-making language, information regarding opportunities for providing public comment, and a question and answer sheet.

Rule Making Overview for State Park and Recreation Area Fees

The DNR is currently seeking public comment for the proposed rule-making. Interested persons are encouraged to read the two rule-making documents:

Rule Making Notice 4225C
Rule Making Notice 4226C

The deadline for public comment is 4:30 p.m. on February 7, 2019.

Park Related Questions?

State Parks Bureau
Iowa DNR
Wallace State Office Building
Des Moines, Iowa

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Swimming Registration at State Parks

People wishing to swim outside the designated swimming beach areas at Iowa state parks, for example to train for a triathlon, must obtain special permission by completing a registration form and communicating with local park staff.

For information and guidelines:
Swimming Registration Form